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McGuire Squadron Cadet Participates in Legislative Day

posted Mar 2, 2020, 10:21 AM by William Petzinger
(WASHINGTON, DC – FEB. 27, 2020) – A 17-year-old cadet from the Maj Thomas B. McGuire Composite Squadron was one of more than 500 Civil Air Patrol cadets nationwide who traveled to Washington D.C. for Legislative Day. 

Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Jessica Hoschek, of Yardville, and 22 other cadets from Civil Air Patrol’s New Jersey Wing visited Capitol Hill to share with members of Congress some of the organization’s outstanding accomplishments in the past year and thank them for their continued support.

C/CMSgt Hoschek, a student at Mercer County Technical Schools STEM Academy, had the opportunity to meet with U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) and U.S. Rep. Jefferson Van Drew (NJ-2). She shared with them information about the organization’s missions and activities both on local and national levels.

C/CMSgt Hoschek talked about NJ Wing’s successful missions of aerospace education, cadet programs and emergency services. Last year, the wing hosted more than 50 external aerospace events and supported the Air National Guard and US Coast Guard’s practice intercept missions. The wing also expanded relationships with the National Guard and other state agencies to assist with search and rescue, disaster relief and homeland security missions.

C/CMSgt Hoschek also spoke of her personal aspirations, her pilot and glider training and the education she has received from her membership in Civil Air Patrol.

“When I met with Congressman Gottheimer and Congressman Van Drew, they were more interested in hearing about my experiences with Civil Air Patrol and CyberPatriot,” she said.

C/CMSgt Hoschek also met with a staff member from U.S. Rep. Chris Smith’s (NJ-4) office, and handed her a National Legislative Day information packet which contains a summary of NJ Wing’s activities over the past year.

The cadet also presented the staff member with a challenge coin representing the McGuire Composite Squadron, which was named in honor of WWII flying ace Maj Thomas B. McGuire.

“Being part of Civil Air Patrol’s Legislative Day has made me realize just how much work goes into keeping Civil Air Patrol operating,” said C/CMSgt Hoschek. “I also recognize that I have made many good friends and connections with other cadets from my wing and around the country that I feel will last for all my life.”

As the U.S. Air Force auxiliary performing missions for federal government agencies and a nonprofit helping states and communities, Civil Air Patrol is an organization of “national interest” to Congress.

In 2019, CAP saved 117 lives and flew more than 95,000 hours on a wide range of Air Force-assigned missions, including emergency response and disaster relief, homeland defense and homeland security, support for state and local programs and youth orientation flights.

In addition, Civil Air Patrol helped 600,000 cadets and K-12 students learn more about aerospace and STEM careers. Eighty percent of those young people have expressed greater interest in seeking STEM careers because of CAP’s efforts.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 58,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. To learn more about the Civil Air Patrol, please visit gocivilairpatrol.com.

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