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McGuire Squadron Color Guard participates in Veterans Day ceremony

posted Dec 2, 2021, 6:05 PM by William Petzinger

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST (Nov. 11, 2021)The Cadet Color Guard team from the McGuire Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol participated in Rider University’s Veterans Day ceremony in which the campus’ veterans affairs office was renamed in honor of  Dr. Eugene Marsh, a Rider University alumnus and veteran who had died last year of COVID 19.

McGuire Composite Squadron Color Guard team is comprised of Cadet Technical Sgt Jake Cahill, left rifle; Cadet Second Lieutenant Jessica Hoscheck, carried the American Flag; Cadet Master Sergeant Margaret Achanzar carried the New Jersey State Flag; Cadet Airman 1st Class Cassidy Kittel carried the New Jersey Wing flag; and Cadet Technical Sergeant Nicholas Mascio carried the right rifle. Cadet Airman 1st Class Daniel Clayton was also there as reserve. The Color Guard Commander Technical Sergeant Nicholas Freeman.

 “Thank you Maj. Thomas B. McGuire Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, for presenting Colors at the Rider University Veterans Day ceremony and center dedication,” said Thomas Reddington, Coordinator of Veterans Affairs, Rider University. “The professionalism, competence and bearing of your color guard was impressive. The level of care and detail to which your color guard approached our humble ceremony, and, I am sure, every ceremony, made the statement that an elite unit was in charge and executing its duties.  The precision and military manner of the color guard commanded respect and pride from all in attendance.”

The McGuire Composite Squadron meets at the Kish Airman Leadership School on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst on Monday evenings, 6:30-9 p.m. Cadets can join Civil Air Patrol between the ages of 12 and 17 and can stay in the cadet program until age 21. Adults 18 and over can join as senior members. More information about Civil Air Patrol can be found at gocivilairpatrol.com. For information about the McGuire Composite Squadron visit www.mcguire.njwg.cap.gov or call Maj Bill Petzinger at (609) 306-0966.

 Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs.

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