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McGuire Squadron Members Earn Promotions and Awards

posted Jun 23, 2020, 8:19 AM by William Petzinger

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST (June 1, 2020) -- Ten cadets and one senior member from the McGuire Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol were recently promoted and received achievement awards including a cadet who earned the prestigious Brig. Gen. Billy Mitchell Award.

C/2d Lt Maici Mintchwarmer received the Brig. Gen. Mitchell Award which honors an aviation pioneer who was a staunch supporter of an independent Air Force for America. Cadets receiving this award are promoted to the grade of cadet second lieutenant.

The Gen Billy Mitchell Award is the second milestone of the cadet program. The cadet earns this award after completing the first eight achievements of the cadet program, passing a physical fitness test and an arduous 100 question examination testing leadership theory and aerospace topics. Since its inception more than 40 years ago, more than 40,000 cadets have earned this honor.

Cadets who receive the Mitchell Award are also eligible for advanced placement to the grade of E-3 (Airman First Class) should they choose to enter the US Air Force. They are also eligible for various CAP scholarships and CAP special activity opportunities.

C/SMSgt Mckenzie Keedy received the Gen. Jimmy Doolittle Achievement. The Doolittle Achievement is awarded for successfully completing the specific requirements of Achievement 6 in Phase II of the cadet program. Gen Doolittle was a leading figure in aviation and one of the first individuals to earn a doctorate in aeronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His many accomplishments include his winning nearly every notable aviation trophy and being the first airman to fly "blind," using instruments alone. 

C/SSgt William Mares received the Wright Brothers Award and Ribbon after completing Phase I of the Cadet Program. It is at this level where cadets begin to exercise the leadership education they've been given, as they become eligible for staff positions within the unit with increased responsibility and authority.

Seven cadets were also promoted: C/MSgt Christopher Cerra, Achievement 5; C/TSgt Christina Orthodoxou, Achievement 4; C/SrA Margaret Achanzar and C/SrA Kaya Kraft, Achievement 3; and C/Amn Savannah Durr, C/Amn Audrey Hersey and C/Amn Nicholas Keedy, Achievement 1.

Senior Member Jesse DyTioco was promoted to second lieutenant.

Members of the McGuire Composite Squadron meet on Monday's from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. For squadron information please email bill.petzinger@njwg.cap.gov.

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 61,000 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 26,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs.

Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com or www.CAP.news for more information.

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