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McGuire Squadron Names New DCC

posted Mar 29, 2020, 11:24 AM by William Petzinger

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST (March 29, 2020) – The Maj Thomas B. McGuire Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol has named 1st Lt Frank D’Agostino to the position of Deputy Commander of Cadets this week. He replaces Capt Daniel Riordan who is separating from the United States Air Force in May 2020 and plans to relocate to St. Louis.

“Capt Riordan was a very effective Deputy Commander of Cadets for the McGuire Composite Squadron these last two years,” said Maj Bill Petzinger, Squadron Commander. “Under his leadership and direction our cadets accomplished many feats culminating in the squadron receiving the 2018 Squadron of Merit and Quality Cadet Unit Awards.”

Capt Riordan was also a former Civil Air Patrol cadet and achieved the Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award, the organization’s top cadet honor. Less than one-half of 1% of cadets achieve it.

Lt D’Agostino joined the McGuire Composite Squadron in 2019 and held various duty positions in Operations and Cadet Programs. He was also a cadet in the McGuire Composite Squadron in the 1990s.

"My goal is to provide every cadet with the opportunity to become great through leadership training, aerospace and STEM education, character development, hard work and a whole lot of fun," Lt D’Agostino said. “Our cadets and senior members also actively train for emergency services and disaster relief missions.”

Members of the McGuire Composite Squadron meet on Monday's from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at JBMDL, 3412 Neely Road, Wrightstown, N.J. 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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