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Squadron cadets receive awards and promotions

posted Oct 13, 2018, 9:10 AM by William Petzinger
Cadet McCullough and Cadet Thomas with Cadet Commander Toth after receiving their promotions.

MCGUIRE AFB (Oct . 10, 2018) - Two Civil Air Patrol cadets in the McGuire Composite Squadron recently earned CAP achievement awards and received promotions in rank.

Cadet Aspen McCullough received the Wright Brothers Achievement Award in recognition of her leadership skills. She earned the award upon completing “The Learning Phase,” consisting of the Cadet Program’s first three achievements. The award recognizes excellence in all four areas of cadet life: leadership, aerospace, fitness, and character. The Wright Brothers Award was established in 2003 during the centennial of Orville and Wilbur Wright’s historic first flight.

Cadet McCullough also passed a challenging, closed-book examination testing her leadership knowledge and proficiency in drill and ceremonies. She will begin service as a cadet non-commissioned officer.

In addition to McCullough’s promotion, Cadet Joshua Thomas received the Robert Goddard Achievement Award and was promoted to Cadet Chief Master Sergeant. The Goddard Achievement is awarded for successfully completing specific requirements of Achievement 7 in Phase II of the Civil Air Patrol cadet program. Goddard is known as "The Father of Modern Rocketry."  His research led to the patent of the first multistage rocket and the development of the liquid-fueled rocket, as well as many of the ideas that became standards in rocketry.

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. Visit www.mcguire.njwg.cap.gov/ for more information.