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Squadron Members Earn Achievements and Receive Promotions

posted Dec 5, 2019, 6:32 PM by William Petzinger   [ updated Dec 5, 2019, 6:37 PM ]

MCGUIRE AFB (Dec. 4, 2019) – Nine members of the McGuire Composite Squadron recently earned Civil Air Patrol achievements or promotions in rank during the squadron’s weekly meeting. 

Cadet Michael Dolgan earned his Wright Brothers Award and was promoted to Cadet Staff Sergeant. The Wright Brothers Award is earned by Civil Air Patrol cadets who have successfully completed the first phase of the cadet program. The award is given in honor of the Wright Brothers, who are credited with the first controlled, sustained, powered, heavier-than-air flight.

C/SMSgt Jessica Hoschek earned the Gen. Doolittle Achievement for successfully completing specific requirements of Achievement 6 in the Learning Phase of the Cadet Program. The award is named after Jimmy Doolittle, a pioneer in field of aeronautical engineering and leader of the World War II air raid on Tokyo.

C/TSgt Joseph Podesta earned the Captain Eddie Rickenbacker Achievement for successful completion of the 4th achievement in the Leadership Phase of the Cadet Program. The achievement is named after Edward Rickenbacker, an American fighter ace in World War I and Medal of Honor recipient

Cadets Christina Orthodoxou and Aaron Sperry earned the Mary Feik Achievement for successfully completing the specific requirements of Achievement 3 in Phase One of the cadet program. They were promoted to the grade of Cadet Senior Airman. Achievement 3 is named after Mary Feik, a pioneer in the fields of aviation mechanics and engineering, and proud CAP member.

The following cadets completed the Great Start Program and earned the rank of Cadet Airman: Kaya Kraft, Richard Serrano and Jorge Serrano.

Senior member Olga Durr was promoted to the rank of second lieutenant for completing Civil Air Patrol’s level one requirements and six months as a senior member.

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.

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