The McGuire Composite Squadron, local unit of the Civil Air Patrol, is hosting an open house on June 17, 6:30 p.m., on JBMDL in Building 3412. Advance registration is required.
According to Maj Bill Petzinger, squadron commander, prospective cadets between the ages 12-18 and their parents are welcome to attend and learn more about Civil Air Patrol. Children of active duty military members are especially encouraged to attend.
“Civil Air Patrol offers a unique opportunity to help our youth prepare for their futures while making new friends,” said Maj Petzinger. “They will learn to fly, lead, hike, camp, get in shape and push themselves to new limits. CAP is a wonderful organization to be a member of if you’re interested in aviation, space, or a STEM career.”
Members of the McGuire Composite Squadron will greet visitors and explain CAP’s missions for America. The open house is part of CAP’s outreach effort to create a greater awareness of CAP’s presence and contributions in the community.
Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 57,000 members nationwide. CAP performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 90 lives in fiscal year 2008. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counterdrug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 22,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for 67 years. For more information, visit www.mcguire.njwg.cap.gov/.