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NJ-073 Receives National Award

posted Nov 28, 2017, 11:46 AM by Alisa Vural

Recognition for Excellent Leadership and Aerospace Programs for Teens

Fairfield, NJ - November 28, 2017

The Curtiss-Wright Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol has earned the prestigious 2017 Quality Cadet Unit Award. The national Civil Air Patrol award recognizes high-achieving squadrons based on rigorous criteria.

The squadron exceeded national criteria with over 40 cadet members, exceptional annual growth of nearly 20% and nearly 60% annual retention of cadet members. The squadron achieved these results by offering high-quality, well-planned cadet leadership and aerospace programs. Nearly 60% of the cadets have successfully completed basic encampment, a rigorous eight-day basic training. The squadron was further recognized for its Aerospace Education program for cadets, and the high number of senior member adult leaders who have pursued advanced training to support the cadet program.

Nationally only 29% of the more than 1,000 eligible Civil Air Patrol squadrons earn the Quality Cadet Unit Award. In New Jersey, the Curtiss-Wright Composite Squadron is one of six squadrons recognized with the distinctive award. The squadron also earned the award in 2016 and 2014. The squadron is active in community events, special trainings, and works to develop leaders between the ages of 12 and 18. Cadet members are from Essex, Morris, Passaic and Union Counties.

The Curtiss-Wright Composite Squadron meets at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday evenings at the American Red Cross in Fairfield, NJ. Prospective cadets, ages 12-18, and their parents are always welcome. For more information, visit http://curtiss-wright.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 57,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. CAP also plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to 24,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com for more information.