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New Jersey Wing Civil Air Patrol
The New Jersey Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, the United States Air Force Auxiliary
Associated branches
United States Air Force
Executive staff
Commander US-O6 insignia.svg Col Joe H. Abegg
Vice Commander US-O5 insignia.svg Lt Col Michael A. Sperry
Current statistics
Squadrons 26
Cadets 646
Seniors 585
Total Membership 1,231
Statistics as of 2018[1]

The New Jersey Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is the highest echelon of Civil Air Patrol in the state of New Jersey. New Jersey Wing headquarters are located at Joint Base McGuire–Dix–Lakehurst.[2] The New Jersey Wing consists of over 1,200 cadet and adult members at over 26 locations across the state of New Jersey.[3]

The wing was founded on December 1, 1941. It styles itself "The Birthplace of Civil Air Patrol".[4]

Mission[edit | edit source]

The Civil Air Patrol has three primary missions: providing emergency services; offering cadet programs for youth; and providing aerospace education for CAP members and the general public.[5]

Emergency services[edit | edit source]

The New Jersey Wing Civil Air Patrol is tasked with aeronautical search and rescue missions for the state of New Jersey, coordinated by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. The Wing maintains ground search and rescue teams consisting of both cadets and senior members to act in tandem with aerial surveillance efforts. The Civil Air Patrol also provides humanitarian support, airborne imagery and communications support for counter-drug operations.[6] The CAP also provides Air Force support through conducting light transport, communications support, and low-altitude route surveys.[7]

Civil Air Patrol cadets from the New Jersey Civil Air Patrol Wing participate in a retreat ceremony marking the end of their duty day at the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center on Fort Dix, N.J.

In 2011, after Hurricane Sandy struck the east coast of the United States, the New Jersey Wing assisted in damage recovery. Aircrews flew aerial surveillance missions and provided over flew damage assessment and photo reconnaissance missions, providing more than 70,000 high-resolution images of damaged areas. On the ground, more than 50 members provided over 1,500 man-hours supporting Pleasantville Shelter. Over the 52 consecutive days the Civil Air Patrol was mobilized in response to Sandy, 146 New Jersey Wing members contributed over 7,000 hours of volunteer service.[8]

Cadet programs[edit | edit source]

The Civil Air Patrol offers a cadet program for youth aged 12 to 21.[9] The cadet program is organized around four main program elements: leadership, aerospace, fitness, and character. Cadets progress through the self-paced program to complete tasks in each program area in order to earn promotions and awards.[10]

Aerospace education[edit | edit source]

The Civil Air Patrol promotes and supports aerospace education, both for its own members and the general public. Cadets are offered aerospace education as a part of the cadet program. Teachers can get free classroom materials and lesson plans from CAP through CAP’s Aerospace Education Membership program.[11]

Organization[edit | edit source]

A Civil Air Patrol aircraft taxis at Atlantic City Air National Guard Base, N.J. prior to an intercept exercise in preparation for Super Bowl XLVIII.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Ethan Hugg helps some Civil Air Patrol Cadets from the Cumberland Composite Squadron, NJ into his body armor at 177th Fighter Wing.

Civil Air Patrol cadets meet Air Force Reserve leadership during the cadet's recent visit to McGuire Air Force Base.

Squadrons of the New Jersey Wing[12]
Designation Squadron Name Location Notes
NJ001 New Jersey Wing Headquarters Joint Base MDL
NJ002 Cumberland Composite Squadron Vineland
NJ003 Raritan Valley Composite Squadron Hillsborough
NJ009 Cape May Composite Squadron Cape May
NJ035 Teaneck Composite Squadron Teaneck
NJ037 Gloucester County Composite Squadron Glassboro
NJ058 Lone Eagle Composite Squadron Gladstone
NJ059 Jack Schweiker Composite Squadron Cherry Hill
NJ065 Ocean Composite Squadron Berkeley Township
NJ067 Bayshore Composite Squadron Middletown
NJ073 Curtiss-Wright Composite Squadron Fairfield, Essex County
NJ079 Air Victory Museum Composite Squadron Lumberton
NJ082 Allentown Composite Squadron Allentown
NJ086 Maj Thomas B. McGuire Jr. Composite Squadron Joint Base MDL
NJ090 Walter M. Schirra Jr. Composite Squadron Mahwah
NJ092 Twin Pine Composite Squadron West Trenton
NJ093 Picatinny Composite Squadron Dover
NJ096 Pineland Composite Squadron Lakewood
NJ097 Teterboro Composite Squadron Teterboro
NJ102 Capt Bud Jackson Composite Squadron Chatham
NJ103 General Jimmy Stewart Composite Squadron Sayreville
NJ105 Atlantic County Composite Squadron Egg Harbor Township
NJ107 Delaware Valley Composite Squadron Whitehouse Station
NJ112 Jersey City Composite Squadron Jersey City
NJ999 New Jersey Legislative Squadron Trenton

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