Cadet Capt. Patrick Jackson accepted Cadet Command of the Lone Eagle Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol (CAP), from  Cadet Capt Brendan Hennessey Rose at a February 8 ceremony at the Scout Cabin, Peapack-Gladstone, NJ. Cadet Capt. Brendan Hennessey Rose, of  Basking Ridge, was thanked for his previous service as Cadet Commander and will continue as Cadet Advisor. Rose attends Ridge High School where he is active in football.

Cadet Capt. Patrick Jackson is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Jackson of Bernardsville.

Jackson attends the Oratory Preparatory School in Summit, where he is active in varsity Ice Hockey, junior varsity Cross Country, and on the Student Council. Within CAP, he has served as Cadet Deputy Squadron and Flight Commander and Emergency Services Officer and has attended Regional Cadet Leadership and Hawk Mountain Ranger Schools. Most recently, he served as the Delta Flight Commander at the annual summer Basic Encampment.

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Other Cadet assignments included C/2Lt  Mark Petrin from Long Valley as Cadet Deputy Commander, C/1Lt Luke Stauffer from Bernardsville as Cadet Executive Officer, C/CMSgt Derek Petrin from Long Valley as Cadet First Sergeant, and C/MSgt Robert Boden from Mendham as Cadet Flight Sergeant. The Lone Eagle Composite Squadron meets on Wednesday nights at the Scout Cabin, Borough of Peapack-Gladstone, NJ.  For more information about the Lone Eagle Composite Squadron, contact Capt Steven S. Kiss, Commander, at 973-769-7032 or

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and 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 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies.

Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit  for more information. At the NJ State, Group, and Squadron level, visit following respectively:, , and .