Cadet CMSgt Craig Petrin, of the Lone Eagle Composite Squadron, Morristown, NJ, was presented with the Honor Cadet Award recently at the one week NJ Wing Civil Air Patrol Basic Encampment held at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

The Honor Cadet Award is presented to those who show outstanding leadership, character, and attention to detail.  Also during encampment, Craig performed the duty of the ‘E’ Flight Guidon. Each of the six flights consisted of about 20 cadets. During the week, the cadets attend various events to promote team work as well as classes on leadership, aerospace education, and search and rescue. On graduation day, the cadets emerged with new leadership and team building skills that they can apply to their educational and career goals.

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Craig is the son of 2d Lt and Mrs. Michael J Petrin of Long Valley, NJ. At Lone Eagle, he is serving as the First Sergeant and has served as the Flight Sergeant and has participated in squadron activities including Memorial Day parades and ceremonies and Wreaths Across America. He is active in his community with nursing home visits.  His other interests include archery, fishing, biking and piano.

The Lone Eagle Composite Squadron meets on Wednesday nights at the Morristown National Guard Armory, NJ. Youth can start the cadet program at age twelve.

For more information about the Lone Eagle Composite Squadron, contact Major Judith Bascone, Commander, at 973-876-2309 or

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 60,000 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 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs.

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