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    April 23, 2015

    ALABAMA -- Civil Air Patrol Lt. Col. Otha “Skeet” Vaughan may be one of the few citizens to receive a Congressional Gold Medal, but it’s almost a guarantee that he’s the only honoree to also have a driver’s license for the moon. Vaughan received the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest...

    April 22, 2015

    MONTANA -- Searchers are not abandoning efforts to find a missing 8 year-old girl, who fell in to the Missouri River in Headwaters State Park Sunday night. Crews Tuesday continued to scour the Three Forks area where she was last seen, which includes the confluence of the Jefferson and Madison...

    April 22, 2015

    NEW MEXICO -- The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Directed Energy Directorate at Kirtland AFB modified a Civil Air Patrol Cessna 182 aircraft to be used for military training exercises. The “Surrogate Predator” has intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance sensors that provide the capability to mimic a Predator unmanned aerial vehicle. “The...

    April 22, 2015

    FLORIDA -- An Army reservist and two student-driven military organizations have joined forces to help establish the first school-based Civil Air Patrol squadron in Marion County. It all began with North Marion Middle School teacher, 1st Lt. Scott Spangler, an Army reservist who has served overseas in five countries in...

    April 21, 2015

    FLORIDA -- Antioch Elementary School teachers Amanda Poulsen and Claire Erk, along with Laurel Hill School educators Chana Russell and Kelly Batson recently became “pilots for a day.” The teachers arrived March 1 at Bob Sikes Airport in Crestview and, two at a time, they flew with Civil Air Patrol...

    April 21, 2015

    GEORGIA -- A change of command took place Monday night for the Albany Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol cadet program. Twenty-one year old Frederick Broome relinquished his title as cadet commander to 17-year-old Anthony Chase-Hill. Broome led the cadet training program for three years during which it grew from six...

    April 20, 2015

    SOUTH DAKOTA -- Congresswoman Kristi Noem shares a passion for honoring the nation’s veterans like many other South Dakotans, and that passion was evident on Saturday night when Noem spoke to the state Civil Air Patrol’s annual conference in Pierre. Noem was in Pierre to present the family of WWII-era...

    April 16, 2015

    IDAHO -- A pair of Bonneville County aviation pioneers were recognized posthumously recently with one of the nation’s highest civilian honors. Former Civil Air Patrol Lts. John “Mark” Hoff and his wife, Onita Hoff, were honored with the Congressional Gold Medal for their work with CAP during World War II. The...

    April 9, 2015

    KENTUCKY -- A trio of Civil Air Patrol cadets, working with the American Red Cross, helped distribute cleaning supply kits to residents of the Oak Run Apartments in Louisville. About a foot of water from excessive rains this week flooded the apartment complex, prompting the clean-up kit giveaway. About 1,000...

    April 9, 2015

    SOUTH DAKOTA – U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem Wednesday awarded the family of a World War II Civil Air Patrol pilot a bronze replica of the Congressional Gold Medal for his volunteer service during war time. Tom Senesac accepted the award, noting the achievements of his late grandfather Earl Wilkinson. The...

    April 8, 2015

    KANSAS -- Michelle Distler is the first woman to be elected as mayor of Shawnee, a 60,000-population town southwest of Kansas City. Distler narrowly defeated fellow city council member Dan Pflumm, earning 3,081 votes to Pflumm's 2,622. Learn more about the lifelong Shawnee resident, also a senior member of Civil...

    April 8, 2015

    INDIANA -- Teens from the Valparaiso area experienced the thrill of aviation as part of Civil Air Patrol’s cadet orientation flight program. The program is designed to introduce youth to general aviation through hands-on orientation flights in single-engine aircraft and gliders. “It was really awesome,” said Cadet Airman Adrian Melendez,...

    April 7, 2015

    VIRGINIA -- Eleanor “Ellie” Friel had to walk two miles through Chicago to get to the trolley that took her to Indiana, where she learned to fly as a member of the Civil Air Patrol during World War II. “It was just a job that had to be done, and...

    April 7, 2015

    ARIZONA -- The U.S. Naval Academy has ranked former Scottsdale Civil Air Patrol cadet Grant Zaro in first place out of 1,173 plebes (first-year students) in its Order of Merit standings for the fall 2014 semester. A computer science major, Zaro earned a 4.0 grade point average and achieved top...

    April 7, 2015

    WASHINGTON -- The Northshore Squadron of Civil Air Patrol’s Washington Wing has received a fourth consecutive Aerospace Education Excellence Award. Created in 2009, the award is given to squadrons that conduct aerospace-themed classes for students and a field education experience, such as touring an airport control tower, said Carl Lindberg,...

    April 1, 2015

    FLORIDA -- Twenty cadets and four senior members from the Sarasota Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol recently spent three days and two nights at Florida's Kennedy Space Center, camping at Jetty Park Campground at Port Canaveral, getting an insider's tour of the Kennedy Space Center facilities and learning about...

    March 31, 2015

    GEORGIA – Two men from Athens, longtime businessman and former State Rep. Bob Argo and Julian Scott, now of Atlanta, are among the last surviving members of the coastal base that Civil Air Patrol established on Georgia’s St. Simons Island in 1942. Argo, now 91, augmented his work as a...

    March 31, 2015

    VIRGINIA -- Eleanor “Ellie” Jane Friel has long dismissed her service with Civil Air Patrol in World War II. When asked about her role as a volunteer aviator protecting American soil, she would tell her daughter-in-law, Sherry Friel, “That’s ancient history; nobody cares about that stuff.” But ancient history came...

    March 31, 2015

    WYOMING – U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., visited Monday with cadets from Civil Air Patrol’s Cloud Peak Composite Squadron, which is based in Sheridan. After a brief presentation on the current operations of CAP, Barrasso fielded several questions from the cadets before being awarded a certificate of appreciation from Squadron Commander...

    March 31, 2015

    TENNESSEE -- Col. Arlinda Bailey succeeded Col. Bill Lane as commander of the Tennessee Wing of Civil Air Patrol during the wing’s conference at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. During Saturday’s ceremony, Bailey was promoted from lieutenant colonel and became the first female commander of the state organization. The...

    March 30, 2015

    DELAWARE -- Four families in Delaware were presented with replica Congressional Gold Medals Saturday on behalf of their descendants’ service with Civil Air Patrol in World War II. Officials with the CAP say this is the first and only time this honor will ever happen, as the award is the...

    March 30, 2015

    OKLAHOMA -- In his dress blues, Stephen Leskowat placed a wreath onto a stand in front of a white marble sarcophagus, then stood erect with three other cadets to salute. Taps played as the four Civil Air Patrol Starbase Composite Squadron cadets carried out a wreath ceremony on the plaza...

    March 27, 2015

    IDAHO -- When the U.S. entered into World War II, every day Americans defended the home front, which is when the volunteer-based Civil Air Patrol was formed. On Thursday, four Idahoans who served in CAP during the war were honored posthumously. Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter presented them with replicas of...

    March 23, 2015

    OKLAHOMA -- When natural disasters strike or when people go missing, even rescue units could call for backup, who they call, Air Force certified volunteers. “We train very hard for the things that we do and when we're actually called upon to use them it’s because our neighbors need us...

    March 23, 2015

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The ninth Chief Master Sgt. of the U.S. Air Force James C. Binnicker passed away Satuday in Calhoun, Ga. He was described as a leader and an Airman from the day he first joined the Civil Air Patrol as a high school freshman. His childhood dream was...

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