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    September 12, 2014

    OREGON -- Iris Donaldson, a 89-year-old from Forest Grove, recently celebrated her 90th birthday aboard a hot air balloon. The outing was courtesy of her family and Vista Balloon Adventures. Donaldson, who uses a walker, managed the hour-long flight just fine and said she wasn’t scared a bit. She said...

    September 12, 2014

    FLORIDA -- When terrorists attacked the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001, people all over the world were shocked. That included Andrew Feldman of Clermont, a lieutenant colonel in the Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Air Force Auxiliary. But Feldman had to set his feelings aside and do his job, which...

    September 12, 2014

    TENNESSEE -- About 30 members of the Tullahoma Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol were on hand at the Beechcraft Heritage Museum Saturday morning for an Emergency Services training school conducted by visiting officers from the Tennessee Wing. With both flight training and classroom sessions, Wing Director of Emergency Services...

    September 11, 2014

    NEW MEXICO -- The night of Sept. 12, 2001, the skies over Kirtland Air Force Base and the nation were nearly silent due to the grounding of all-but-essential air traffic following the terrorist attacks the previous day. But one lonely Civil Air Patrol aircraft, piloted by Lt. Col. John Doughty...

    September 10, 2014

    CALIFORNIA -- On Sept. 11, 2001, shortly after the attacks on the World Trade Centers in New York, aircraft from the Civil Air Patrol were the only aircraft flying over the devastation on a mission to survey and photograph the damage. Since then, CAP has been increasingly involved in Homeland...

    September 10, 2014

    MISSOURI – Fifty people came forward to search for Ronald Howdeshell and his Ford Edge SUV on Tuesday, after a 24-hour search that included both air and ground searches. Weather permitting, a helicopter and airplane grid search – like the one provided by Civil Air Patrol on Tuesday – will...

    September 9, 2014

    IDAHO -- Timothy Murphy, a senior member in Civil Air Patrol’s Boise Composite Squadron, has been chosen as the Bureau of Land Management’s state director. Murphy has been acting in the position since August 2013. In the position, Murphy leads the agency’s 700 permanent and 300 temporary employees who manage...

    September 8, 2014

    Civil Air Patrol members in the Alabama and Wyoming wings conducted search and rescue exercises over the weekend. There was activity on the ground and in the air at the Gillette-Campbell County Airport in Wyo., as well as at the Prattville (Ala.) airport at Grouby Field.  

    September 4, 2014

    VERMONT -- A boy who was struck outside his home by a passing motorist last week has died. Zachary Paroline, of East Randolph, died on Tuesday, one week after his 14th birthday, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Zachary’s parents, Jim and Denice Paroline, remember him as a creative, obsessive child, always...

    September 4, 2014

    WYOMING -- What was supposed to be an “engagement weekend” for a Wyoming couple, turned into a real-life experience of survival in the Bighorn National Forest. A week after 23-year old Blake Fuhriman and 22-year-old Alissa DeVille hiked into the forest, they were spotted on a mountain peak by an...

    September 4, 2014

    MONTANA -- Fourteen-year-old Christopher Bokovoy has known that he wanted to attend the United States Air Force Academy since he was 3 years old. A cadet in Helena’s Civil Air Patrol squadron, Bokovoy got the opportunity Tuesday evening to learn the basics of how airplanes are made before exploring some...

    September 2, 2014

    ARIZONA -- From a thousand feet above the Colorado River, Cadet Col. William Craig looks out his window for signs of distress such as a boat fire, as pilot and Capt. Jeff Eden heads the Cessna Turbo 206 to the Parker Dam. “Up here we get a different perspective,” Eden...

    September 2, 2014

    MINNESOTA -- When he was growing up, Ryan Phillips often went on family trips with his parents, Clark and Vicki. Unlike most kids who travel around the country, Phillips found himself as interested in the means of getting there as in the destination. I've always liked flying and being around...

    September 1, 2014

    MASSACHUSETTS -- Senior leaders from the Massachusetts Air National Guard express their gratitude to the many local, state and federal agencies -- including Civil Air Patrol -- that supported the search and recovery operations and continued to participate in the ongoing recovery efforts following the fatal crash of a 104th...

    August 26, 2014

    MINNESOTA -- Many people simply drove to Degner Regional Airport on Sunday morning for the Owatonna Civil Air Patrol’s annual French toast breakfast. But, since it was an airport and the event is dubbed the “Fly-in Breakfast,” a select few people decided to fly their own planes to the airport....

    August 26, 2014

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    August 25, 2014

    OHIO -- Kevin Geiss, director, Human Effectiveness Directorate, 711th Human Performance Wing, Air Force Research Laboratory, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, was recently awarded the F. Ward Reilly Leadership Award for his dedication and leadership skills as a Civil Air Patrol squadron commander. Geiss' CAP unit, Mount Vernon Composite Squadron,...

    August 25, 2014

    NORTH DAKOTA -- Multiple federal agencies concluded the first ever Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airspace Integration Test in the country Friday at Grand Forks Air Force Base. The test was designed to successfully integrate unmanned aircraft into the National Airspace System. It was a goal that was brought into greater focus...

    August 25, 2014

    WEST VIRGINIA -- Saturday’s cloudy skies put a slight delay on the takeoff of the Young Eagles Flight Rally at the North Central West Virginia Airport in Bridgeport. Members of the Experimental Aircraft Association and the Morgantown Pilots Association were on hand to take kids between the ages of 8...

    August 21, 2014

    TEXAS -- A 30-year member of Civil Air Patrol, Lt. Col. Lou Thomas, was honored Wednesday with the Federal Aviation Administration’s Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, recognizing 50 years of safe flying. Flying is his “forever passion,” which he does now for the Tyler Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol....

    August 21, 2014

    FLORIDA -- Civil Air Patrol’s new commander and chief executive officer, Maj. Gen. Joe Vazquez, is featured in Wednesday’s episode of “Airborne,” a daily wrap-up of aviation news by the Aero-News Network based in St. Augustine. Click here for a video report from Airborne’s Ashley Hale on the “New CAP...

    August 20, 2014

    NEVADA -- Members of the 802nd Cadet Squadron of Civil Air Patrol, from Jack Lund Schofield Middle School in Las Vegas, recently visited the Thunderbirds museum and the Threat Training Facility at Nellis Air Force Base. During their tour, the CAP cadets gained more insight about the Air Force. “We...

    August 19, 2014

    CONNECTICUT -- While conducting a patrol flight over Long Island Sound recently with Civil Air Patrol, State Rep. Janice R. Giegler and pilot-in-command Lt. Col. Sandy Sanderson of the 399th Danbury Squadron located and aided a boater in distress. “The boat captain was sort of excited as he was drifting...

    August 19, 2014

    LOUISIANA -- Youngsters from Civil Air Patrol’s Louisiana Wing got a chance to learn from the pros during a recent summer encampment at Barksdale Air Force Base. As part of the encampment, CAP cadets visited the U.S. Army’s Camp Minen Obstacle Course. Find out more about their experience in this...

    August 19, 2014

    VERMONT -- The Red Sox hosted Vermont Day Saturday night before their game against the Astros. Miss Vermont Lucy Edwards, Champ and even Skip made the trip to Boston. Barre native Chris Bond threw out the ceremonial first pitch and delivered a strike to home plate. The national anthem was...

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