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    August 3, 2011

    IDAHO -- The Civil Air Patrol held a change of command ceremony Tuesday in Boise to install the new commander for the Idaho Wing. Lt. Col. Frederick Thompson was promoted to the rank of colonel after taking over for the outgoing commander, Col. David Guzman.

    August 2, 2011

    MINNESOTA -- Apple Valley native Matt Quy’s vintage Stearman biplane has a rich history. It was used in World War II to train Tuskegee Airmen, who were the first African-American pilots to serve in the U.S. Army Air Corps. The plane is headed to the Smithsonian National Museum of African...

    August 2, 2011

    TEXAS -- What goes up must come down, but it also has to achieve a specific goal, remain intact and land safely. For the second time this year, the Three Rivers Flight of Grape Creek on Saturday launched its Explorer-II aerospace balloon project into the atmosphere in a carefully orchestrated...

    August 1, 2011

      ARIZONA -- The wreckage of an overdue aircraft from South Carolina was located in northern Arizona near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon Saturday afternoon. A search crew aboard a Civil Air Patrol plane spotted the wreckage in the area of DeMotte Park on the Kaibab National Forest. Sheriff's...

    July 29, 2011

    WISCONSIN -- The General Aviation Awards Program honored four national recipients for excellence in flight instruction, aviation maintenance, avionics and flight safety during EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh. Among the winners was Civil Air Patrol Capt. Joseph Morales of the Colorado Wing’s Jefferson County Senior Squadron, who was named the Aviation Maintenance...

    July 29, 2011

    MASSACHUSETTS -- In the nearly empty parking lot at Beverly Municipal Airport on a recent evening, eight people in military uniform lined up in formation. They saluted crisply and barked out commands that faded softly into the quiet evening. The uniformed men and boys are accustomed to operating out of...

    July 25, 2011

    ALASKA -- A search was under way this past weekend for an Anderson man reported missing near the Nenana River. Alaska State Troopers were told at about 2:15 p.m. Friday that 43-year-old Edward Neeley was missing, after his vehicle had been located along the river near Anderson. Civil Air Patrol...

    July 25, 2011

    OKLAHOMA -- Dozens of area emergency crews combed through Lake Texoma for the first search and rescue exercise to be held at the lake, which rests on the border of Oklahoma and Texas. Emergency crews and volunteers were split into 10 teams, some of them searched from the ground, while...

    July 25, 2011

    MINNESOTA -- The St. Cloud Morning and the Central Minnesota Noon Optimist clubs recently named the commander of Civil Air Patrol's St. Cloud Composite Squadron, Maj. Pat Cruze, among its 2011 “Friend of Youth” winners.

    July 22, 2011

    ALABAMA -- One hundred and twenty Civil Air Patrol cadet officers flew in from all over to participate in Cadet Officer School last week. The school at Maxwell Air Force Base is patterned after the Air Force’s Squadron Officer College and features an academically challenging curriculum and in-depth leadership training...

    July 22, 2011

    ILLINOIS -- In March, Peter Fox, 18, feeling faint and fatigued, stopped by Maine East High School’s health center for a checkup. A test showed trouble: the student’s blood levels were unusually low. Fox, a Civil Air Patrol cadet staff sergeant in Illinois Wing’s Palwaukee Composite Squadron in Chicago, walked...

    July 22, 2011

    OHIO -- Col. Gregory L. Mathews is Civil Air Patrol’s new Ohio Wing commander after previously serving as the wing’s inspector general. Read more about Mathews and his change of command ceremony in the online edition of his hometown newspaper, the Kenton Times.

    July 22, 2011

    VIRGINIA -- The Air Force Association, based in Arlington, announced Thursday the 20 recipients of AFA’s aerospace education grants, promoting aerospace education for hundreds of students through Civil Air Patrol squadrons. Click here to find out which squadrons were selected to receive the grants, which are awarded twice a year...

    July 19, 2011

    WEST VIRGINIA -- A group of about 100 volunteer members of Civil Air Patrol were on a mission in Bridgeport Saturday. The mission was a set of tasks: locate a missing aircraft, find a missing person and evaluate the flood damage of certain areas such as the New River Gorge...

    July 19, 2011

    MICHIGAN -- The U.S. Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol, conducting “Operation Wolverine” at Lenawee County Airport in Adrian, had a special guest on Saturday. Congressman Tim Walberg, R-Tipton, stopped by to show his support for the cadets and senior members. He also was briefed on CAP’s mission in support...

    July 19, 2011

    OKLAHOMA -- Teenage pilots from Oklahoma as well as Alabama, Arizona, Arkansa, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Ohio, Texas, Utah and Virginia converged at the Shawnee Municipal Airport for 10 days of training and the hope of making their first ever solo flights. “I was nervous at first,” said...

    July 19, 2011

    SOUTH DAKOTA -- Civil Air Patrol's South Dakota Wing did not have much information other than a plane had left Aberdeen on Friday night and was to land in Custer. It never arrived. Fortunately, Saturday’s mission was only a hypothetical search and rescue as part of the U.S. Air Force’s...

    July 19, 2011

    ALABAMA -- An unusual flight crew touched down in Huntsville Sunday, as teachers from across the nation finished touring the skies with Civil Air Patrol. The teachers participate in an educator’s version of the Space and Rocket Center’s Space Camp for educators. It included the chance to see Huntsville from...

    July 15, 2011

    NEBRASKA -- The valuable military artifacts at Omaha’s Freedom Park are safe and sound despite the Missouri River flooding, according to the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency. The park, home to the World War II minesweeper, the USS Hazard and the Cold War-era submarine, the USS Marlin, has been underwater since...

    July 15, 2011

    PENNSYLVANIA -- Like many couples, Kate Harrigan and William Alford go to different churches Sunday mornings. Unlike many couples, both wear clerical collars and officiate at Episcopal services when they do. The head of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania calls them “very dedicated pastors who model Christian marriage well.”...

    July 15, 2011

    SOUTH DAKOTA -- Annual Civil Air Patrol cadet encampment training is taking place at Camp Rapid this week. The nine-day event offers emergency service training for cadets aged 12 to 18 from all over the Midwest and Plains region. This year, 102 cadets are taking part in the training. On...

    July 13, 2011

    ALASKA -- When officer Simon Ford isn’t patrolling the streets for the Haines Borough Police Department, he’s the commander for the new Civil Air Patrol Chilkat Valley flight that draws more than half its membership from his own family. Ford, a former grocery store butcher with eight children, said his...

    July 11, 2011

    KENTUCKY -- The Kentucky Civil Air Patrol was training near Rising Sun, Ind., on Saturday when a helicopter piloted by a central Kentucky man went down, turning the exercise into a real search mission. A CAP aircrew from Frankfort located the wreckage through the copter’s emergency transmitter and directed local...

    July 11, 2011

    GEORGIA -- The 24 Civil Air Patrol cadets participating in the National Flight Academy glider training at Richard B. Russell Regional Airport in Rome, Ga., this week aren’t simply going up there and floating around, said retired Air Force Maj. Gen. George Harrison, one of the instructors and former director...

    July 11, 2011

    MONTANA -- The search for a missing skier continued at Big Sky Saturday. Search and rescue crews from Big Sky, Gallatin County and Madison County, as well as the Montana Civil Air Patrol, combed the round and steep terrain south and west of Lone Mountain Saturday morning in an effort...

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