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    June 16, 2011

    SOUTH DAKOTA -- Emergency levees are protecting southeast South Dakota from the rising Missouri River, so far. On Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers increased water releases from Gavins Point Dam to 150,000 cubic feet per second. That additional water is expected to hit the Dakota Dunes area on Wednesday. A...

    June 16, 2011

    KANSAS -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Region VII office continues to support state officials who are dealing with rising floodwaters along the Missouri River Basin in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska — which also is coping with floods along North Platte River. The message...

    June 16, 2011

    HAWAII -- The Maui Composite Squadron of the Hawaii Wing of Civil Air Patrol took top honors at a statewide awards banquet recently on Oahu. Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Alijah Madkour, 18, received the Outstanding Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year award, as well as the Honor Cadet of Hawaii Wing...

    June 15, 2011

    VIRGINIA – Lt. Col. Carolyn Guertin’s long history of service as a charter member of Civil Air Patrol is the focus of a Richmond News-Dispatch column that features not only Guertin’s reminiscences about her decades of involvement in the organization and inaviation but also comments by Maj. Gen. Amy S....

    June 14, 2011

    NEW HAMPSHIRE – Cadet 1st Lt. Dan Powell, cadet commander of the Hawk Composite Squadron, is the subject of a Concord Monitor profile focusing on the academic success he’s achieved – including graduating Friday as salutatorian of his Belmont High School class – while dealing with obstacles at home arising...

    June 13, 2011

    OREGON – Oregon Wing searchers found the wreckage of a single-engine Bellance near Ukiah after it crashed Sunday following takeoff from Dallesport, Wash., bound for Wyoming, according to the Associated Press. Two people on board were killed, while a third person believed to be on board hadn’t yet been found....

    June 10, 2011

    KENTUCKY -- When National Weather Service meteorologists in Louisville, Ky., wanted to enhance the damage surveys they conduct after severe storms strike, they reached out to general aviation pilots for help. An informal collaboration is taking hold. And the resulting product shows enough promise that in October the meteorologists will...

    June 10, 2011

    CALIFORNIA -- The need for tsunami warnings in Crescent City became clear on March 11, when a powerful earthquake and resulting tsunami hit Japan and prompted warnings along the California coast. This coastal California town lives with the realization that, given the topography and the stresses inexorably building up in...

    June 10, 2011

    SOUTH DAKOTA -- On the same day the water released from Oahe Dam was raised to 150,000 cubic feet per second, the Civil Air Patrol sent a plane up to take photos of the Pierre and Fort Pierre area. The new images show how much the Missouri River has spread...

    June 10, 2011

    ALABAMA -- To help their students better understand aeros­pace science, Shelby County teachers took to the skies from Shelby County Airport as part of the Civil Air Pa­trol’s Teacher Orientation Program. The teachers had a chance to experience the thrill of soaring through the air while being introduced to the...

    June 9, 2011

    NEBRASKA -- Omaha’s local Civil Air Patrol composite squadron took flight on Wednesday to view flood levels. This is the fifth flight the squadron has made to take digital pictures of the flood progress. They give the photos to agencies like FEMA, the Douglas County Sheriff's Department and the U.S. Army...

    June 9, 2011

    ALASKA -- A search from the air and ground continues for a former Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race musher missing for a week. Alaska State Troopers says efforts to find Melanie Gould have so far included a search by two fixed-wing aircraft, a helicopter, 17 search and rescue dogs and...

    June 9, 2011

    LOUISIANA -- Members of Civil Air Patrol’s Louisiana Wing have begun their third week of daily reconnaissance flights in support of various federal, state and local agencies. These flights are part of a response to flooding caused by extreme high water levels in the Mississippi River and in the Atchafalaya...

    June 9, 2011

    MISSOURI -- An estimated 500 members and visitors turned out at First Baptist Church of Savannah to honor retiring pastor Richard “Dick” Lionberger recently. Gifts for Chaplain Lt. Col. Lionberger and his wife, Linda, included five books of letters and photographs of their 22 years of service and the extension...

    June 8, 2011

    SOUTH CAROLINA -- The South Carolina Department of Transportation, Highway Patrol and other state agencies practiced reversing traffic lanes on U.S. Highway 501 Tuesday. The practice was part of an annual hurricane evacuation drill organized by the state’s Department of Public Safety. “We have a lot of agencies working together,...

    June 8, 2011

    ALASKA -- The search for Talkeetna resident Melanie Gould continues today. Yesterday, a crew of 20 searchers, two canine search teams as well as two Civil Air Patrol planes and one state trooper helicopter searched across the area near where Gould’s truck was found Saturday. Find out more about the...

    June 8, 2011

    FLORIDA -- The Charlotte County Composite Squadron, headquartered at Punta Gorda Airport, recently assisted a study to determine the extent of ecologic damage caused by the BP oil spill to Charlotte Harbor. Click here to learn more about the study and the coalition of organizations involved.

    June 8, 2011

    MARYLAND -- Dominic Dodson didn't leave his house empty-handed to go to the Carroll County Experimental Aircraft Association open house Saturday. With camera in hand, the 9-year-old went around investigating each plane, taking video and pictures when something interesting caught his eye. He's been a big fan of airplanes for...

    June 8, 2011

    NEW MEXICO -- A Civil Air Patrol wing recently received an “Excellent” rating for its performance on its U.S. Air Force mandated operations evaluation at Kirtland Air Force Base and throughout New Mexico. The evaluation tested the New Mexico CAP’s ability to perform Air Force assigned missions, such as homeland...

    June 8, 2011

    NORTH CAROLINA -- The engines of the 1941 Stearman open cockpit biplane roared as the crowd at the Western North Carolina Air Museum’s Air Fair Saturday turned their heads toward the sky. There was a flash of blue and gray as the plane descended toward the runway. The propeller churned...

    June 7, 2011

    SOUTH DAKOTA -- It’s been more than a week since the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers started releasing more water from the Oahe Dam along the Missouri River. In that time, water levels have gone up in the Pierre and Fort Pierre areas. Thanks to Civil Air Patrol photos, you...

    June 7, 2011

    NEVADA -- Civil Air Patrol Capt. Bill Schroeder, the first Master Certified Flight Instructor in Nevada who has been flying in the Lake Tahoe/Sierra Nevada region for more than 25 years, recently pinned an article entitled “Escaping a Downdraft” for General Aviation News, a national website for pilots and aircraft owners....

    June 7, 2011

    GEORGIA -- Search crews found no survivors in the wreckage of a plane carrying four people that crashed atop a north Georgia mountain this week, a Civil Air Patrol official said late Wednesday. Maj. Paige Joyner of CAP's Georgia Wing said crews made the discovery after lowering a searcher by...

    June 1, 2011

    FLORIDA -- If you heard a thundering explosion across Southwest Florida in the early hours today, it was likely the re-entry of space shuttle Endeavour. “It’s a double boom,” said Civil Air Patrol 1st Lt. Bob Reiss. “It will probably sound like an explosion coming from the direction of Marco...

    June 1, 2011

    MASSACHUSETTS -- Residents may see fighters in the skies over eastern Massachusetts this morning, but there is no cause for alarm, the National Guard said. F-15s from the 104th Fighter Wing, Massachusetts National Guard in Westfield, will take part in an Alert Force exercise from 10 a.m. to noon, officials...

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