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    September 14, 2011

    VIRGINIA -- The Air Force Association, headquartered in Arlington, Va., announced that CyberPatriot IV, the national high school cyber defense competition, now has more than 500 teams registered to compete. With 46 states, Puerto Rico and U.S. Department of Defense Dependent Schools in England, Germany, Japan and Korea already represented,...

    September 14, 2011

    PENNSYLVANIA -- Those seeking a unique way to honor and serve America without enrolling in the military can join the Civil Air Patrol, or CAP, a U.S Air Force Auxiliary that is a humanitarian and educational nonprofit organization. CAP members are civilian volunteers who are not members of any branch...

    September 14, 2011

    NEW JERSEY -- Fourteen-year-old Connor Gibney and his brother, Colin, who is 13, both said they want careers in the military, most likely the U.S. Air Force. Each got a taste of what boot camp might be like when they took park in an intense nine-day Civil Air Patrol training...

    September 12, 2011

    FLORIDA -- The weeklong search for a missing Texas man, believed to have disappeared from the Everglades National Park, has been called off, the National Park Service announced Friday. Jacob Olivier, 23 and a resident of Springs, Texas, entered the park on Aug. 24 and has not been seen or...

    September 12, 2011

    Maj. Steven Solomon, Civil Air Patrol’s national public affairs team leader, looks back on the events of 9/11 and how it spurred him on to become a member of the U.S. Air Force auxiliary. Click here to read Solomon's commentary in the Tampa Tribune.  

    September 12, 2011

    NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS -- Civil Air Patrol units across America participated in 9/11 memorial ceremonies over the past weekend:  Lake Havasu City, Ariz. Murrieta, Calif.  Brunswick, Md. Englewood, N.J. Socorro, N.M. Warren, Pa.

    September 12, 2011

    WEST VIRGINIA -- Members of the 12 West Virginia Civil Air Patrol squadrons joined forces for the third annual Ground Pounders Challenge at the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport near Williamstown this weekend. “This weekend’s training has an emphasis on safety and ground issues for our beginner members,” said Maj. Debbie...

    September 12, 2011

    NEW JERSEY -- Ann Walko, a resident of Scotch Plains and past president of the Plainfields chapter of UNICO, was presented with the Grand Patriot Award at the UNICO national convention in Arlington, Va. The award is presented annually by the Italian-American service organization to an individual who “carries the...

    September 9, 2011

    MASSACHUSETTS -- The commander of Civil Air Patrol’s Massachusetts Wing remembers 9/11, and how members of the Hanscom Composite Squadron and the wing responded to the terrorist attacks. Click here to see a Boston Herald video of Col. William Meskill recalling the events of 10 years ago in which CAP...

    September 8, 2011

    CALIFORNIA -- The 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks is this weekend, so ABC7 takes a look at Bay Area families who lost loved ones on United Airlines Flight 93. It left Newark that morning bound for San Francisco, but crashed in Pennsylvania after passengers fought so bravely to stop...

    September 8, 2011

    MARYLAND -- The drone of a Piper aircraft taking off briefly interrupted a gathering of the newest squadron of Civil Air Patrol, which has returned to Charles County after a six-year absence. Although founded July 29, the Charles Composite Squadron, based at Maryland Airport in Pomonkey, already has 22 members,...

    September 6, 2011

    INDIANA -- Turning 50 dramatically affects some people. Couple the big 5-0 with a new diagnosis of diabetes, and what do you get? How about a more-than-90-pound weight loss in 10 months? Meet Alex Whitacre, an employee with George Koch Sons in Evansville, Ind. Click here to learn how the Civil...

    September 6, 2011

    NEW MEXICO -- An Albuquerque teen, Spencer Graham, has won a national contest sponsored by Civil Air Patrol to come up with a slogan to keep kids off drugs. A 13-year-old cadet airman in CAP’s T-Bird Composite Squadron 4 in Albuquerque, Graham came up with: “Follow your dream and stay...

    September 6, 2011

    SOUTH DAKOTA -- The South Dakota Wing of Civil Air Patrol and one of its members received awards at the recent CAP Annual Conference in Louisville, Ky. The wing, presented by Wing Commander Col. Bill Kay, received the National Commander’s Unit Citation from Maj. Gen. Amy Courter for its sustained...

    September 6, 2011

    NORTH CAROLINA -- The Aviation Historical Society met recently at the Macon County Airport with guest speaker, Civil Air Patrol Capt. Bob Scott of Franklin. Scott related some of the more interesting plane crashes in eastern Tennessee, northern Georgia, northern South Carolina and western North Carolina that comprise this region...

    September 6, 2011

    INDIANA -- A Haubstadt teenager, who volunteered during flood relief efforts this year as a member of the U.S. Air Force’s Civil Air Patrol, recently received a national award for his work as his squadron’s aerospace education officer. Cadet Maj. Aaron Evans, a 16-year-old home-schooled sophomore, became the first Hoosier...

    September 1, 2011

    TEXAS -- Civil Air Patrol cadets from the Lake Houston area-based Marauder Composite Squadron toured the Continental Airlines Pilot Training Center on Aug. 13. A major highlight of the tour was the opportunity to pilot a Boeing 737-800 flight simulator. Click here to read more about the experience and see...

    August 30, 2011

    IOWA -- Record rainfall, faulty gates and inherent design issues contributed to the July 2010 breach of Iowa’s Delhi Dam, investigators found. The overtopping caused the earthen embankment to erode and eventually emptied Lake Delhi, causing millions in property damage. Read more about the breach in this online article published...

    August 30, 2011

    MINNESOTA -- Saturday the Mankato Civil Air Patrol, a group of professionally-trained civilian volunteers that often help with search and rescue and disaster relief, had training for some of its youngest members. Molly Miles, a reporter for KEYC-TV, was there as young cadets experienced the joy of flight for the...

    August 30, 2011

    KENTUCKY -- A Reidland teenager was honored earlier this month for saving his grandparents from drowning. In July 2010, 16-year-old Avery Yates was canoeing in the Current River with his grandparents when their canoe capsized. Yates assisted his grandmother to safety and returned to save his grandfather who was pinned...

    August 30, 2011

    KANSAS -- Bernard “Barney” King, associate professor of aviation at Kansas State University Salina, recently renewed his Master Certified Flight Instructor accreditation for the sixth time. One of only 26 worldwide to earn the credential six times, he first earned this national professional accreditation in 2001 and has held it...

    August 30, 2011

    OREGON -- U.S. Air Force evaluators gave the Oregon Wing of Civil Air Patrol an “Excellent” rating earlier this month at an Evaluated Search and Rescue Exercise out of Aurora and Medford. Members of Oregon CAP demonstrated to evaluators that they know how to accomplish objectives and use funding wisely...

    August 29, 2011

    MONTANA/WYOMING -- Fire crews dug in to gain control over some of the largest wildfires in the West Friday, taking advantage of a break in the weather before hot temperatures and gusty winds return over the weekend. Almost 3,000 firefighters are working dozens of blazes that flared up in recent days in...

    August 29, 2011

    Cygnus Business Media, a leading business-to-business media company, announced recently that AMTSociety Executive Director Tom Hendershot received a unanimous endorsement for induction into the OX5 Aviation Pioneers Aviation Hall of Fame. Hendershot, an aviation industry innovator who got his start as a Civil Air Patrol cadet, will be the only...

    August 29, 2011

    INDIANA -- On Sunday, the Vanderburgh County EMA and Civil Air Patrol teamed up to make sure Hoosiers are prepared for major disasters. The groups simulated response efforts for a 7.5 magnitude earthquake. The EMA says preparing for one major disaster is preparing for them all. Response teams were out on air and land...

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