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    December 14, 2011

    ARIZONA -- Traveling 16½ miles isn't far — about the distance between Sedona and Cottonwood — but it seems a very long way straight up. Cadets in the Verde Valley Composite Squadron 205 in Sedona did just that, launching their first space balloon from a field along Forest Road 525...

    December 12, 2011

    WINDSOR, ONTARIO -- It may be a small gesture but for Benjamin Leung it’s the ultimate way of saying thanks. Members of the Canadian and U.S. air cadets met at the apex of the Ambassador Bridge Sunday afternoon to exchange wreaths honoring veterans and those who have died while serving in...

    December 8, 2011

    ARIZONA -- An elderly New Mexico woman who was reported missing after leaving Chandler last week was found dead Wednesday in a remote area east of Globe. Her husband was found alive, police said. Elizabeth Davis, 82, apparently suffered a medical condition while attempting to walk with her husband toward...

    December 8, 2011

    MONTANA -- Flathead Valley residents will gather in Kalispell Saturday to honor veterans as part of the annual Wreaths Across America Day. Flathead Composite Squadron members collected enough donations from community members to purchase more than 500 wreaths this year, the first time Wreaths Across America is being celebrated in the...

    December 8, 2011

    FLORIDA -- Marco Islanders know him for speaking his mind, and Monte Lazarus has provided proof in words and in deeds. They know him, too, for his compassion. Lazarus was named Marco Island’s 2011 Citizen of the Year during ceremonies at Christmas Island Style's Holiday Gala. Lazarus, a former member...

    December 7, 2011

    ARIZONA -- Chandler police said Tuesday that 86-year-old Dana Davis and his 82-year-old wife Elizabeth left the Phoenix suburb on Dec. 1 and were headed back to their Albuquerque home following a visit to Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in Socorro, N.M. They have yet to return home and...

    December 7, 2011

    SOUTH DAKOTA -- Seventy years ago civilian pilots from across the country signed up to perform their own homeland security from above. Dec. 1 marked the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Civil Air Patrol, which was established by Congress. Luverne Kraemer, 94, of Nemo was one such pilot...

    December 7, 2011

    CALIFORNIA -- The Sacramento, Calif., chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, known as the George S. “Spanky” Roberts Chapter, had its 70th Anniversary Gala event Saturday evening at the California Aerospace Museum. Present were the Documented Original Tuskegee Airmen (DOTA) and their wives. Also present were the widows of the DOTA’s who...

    December 7, 2011

    NEW YORK -- They have planes and missions, but now they need more pilots to fly both. In recent years, the South-Central Civil Air Patrol Group has been increasingly tasked to help in disaster response, such as the April tornado in Danby and flooding in the wake of Hurricane Irene,...

    December 7, 2011

    MARYLAND -- Civil Air Patrol Lt. Col. Barry McNew of Waynesboro, Pa., involved with Maryland Wing’s Hagerstown Composite Squadron for 25 years and squadron commander for the past 16 years, has been selected as The Record Herald’s “Newsmaker” of the week. Click here to learn more about McNew and his...

    December 2, 2011

    KENTUCKY -- A Bowling Green man is a hero for serving his country, and then giving back by serving local cadets in the Civil Air Patrol. 1st Lt. Cory Felts, commander of the B-G-Warren County Composite Squadron, is the local leader for Civil Air Patrol, which is an organization aimed...

    December 2, 2011

    ILLINOIS -- Rhonda Anderson has been named executive director of the National Volunteer Caregiving Network. A former member of Civil Air Patrol, Anderson gained leadership skills as a volunteer for CAP. Her involvement included various aspects of youth and adult member training and overseeing search and rescue missions.  

    November 30, 2011

    AFGHANISTAN -- If you had told Tim Cheslock when he was in high school 20 years ago that he someday would be serving in the military in Afghanistan, he would have assumed he’d be in the cockpit of an Air Force jet. But today, Cheslock is serving on the ground...

    November 30, 2011

    ARIZONA -- Northern Arizona authorities say two men are dead after a small plane headed to Nevada crashed near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Federal Aviation Administration officials say a single-engine Cirrus SR20 was flying from Bryant Field Airport in Rock Hill, S.C., to Henderson, Nev., when it disappeared...

    November 30, 2011

    SOUTH CAROLINA -- Members of the South Carolina Air National Guard are conducting some air defense exercises today. The Guard says fighter jets assigned to the 169th Fighter Wing are flying Wednesday near Florence and Louisville, Ga. The Guard says the jets might be seen escorting a single-engine aircraft that...

    November 30, 2011

    VIRGINIA -- The Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot is preparing for another round of competition this weekend, with the All Service Division entering its second of three online rounds. In this two-track competition, teams have registered from public, private, parochial and home schools in the Open Division and JROTC units of...

    November 30, 2011

    MINNESOTA -- Flight lessons, for free? Four teens in the Civil Air Patrol are getting that chance because one instructor wanted to give back. The only thing the students have to pay for is the fuel. Instructor Paul Van Brunt donates hundreds of hours without asking for much in return....

    November 17, 2011

    MISSOURI -- Red Tails, the George Lucas film about the Tuskegee Airmen, will be in theaters in January 2012. The epic tells the story of the African-Americans who during World War II proved their skill and valor to their unbelieving countrymen. Two of those original Tuskegee Airmen, retired Majs. Harvey...

    November 17, 2011

    NEW YORK -- Massachusetts Air National Guard fighters are conducting training exercises in upstate New York today. The aircraft from the 104th Fighter Wing at Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield will intercept Civil Air Patrol planes over Rome in mid-morning and over Albany in mid-afternoon.

    November 17, 2011

    NORTH DAKOTA -- In Bismarck, the Federal Emergency Management Agency recognized the outstanding success and collaboration among local, state and federal agencies with an Administrator’s Award for Innovation. Thanks to a new communications and cross-team strategy for managing search and rescue efforts through a Response Operations Center (ROC), emergency responders...

    November 17, 2011

    COLORADO -- Damaging wind gusts over the past weekend caused several thousand Sangre de Cristo Electric Association consumers to lose their power. Along with that, uprooted trees, knocked trees into power line and downed poles were reported. Also damaged was a trailer used for Civil Air Patrol storage at the...

    November 14, 2011

    ALABAMA -- Air Force reservists interested in making an important contribution to their local community or making a difference during natural disasters and national emergencies should consider joining the Civil Air Patrol Reserve Assistance Program, or CAPRAP. “CAPRAP is an incredible program, but we’re really undermanned right now,” said Col....

    November 14, 2011

    MINNESOTA -- While downtown one evening, Bemidji’s David Quam saw an older man standing in front of the Freedom Fighters Veterans Memorial, intently focused on the World War II monument. “I’ve been here all day and not one person has come here to look at these monuments,” said the man,...

    November 14, 2011

    GEORGIA -- Philip Bowden, a Civil Air Patrol lieutenant colonel with Georgia Wing’s Peachtree City Falcon Field Composite Squadron, celebrated his 73rd birthday on Sept. 24 with a tandem skydive with Ed Bishop of Skydive Monroe as his tandem master. Bowden had made three static line parachute jumps in 1966...

    November 14, 2011

    PENNSYLVANIA -- Civil Air Patrol Capt. Don Kaminski, commander of the Washington Composite Squadron, said the relatively new CAP unit, which has space at the Pennsylvania Army National Guard Armory on Goodridge Lane in South Franklin Township is open to members from Washington, Greene, Allegheny, Somerset, Westmoreland, Butler, Beaver and...

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