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    August 10, 2011

    TEXAS -- Once a week, Lucy Lopez leaves her pink T-shirts and skirts hanging in her closet and dons camouflage pants and combat boots. The 9-year-old is part of an Egly Elementary School outreach program in Brownsville that has put her on the path to someday become a private pilot....

    August 9, 2011

    SOUTH DAKOTA -- Rapid City has lost another police officer to the shooting last week that first killed officer Ryan McCandless. At a press conference Sunday evening, Rapid City Police Chief Steve Allender announced that Rapid City police officer Nick Armstrong had died in a local hospital, where he had...

    August 9, 2011

    WISCONSIN -- Civil Air Patrol says it found no signs of a downed plane near Pattison State Park in Superior Friday afternoon. A number of first responders, including CAP, had been sent to a heavily wooded area near the park following reports of a possible plane crash.  

    August 9, 2011

    KENTUCKY -- Civil Air Patrol’s Bowling Green/Warren County Composite Squadron consists of senior members and cadets and is based at the Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport. The squadron, through its cadet program, encourages youth to serve. The unit often assists the Warren County Emergency Management office and BRADD emergency managers...

    August 9, 2011

    GEORGIA -- When some students put on their Civil Air Patrol uniform they are preparing for a life of military service. For others they are simply preparing to be successful civilians. “This program has turned their whole life direction around,” said Capt. Brad Prater, commander of CAP cadets in the...

    August 9, 2011

    TEXAS -- State Rep. Dan Huberty presented milestone achievement awards to Lake Houston-area Civil Air Patrol cadets during a recent change of command ceremony held at the Marauder Composite Squadron's headquarters in Kingwood. Cadet 2nd Lt. Isaac Acay transferred the unit’s top cadet leadership position to the new cadet commander,...

    August 5, 2011

    HAWAII -- A front-page story in West Hawaii Today details the work of Hawaii Wing’s Kona Composite Squadron, including its disaster relief missions before and after a March tsunami. Also featured is the CAP unit’s ongoing efforts to provide youth leadership through aerospace education.

    August 5, 2011

    FLORIDA -- Several members of Civil Air Patrol’s Charlotte County Composite Squadron were promoted during the first half of 2011. They were honored at a certification ceremony at a recent squadron meeting.

    August 5, 2011

    TENNESSEE -- Jared Ver Mulm, a Civil Air Patrol cadet major in the Murfreesboro Composite Squadron, was one of only three Tennessee Wing members to receive flight scholarships this year. His scholarship is for $3,500 toward CAP flight training. Ver Mulm is a standout cadet, participating in various National Cadet Special...

    August 4, 2011

    MISSISSIPPI -- Three members of Civil Air Patrol’s Golden Triangle Composite Squadron -- Maj. Trey Breckenridge, 1st Lt. Jay Burrell and 2nd Lt. Jon Maynard -- helped find a downed single-engine airplane, in Hinds County, only ten minutes after it crashed in a soybean field near Raymond on Saturday afternoon....

    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...

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