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    February 11, 2013

    NEVADA -- The Nevada Wing of Civil Air Patrol held its semiannual Wing Staff and Squadron Commanders meeting at the historic Tonopah Station Hotel Casino and Conference Center recently. Members from all over the state, and CAP Region Headquarters were present. The meeting discusses wing preparation for state and region...

    February 11, 2013

    WISCONSIN -- Many members of the La Crosse County Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron are looking to move from their cadet ranking into the U.S. military. Saturday they got some of that military training while participating in ground search and rescue drills. “We take training very seriously, you train like...

    February 7, 2013

    NEW HAMPSHIRE -- Following an aerial survey of Lake Winnipesaukee this week, New Hampshire Fish and Game Department officials warn that this winter’s uneven temperatures and high winds have affected ice formation, particularly on the state’s larger lakes. The CAP survey revealed treacherous ice conditions on some parts of the...

    February 7, 2013

    ILLINOIS -- Flying. It’s all he’s wanted to do since he was 5 years old. “I was born to be a pilot,” Michael Carpenter said. He joined Civil Air Patrol when he was only 13. The first time he flew a plane without an instructor, he was 16. And by...

    February 7, 2013

    NEVADA -- Eighteen Civil Air Patrol cadets from Nevada and Utah attended a Non-Commissioned Officer School (NCOS) to help prepare them for entry-level leadership responsibilities in their home units. Training at the Airman Leadership School, located on Nellis Air Force Base, was open to cadets with airman first class rankings...

    February 5, 2013

    PENNSYLVANIA -- Civil Air Patrol helped aide in the recent search for a missing Somerset snowmobiler alongside state police and fire officials, and they were out in the elements this past weekend for a winter weather exercise in case they are called upon again. Nearly 100 cadets in CAP ages...

    January 31, 2013

    KOREA -- Civil Air Patrol cadets from Korea, Japan and the United States gathered at Osan Air Base recently for Korea’s first CAP encampment. U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jennifer Stai of Armed Forces Network (AFN) Korea explains how this volunteer force program is helping today's youth.

    January 31, 2013

    PENNSYLVANIA – Like many Civil Air Patrol cadets, Cadet 2nd Lt. Mary Dice of Somerset County Composite Squadron 1502 has enjoyed her three years as a member of the U.S. Air Force auxiliary. But unlike many CAP cadets who pursue aviation-related careers, Dice has a slightly different career track in...

    January 30, 2013

    LOUISIANA -- A Super Bowl air defense exercise, in which military fighter pilots and other federal agencies prepare to protect the skies from unwanted aerial intrusion near the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Sunday, has been pushed back. Fog that blanketed the area early Tuesday was the apparent cause for the Air Force...

    January 30, 2013

    COLORADO -- The National General Aviation Awards Committee has revealed the 2013 regional General Aviation Awards winners, who are all finalists for the national awards. Maj. Bill Standefer of Civil Air Patrol's Colorado Wing is among the 20-plus regional winners, representing the Northwest Mountain Region as its Regional FAASTeam Representative...

    January 30, 2013

    ARIZONA -- When Tasha Hopper rushed into her daughter-in-law’s delivery room earlier this month, the baby was crowning. Her son, Chris Chavez, 8,000 miles away in Afghanistan, could only listen to the commotion over the crackling phone line. The Buckeye soldier was facing the age-old frustration of parents in the...

    January 29, 2013

    LOUISIANA -- During Super Bowl XLVII Sunday, the U.S. government will establish a no-fly zone centered on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, and pilots have been warned already that entering the area without permission could bring anything from a talk with federal agents to civil fines to, worse, missiles. Preparing for Sunday,...

    January 29, 2013

    TENNESSEE -- Barry Melton has devoted most of his life to volunteer service, through membership in the U.S. Air Force auxiliary commonly known as the Civil Air Patrol, and serving in media-related areas in his local church. Melton has worked for Life Care Centers of America for almost 20 years....

    January 29, 2013

    PENNSYLVANIA -- Members of Civil Air Patrol’s Washington County Squadron 601 received congressional recognition from U.S. Rep. Timothy Murphy, R-Pa., as well as awards from their squadron for their contributions to the community. Those in attendance for the presentation included Col. Sandra Brandon, commander of CAP’s Pennsylvania Wing, and Capt....

    January 24, 2013

    WISCONSIN – MaryBeth Marx, a middle school (grades 6-8) teacher with the Westby Area School District, recently represented Westby VFW Post 8021 as its VFW Citizenship Educator of the Year award recipient. Marx was nominated to the VFW by Westby Middle School Principal Clarice Kammel for her involvement with Civil...

    January 23, 2013

    PENNSYLVANIA -- The staff at the Berry Patch Bed and Breakfast in Swatara Township have entertained hundreds of guests through the years, but few, if any, have been as interesting as Col. Mary S. Feik. Feik, at age 88, recently drove her pickup truck (stick shift, too!) from her home...

    January 23, 2013

    TEXAS -- The Denton Rotary Club recently partnered with Civil Air Patrol to present Daniel Bishop, a CAP cadet, with the Service Above Self Award. The award was presented to Bishop at a December awards banquet held by the Denton Nighthawk Composite Squadron. Bishop, a cadet captain in the squadron, completed more...

    January 18, 2013

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Search and rescue leaders from various federal, state and local emergency agencies, including Civil Air Patrol, converged on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) recently for a week-long course in search theory and applications to land and air searches. Taught by the National Search and Rescue School, the course...

    January 18, 2013

    WISCONSIN -- Several La Crosse area residents were honored recently for their contributions and achievements as members of the La Crosse Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol. Maj. Duane St. Mary, the unit’s commander, presented the Cadet of the Year Award to Cadet Lt. Col. Michael Ebert of West Salem....

    January 15, 2013

    MASSACHUSETTS -- The 104th Fighter Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard in Westfield will be conducting training in the next few weeks in some regions of southern Vermont and New Hampshire in preparation for an upcoming inspection. The practice intercept missions, called Fertile Keynotes, involve 104th Fighter Wing F-15s...

    January 15, 2013

    FLORIDA -- It's a dream he's had all his life, said Ken Bardon – to sail around the world. On Sunday, the Marco Islander set out to make his dream into reality. With a crew of four, Bardon cast off from the dock and took the helm of Moonbeam, his...

    January 15, 2013

    NEW YORK -- The Vanguard Composite Squadron, NY-390, the local unit of the Civil Air Patrol, celebrated its fifth anniversary Saturday night with a dinner at the Freehold Community Center. The dinner featured promotions and awards presentations, as well as speeches and a slideshow, all recognizing the accomplishments of not...

    January 14, 2013

    SOUTH DAKOTA -- Both by air and land, they are searching and rescuing lives. It’s the South Dakota Civil Air Patrol. “Every time we’re called upon we try to get a team to go out and do it,” South Dakota Wing Commander Col. John Seten said. Officers and cadets conducted...

    January 14, 2013

    ILLINOIS – U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger was back in his old stomping grounds Sunday night. Kinzinger was the keynote speaker for the McLean County Civil Air Patrol’s annual banquet. Seventeen young members were honored with an award and promotion from the CAP and Bloomington VFW. The visit was a homecoming...

    January 10, 2013

    CALIFORNIA -- West Coast air defenses will be tested this morning in an exercise dubbed Felix Hawk, which will send military aircraft flying low over the North Coast of California between Cloverdale and Garberville. “Folks might see a couple of F-16 airplanes flying as slow as they can to intercept a...

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