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    March 22, 2011

    COLORADO -- A full-sized sailplane, similar to a glider, will be on display in the courtyard of the Hotel Colorado for the annual Colorado Wing Conference. About 200 teen and adult wing members are expected to attend the all-day conference April 9 at the hotel in Glenwood Springs, where they...

    March 21, 2011

    MONTANA -- As search and rescue teams face deteriorating weather conditions in Montana's Big Sky area, authorities plan to continue a scaled-down search for a former Winter Haven, Fla., resident who is missing after an overnight ski trip to Lone Mountain. Bradley "Brad" Gardner, 24, son of Dr. Mary and...

    March 21, 2011

    ARIZONA -- The National Park Service is continuing to search approximately 600 square miles of rugged backcountry for a possible downed airplane in Grand Canyon National Park. The mystery of the airplane lost in the Grand Canyon began almost a week ago. Civil Air Patrol is assisting with the park...

    March 21, 2011

    NEW YORK -- The next decision to make about the U.S. Air Force's new KC-46A refueling tanker: its name. Maybe a bird, as the Air Force has picked many times before — Falcon, Raptor, Eagle. Or perhaps a mythological character: Hercules, after all, was a Greek hero — brave, strong and...

    March 21, 2011

    ILLINOIS -- Cadet Master Sgt. Margaret Lippold, 18, wants to be in the U.S. Air Force someday. So when she was 15 she joined the Civil Air Patrol. “Its an Air Force auxiliary,” said Lippold, who lives in Ottawa and is a member of the Illinois Valley Composite Squadron based...

    March 21, 2011

    MICHIGAN -- This was Cadet 2nd Lt. Ashley Thornton's first year as a Miss Clawson Pageant contestant, but she treated it as an extension of the Junior Miss Clawson Pageant competition in which she competed for four straight years. The Junior Miss experience, coupled with the advanced level of discipline...

    March 18, 2011

    HAWAII -- Before the waves from an 9.0-magnitude earthquake in Japan reached Hawaii shores, eight Civil Air Patrol Cessnas launched for a nighttime mission March 10 to warn people along the islands’ coastline. A story on AOPA Online details the actions taken by CAP's Hawaii Wing, as well as that of the...

    March 18, 2011

    MINNESOTA -- Twenty-four students in Richard Kielty’s aviation class, at Princeton High School, had a rare opportunity to see airplanes up close and personal. Col. Tom Theis, a retired wing commander in the U.S. Air Force and now a member of Civil Air Patrol, organized a field trip for the...

    March 18, 2011

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Air Force Honor Guard members were honored at a Civil Air Patrol banquet recently on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C. The six USAF Honor Guard members work hand-in-hand with the Civil Air Patrol to train National Capital Wing cadets on military expectations and drill components.

    March 18, 2011

    Maj. Paul Marsteller looks at the lay of the land while 2nd Lt. Steven St. Clair studies a map during the Civil Air Patrol Currahee Composite Squadron’s search for the Vandiver family cemetery near Tallulah Falls on Saturday. The group of nine Civil Air Patrol teenage cadets, several CAP officers...

    March 18, 2011

    SOUTH CAROLINA -- A local group of Civil Air Patrol cadets recently marched off with the first-place award in a statewide color guard competition. Master Sgt. Colton Delaplane, Airman 1st Class Cameron Wilder, Airman Noah Eudy and Tech Sgt. Zach Wilson of the South Carolina Wing’s Lowcountry Composite Squadron won...

    March 16, 2011

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The North American Aerospace Defense Command is advising residents in the Washington area of some upcoming military training flights,  scheduled Thursday morning between midnight and 3 a.m. The flights are part of Exercise Falcon Virgo, designed to hone the military's aircraft intercept and identification operations and test...

    March 16, 2011

    KANSAS -- The National Volunteer Fire Council has announced the winners of its four national awards, which include Cadet 1st Lt. Brendan Finley-Davis of Civil Air Patrol’s Kansas Wing, the NVFC's Junior Firefighter of the Year. A member of the Micky Axton Composite Squadron in Chanute, Finley-Davis and the other...

    March 16, 2011

    MARYLAND -- As part of an invitation-only pre-opening Fallston megastore event Tuesday, Wal-Mart representatives presented $12,500 in grants to a number of organizations, including the Civil Air Patrol Honor Guard and the Maryland Wing Honor Guard.

    March 15, 2011

    SOUTH DAKOTA -- The search for a missing resident of the North Dakota Veterans Home in Lisbon is over. Lisbon Police Chief Jeanette Persons says 78-year-old Leon Weight has been found dead near Aberdeen in South Dakota. Extensive air and ground searches had been conducted and members of Civil Air...

    March 15, 2011

    NORTH DAKOTA -- About 800 motorists were rescued in a blizzard this weekend that left vehicles stranded, roads closed and knocked out power. But because of the cooperation of multiple agencies and various individuals, businesses and organizations, no lives were lost. “The cooperation between all the agencies was huge,” said...

    March 15, 2011

    MINNESOTA -- For a week, Matt Frame rubbed elbows with national politicians, saw a side of national agencies most people don’t see and lobbied Congress for a budget increase for Civil Air Patrol. The 18-year-old cadet captain from Ramsey was one of 24 cadets from around the nation to attend...

    March 14, 2011

    NEW YORK -- Civil Air Patrol Capt. Joe Minarovich is an engaging, colorful man. The aerospace education officer for the New York Wing’s Jamestown Composite Squadron is a man accustomed to adventure, scientific explorations in the field of aviation and, truth be told, a love for aviation surpassing all other...

    March 14, 2011

    OHIO -- The Youngstown Air Reserve Station Composite Squadron received two highly respected awards last year for its performance in the Civil Air Patrol cadet program. The unit received CAP’s Squadron of Merit and Quality Cadet Unit awards.

    March 14, 2011

    LOUISIANA -- Four cadets with the Ascension Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol had the opportunity to take the controls of the squadron’s Cessna 172 recently during the first of several orientation flights the cadets will get as members of the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary unit. Cadet Airman Hannah Pike,...

    March 14, 2011

    WISCONSIN -- The Wisconsin State Journal is previewing municipal and school board races in and around Dane County ahead of the April 5 general election. In Monona, Bob Miller and Jeff Wiswell are competing for mayor, a two-year term. Wiswell, a lieutenant colonel with Civil Air Patrol, is the public...

    March 14, 2011

    CALFORNIA -- “I was so impressed with cadets that I wanted to do something for leadership in this county,” said 1st Lt. Charlene Fulton, describing the launch last May of Squadron 50, Modesto’s new Civil Air Patrol unit. Students involved with the nonprofit Squadron 50 learn leadership skills such as...

    March 10, 2011

    IDAHO -- The bodies of two eastern Idaho residents were found Wednesday in the wreckage of a 1952 Korean War-era airplane that crashed in southern Twin Falls County. Danny Summers, 55, of Sugar City, and Jodi Wyatt, 47, of Rexburg, were found dead Wednesday afternoon by Twin Falls County Search...

    March 9, 2011

    FLORIDA -- Space Shuttle Discovery and its six-astronaut crew ended a 13-day journey of more than five million miles and concluded the spacecraft’s illustrious 27-year career with an 11:57 a.m. EST landing Wednesday at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Discovery was piloted by Eric Boe, a colonel in the...

    March 8, 2011

    PENNSYLVANIA -- Freedom High School senior Timothy Cassidy has been selected for the President's Volunteer Service Award through the 2011 Prudential Spirit of Community Award. Cassidy, a cadet second lieutenant in Civil Air Patrol’s Pennsylvania Wing, has volunteered more than 1,800 hours with Quakertown Composite Squad 904 and volunteered with...

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