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    July 19, 2011

    OKLAHOMA -- Teenage pilots from Oklahoma as well as Alabama, Arizona, Arkansa, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Ohio, Texas, Utah and Virginia converged at the Shawnee Municipal Airport for 10 days of training and the hope of making their first ever solo flights. “I was nervous at first,” said...

    July 19, 2011

    SOUTH DAKOTA -- Civil Air Patrol's South Dakota Wing did not have much information other than a plane had left Aberdeen on Friday night and was to land in Custer. It never arrived. Fortunately, Saturday’s mission was only a hypothetical search and rescue as part of the U.S. Air Force’s...

    July 19, 2011

    ALABAMA -- An unusual flight crew touched down in Huntsville Sunday, as teachers from across the nation finished touring the skies with Civil Air Patrol. The teachers participate in an educator’s version of the Space and Rocket Center’s Space Camp for educators. It included the chance to see Huntsville from...

    July 15, 2011

    NEBRASKA -- The valuable military artifacts at Omaha’s Freedom Park are safe and sound despite the Missouri River flooding, according to the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency. The park, home to the World War II minesweeper, the USS Hazard and the Cold War-era submarine, the USS Marlin, has been underwater since...

    July 15, 2011

    PENNSYLVANIA -- Like many couples, Kate Harrigan and William Alford go to different churches Sunday mornings. Unlike many couples, both wear clerical collars and officiate at Episcopal services when they do. The head of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania calls them “very dedicated pastors who model Christian marriage well.”...

    July 15, 2011

    SOUTH DAKOTA -- Annual Civil Air Patrol cadet encampment training is taking place at Camp Rapid this week. The nine-day event offers emergency service training for cadets aged 12 to 18 from all over the Midwest and Plains region. This year, 102 cadets are taking part in the training. On...

    July 13, 2011

    ALASKA -- When officer Simon Ford isn’t patrolling the streets for the Haines Borough Police Department, he’s the commander for the new Civil Air Patrol Chilkat Valley flight that draws more than half its membership from his own family. Ford, a former grocery store butcher with eight children, said his...

    July 11, 2011

    KENTUCKY -- The Kentucky Civil Air Patrol was training near Rising Sun, Ind., on Saturday when a helicopter piloted by a central Kentucky man went down, turning the exercise into a real search mission. A CAP aircrew from Frankfort located the wreckage through the copter’s emergency transmitter and directed local...

    July 11, 2011

    GEORGIA -- The 24 Civil Air Patrol cadets participating in the National Flight Academy glider training at Richard B. Russell Regional Airport in Rome, Ga., this week aren’t simply going up there and floating around, said retired Air Force Maj. Gen. George Harrison, one of the instructors and former director...

    July 11, 2011

    MONTANA -- The search for a missing skier continued at Big Sky Saturday. Search and rescue crews from Big Sky, Gallatin County and Madison County, as well as the Montana Civil Air Patrol, combed the round and steep terrain south and west of Lone Mountain Saturday morning in an effort...

    July 6, 2011

    NEVADA -- Dale Brown must love Nevada. The New York Times best-selling author of military suspense novels moved to Incline Village about 15 years ago. Books written by the former U.S. Air Force captain, now a member of Civil Air Patrol, usually have a strong international component. “The Tin Man”...

    July 6, 2011

    ALABAMA -- Most 16-year-olds are car crazy. They spend their time practicing to earn a driver’s license, saving money to buy their first car or working a summer job to put gas in their tanks. For Wilsonville’s Jacob McGowin, the age of 16 meant he could finally fly solo on...

    June 24, 2011

    HAWAII -- Civil Air Patrol’s Hawaii Wing is featured in the latest issue of Torch, the official safety magazine of the U.S. Air Force AETC. A cover story in the May-June issue, written by Tech Sgt. Samuel Bendet, explores the wing’s long history of providing tsunami warnings along Hawaii’s shores.

    June 24, 2011

    NEVADA -- The Civil Air Patrol National Cadet Glider Academy starts today at the Minden-Tahoe Airport, hosted by the Douglas County Composite Squadron. Twenty cadets are attending, ranging in age from 14 to 19 from states as far away as Florida. They will attend ground school classes and fly twice a day...

    June 24, 2011

    TEXAS -- Airmen at Laughlin Air Force Base recently hosted members of the Civil Air Patrol cadet program as they learned about undergraduate pilot training. “We have students here at Laughlin from Florida to Alaska,” said Major Steve Esh, a 99th comptroller squadron academics teacher. “They are from all over...

    June 23, 2011

    ILLINOIS -- At the age of 3, Michael Christopher built his own aircraft carrier mockup to launch model planes. At age 14, the Neuqua Valley High School freshman-to-be has parlayed that early interest into the President’s Volunteer Service Award as a member of Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of...

    June 23, 2011

    COLORADO -- Civil Air Patrol Cadet Airman 1st Class Joshua Heald was selected by command staff as  wing honor cadet at the Colorado Wing’s encampment at the Air Force Academy Prep School in Colorado Springs. Heald, a member of the Steamboat Springs Composite Squadron, was chosen from more than 150...

    June 23, 2011

    CALIFORNIA -- Cadet Tech. Sgt. David Herrera stood tall and authoritative in his uniform as the rest of Civil Air Patrol’s Vandenberg Composite Squadron 101 cadet flight climbed the stairs to their meeting room at the Santa Maria Public Airport. Moments before, the 14-year-old David, who has been in the...

    June 21, 2011

    NEW MEXICO -- A Civil Air Patrol exercise conducted in Alamogordo paid off in an unexpected way Saturday when one of the aircrews flying near Santa Fe was first to report a wildland fire blazing in the Santa Fe National Forest. A plane from CAP’s Los Alamos Composite Squadron was...

    June 21, 2011

    HAWAII -- Kaua‘i Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. honored Col. Roger Caires on Friday for his 50 years of service to Civil Air Patrol. Caires serves as the Hawaii Wing commander for CAP, an auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. He has under his command 10 aircraft, two employees and 550...

    June 16, 2011

    MASSACHUSETTS -- Necks craned to catch a glimpse and ears were attuned to the thunderous sound of two fighter jets that visited the skies of Taunton Wednesday morning. “At first it sounded like a helicopter to me,” said Mimi Punda, secretary to Mayor Charles Crowley. But as soon as she...

    June 16, 2011

    SOUTH DAKOTA -- Emergency levees are protecting southeast South Dakota from the rising Missouri River, so far. On Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers increased water releases from Gavins Point Dam to 150,000 cubic feet per second. That additional water is expected to hit the Dakota Dunes area on Wednesday. A...

    June 16, 2011

    KANSAS -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Region VII office continues to support state officials who are dealing with rising floodwaters along the Missouri River Basin in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska — which also is coping with floods along North Platte River. The message...

    June 16, 2011

    HAWAII -- The Maui Composite Squadron of the Hawaii Wing of Civil Air Patrol took top honors at a statewide awards banquet recently on Oahu. Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Alijah Madkour, 18, received the Outstanding Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year award, as well as the Honor Cadet of Hawaii Wing...

    June 15, 2011

    VIRGINIA – Lt. Col. Carolyn Guertin’s long history of service as a charter member of Civil Air Patrol is the focus of a Richmond News-Dispatch column that features not only Guertin’s reminiscences about her decades of involvement in the organization and inaviation but also comments by Maj. Gen. Amy S....

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