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    April 15, 2013

    NORTH CAROLINA -- Civil Air Patrol recently honored a pilot who earned his wings a long time ago. CAP members from the North Carolina Wing’s Asheville Composite Squadron renamed their flight operations center at Asheville Regional Airport for Lt. Col. Robert Augur, who flew three different types of bombers during...

    April 15, 2013

    MARYLAND -- The Civil Air Patrol Carroll Composite Squadron Color Guard continues to reap top honors. Steadfast in their pursuit of excellence, cadet members of the Carroll team placed first in the 2013 Middle East Region color guard/drill team competition at Fort Pickett, Va. The MER competition is the second...

    April 12, 2013

    TEXAS -- A flight commander with the 47th Student Squadron at Laughlin Air Force Base was recently awarded the Spirit of Hope Award for the entire Air Education and Training Command. Capt. Jeffrey Burns, 47th STUS phase one flight commander and instructor pilot, earned the award for his selfless service...

    April 12, 2013

    FLORIDA -- Robert Rudd, a senior at Pine Forest High School and cadet commander for both the school’s NJROTC battalion and the Collin B. Haines Civil Air Patrol squadron out of NAS Whiting Field, has officially accepted his appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy for the incoming class of...

    April 11, 2013

    FLORIDA -- The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has signed an agreement with Civil Air Patrol’s Eglin Composite Squadron for the group to help in emergencies in the county, located in northwest Florida in the state's Panhandle. The volunteer civilian unit will help the sheriff’s office with aerial searches, rescue missions,...

    April 10, 2013

    NORTH DAKOTA -- The annual Red River Valley pastime of moisture monitoring came to a bone-chilling halt Tuesday when temperatures failed to creep above the freezing mark in eastern North Dakota and put both the gradual snowmelt and nervous flood watchers on hold. The last few weeks have seen above...

    April 10, 2013

    OREGON -- After nearly 20 hours on Mount Ashland, missing hiker Carol Koon was found and reunited with her family around noon on Monday. It was the moment friends and family of a missing skier collectively breathed a sigh of relief, who survived frigid conditions Monday evening as search and...

    April 10, 2013

    NEW MEXICO -- Since 1944 volunteers with the Alamogordo Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol's New Mexico Wing have served the local community through search-and-rescue operations while also providing guidance for youth. Learn more about the squadron and its emergency service missions, as well as the unit's cadet programs aimed...

    April 8, 2013

    OREGON -- Search and rescue crews plan to go airborne as they look for a missing skier in the Mount Ashland Ski area. Carol Koon, 52, of Chiloquin, was last seen at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Mount Ashland ski lodge. She was skiing at the area with her family....

    April 5, 2013

    NEW HAMPSHIRE -- Cadet 1st Lt. Matthew Piazza of York, Maine, was recently surprised with a presentation of the Air Force Association’s Cadet of the Year Award by Maj. Robert Gilbert, commander of the Highlanders Cadet Squadron. The award was presented during the squadron’s meeting in Rochester, recognizing him as...

    April 4, 2013

    GEORGIA – Ever since he took his first flight at age 14 and joined Civil Air Patrol, Ronald Alexander has led a charmed aviation life — which includes flying for the U.S. Air Force and Delta Air Lines, creating several aviation-related companies, collecting and restoring antique aircraft, and founding the...

    April 4, 2013

    ALASKA -- Members of the Alaska (11th Air Force) Rescue Coordination Center on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, completed their 5,000th mission (since July 1, 1994) recently. During the 5,000th mission, the team coordinated the Alaska Air National Guard's successful recovery of a pilot who crashed a Super Cub aircraft near the Bering River northeast...

    April 4, 2013

    TEXAS -- Five U.S. flight instructors, including Civil Air Patrol’s Raymond Francis “Ray” Spengler Jr. of Odessa, completed the Master Instructors course to receive the prestigious designation in March. The title has been earned by fewer than 700 of the 91,000 certified flying instructors currently active nationwide. Learn more about...

    April 3, 2013

    MINNESOTA -- Kaitlin Albright isn’t exactly a social climber, but she’s certainly motivated to rise through the ranks. The Circle Pines 16-year-old has kept her eyes on a particular prize since joining the Anoka-area Civil Air Patrol squadron two and a half years ago. “It’s been my goal to reach...

    April 3, 2013

    NORTH DAKOTA -- The North Dakota Emergency Commission has approved funding to begin preparations for expected spring flooding along the Red River and its tributaries in the eastern part of the state. The commission on Tuesday agreed to accept loan proceeds from the Bank of North Dakota that would provide...

    April 2, 2013

    VIRGINIA -- A teenage boy on the Southside got an opportunity of a lifetime last week, thanks to his new membership in Civil Air Patrol. He flew 3,000 feet in the air. For 13-year-old Jacob Fretwell, it was extra special because he had to conquer a big fear to do it....

    April 2, 2013

    ILLINOIS -- A former manager of the Mount Vernon Airport will be honored posthumously next month when he becomes a member of Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame. Max Firebaugh, who served as the airport manager for 22 years, will be inducted during the Illinois Aviation Conference’s banquet May 16 at...

    April 2, 2013

    MISSOURI – “It’s a relief and I think we can start getting our cadets back,” said 1st Lt. Jered Horn, public affairs officer for Civil Air Patrol’s Joplin squadron. After months of moving around, and waiting, members finally have a permanent space for the next five years. “It was always our...

    April 1, 2013

    DELAWARE -- The Dover Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol's Delaware Wing provided the color guard for Saturday's Vietnam Veterans Day ceremony at Kent County Veterans' Memorial Park. In addition to the CAP color guard, the hourlong event included a ceremonial reading and bell ringing for soldiers who were killed...

    April 1, 2013

    NORTH CAROLINA -- Murrell and Kitty Cook – a couple who met in 1947 when they were volunteer pilots with the Civil Air Patrol in Charlotte – are celebrating their 64th wedding anniversary this month. Learn more about the couple's CAP experiences and hear about their secrets to a long marriage in...

    April 1, 2013

    WASHINGTON -- Twenty-one Civil Air Patrol cadets – including 16 from Eastside cities in Washington state – took to the skies in perfect weather recently in six CAP planes flying out of Renton Airport for orientation training. Michael B. Holliday of Kirkland, public affairs officer for the Redmond-based Overlake Composite Squadron, said...

    March 20, 2013

    MARYLAND -- U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Nicole Malachowski’s life in flight as the first woman “Thunderbirds” pilot is profiled in a feature story for the Air Force News Service. The article, written by Airman 1st Class Alexander W. Riedel, chronicles the two years Malachowski flew in the F-16 Fighting Falcon No....

    March 20, 2013

    MISSOURI -- Cassville High School senior and Scott Regional Technical Center JROTC member Anna Buckley – a Civil Air Patrol cadet in Missouri Wing’s Table Rock Lake Composite Squadron – has big goals for the future. Buckley has her sights set on becoming one of the only female students from...

    March 20, 2013

    NEBRASKA -- A Fremont teenager recently had the chance to learn some valuable leadership lessons in the nation’s capital. Dillon Maki, a senior at Fremont High School, attended the Civil Air Patrol’s Civic Leadership Academy in Washington, D.C. Learn more about Maki's once-in-a-lifetime CAP experience, which included a Capitol Hill...

    March 19, 2013

    CALIFORNIA -- As part of Tsunami Preparedness Week later this month, Mendocino County officials are planning a tsunami preparedness warning test. The Mendocino County Office of Emergency Services, in cooperation with the counties of Humboldt and Del Norte, the National Weather Service, and the California Emergency Management Agency, has scheduled...

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