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    February 23, 2015

    Four Civil Air Patrol pilots, who helped protect America’s shores during World War II, were honored with replicas of the Congressional Gold Medal in a presentation ceremony Saturday at the Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport. Col. Donald Hancock of nearby Norway was the lone living recipient, honored by U.S. Sen. Susan Collins,...

    February 23, 2015

    UTAH -- Teaching grade-school children about STEM subjects can present its own challenges, but actually engaging children can be a whole different ball game. To help teachers further engage their students in science, technology, engineering and math, Civil Air Patrol hosted a teacher orientation program, or TOP Flight, on Saturday...

    February 20, 2015

    ARKANSAS -- U.S. Rep. Steve Womack presented Manny Redifer with a bronze replica of the Congressional Gold Medal in a ceremony in the historic Victorian house that serves as the Rogers congressman’s Fort Smith office. During World War II, Redifer, 89, of Hackett volunteered for Civil Air Patrol in South Bend,...

    February 18, 2015

    NEW HAMPSHIRE -- As colleagues mourn her death, mountaineering experts say Kate Matrosova, a 32-year-old New York City woman who died while attempting a north-south traverse of the Presidential Range in the White Mountains, would probably have made the demanding hike in any weather except what she encountered Sunday. Matrosova...

    February 17, 2015

    WISCONSIN – Lt. Col. William Bruring was recognized for his service in World War II under the Civil Air Patrol Saturday. Bruring received a replica of the Congressional Gold Medal at CAP’s Wisconsin Wing headquarters in La Crosse. The rarely awarded medal is considered to be the highest civilian honor....

    February 17, 2015

    NEW MEXICO – Balloon pilot Daniel Lovato stepped back into the gondola for the first time since losing his arm in a balloon accident over one year ago. As Lovato got ready to take off once again, he admitted it hasn't been easy getting back in. “It’s something to finish...

    February 13, 2015

    CALIFORNIA -- A 20-year separation and a cancer diagnosis couldn’t keep Simi Valley couple Dave and Anita Berro from finally living their happily ever after. The pair, who first laid eyes on one another as young teens while tidying up after a Civil Air Patrol meeting at the Simi Valley...

    February 11, 2015

    NEW MEXICO -- What is it they say about regaining confidence after a bad experience – when you fall off the horse, get back on, right? Imagine, then, when the fall is more than 40 feet and the horse is a hot-air balloon that bursts into flames when it hits...

    February 10, 2015

    SOUTH DAKOTA -- Since 1941, volunteers with the Civil Air Patrol have helped protect the public during emergency situations. KSFY photo journalist Dave Hauck shows us how that tradition continues in South Dakota with the many volunteer pilots in CAP’s South Dakota Wing. The outing, covered in this video report,...

    February 10, 2015

    VIRGINIA -- An aviation legend in southwestern Virginia received a national honor Friday. Wes Hillman, 92, of Roanoke was recognized for his service in the Civil Air Patrol during World War II. He received the Congressional Gold Medal during a ceremony at the Virginia Museum of Transportation. Hillman wore his old...

    February 9, 2015

    KANSAS -- The Civil Air Patrol continues to modernize its single-engine piston fleet with an eye on inspiring the next generation of aviators and related professionals, and the deal announced Feb. 2 to purchase 21 new Cessna 172 Skyhawks is very much a part of that. Each of the new...

    February 6, 2015

    PUERTO RICO – The U.S. Coast Guard in San Juan ended a three-day search for a missing paddle boarder Wednesday night off the northwest coast of Puerto Rico. Still missing is Sheily Roque, 30, who had gone out paddle boarding with Michael Vazquez, 25, Sunday afternoon from Crash Boat Beach...

    February 3, 2015

    NEW HAMPSHIRE -- Thirteen members of the original New Hampshire Civil Air Patrol received Congressional Gold Medal replicas in a ceremony Saturday at the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire in Londonderry. On hand for the presenatations was New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and other lawmakers...

    February 2, 2015

    OKLAHOMA – The LeFlore County Sheriff’s Office said a missing student’s vehicle was found Sunday in Latimer County, and the body inside has been confirmed to be 21-year-old Callie Morris. The SUV was found overturned and partially submerged in water in an area near Buffalo Valley, according to Maj. Rick...

    February 2, 2015

    WYOMING -- Whether your young one plans to enter the U.S. Air Force, wants to take to the skies for fun or to help people or just needs a little more leadership, he or she may find a jump-start to their dreams in the Civil Air Patrol. Cadets in Sheridan’s...

    January 30, 2015

    ALASKA -- JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Airmen with the Alaska Air National Guard’s 210th and 212th Rescue Squadrons rescued the pilot of an aircraft found at Lake Chakachamna, west of Cook Inlet, Thursday. A Good Samaritan aircraft spotted the overdue plane at Lake Chakachamna, and a Civil Air Patrol...

    January 27, 2015

    PENNSYLVANIA -- U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Elizabeth Kealey, 32, originally of Indiana, Pa., died Friday in California from injuries sustained in a helicopter crash while conducting routine flight operations at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. A former Civil Air Patrol cadet in Jimmy Stewart Composite Squadron 714 in...

    January 27, 2015

    SOUTH DAKOTA -- Each year the Civil Air Patrol’s South Dakota Wing holds statewide search and rescue training exercises. The first for 2015 was Saturday, Jan. 24. The training is referred to as a “Split SAREX” (Search and Rescue Exercise), split because coordinated training is conducted simultaneously in the East...

    January 27, 2015

    YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- Civil Air Patrol’s Yokota Cadet Squadron was awarded the Unit Citation Award this month for performing “in an exemplary manner for the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program,” from Jan. 1, 2011, to Oct. 1, 2014. An award presentation ceremony was held at the squadron on Jan. 8....

    January 19, 2015

    MINNNESOTA -- A total of 33 Civil Air Patrol cadets and senior members recently came from around the state to attend the annual Winter Survival Weekend near Bemidji, hosted by Northland Composite Squadron. The Winter Survival Weekend was created in 2003 with two goals; to teach members to live in...

    January 16, 2015

    IDAHO -- City leaders of the Upper Valley want to bring back a Civil Air Patrol unit to Rexburg. On Thursday night, the squadron held an open house to recruit members. More than 20 youth packed the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall wanting to learn more about the squadron.

    January 16, 2015

    MIDLAND - The Midland Composite Squadron of the West Texas Civil Air Patrol is preparing to conduct an aerospace education program in the Permian Basin. This volunteer auxiliary of the U.S. Air force is dedicated to developing tomorrow’s aerospace workforce, and their program will include internal programs for cadet and...

    January 12, 2015

    SOUTH DAKOTA -- A missing mountain pine beetle worker who was reported missing Friday night was found unharmed Saturday morning after a search that lasted nearly 12 hours and had a rescue team call in air support. The South Dakota Wing of Civil Air Patrol was notified of the missing...

    January 9, 2015

    NORTH CAROLINA -- One-hundred-year-old Weldon Fields didn’t make the trip to Washington Dec. 10 when Civil Air Patrol was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal — the nation’s highest civilian honor. Unlike CAP's World War II veterans who attended the ceremony, Fields had to wait a while to get his bronze...

    January 8, 2015

    NORTH CAROLINA -- Four Civil Air Patrol World War II veterans from America’s Greatest Generation were honored in the Triad Wednesday in a special presentation ceremony hosted by CAP’s North Carolina Wing. The founding members of CAP received bronze replicas of the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition for their wartime service. Col....

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