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    October 14, 2014

    PENNSYLVANIA -- Ethan Dunlap always knew he wanted to join the military. So he got a very early start. At age 12, Dunlap attended his first meeting of the Civil Air Patrol, an auxiliary to the U.S. Air Force where even the youngest members can run emergency communications and help...

    October 14, 2014

    UTAH -- All three members of the Carbon County Commission along with local, state and regional officers from Civil Air Patrol came together Saturday to delicate and officially open a new hangar at the Carbon County Airport. The hanger, which was built with mineral lease and county funds, will give...

    October 10, 2014

    NEW JERSEY – Teens in Dover are gaining leadership skills and hands-on aerospace training as cadets of the Civil Air Patrol. Though the program teaches the young cadets how to fly, the Picatinny Composite Squadron’s leaders say it provides much more valuable lessons. “It’s a leadership program in itself,” said...

    October 8, 2014

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- This morning’s lunar eclipse — which produced a coppery-red effect known as a “blood moon”— brought out skygazers of all kinds. Among them was pilot, former Air Force contractor, and amateur photographer Joseph Gruber, who snapped this outstanding photo of the blood moon hovering over the Air...

    October 7, 2014

    NEVADA -- The Reno-Tahoe International Airport has its own logistical hoops to jump through to set up a welcome fitting for returning Honor Flight Nevada Veterans. “Hundreds of people of coming to the homecoming requires a lot of logistics but it is all worth it from working with our airport...

    October 3, 2014

    CALIFORNIA -- They assist law enforcement and other agencies on search and rescue missions, looking for lost hikers and downed aircraft. They help oversee the U.S.-Mexican border. They transport human organs to transplant patients. Tucked away in a hangar at the Fullerton Municipal Airport, Composite Squadron 56 of the Civil...

    October 3, 2014

    SOUTH CAROLINA – Civil Air Patrol Cadet 2nd Lt. Anthony Wayland with the Anderson Composite Squadron has successfully soloed under a CAP program that allows cadets to take flying lessons and to make a solo flight in one of its airplanes. After a weeklong session with a CAP instructor, Wayland...

    October 3, 2014

    MARYLAND -- Civil Air Patrol Cadet 1st Lt. John-Paul Y. Yalov has accepted an appointment to the United States Coast Guard Academy Class of 2018. A member of Maryland Wing’s Towson Composite Squadron since he was 12 years old, Yalov credits CAP for helping prepare him for this latest achievement....

    September 29, 2014

    CALIFORNIA -- Michael A. Ciociola, lead pastor of Calvary Christian Center in Yuba City, has returned from an eight-day trip to Afghanistan and Kuwait, where he participated in what may be the final 9/11 memorial ceremony in Kabul, and ministered to allied forces in both countries. Ciociola, an auxiliary chaplain...

    September 26, 2014

    MISSISSIPPI -- Juan and Yessica Lara and their four children had the opportunity this week to say thank you to a Civil Air Patrol team that very likely saved their lives. The Gautier family was adrift in the Mississippi Sound in their disabled boat recently, wondering if anyone would rescue...

    September 26, 2014

    ILLINOIS -- The Fox Valley Composite Squadron’s third attempt at a paper airplane world record proved successful recently, as the Naperville, Ill.-based Civil Air Patrol unit’s latest effort soared to a height of 96,563 feet (18.3 miles straight up into the stratosphere), the peak height achieved just northwest of Winamac,...

    September 26, 2014

    CALIFORNIA -- Tim Cassell of Saratoga crash landed his plane in a remote area of the Sierra Nevada and then he spent 18 hours in the cold before being rescued. His family calls it a miracle. The 65-year-old said it was his faith and determination to get back to his...

    September 22, 2014

    CALIFORNIA -- The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office Sunday identified the pilot who was killed when his plane crashed in the badlands of Anza Borrego State Park. Max John Mizejewski, 69, was found near the wreckage of the crashed Cessna plane at 7:10 a.m. Saturday on a hillside in...

    September 22, 2014

    NORTH CAROLINA -- Three cadets from the Gastonia Civil Air Patrol squadron participated with 125 other CAP members from the region in the 2014 Winston-Salem Air Show held recently at the Smith Reynolds Airport. The cadets camped at the airfield and, despite some rain, enjoyed the camaraderie with other cadets,...

    September 12, 2014

    OREGON -- Iris Donaldson, a 89-year-old from Forest Grove, recently celebrated her 90th birthday aboard a hot air balloon. The outing was courtesy of her family and Vista Balloon Adventures. Donaldson, who uses a walker, managed the hour-long flight just fine and said she wasn’t scared a bit. She said...

    September 12, 2014

    FLORIDA -- When terrorists attacked the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001, people all over the world were shocked. That included Andrew Feldman of Clermont, a lieutenant colonel in the Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Air Force Auxiliary. But Feldman had to set his feelings aside and do his job, which...

    September 12, 2014

    TENNESSEE -- About 30 members of the Tullahoma Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol were on hand at the Beechcraft Heritage Museum Saturday morning for an Emergency Services training school conducted by visiting officers from the Tennessee Wing. With both flight training and classroom sessions, Wing Director of Emergency Services...

    September 11, 2014

    NEW MEXICO -- The night of Sept. 12, 2001, the skies over Kirtland Air Force Base and the nation were nearly silent due to the grounding of all-but-essential air traffic following the terrorist attacks the previous day. But one lonely Civil Air Patrol aircraft, piloted by Lt. Col. John Doughty...

    September 10, 2014

    CALIFORNIA -- On Sept. 11, 2001, shortly after the attacks on the World Trade Centers in New York, aircraft from the Civil Air Patrol were the only aircraft flying over the devastation on a mission to survey and photograph the damage. Since then, CAP has been increasingly involved in Homeland...

    September 10, 2014

    MISSOURI – Fifty people came forward to search for Ronald Howdeshell and his Ford Edge SUV on Tuesday, after a 24-hour search that included both air and ground searches. Weather permitting, a helicopter and airplane grid search – like the one provided by Civil Air Patrol on Tuesday – will...

    September 9, 2014

    IDAHO -- Timothy Murphy, a senior member in Civil Air Patrol’s Boise Composite Squadron, has been chosen as the Bureau of Land Management’s state director. Murphy has been acting in the position since August 2013. In the position, Murphy leads the agency’s 700 permanent and 300 temporary employees who manage...

    September 8, 2014

    Civil Air Patrol members in the Alabama and Wyoming wings conducted search and rescue exercises over the weekend. There was activity on the ground and in the air at the Gillette-Campbell County Airport in Wyo., as well as at the Prattville (Ala.) airport at Grouby Field.  

    September 4, 2014

    VERMONT -- A boy who was struck outside his home by a passing motorist last week has died. Zachary Paroline, of East Randolph, died on Tuesday, one week after his 14th birthday, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Zachary’s parents, Jim and Denice Paroline, remember him as a creative, obsessive child, always...

    September 4, 2014

    WYOMING -- What was supposed to be an “engagement weekend” for a Wyoming couple, turned into a real-life experience of survival in the Bighorn National Forest. A week after 23-year old Blake Fuhriman and 22-year-old Alissa DeVille hiked into the forest, they were spotted on a mountain peak by an...

    September 4, 2014

    MONTANA -- Fourteen-year-old Christopher Bokovoy has known that he wanted to attend the United States Air Force Academy since he was 3 years old. A cadet in Helena’s Civil Air Patrol squadron, Bokovoy got the opportunity Tuesday evening to learn the basics of how airplanes are made before exploring some...

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