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    June 19, 2012

    VIRGINIA -- Officials at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum held the annual “Become a Pilot” family day Saturday in Chantilly, and cadets from Civil Air Patrol’s Virginia Wing, clad in battle dress uniforms, were on hand to offer their assistance. Click here to see photos and learn more...

    June 19, 2012

    NEBRASKA -- Twenty-four cadets arrived in Fremont Thursday night and are spending two weeks attending one of the Civil Air Patrol’s national flight academies at Fremont Municipal Airport and Midland University. “It’s kind of a plum school,” said Lt. Col. Dave Halperin, public affairs officer. The academy offers cadets an...

    June 18, 2012

    MINNESOTA -- Search crews continued to follow leads, develop new ones and scour the forests of the North Shore by air in the search for a Lakeville pilot and plane that went missing June 8. Lt. Col. Paul Hertel of the Civil Air Patrol said about 70 personnel from Minnesota,...

    June 18, 2012

    VIRGINIA -- The Air Force Association based in Arlington announces the addition of the Naval Sea Cadet Corps as a new category in the nation’s largest and fastest growing high school cyber defense competition, CyberPatriot. The Naval Sea Cadet Corps will compete in CyberPatriot’s All Service Division, which previously was...

    June 18, 2012

    CALIFORNIA -- Dana Hills High School freshman and Civil Air Patrol Cadet Tech Sgt. Spencer French, 14, of Laguna Niguel has been selected to participate in the United States Naval Academy’s Summer Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Program in Annapolis, Md. Admission into the program is competitive and highly...

    June 18, 2012

    PENNSYLVANIA -- Retired U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Warren Parks and his extensive military career is featured in today’s “Just Folks” in the Lebanon Daily News. At 74, Parks stays active as a member of Civil Air Patrol, serving as a major in the Pennsylvania Wing’s Lebanon VFW Cadet Squadron 307....

    June 18, 2012

    COLORADO -- Many people were out running around on the Grand Junction Regional Airports’ runways and taxiways, for a good cause. The 5K race Saturday brought out around 60 runners who helped participate in fundraising for a local nonprofit organization, the Thunder Mountain Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol. Organizers expected...

    June 15, 2012

    CALIFORNIA -- A little incentive goes a long way for eight members of Civil Air Patrol's Edwards Air Force Base Composite Squadron 84, who spent June 7 touring Edwards and even had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fly for 90 minutes onboard a KC-135 tasked with refueling the most impressive, B-2 stealth...

    June 15, 2012

    TEXAS -- Laughlin Air Force Base hosted 30 Civil Air Patrol cadets from more than 10 states June 9 to 15 as part of a summer training program designed to showcase Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training. The familiarization course offered the cadets a look at the training phases student pilots go...

    June 14, 2012

    SOUTH DAKOTA -- Search crews at Deerfield Lake recovered the body of 15-year-old Justin Lewis, the Hill City youth and Civil Air Patrol cadet missing for 16 days, about 5 p.m. Wednesday. He was last seen Memorial Day, May 28, when his mother, Lynda Lewis, dropped him off to kayak...

    June 13, 2012

    MINNESOTA -- The air search for a missing pilot near the shore of Lake Superior in northeastern Minnesota entered its fifth day Tuesday, but it was stopped for a time in the morning because of high winds. Civil Air Patrol Capt. George Supan said six aircraft and two ground crews concentrated on...

    June 12, 2012

    MINNESOTA -- The search continues for veteran pilot Michael Bratlie and his plane. Dozens of rescuers are scanning the north shore of Lake Superior after he disappeared flying to Duluth to test out the plane's engine. Radar last spotted his plane near Two Harbors and cell phone towers last detected...

    June 12, 2012

    NEBRASKA -- Jamie Meyer and Shelly Holzerland hope they never have to use the training they received this past weekend. Meyer, a captain with the Fremont Fire Department, and Holzerland, chief dispatcher for the Fremont Police Department, were among several people attending a Wide Area Search Class at Midland University....

    June 11, 2012

    MINNESOTA -- Searchers are looking for a missing pilot, Michael Bratlie of Lakeville, and plane near Duluth. Civil Air Patrol says the twin-engine Piper — described as a white twin engine Piper PA-31 Navajo with red and blue striping — with one person on board was reported to be on...

    June 11, 2012

    IDAHO -- Pilot Gary Martin Stoller, 65, of Caldwell died from injuries he suffered in the crash on House Mountain in Elmore County, according to the sheriff’s office. The wreckage from Stoller’s downed plane was found by Civil Air Patrol Saturday afternoon on House Mountain. Elmore County sheriff’s deputies and...

    June 6, 2012

    WASHINGTON -- During World War II, volunteer pilots in Civil Air Patrol, flying their own aircraft, patrolled the U.S. coast in search of German U-boats. Seventy years later, Civil Air Patrol members are hoping to win long overdue congressional recognition of their service. The Senate has voted to award the...

    June 5, 2012

    ILLINOIS -- Adults walking the track and student athletes playing in the nearby field might have wondered last Thursday what all the fuss was about outside of Brewster High School. What was actually taking place was a live, mock demonstration of the Putnam County Radiological Emergency Response Plan in which...

    June 5, 2012

    TEXAS -- Civil Air Patrol’s Texas Wing plans to make good use of an old Texas Army National Guard Armory building in Nacogdoches. CAP won the bid to purchase the building, located at the A.L. Mancham Airport. It will be renovated for a training facility for emergency service purposes and...

    June 5, 2012

    MINNESOTA -- Discover Aviation Days was a popular place during a weather-friendly weekend. Preliminary estimated attendance for the two-day annual event at the Anoka County-Blaine Airport topped 12,000, said Craig Schiller, lead organizer. “We think we had 7,500 on Saturday and about 5,000 people Sunday based on our car flyer...

    June 1, 2012

    UTAH -- Computer programmer Paul Peine, a volunteer pilot for Civil Air Patrol in Southern Utah, was on his way home from work Tuesday when he received word that a plane’s location beacon had triggered on a mountain ridge northeast of Zion National Park. “Les called and said, ‘We’ve got...

    May 31, 2012

    UTAH -- Authorities on Wednesday were working to recover the bodies of four people who died when their single-engine plane crashed near Zion National Park, the second deadly small-plane crash in southern Utah in less than a week. The aircraft with four people aboard left North Las Vegas Airport headed...

    May 31, 2012

    OREGON -- An Idaho pilot has been found dead following an airplane crash in southern Oregon. Officials had been looking for 48-year-old Tony Nicholls. Just before 4 p.m. Wednesday, the Oregon Wing of Civil Air Patrol located a possible crash site and reported it to Lake County Incident Command. An...

    May 30, 2012

    OREGON -- The family of a missing Idaho pilot is not giving up hope he'll be found as searchers fanned out Tuesday across 4,000 square miles of mountains, forest and high desert to find a plane they believe went down in Southern Oregon. Tony Nicholls, 48, of Meridian, Idaho, dropped...

    May 30, 2012

    OKLAHOMA -- Seventeen-year-old Charles Layland has been asked many times what it's like re-enacting the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns. “It’s just one of the greatest honors someone can ever have,” Layland said. The Union High School student, a member of Tulsa’s Civil Air Patrol,...

    May 22, 2012

    MARYLAND -- In addition to conducting his daily duties as chief of the operations center at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Jerry Weiss is also very active in the Civil Air Patrol. Weiss is a former Maryland Wing commander (2006-2010) and the current A3/5 Operations and Plans Officer for ARL....

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