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    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....

    May 21, 2012

    LOUISIANA -- Civil Air Patrol Cadet 2nd Lt. Kieran Denehan Jr., a graduating senior from Airline High School in Bossier City, will be attending the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and serve his country in the U.S. Army after turning down two full paid scholarships to the...

    May 21, 2012

    NEW YORK -- For the 10th time, the Southwestern New York Chapter of the American Red Cross has honored its “Hometown Heroes.” Civil Air Patrol Cadet Tech. Sgt. Brandon Powell of the New York Wing’s Jamestown Composite Squadron was among the eight community residents the Red Cross recognized recently. He...

    May 21, 2012

    INDIANA -- Civil Air Patrol cadets specialize in air and ground searches. And, in order to become good at what they do, they must train. That’s exactly what cadets in northwestern Indiana did Sunday at the Purdue University Airport. Learn more about the real-life situations they prepared for during Sunday’s...

    May 21, 2012

    SOUTH DAKOTA -- The Civil Air Patrol in South Dakota had a search and rescue training exercise in Sioux Falls on Saturday, mixing dogs, planes, and cadets in a joint learning effort. Civil Air Patrol, or CAP, works with local, state, federal, tribal, and private agencies. Saturday’s exercise included cooperation...

    May 18, 2012

    OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- As the sun sets over Osan Air Base one Monday evening, the sharp yells of drill instruction echo across the flight line. But if anyone followed the calls of attention and facing movements, they would not find the expected group of seasoned airmen...

    May 17, 2012

    FLORIDA -- Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region (NORAD) fighters will be active in the skies over the greater Chicago area Friday morning in preparation for the next week’s NATO Summit. Exercise Amalgam Virgo 12-NATO, an air defense exercise, is comprised of a series of flights including several...

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