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    July 23, 2013

    OHIO -- Civil Air Patrol recognized Cadet Tech. Sgt. David Trate with a scholarship from the United States Military Academy. He departed on June 30 to begin training at West Point, a four-year coeducational federal service academy located at West Point, N.Y. Trate, a member of the CAP squadron at...

    July 23, 2013

    MICHIGAN -- Ten teenagers are getting a taste of life in the skies through Michigan Technological University’s Summer Youth Program in Houghton. The weeklong classes include learning how to read instruments and a session in a flight simulator. Lt. Col. Jack Hartman of the Civil Air Patrol said this is...

    July 22, 2013

    MICHIGAN – “Are we flying? Is the evening softball game still on? Can we golf this weekend?” Many may not be aware, but the 181st Intelligence Wing has a talented group of Airmen, the 113th Weather Flight, who play a crucial role in predicting the weather and its outcome on...

    July 22, 2013

    SOUTH DAKOTA -- About 70 Civil Air Patrol members, most of them cadets from North and South Dakota, gathered at Custer County Airport to learn about leadership and emergency skills. They were able to put everything into practice. “When we’re called upon to do this for real, we have to be ready...

    July 22, 2013

    NORTH CAROLINA -- Civil Air Patrol cadets visited Marine Corps Air Station New River recently to test out the MV-22B Osprey simulators at the Marine Aviation Training System Site. First Lt. Jonathan Weaver said the goal for visiting the air station was to give the cadets a first-hand look at...

    July 16, 2013

    SOUTH DAKOTA -- More than 150 Civil Air Patrol cadets and senior members from South and North Dakota and the region will participate in a search and rescue exercise in Custer this week with several governmental and nonprofit organizations, including the Red Cross and South Dakota National Guard. The event...

    July 16, 2013

    WASHINGTON -- Acrobatic aircraft swooped overhead here as the U.S. Air Force Reserve’s newest officer candidate took the oath of enlistment during the Arlington Fly-In. Robert T. Meunier, 26, of Seattle took the oath during the Fly-in, a massive air show that takes place every July. Fly-in organizers said it...

    July 16, 2013

    GEORGIA -- More than 200 Georgia Wing Civil Air Patrol cadets, ages 12-20, converged on Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany for the 2013 Georgia Wing Encampment recently. The purpose of encampment was to allow the basic cadets to see what basic training in the military is like and for staff...

    July 15, 2013

    VIRGINIA -- The Air Force Association in Arlington has announced the 2013 awards for outstanding cadets from Civil Air Patrol squadrons, Junior ROTC high school units and ROTC detachments across the nation. “AFA is proud to honor the hard work of these students throughout the Civil Air Patrol, ROTC and...

    July 15, 2013

    NEW YORK -- In a small ceremony Saturday outside Watertown International Airport near Dexter, Capt. Michaela Ormsbee of Lowville became the first female commander of Civil Air Patrol’s Fort Drum-Watertown Composite Squadron, succeeding her husband, Maj. Robert R. Ormsbee. “I’m happy about it, but also I feel I have to...

    July 15, 2013

    WISCONSIN -- The La Crosse Civil Air Patrol has revamped its 60-year-old building. Members of the Wisconsin Wing's La Crosse Composite Squadron showed off the $100,000 in renovations to the public for the first time Saturday. Located at the airport, the facility is now fully insulated and contains an F-16...

    July 12, 2013

    WASHINGTON -- One hundred forty cadets from Civil Air Patrol and the Royal Canadian Air Cadets are working side by side at the Arlington Fly-In this week. These boys and girls are working in support roles which include marshaling aircraft to parking, crosswalk safety and other safety-related jobs. The cadets begin...

    July 11, 2013

    OKLAHOMA -- Civil Air Patrol’s National Flight Academy in Shawnee is a big hit with CAP cadets from states throughout the United States. These aspiring pilots receive formal ground instruction and cockpit time with a certified flight instructor. The academy offers a low instructor-to-student ratio – normally one instructor for...

    July 11, 2013

    KENTUCKY -- The Kentucky Historical Society is dedicating historical markers at the Barren County Courthouse in Glasgow to honor two pioneering women. Willa Brown Chappel is one of those women who will be recognized in a ceremony set for July 20. Chappell was an officer in the Civil Air Patrol...

    July 10, 2013

    VIRGINIA -- There was really only one place to properly honor Civil Air Patrol Lt. Col. Rucker Tibbs. Not in a hotel meeting room or restaurant banquet hall, but in his natural habitat — the New London Airport. So on Saturday, dozens of Tibbs’ friends and aviation associates showed up...

    July 9, 2013

    CALIFORNIA -- A single-engine plane and its pilot missing over Yosemite National Park since last December have been found. Park officials reported Monday that the plane, missing since Dec. 17, was spotted by a park visitor near Vogelsang High Sierra Camp on Saturday in the rugged high country of Yosemite....

    July 9, 2013

    NORTH CAROLINA -- It’s hard to imagine now, but as a 17-year-old Gilbert “Gib” Russell was flying single-engine planes along the Virginia and North Carolina coastlines, looking for German submarines. When he spotted one — and this occurred with some regularity in late 1942 and early 1943 — Russell could...

    July 8, 2013

    WISCONSIN -- There are many different ways to give back to your community, and some are better known than others. One of the highest flying in the Eau Claire area may not be well known, but this unit has helped out on several occasions in the past. WQOW-TV’s Aarik Woods...

    July 5, 2013

    MASSACHUSETTS -- In the way that some are drawn to the mountains or the sea, 15-year-old Marie S. Meak has always been drawn to the sky. “I love looking up at airplanes,” Meak, of Springfield, said. “And, flying really allows you to see the world from a different point of...

    July 5, 2013

    MISSOURI -- Retired Col. George Boyd travels across the country — to air shows, high schools and universities — telling stories about his days as a Tuskegee Airman and delivering a message: Americans should never stop fighting for their rights. He estimates that he’s told more than 80,000 people that...

    July 3, 2013

    NEW MEXICO -- The Civil Air Patrol Clovis High Plains Composite Squadron hosted an open house at the Clovis Municipal Airport recently. Spectators were able to get close and personal with CAP aircraft, such as the Cessna 172, 182 and 206, while being treated to mission aerial displays with an...

    July 1, 2013

    UTAH -- A Wendover High School student was honored for saving the life of another student who was choking in the lunchroom. Enrique Trujillo is a member of Wendover’s Civil Air Patrol squadron, and his unit learned life-saving skills from Wendover’s ambulance team just a weeks before this happened. Because...

    July 1, 2013

    WEST VIRGINIA -- More than 100 Civil Air Patrol cadets graduated from the West Virginia Wing’s cadet summer encampment at Camp Dawson in Kingwood on Saturday, making it one of the largest ceremonies in nearly 20 years. CAP cadets made it to graduation after completing a 16-step program during the weeklong encampment....

    June 27, 2013

    NEW HAMPSHIRE -- Dave Plantier has achieved one of his childhood goals – to become a school teacher. This year, the Civil Air Patrol captain joined the staff of the Academy for Science and Design as a physics teacher and leader of its new aeronautics and aviation program, and was...

    June 27, 2013

    CALIFORNIA -- Teens from across the state are spending a week of their summer break learning about teamwork and discipline as part of the California Wing encampment at Camp Roberts in rural San Luis Obispo. The youths, who range in ages from 14 to 16, arrived last Friday at the...

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