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    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...

    June 26, 2013

    TEXAS -- Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, Navy and Civil Air Patrol personnel conducted a joint mass casualty exercise Sunday at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base. The exercise was held on the base softball field where medical and moulage tents, a pharmacy, along with other needed supplies,...

    June 26, 2013

    UTAH -- South Jordan Elementary sixth-graders counted down to liftoff near the school Tuesday. The students launched model rockets donated by the Civil Air Patrol in conjunction with its flight and space unit. Click here to view a gallery of photos taken at the rocket launch, which were posted on...

    June 25, 2013

    TEXAS -- Being prepared in the event of an emergency situation was the focus of a Civil Air Patrol drill in East Texas. Rescue drills in the woods behind the ALERT academy in Big Sandy was part of a weeklong session of training. “We train like it’s the real thing every...

    June 25, 2013

    SOUTH CAROLINA -- They are young, ambitious and flying high to become future leaders in their communities, schools, churches and every other path in their lives. These 19 boys and girls, ranging in age from 12 to 18, are members of the Civil Air Patrol cadet program in the Lowcountry....

    June 24, 2013

    KENTUCKY -- A Civil Air Patrol cadet from the Fort Campbell area squadron has reached a milestone that many dream of reaching, but few manage to achieve. CAP Cadet Garrett Clark is now U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Garrett Clark, a graduate of the Air Force Academy’s Class of 2013....

    June 24, 2013

    MINNESOTA -- Civil Air Patrol Cadet Senior Master Sgt. Sarah Fairbanks was a little girl when she first had an inkling of where her future may take her. The spark started to flicker when her parents faithfully took her to Nisswa Memorial Day events. The military service, sacrifice and tradition...

    June 24, 2013

    PENNSYLVANIA -- Jeremy Soyring, a cadet senior airman with Civil Air Patrol’s Washington Squadron 601, is spending the summer before his senior year at Canon-McMillan High School a bit differently than his classmates. Soyring left earlier this month for Fort Jackson, N.C., where he is spending 10 weeks in basic...

    June 21, 2013

    ARIZONA – The Lonesome Valley Company of the Arizona Rangers has presented Prescott Composite Squadron 206 with a $500 check, citing Civil Air Patrol’s direction and mentoring programs as a major factor in the decision to make the donation, the Chino Valley Review reports. The squadron’s deputy commander for cadets,...

    June 20, 2013

    ALASKA -- The Coast Guard suspended the active search for a 25-year-old man who went overboard from the fishing vessel Swift near Porpoise Island 40 miles west of Juneau, late Tuesday night. Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews, Coast Guard Station Juneau 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crews, the...

    June 20, 2013

    NEW HAMPSHIRE -- With hurricane season ramping up and fire danger decreasing, New Hampshire’s Civil Air Patrol is beginning to switch roles. New Hampshire Public Radio’s Chris Jensen rides along on Civil Air Patrol Flight 2875 from the Mount Washington Regional Airport in Whitefield and filed this report on the wing...

    June 20, 2013

    ILLINOIS -- Civil Air Patrol Cadet Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Ehret is described by his peers as patriotic, even though he maintains a dual citizenship as the son of a native Frenchman. "I've always known I wanted to serve my country somehow," Ehret said. "That's not to say that I'm detached...

    June 19, 2013

    MONTANA -- Search and rescue crews from multiple agencies, including Civil Air Patrol, are searching the George Lake area in Park County for man reported missing last week. Deputies with the Park County sheriff's department and U.S. Forest Service, responding to a tip on Monday that the red Honda Fit...

    June 19, 2013

    TEXAS -- A couple of dozen colleagues and friends gathered recently at Antonio’s in Baytown to congratulate Capt. E. B. Neuman of Dayton on his retirement from Civil Air Patrol. Neuman joined the Civil Air Patrol in 1980 when the local squadron was still headquartered out of the Liberty Municipal...

    June 18, 2013

    WASHINGTON -- The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and its geographical component, the Continental United States NORAD Region (CONR), will conduct exercise Falcon Virgo 13-09, between 11:30 p.m. today and 5:30 a.m. EDT Wednesday in the National Capital Region, Washington, D.C. Civil Air Patrol aircraft will join a U.S....

    June 18, 2013

    PENNSYLVANIA -- Civil Air Patrol’s Reading Composite Squadron 811 conducted a flag retirement ceremony Monday at Forest Hills Memorial Park in Exeter Township. Worn, soiled or tattered flags were accepted by the Berks County Department of Veterans Affairs Office before the ceremony and members of the CAP unit made sure...

    June 17, 2013

    FLORIDA -- Saturday’s launch of a 4½-foot hand-built fiberglass rocket, in uninhabited southwestern Palm Bay may have made Civil Air Patrol history. After downloading flight data, Titusville CAP aerospace education officer Gary Dahlke said “Mach Hauk” hit 780 mph — shattering the sound barrier. “This is a first for the nation,...

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