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    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...

    May 17, 2012

    HAWAII -- Eighteen-year-old Kealakehe High School senior Jonathan Lomberg thinks anyone can become a leader, but to be a good one, you have to lead by example – something that helped earn him the special distinction of Cadet Member of the Year from the Pacific Region staff of Civil Air...

    May 17, 2012

    GEORGIA -- Cadets with the Effingham Cadet Squadron of Civil Air Patrol recently received an orientation on corporate aviation. Many of these Georgia Wing cadets have already been in the cockpit of a Cessna 172, the workhorse of CAP. Some have even flown in and toured a C-130 courtesy of...

    May 15, 2012

    MICHIGAN -- Civil Air Patrol Maj. Steve Tupper, in this “Exploring Aviation” quest for the AOPA Pilot blog “Let’s Go Flying,” pursues a glider rating. Tupper, a member of the Michigan Wing’s Oakland Composite Squadron and the wing’s legal officer, is a private pilot, host of the Airspeed podcast (www.airspeedonline.com),...

    May 15, 2012

    OHIO -- Members of Civil Air Patrol’s Grand Lake Flight – a local force of cadets 12 to 21 years old – took the helms of airplanes on Saturday in Montezuma and practiced turns, climbs and descends. Capt. Joseph Mosher, an orientation flight officer, and other FAA-licensed pilots with CAP’s...

    May 14, 2012

    FLORIDA -- Civil Air Patrol Cadet 1st Lt. Hunter Ward of the Florida Wing’s Tyndall-Panama Composite Squadron has been nominated by CAP as the 2011 Southeast Region Cadet of the Year. The son of Lt. Col. Robert Ward, 325th Fighter Wing chaplain, began his service in the Civil Air Patrol in...

    May 14, 2012

    GEORGIA -- Civil Air Patrol members from CAP's Georgia Wing kept their eyes on the sky as planes came in from a pair of situation exercises Saturday morning at Gainesville Municipal Airport. The two events, both called SAREX for search-and-rescue exercise, included a simulation of a missing person in the...

    May 14, 2012

    MARYLAND -- Maj. Mark A. Piersall, commander of the Maryland Wing’s Frederick Composite Squadron, recently was asked five questions about Civil Air Patrol. Piersall's responses were published in the local newspaper, the Frederick News-Post.  

    May 10, 2012

    ARIZONA -- Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies and the Civil Air Patrol are searching a remote area of the desert for a missing California man who has Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes. Dennis Elkins, 64, called deputies on Monday, saying he was lost near the White Tank Mountains. The cell phone signal was...

    May 10, 2012

    HAWAII -- Two weeks after Civil Air Patrol's Maui Composite Squadron took top honors at an annual state awards banquet, its commander, Lt. Col. Randal Leval, was recognized as Outstanding Member of the Year for the Pacific Region, which is made up of western states. Hawaii Wing Commander Col. Roger...

    May 10, 2012

    TENNESSEE -- First Lt. Larry Stewart, who serves as the Tennessee Wing’s Group 2 public affairs officer, gave this firsthand account of a recent weekend search and rescue exercise attended by more than 30 Civil Air Patrol cadets at Hamilton Bay State Park. In all, 49 cadets and adult members...

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