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    January 3, 2014

    FLORIDA -- Some young people spent their New Year’s getting in some hard work by going through some training at Tyndall Air Force Base. It’s part of the Civil Air Patrol’s annual weeklong Florida Wing Winter Encampment, a leadership development activity for cadets from Florida and neighboring states. The cadets and their experience...

    January 3, 2014

    GEORGIA -- The 72-year tradition of the Albany Composite Squadron is profiled in today's Albany Herald. In addition to its 17 senior members, the historic Civil Air Patrol unit boasts 29 cadets. The youth are part of the national CAP cadet program that trains them in military leadership, aerospace education, physical...

    January 3, 2014

    SOUTH DAKOTA -- The Big Sioux Composite Squadron cadet cyber-forensics team taking part in the All Service Division of “CyberPatriot VI” has qualified to advance to Round 3 (the national semifinals). The top scoring teams in the semifinals receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the CyberPatriot national finals competition in Washington,...

    January 3, 2014

    WISCONSIN -- The Wild Rivers Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol has spent 40 years training cadets, providing aerospace education and providing emergency services assistance. Squadron members credit that history to Maj. Lloyd Driessen, who founded the unit in August 1973. Recently they gathered to honor Driessen, who received the...

    December 31, 2013

    FLORIDA -- Mary Manilla survived the jolting rigors of introductory astronaut training in 1959, but was too far ahead of her time to make the leap into space. Even so, in a revelation induced by stifling experimental solitude and ultimately reinforced by photos of Earth from orbit, the history-making Sarasota...

    December 31, 2013

    NEW YORK -- Talk to Jeffrey Rosenking and you’re likely to leave the conversation having learned something about him you never knew. The 52-year-old Salisbury resident is an instantly recognizable face on the East Meadow School District Board of Education — largely because he’s the only trustee who sports a...

    December 30, 2013

    ILLINOIS – Members of Civil Air Patrol’s Fox Valley Composite Squadron, in their second attempt to break a paper airplane record, came so close on Saturday. The paper plane flying above Earth was attached to a high-altitude balloon and got to about 85,000 feet Saturday, just 4,000 feet short of...

    December 30, 2013

    ALABAMA -- Civil Air Patrol’s National Headquarters, based at Maxwell Air Force Base, is profiled in Sunday's Montgomery Advertiser. CAP’s chief operating officer, Don Rowland, is quoted in the article, which is tied to the dramatic rescue earlier this month of a family of six stranded two days in the...

    December 30, 2013

    TEXAS -- About 20 cadets took part in ground school training through the Lonestar Emergency Services Academy Saturday as part of their inclusion in Civil Air Patrol. Cadets from across the southwestern portion of Texas worked to learn or improve skills ranging from locating crashed aircraft using satellites and constructing...

    December 24, 2013

    A General Aviation News opinion column written by Drew Steketee, author of the 2006 history Civil Air Patrol: Missions for America – For 65 Years, pays tribute to Arthur “Tom” Worth, the last of the Coastal Patrol Base 2 “subchasers” who died in February. Likes his Rehoboth, Del., mates, Worth...

    December 23, 2013

      MASSACHUSETTS -- Members of Westover’s Civil Air Patrol collected 650 toys for the Ronald McDonald house at the Kmart on Liberty Street in Springfield Sunday. About 15 members of the civilian volunteer force stood outside the store collecting donations from last minute holiday shoppers. The toys will go to...

    December 23, 2013

    NEVADA – Second Lt. Jay Bergeon and the 40 cadets in his Civil Air Patrol cadet squadron — the Jim Bridger Middle School Cadet Squadron in North Las Vegas — are passing out handwritten cards today at the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System Medical Center. “Some of these vets, yeah...

    December 18, 2013

    MISSISSIPPI -- The Vicksburg squadron of Civil Air Patrol has opened its headquarters in the former fire station building at Vicksburg Municipal Airport. Capt. Shaun J. Kelly, the unit commander, tells The Vicksburg Post that the local air patrol unit was organized in February. Kelly said the roster has 18...

    December 16, 2013

    MINNESOTA – Hundreds came to Fort Snelling National Cemetery Saturday to remember, to honor, to teach as part of Wreaths Across America. The Civil Air Patrol-led ceremony was one of nearly 1,000 similar events held simultaneously at Arlington National Cemetery and at other U.S. memorials and cemeteries. CAP ceremonies for Wreaths...

    December 16, 2013

    MAINE -- Despite a renewed search effort Friday led by the Maine Warden Service, dozens of searchers – including an aircrew from Civil Air Patrol’s Maine Wing – found no signs of a 67-year-old Canadian man who has been missing for more than two weeks, Cpl. John MacDonald said in...

    December 16, 2013

    ALABAMA – Angelos Petelos is being remembered for his Greek heritage and his dedication to Birmingham following his death earlier this month. He was 78. A native of Samos, Greece, Petelos built nearly every Greek restaurant in Birmingham. “He was a worker, a doer, more than a talker,” said the...

    December 13, 2013

    NORTH CAROLINA -- Fourteen cadets with the Civil Air Patrol Honor Guard left Burlington-Alamance Regional Airport on Thursday, selected to participate in a series of patriotic ceremonies in Washington, D.C., this weekend. Together with other volunteer groups, they will lay wreaths on 133,000 graves at Arlington National Cemetery and 125...

    December 13, 2013

    COLORADO/IDAHO -- A small airplane that went missing Thursday in western Colorado has been found. The Mesa County Sheriff's office says all three people on board, a pilot and two passengers, were killed. Civil Air Patrol spotted the wreckage around 9:30 Thursday night in Porter Creek, east of Collbran. Meanwhile,...

    December 13, 2013

    NEW JERSEY -- In a hushed room at Raritan Valley Community College, three boys studied a laptop monitor carefully. They weren’t watching for an Angry Birds update, or trying to access some obscure website: they were studying the code on the computer, looking for signs of a security hack or...

    December 9, 2013

    WASHINGTON -- Despite the chill in the air, dozens of shoppers paused in the Cabela’s parking lot in Union Gap Sunday afternoon to watch Marines perform a rifle salute to pay tribute to fallen soldiers and other veterans.  The tribute took the form of a wreath, decorated with flags for...

    December 9, 2013

    NEBRASKA -- A 48-hour nationwide drill over the weekend tested the capabilities of those who will be called upon by federal agencies to keep the lines of communication open in times of natural or man-made disasters. Fremont’s Civil Air Patrol, stationed at Fremont Municipal Airport, was one of three Nebraska...

    December 9, 2013

    IDAHO -- The Idaho Wing of Civil Air Patrol assists search and rescue operations at the request of local and state agencies and provides air and ground support. The group’s youth program also provides leadership and aeronautics training to boys and girls in their communities, which was the focus of...

    December 6, 2013

    NEW MEXICO -- The recent rescue of a missing active-duty U.S. Army officer in the Gila National Forest is chronicled in this article posted on the Kirtland Air Force Base website. Maj. Jeremy Thompson of Fort Bliss, Texas, was found in western New Mexico by a volunteer Civil Air Patrol...

    December 3, 2013

    DELAWARE -- Coastal Patrol Base 2 Memorial Composite Squadron recently turned over to Kim Rogers, the local National Guard unit's liaison and go-to person, a huge donation for the deployed National Guard Co A 198 Signal Battalion based in Georgetown. The Civil Air Patrol squadron meets at the armory weekly...

    December 2, 2013

    ILLINOIS — A Civil Air Patrol unit from Chicago’s western suburbs didn't manage to set a new world record for the highest paper airplane flight. The Fox Valley Composite Squadron’s attempted record fell short Sunday when the paper airplane attached to a large helium weather balloon climbed to only 51,000...

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