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    December 28, 2011

    WISCONSIN -- Four young people are on the path to fulfilling their aviation dreams as recipients of scholarships through the EAA Young Eagles Scholarship Program, which funds flying lessons and flight experiences for teenage student pilots interested in aviation and aviation careers. Among the scholarship recipients is Civil Air Patrol...

    December 28, 2011

    CALIFORNIA -- Members of Los Angeles Cadet Squadron 138 recently toured the San Diego Air and Space Museum in Balboa Park. Planned by 2nd Lt. Erick Castillo, the squadron’s Aerospace Education Officer, the trip supplements the squadron’s on-going aerospace education program for its members. Click here to find out more...

    December 27, 2011

    MONTANA -- Earlier this month, Flathead Composite Squadron volunteers honored fallen veterans in a wreath laying ceremony and within days, half of them were gone. On the Friday before Christmas, the Civil Air Patrol re-doubled their efforts and the honor was restored. Click here to learn more about the re-dedication...

    December 22, 2011

    WEST VIRGINIA -- U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller Tuesday announced the nomination of Brian Kruchkow of Beckley for an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The nomination from the senator from West Virginia is the first step in the process toward receiving an official appointment to the...

    December 21, 2011

    MONTANA – A spokesperson for Civil Air Patrol in Kalispell says holiday remembrance wreaths stolen several days ago from the graves of deceased veterans will soon be replaced. Dale Rodwick of the Montana Wing's Flathead Composite Squadron, the CAP unit that originally placed the wreaths at Glacier Gardens Memorial Cemetery, said that thanks...

    December 20, 2011

    Civil Air Patrol Lt. Col. David Lehtonen, a radio operator aboard a B-26 in the Korean War, is the new president of The Villages chapter of the Distinguished Flying Cross Society. An U.S. Air Force vet who flew in 50 combat missions in Korea, Lehtonen still shares a love of...

    December 20, 2011

    FLORIDA -- Since 2004 Civil Air Patrol cadets from the Boca Raton Composite Squadron have participated and placed in the annual Veterans of Foreign Wars scholarship contests. “Is there pride in serving in our military?” was the topic of the VFW 2011-12 Voice of Democracy contest for high school students....

    December 20, 2011

    OHIO -- If the U.S. Air Force is the flame, then Civil Air Patrol Cadet Lt. Col. Joe Spletzer is the moth. The senior at Newton Falls High School has been drawn to military service in the Air Force, he says, since he was a pre-teen, which is about when...

    December 20, 2011

    MARYLAND -- Charles County’s Civil Air Patrol squadron helped feed 10 needy senior citizens and their families during the Thanksgiving holiday. The squadron is part of CAP’s Maryland Wing and meets in Indian Head. The unit of 14 cadets and 17 senior members collected canned goods for Meals on Wheels for...

    December 19, 2011

    MONTANA -- Two hundred remembrance wreaths stolen from a Flathead cemetery will soon be replaced, all thanks to the efforts of the community and beyond. Someone stole the wreaths from Glacier Memorial Gardens in Kalispell just days after they were laid by the Civil Air Patrol in part of a...

    December 19, 2011

    WASHINGTON -- In the uneasy days just before Pearl Harbor, the Civil Air Patrol was created to allow civilians to patrol the coasts for foreign submarines and help train military pilots. Seventy years later, Yakima's CAP squadron is still going strong, but its calling has shifted: It coordinates search-and-rescue missions...

    December 19, 2011

    MASSACHUSETTS -- Young Civil Air Patrol cadets collected toys Saturday for children at the Springfield Shriners Hospital. This is the second year the cadets and reservists at Westover Air Reserve Base teamed up to help the kids at the Shriners Hospital. "It's good to see that people are still willing to...

    December 19, 2011

    PENNSYLVANIA -- Jake Kern of Oakdale was thrilled to be flying -- albeit in a simulated Cessna 182. "It was a lot of fun. I've always wanted to fly. I probably just watch "Top Gun" too many times," said Matt Stewart of Pine in reference to the Tom Cruise movie...

    December 19, 2011

    MISSOURI -- It was the biggest turnout yet for the annual Community Christmas Dinner in Marshall Saturday, according to organizer Melanie Elfrink. Elfrink hoped to get a more precise reading of attendance this year and asked Henry Yeagle to focus on counting. Yeagle had accounted for 284 diners less two...

    December 16, 2011

    Members of the Civil Air Patrol on Saturday will celebrate the 108th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first flight, and the patrol's 70th anniversary, by "flying" their simulators at the Carnegie Science Center. Visitors can try out two different flight simulators, which offer realistic aircraft controls and visual displays. Click...

    December 15, 2011

    PENNSYLVANIA -- There were smiles and tears as military veterans were honored Wednesday at Amber Springs at LaurelWood. Members of Johnstown Composite Squadron 1501 of the Pennsylvania Civil Air Patrol presented military teddy bears and boxes of cookies to 34 veterans at the personal care facility. The gifts came with...

    December 14, 2011

    TENNESSEE -- The Tennessee Wing of Civil Air Patrol held this year’s annual conference at the Chattanooga Choo Choo. More than 200 members of the wing attended the conference. A highlight of the conference’s Saturday evening awards banquet was the premiere of a new march titled “Semper Vigilans,” performed by...

    December 14, 2011

    ARIZONA -- Traveling 16½ miles isn't far — about the distance between Sedona and Cottonwood — but it seems a very long way straight up. Cadets in the Verde Valley Composite Squadron 205 in Sedona did just that, launching their first space balloon from a field along Forest Road 525...

    December 12, 2011

    WINDSOR, ONTARIO -- It may be a small gesture but for Benjamin Leung it’s the ultimate way of saying thanks. Members of the Canadian and U.S. air cadets met at the apex of the Ambassador Bridge Sunday afternoon to exchange wreaths honoring veterans and those who have died while serving in...

    December 8, 2011

    ARIZONA -- An elderly New Mexico woman who was reported missing after leaving Chandler last week was found dead Wednesday in a remote area east of Globe. Her husband was found alive, police said. Elizabeth Davis, 82, apparently suffered a medical condition while attempting to walk with her husband toward...

    December 8, 2011

    MONTANA -- Flathead Valley residents will gather in Kalispell Saturday to honor veterans as part of the annual Wreaths Across America Day. Flathead Composite Squadron members collected enough donations from community members to purchase more than 500 wreaths this year, the first time Wreaths Across America is being celebrated in the...

    December 8, 2011

    FLORIDA -- Marco Islanders know him for speaking his mind, and Monte Lazarus has provided proof in words and in deeds. They know him, too, for his compassion. Lazarus was named Marco Island’s 2011 Citizen of the Year during ceremonies at Christmas Island Style's Holiday Gala. Lazarus, a former member...

    December 7, 2011

    ARIZONA -- Chandler police said Tuesday that 86-year-old Dana Davis and his 82-year-old wife Elizabeth left the Phoenix suburb on Dec. 1 and were headed back to their Albuquerque home following a visit to Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in Socorro, N.M. They have yet to return home and...

    December 7, 2011

    SOUTH DAKOTA -- Seventy years ago civilian pilots from across the country signed up to perform their own homeland security from above. Dec. 1 marked the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Civil Air Patrol, which was established by Congress. Luverne Kraemer, 94, of Nemo was one such pilot...

    December 7, 2011

    CALIFORNIA -- The Sacramento, Calif., chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, known as the George S. “Spanky” Roberts Chapter, had its 70th Anniversary Gala event Saturday evening at the California Aerospace Museum. Present were the Documented Original Tuskegee Airmen (DOTA) and their wives. Also present were the widows of the DOTA’s who...

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