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    March 23, 2012

    MICHIGAN -- There’s a new bird in the skies over St. Clair County and the rest of Michigan’s Thumb. It’s red, white and blue — and it nests at the St. Clair County International Airport. The Blue Water Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol has been assigned the Cessna 172...

    March 23, 2012

    FLORIDA -- A statewide exercise ordered by Civil Air Patrol Florida Wing Commander Col. Michael Cook showed the readiness of young members of the St. Augustine Composite Squadron to assist other state agencies in an actual emergency event. The stand-down exercises held recently at the Northeast Florida Regional Airport at...

    March 22, 2012

    COLORADO -- Although warmer weather is being embraced by many snow-accustomed residents in the Plains and Upper Midwest, the unseasonably dry conditions have turned the region’s vast grasslands into a tinderbox, as revealed in aerial wildfire photos taken earlier this week by the Colorado Civil Air Patrol and broadcast on...

    March 22, 2012

    ALASKA -- He always has felt comfortable up in the air. “I’ve never had a problem with heights,” said Alex Agosti, a Civil Air Patrol cadet in the Kenai Composite Squadron. “I’m more comfortable flying than I am driving my truck.” The teenager is on a mission to become an...

    March 22, 2012

    CALIFORNIA -- Young people can receive aerospace education, get physically fit and learn life-long leadership skills through the Butte County Composite Squadron 95 Civil Air Patrol cadet program. “In a nutshell, the cadet program is an amazing leadership program that trains children to follow first, become team players and then...

    March 22, 2012

    MICHIGAN -- U.S. Rep. Candice Miller presented the Congressional Award – Gold and Silver Medals – to Cadet Capt. Zechariah Vinson of Romeo in honor of his community service and personal achievements. He and his mother are members of Civil Air Patrol’s Selfridge Cadet Squadron in Macomb. Zechariah’s sister, Emilie...

    March 21, 2012

    WEST VIRGINIA -- Do you have a family member whose name is on one of the crosses that will be placed on the Boone County Courthouse lawn in Madison next weekend? If so, the Memorial Day celebration on May 28, on the courthouse steps should be of special interest to...

    March 21, 2012

    TENNESSEE -- While their father is currently serving overseas in Germany, siblings Ashley and Matthew Chillcutt, age 15 and 16 respectively, serve right here at home with Civil Air Patrol’s Fort Campbell Composite Squadron at Outlaw Field in Clarksville. Beside sharing a love of service with their father, U.S. Army...

    March 20, 2012

    CALIFORNIA -- Search crews have found the wreckage of a small plane that disappeared during a flight from Arizona to San Jose last week, the Federal Aviation Administration said. FAA spokesman Ian Gregor says the Beechcraft B36 was found near the San Benito community of New Idria around 1 p.m....

    March 20, 2012

    COLORADO -- The Heartstrong Fire, burning in Yuma County since Sunday afternoon, is now completely contained and residents who live in the 224-square-mile area of the fire have returned home. Yuma County Sheriff Chad Day said he and Civil Air Patrol surveyed the damage in the burn area on Monday. Day...

    March 19, 2012

    GEORGIA -- The search for a hot air balloon pilot who plummeted to the ground near Fitzgerald, Ga., Friday night ended Monday when a ground team found his body, according to Ben Hill County Serhiff Bobby McLemore. Several aircrews, including two planes from Civil Air Patrol, and ground crews were...

    March 19, 2012

    TEXAS -- The Denton Nighthawk Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol’s Texas Wing recently set up a search-and-rescue exercise near Ray Roberts Lake. The exercise provided an opportunity for CAP members in the region to prepare and attain their ground team qualification. Learn more about the training in Les Cockrell’s...

    March 15, 2012

    KENTUCKY -- Gov. Steve Beshear joined the Kentucky Commission on Women Wednesday in honoring three distinguished Kentucky women for their illustrious careers and significant contributions to the Commonwealth. Willa Beatrice Brown, Crit Luallen and Joan Riehm were inducted into the “Kentucky Women Remembered” exhibit and their portraits will be displayed...

    March 14, 2012

    NORTH CAROLINA -- They’re too young to drive, but they can fly a plane and execute 45-degree turns with ease. Three local teens took their orientation flights Sunday in Shelby through Civil Air Patrol’s cadet program. The CAP, the auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, also trains and teaches teens...

    March 14, 2012

    MARYLAND -- While Gregory Milhiser’s friends are at a movie on the weekend, he might be 25,000 feet above Gaithersburg, taking the controls of a Cessna aircraft. Gregory, a junior at Watkins Mill High School, is one of 35 cadets of the Upper Montgomery Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol’s...

    March 12, 2012

    HAWAII -- Authorities have identified the recovered body of a woman who may have been swept into the ocean by strong river currents. Kauai Police have identified the victim as Sansan Sheng of Sunnyvale, Calif., whose body was spotted by a tour boat in waters about four miles west of Hanakapiai....

    March 7, 2012

    NEW YORK -- Two F-15 fighters from the Massachusetts Air National Guard’s 104th Fighter Wing will exercise over northeastern New York this morning. The fighters will be conducting mock interceptions over the Glens Falls and Ticonderoga areas between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The training will be conducted in conjunction...

    March 6, 2012

    NORTH CAROLINA -- After one of the most active and deadly years in recent weather history, Gov. Bev Perdue has cautioned North Carolinians to be on the lookout for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms as spring approaches. Perdue declared March 4-10 Severe Weather Awareness Week in North Carolina and recommends that...

    March 6, 2012

    WISCONSIN -- A body recovered by emergency personnel searching a river was identified Monday as a missing Wisconsin college student who had been out celebrating his 21st birthday over the weekend, authorities said. Stevens Point Sgt. Dan Wheeler said officials removed the body of 21-year-old Eric Duffey around 1:10 p.m....

    March 5, 2012

    INDIANA -- The volunteer professionals of Civil Air Patrol were on the ground Saturday in Henryville assisting the Clark County Emergency Management Agency in searching vehicles and outdoor areas for individuals affected by Friday’s severe tornado outbreak. CAP volunteers from Clark, Vanderburgh and Marion counties worked under the direction of...

    March 5, 2012

    IDAHO -- Lt. Col. Dave Coppom wants to rally the military vehicle enthusiast troops. The Vietnam-era veteran now active with the Idaho Wing of Civil Air Patrol, who has restored two Army rigs, is onto his next mission of forming a military vehicle restoration club in North Idaho. “It’s testosterone...

    March 5, 2012

    UNITED KINGDOM – A Skywatch Civil Air Patrol cadet from Steyning has joined a contingent from across the country’s southeast for training ahead of a trip to America. Stephen Berry, a member of the 1140 Steyning Squadron, will be volunteering at the Sun ‘n’ Fun Fly-In, at Lakeland Linder Airport,...

    March 5, 2012

    KANSAS -- Crews continue the work to clean up the mess that Tuesday night’s severe storm left at Highland Park Cemetery in Pittsburg. Straight-line winds estimated at 120 mph toppled dozens of monuments, snapped burly trees and massive headstones like match sticks, and scattered roof shingles, insulation, tree branches and...

    March 5, 2012

    FLORIDA – It’s 7:45 a.m. An aircraft is overdue. The Civil Air Patrol is called. That was the simulation Saturday at Sebring Regional Airport, part of a statewide disaster relief and search and rescue exercise staged by CAP’s Florida Wing and hosted by the Highlands County Senior Squadron. Learn more about the...

    March 2, 2012

      KANSAS – Volunteers of all types are helping strangers clean up the mess Tuesday’s storm left behind in southeastern Kansas. Among the volunteers were members of one of Civil Air Patrol’s newest units, the Kansas Wing’s Southeast Composite Squadron, who worked in Chicopee and Pittsburg all day Wednesday providing...

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