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    April 8, 2013

    OREGON -- Search and rescue crews plan to go airborne as they look for a missing skier in the Mount Ashland Ski area. Carol Koon, 52, of Chiloquin, was last seen at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Mount Ashland ski lodge. She was skiing at the area with her family....

    April 5, 2013

    NEW HAMPSHIRE -- Cadet 1st Lt. Matthew Piazza of York, Maine, was recently surprised with a presentation of the Air Force Association’s Cadet of the Year Award by Maj. Robert Gilbert, commander of the Highlanders Cadet Squadron. The award was presented during the squadron’s meeting in Rochester, recognizing him as...

    April 4, 2013

    GEORGIA – Ever since he took his first flight at age 14 and joined Civil Air Patrol, Ronald Alexander has led a charmed aviation life — which includes flying for the U.S. Air Force and Delta Air Lines, creating several aviation-related companies, collecting and restoring antique aircraft, and founding the...

    April 4, 2013

    ALASKA -- Members of the Alaska (11th Air Force) Rescue Coordination Center on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, completed their 5,000th mission (since July 1, 1994) recently. During the 5,000th mission, the team coordinated the Alaska Air National Guard's successful recovery of a pilot who crashed a Super Cub aircraft near the Bering River northeast...

    April 4, 2013

    TEXAS -- Five U.S. flight instructors, including Civil Air Patrol’s Raymond Francis “Ray” Spengler Jr. of Odessa, completed the Master Instructors course to receive the prestigious designation in March. The title has been earned by fewer than 700 of the 91,000 certified flying instructors currently active nationwide. Learn more about...

    April 3, 2013

    MINNESOTA -- Kaitlin Albright isn’t exactly a social climber, but she’s certainly motivated to rise through the ranks. The Circle Pines 16-year-old has kept her eyes on a particular prize since joining the Anoka-area Civil Air Patrol squadron two and a half years ago. “It’s been my goal to reach...

    April 3, 2013

    NORTH DAKOTA -- The North Dakota Emergency Commission has approved funding to begin preparations for expected spring flooding along the Red River and its tributaries in the eastern part of the state. The commission on Tuesday agreed to accept loan proceeds from the Bank of North Dakota that would provide...

    April 2, 2013

    VIRGINIA -- A teenage boy on the Southside got an opportunity of a lifetime last week, thanks to his new membership in Civil Air Patrol. He flew 3,000 feet in the air. For 13-year-old Jacob Fretwell, it was extra special because he had to conquer a big fear to do it....

    April 2, 2013

    ILLINOIS -- A former manager of the Mount Vernon Airport will be honored posthumously next month when he becomes a member of Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame. Max Firebaugh, who served as the airport manager for 22 years, will be inducted during the Illinois Aviation Conference’s banquet May 16 at...

    April 2, 2013

    MISSOURI – “It’s a relief and I think we can start getting our cadets back,” said 1st Lt. Jered Horn, public affairs officer for Civil Air Patrol’s Joplin squadron. After months of moving around, and waiting, members finally have a permanent space for the next five years. “It was always our...

    April 1, 2013

    DELAWARE -- The Dover Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol's Delaware Wing provided the color guard for Saturday's Vietnam Veterans Day ceremony at Kent County Veterans' Memorial Park. In addition to the CAP color guard, the hourlong event included a ceremonial reading and bell ringing for soldiers who were killed...

    April 1, 2013

    NORTH CAROLINA -- Murrell and Kitty Cook – a couple who met in 1947 when they were volunteer pilots with the Civil Air Patrol in Charlotte – are celebrating their 64th wedding anniversary this month. Learn more about the couple's CAP experiences and hear about their secrets to a long marriage in...

    April 1, 2013

    WASHINGTON -- Twenty-one Civil Air Patrol cadets – including 16 from Eastside cities in Washington state – took to the skies in perfect weather recently in six CAP planes flying out of Renton Airport for orientation training. Michael B. Holliday of Kirkland, public affairs officer for the Redmond-based Overlake Composite Squadron, said...

    March 20, 2013

    MARYLAND -- U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Nicole Malachowski’s life in flight as the first woman “Thunderbirds” pilot is profiled in a feature story for the Air Force News Service. The article, written by Airman 1st Class Alexander W. Riedel, chronicles the two years Malachowski flew in the F-16 Fighting Falcon No....

    March 20, 2013

    MISSOURI -- Cassville High School senior and Scott Regional Technical Center JROTC member Anna Buckley – a Civil Air Patrol cadet in Missouri Wing’s Table Rock Lake Composite Squadron – has big goals for the future. Buckley has her sights set on becoming one of the only female students from...

    March 20, 2013

    NEBRASKA -- A Fremont teenager recently had the chance to learn some valuable leadership lessons in the nation’s capital. Dillon Maki, a senior at Fremont High School, attended the Civil Air Patrol’s Civic Leadership Academy in Washington, D.C. Learn more about Maki's once-in-a-lifetime CAP experience, which included a Capitol Hill...

    March 19, 2013

    CALIFORNIA -- As part of Tsunami Preparedness Week later this month, Mendocino County officials are planning a tsunami preparedness warning test. The Mendocino County Office of Emergency Services, in cooperation with the counties of Humboldt and Del Norte, the National Weather Service, and the California Emergency Management Agency, has scheduled...

    March 18, 2013

    OKLAHOMA – Capt. Danny Dunlap went through his checklist as he prepared to take off from Davis Field on Saturday. The original flight plan for Dunlap, a pilot for Civil Air Patrol, was to fly southwest of Tinker Air Force Base by Draper Lake and photograph a recently burned patch...

    March 18, 2013

    MISSOURI -- The Springfield Regional Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol received a new plane Saturday. The plane, a Cesna 182 High Wing, will enable the local squadron to work more closely with the office of emergency management, law enforcement, FEMA, SEMA and others in disaster relief or emergency situations....

    March 18, 2013

    PENNSYLVANIA -- Cadet Capt. Anthony Prato, a Northampton Township resident and a member of Boy Scout Troop 5, was honored recently by the township’s board of supervisors for earning his Eagle Award, the highest rank attainable by a member of the Boy Scouts of America. In addition to his duties...

    March 12, 2013

    TEXAS -- Boyhood enthusiasm for flight has taken Juan Arredondo to greater heights as he rose to squadron commander of the Civil Air Patrol in Brownsville. “It’s been outstanding, changed my life. Before I joined I was shy. It’s given me confidence and leadership,” said Arredondo who, after 20-plus years...

    March 12, 2013

    The Redmond-based Overlake Squadron Color Guard – an all-female team – is preparing to attend the regional competition in California next month after winning the Washington State cadet competition recently at Camp Murray near Fort Lewis. This is the first time that an all-female team has won the annual cadet...

    March 11, 2013

    SOUTH CAROLINA -- On Saturday the South Carolina Wing of Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Air Force auxiliary, held a search, rescue and disaster relief training exercise. The exercise, which involved CAP aircrews and ground teams, consisted of simulated missing aircraft, a missing person scenario and multiple simulated disasters. The training was set...

    March 11, 2013

    ALABAMA — Elliott Tolar knew he wanted to fly and began fulfilling his dream when he was 12. Tolar, now a 10th-grader from Leoma, Tenn., joined Civil Air Patrol four months ago after talking with his flight instructor, Jerry Ford, a member of the Muscle Shoals Composite Squadron. It’s a...

    March 11, 2013

    MINNESOTA – The VEX Robotics team from Bemidji’s Civil Air Patrol squadron received the Sportsmanship Award at the Dream It Do It Central Minnesota VEX Robotics Tournament March 2 in St. Cloud. The team, called Tank, also received the Sportsmanship Award and was the tournament champion at the Dream It...

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