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    September 20, 2011

    IDAHO -- Cadet Capt. Tim Beggs, an 18-year-old defensive lineman for the Post Falls High School varsity football team, plans to enlist in the United States Navy at age 20 to pursue a military career. “My father Walter served in the Navy,” Beggs said. “When I got older, I joined...

    September 20, 2011

    NEW HAMPSHIRE -- On Sunday, 9/11, a toll booth was set up in front of the American Legion in Dover accepting donations from passers-by to support the Wounded Warrior Project. Forty-five members of the American Legion, Civil Air Patrol and NJROTC held out military helmets to support our Wounded Warriors.

    September 20, 2011

    MASSACHUSETTS -- Civil Air Patrol's Beverly Composite Squadron announces the first New Member Night of the 2011 fall season. Prospective cadet and senior members are invited to the squadron headquarters at the Beverly Airport East Side in the old Tower Building to learn more about the unit’s activities.

    September 20, 2011

    MARYLAND -- The College Park Composite Squadron of the Maryland Wing Civil Air Patrol was a huge hit at the recent New Carrollton National Night Out, which was sponsored by the New Carrollton Police Department in New Carrollton, Md. National Night Out is hosted across the nation in many communities...

    September 19, 2011

    NEVADA -- Cadet 1st Lt. James Shawn and his father, Capt. Jim Shawn, were anxiously awaiting the P-51 Mustang event during their much-anticipated vacation to the Reno Air Races on Friday. What the father-son pilots from Civil Air Patrol's Thunderbird Composite Squadron in Houston, Texas, experienced in the moments after the...

    September 19, 2011

    PENNSYLVANIA -- Duncannon was busy cleaning up from the mess left by the passage of Tropical Storm Lee, which flooded Market Street from the Shermans Creek Bridge to Broadway Avenue last week. Borough Manager Tanuya Matter said that things were beginning to return to normal on Monday afternoon. “Things are...

    September 19, 2011

    TENNESSEE -- Earthquakes below 3 on the Richter scale — too small to be felt — shiver through areas of Tennessee on a regular basis, but officials say a devastating shake registering in the 7 range is all but inevitable. That’s when the trained eyes of Civil Air Patrol volunteers will be essential....

    September 14, 2011

    PENNSYLVANIA -- People living along Loyalsock Creek don’t have to be told they just got walloped by a flood of historic proportions. But even the professionals involved in flood mitigation planning are shaking their heads at the massive scope of the event. On Tuesday, after a flight courtesy of Civil...

    September 14, 2011

    UTAH -- David Miller, 27, has been missing from his Las Vegas home since Sept. 4, and the search to find him has spread to Southern Utah. “He is a tender, good-hearted person who had a great relationship with his family," said Miller’s brother, Richard Miller, who said Civil Air...

    September 14, 2011

    VIRGINIA -- The Air Force Association, headquartered in Arlington, Va., announced that CyberPatriot IV, the national high school cyber defense competition, now has more than 500 teams registered to compete. With 46 states, Puerto Rico and U.S. Department of Defense Dependent Schools in England, Germany, Japan and Korea already represented,...

    September 14, 2011

    PENNSYLVANIA -- Those seeking a unique way to honor and serve America without enrolling in the military can join the Civil Air Patrol, or CAP, a U.S Air Force Auxiliary that is a humanitarian and educational nonprofit organization. CAP members are civilian volunteers who are not members of any branch...

    September 14, 2011

    NEW JERSEY -- Fourteen-year-old Connor Gibney and his brother, Colin, who is 13, both said they want careers in the military, most likely the U.S. Air Force. Each got a taste of what boot camp might be like when they took park in an intense nine-day Civil Air Patrol training...

    September 12, 2011

    FLORIDA -- The weeklong search for a missing Texas man, believed to have disappeared from the Everglades National Park, has been called off, the National Park Service announced Friday. Jacob Olivier, 23 and a resident of Springs, Texas, entered the park on Aug. 24 and has not been seen or...

    September 12, 2011

    Maj. Steven Solomon, Civil Air Patrol’s national public affairs team leader, looks back on the events of 9/11 and how it spurred him on to become a member of the U.S. Air Force auxiliary. Click here to read Solomon's commentary in the Tampa Tribune.  

    September 12, 2011

    NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS -- Civil Air Patrol units across America participated in 9/11 memorial ceremonies over the past weekend:  Lake Havasu City, Ariz. Murrieta, Calif.  Brunswick, Md. Englewood, N.J. Socorro, N.M. Warren, Pa.

    September 12, 2011

    WEST VIRGINIA -- Members of the 12 West Virginia Civil Air Patrol squadrons joined forces for the third annual Ground Pounders Challenge at the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport near Williamstown this weekend. “This weekend’s training has an emphasis on safety and ground issues for our beginner members,” said Maj. Debbie...

    September 12, 2011

    NEW JERSEY -- Ann Walko, a resident of Scotch Plains and past president of the Plainfields chapter of UNICO, was presented with the Grand Patriot Award at the UNICO national convention in Arlington, Va. The award is presented annually by the Italian-American service organization to an individual who “carries the...

    September 9, 2011

    MASSACHUSETTS -- The commander of Civil Air Patrol’s Massachusetts Wing remembers 9/11, and how members of the Hanscom Composite Squadron and the wing responded to the terrorist attacks. Click here to see a Boston Herald video of Col. William Meskill recalling the events of 10 years ago in which CAP...

    September 8, 2011

    CALIFORNIA -- The 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks is this weekend, so ABC7 takes a look at Bay Area families who lost loved ones on United Airlines Flight 93. It left Newark that morning bound for San Francisco, but crashed in Pennsylvania after passengers fought so bravely to stop...

    September 8, 2011

    MARYLAND -- The drone of a Piper aircraft taking off briefly interrupted a gathering of the newest squadron of Civil Air Patrol, which has returned to Charles County after a six-year absence. Although founded July 29, the Charles Composite Squadron, based at Maryland Airport in Pomonkey, already has 22 members,...

    September 6, 2011

    INDIANA -- Turning 50 dramatically affects some people. Couple the big 5-0 with a new diagnosis of diabetes, and what do you get? How about a more-than-90-pound weight loss in 10 months? Meet Alex Whitacre, an employee with George Koch Sons in Evansville, Ind. Click here to learn how the Civil...

    September 6, 2011

    NEW MEXICO -- An Albuquerque teen, Spencer Graham, has won a national contest sponsored by Civil Air Patrol to come up with a slogan to keep kids off drugs. A 13-year-old cadet airman in CAP’s T-Bird Composite Squadron 4 in Albuquerque, Graham came up with: “Follow your dream and stay...

    September 6, 2011

    SOUTH DAKOTA -- The South Dakota Wing of Civil Air Patrol and one of its members received awards at the recent CAP Annual Conference in Louisville, Ky. The wing, presented by Wing Commander Col. Bill Kay, received the National Commander’s Unit Citation from Maj. Gen. Amy Courter for its sustained...

    September 6, 2011

    NORTH CAROLINA -- The Aviation Historical Society met recently at the Macon County Airport with guest speaker, Civil Air Patrol Capt. Bob Scott of Franklin. Scott related some of the more interesting plane crashes in eastern Tennessee, northern Georgia, northern South Carolina and western North Carolina that comprise this region...

    September 6, 2011

    INDIANA -- A Haubstadt teenager, who volunteered during flood relief efforts this year as a member of the U.S. Air Force’s Civil Air Patrol, recently received a national award for his work as his squadron’s aerospace education officer. Cadet Maj. Aaron Evans, a 16-year-old home-schooled sophomore, became the first Hoosier...

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