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    February 9, 2012

    TEXAS -- Civil Air Patrol says a small plane has been found in an East Texas lake and it’s believed to be an aircraft reported missing. Lt. Col. Rick Woolfolk says searchers in a boat located a plane around 5 a.m. Thursday in the southern portion of Lake Palestine. The fate...

    February 9, 2012

    NEW HAMPSHIRE -- Another casualty of New Hampshire’s milder-than-usual winter may be the state’s ice fishers. A new aerial survey of Lake Winnipesaukee by the New Hampshire Wing shows “treacherous” ice conditions, including areas of open water, over much of the state’s largest lake, according to the state Fish and Game...

    February 9, 2012

    UTAH -- Authorities in Price have located a crumpled Jeep with two bodies inside presumed to be those of Grand Junction, Colo., men missing more than a week. Friends and relatives who volunteered to search for Brian Axe and Mark Widegren were the first to spot their Jeep Grand Cherokee...

    February 9, 2012

    Pomp and ceremony mixed with just a touch of informality prevailed at the Marco Island Civil Air Patrol headquarters Monday evening at a change of command ceremony. Taking over as the new commander, Capt. Robert S. MacNeill said the focus shouldn’t be on him, but rather the dedicated group of...

    February 6, 2012

    OREGON -- The U.S. Coast Guard rescued three lost hikers near Gold Beach on Saturday in a cooperative effort with state and local agencies. The hikers had been missing for six days before they were located by Civil Air Patrol early Saturday. The hikers, who were suffering from hypothermia, were...

    February 6, 2012

    PENNSYLVANIA -- Saturday's snow showers provided challenging, yet ideal, weather conditions for Civil Air Patrol's Pennsylvania Wing Winter Weekend. The event, dedicated to training cadets for responding to a variety of emergency rescue scenarios, was hosted by Somerset County Composite Squadron 1502 at a farm near the Somerset County Airport....

    February 6, 2012

    GEORGIA -- With members already flying out of Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport and an ever-growing surrounding community, Gainesville-Hall County seemed like an ideal spot for a new Civil Air Patrol squadron. But it wasn’t until the past year, when some Georgia Wing members took notice and sought to fill the need....

    February 6, 2012

    TEXAS -- This week’s “12 Who Care” nominee is a Texoma man who works behind the scenes coordinating volunteers during emergencies. Even though he’s retired, Bob Sholl refuses to take it easy, and still spends most of his time helping others. One of the places where Sholl volunteers is Civil...

    February 5, 2012

    UTAH – Civil Air Patrol has joined a weeklong search for two men missing from the Nine Mile Canyon area near Price, Utah. Brian Axe and his longtime friend Mark Widegren, both of Grand Junction, Colo., have been missing since Jan. 28. A CAP plane from the Utah Wing made...

    February 3, 2012

    MARYLAND -- AOPA Online videographer Bob Knill and senior editor Dave Hirschman recently joined the Civil Air Patrol in a single-engine, fixed-gear GippsAero G-8 Airvan on an aerial exercise that gives the U.S. Air Force F-16 pilots based at Andrews Air Force Base some practice at identifying and tracking relatively slow-moving...

    February 2, 2012

    HAWAII -- Civil Air Patrol Lt. Col. August Leval of the Maui Composite Squadron has been honored for more than 50 years of service to the U.S. Air Force auxiliary. More than 60 CAP members from throughout the state were on hand as Maj. Gen. Charles Carr presented Leval with...

    February 1, 2012

    GEORGIA -- Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Charles DeBellevue, who earned more kills than any U.S. aviator in the Vietnam War as a weapons systems officer in the F-4 Phantom II, met with the media while visiting Robins Air Force Base as the guest speaker for the 116th and 461st...

    January 30, 2012

    CONNECTICUT -- In the summer of 1944, Judith Calandrelli spent 20 hours flying high above Danbury in a two-seat, Piper Cub plane. The 18-year-old girl spent many more hours hitchhiking back to South Norwalk every weekend, where she lived with her Italian family and served as a member of Civil...

    January 30, 2012

    ILLINOIS -- It was a solemn tribute to a fallen U.S. Marine and friend. As Capt. Nathan McHone’s hearse circled the grounds of his alma mater Friday, the 1,800 students of Crystal Lake South High School stood in silence and reflected on all that McHone gave. Among those paying tribute...

    January 30, 2012

    MINNESOTA -- Civil Air Patrol’s Crow Wing Composite Squadron in Brainerd is an organization that allows folks to soar to new heights. To help celebrate CAP’s 70th anniversary, Brainerd Mayor James Wallin is proclaiming Jan. 30-Feb. 4 as Civil Air Patrol Week in the city. “We are very excited to...

    January 26, 2012

    OREGON -- The burial of a homeless Navy veteran at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland was the 1,000th in a national program that provides military honors to homeless and indigent vets. Petty Naval Officer 2nd Class Stevenson L. Roy died of natural causes on Dec. 16, when it was discovered...

    January 26, 2012

    COLORADO -- Lt. Col. Jack Dysart and four Civil Air Patrol cadets from the Steamboat Springs Composite Squadron accepted donations of American and Colorado flags from American Legion Post No. 44 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4264 on Wednesday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. The flags will...

    January 25, 2012

    LOUISIANA -- Civil Air Patrol’s Gen. Claire L. Chennault Senior Squadron in Monroe and its commander, Capt. Elvis C. Stout, are featured in a newspaper column in The News-Star. Commander Stout is better known to northeast Louisiana residents as Judge Stout, having served on the Monroe City Court for 20...

    January 24, 2012

    NEVADA -- A feature article by Andrea Avruskin for the Las Vegas Review-Journal focuses on the many humanitarian missions of Civil Air Patrol’s Nevada Wing. Click here to learn more about the wing and its members and see photos from their missions. 

    January 24, 2012

    FLORIDA -- Aerospace education is one of the primary missions of Civil Air Patrol. It accomplishes that in many ways. CAP offers flight scholarships, summer flight and glider academies, detailed aerospace curriculum and orientation flights. Boca Raton Composite Squadron Cadet Airman 1st Class Daniel Henao, an eighth-grader at Loggers Run...

    January 24, 2012

    TEXAS -- Civil Air Patrol has scheduled an exercise across Texas to brush up on skills used in emergency operations like Hurricane Ike. Details of the Jan. 28-29 exercise were announced Friday, with plans for many of the state’s more than 3,400 volunteer members to take part. Click here to learn more...

    January 23, 2012

    MARYLAND -- The day many Americans were celebrating the freedoms that Martin Luther King’s life stood for, some Harford County residents were experiencing another freedom – the freedom of flight. The Harford Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol, the U.S. Air Force auxiliary, took part in orientation flights with their...

    January 23, 2012

    OKLAHOMA -- More than two dozen volunteers from across the state are learning the skills they'll need when disaster strikes. Members of Civil Air Patrol’s Oklahoma Wing met at Jones Riverside Airport in Tulsa to go over some of the basics. Today they learned about flying search missions – looking...

    January 20, 2012

    KANSAS -- The current movie, “Red Tails,” tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of pilots in World War II. They were unique because of the color of their skin and the obstacles they faced simply getting into combat. You could argue they fought on two fronts: against...

    January 20, 2012

    ILLINOIS -- Lewis Composite Squadron, the Romeoville-based unit of the Civil Air Patrol, is stepping up to help one of its own. Members of the squadron are hoping to ease the financial strain on Homer Glen resident and CAP member Capt. Mary Jo O’Connor, who has been battling a second...

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