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    January 13, 2012

    VIRGINIA -- On Thursday, the Air Force Association based in Arlington announced the 20 recipients of AFA’s aerospace education grants, promoting aerospace education for hundreds of students through Civil Air Patrol squadrons from across America. The grants went to four Wisconsin Wing squadrons as well as two CAP units each...

    January 13, 2012

    DELAWARE -- The 512th Airlift Wing at Dover Air Force Base donated 125 sets of battle dress uniforms to two regional Civil Air Patrol units Sunday. Civil Air Patrol is the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and although the Air Force phased out the BDU uniform, CAP is...

    January 9, 2012

    CALIFORNIA -- var requestedWidth = 0; if(requestedWidth > 0){document.getElementById('articleViewerGroup').style.width = requestedWidth + "px";document.getElementById('articleViewerGroup').style.margin = "0px 0px 10px 10px";} A new charter school is open in Butte County, offering full-time, online instruction for students in grades 6-12, and a new elective program sponsored through Civil Air Patrol. As part of the...

    January 9, 2012

    OREGON – “Stop fidgeting at position!” Michael Coffer barked. “This is your second day of encampment and I’m still having to tell you to stop fidgeting!” It’s raining on this day outside the Oregon Military Academy as Coffer’s group of Civil Air Patrol cadets – Bravo flight – attempts to...

    January 9, 2012

    GEORGIA -- Civil Air Patrol Cadet Capt. Robert Jennings of LaGrange can’t drive a car by himself, but fly a plane alone? No problem. Jennings, a sophomore at Troup High School, flew solo for the first time on his 16th birthday Nov. 14 at LaGrange-Callaway Airport, a rare feat for...

    January 6, 2012

    TENNESSEE -- Cadet Col. Daniel Fry of the Rhea County Composite Squadron has been recognized with the prestigious Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award – the highest cadet honor in Civil Air Patrol, achieved by earned by only two-tenths of 1 percent of CAP cadets. At a ceremony held at Bryan...

    January 6, 2012

    MICHIGAN -- If you’ve attended any local festivals, such as Lyon Township’s Kite Festival, you may have noticed a group of young volunteers donning military uniforms. Typically you’ll see them helping with the parking or directing people from one place to another. They are always courteous and quick to task....

    January 6, 2012

    JAPAN -- Civil Air Patrol cadets from Kadena Air Base, Japan, and Osan Air Base, Korea, recently took part in the 2011 Okinawa Squadron Civil Air Patrol Encampment. This annual encampment is a weeklong event, which puts the cadets in a military-style training environment. Learn more about the overseas CAP...

    January 5, 2012

    VIRGINIA -- Seventeen-year-old Blair Cutting is taking to the skies in more ways than one as an active cadet airman first class in Civil Air Patrol’s Coastal Composite Squadron. Learn more about the Virginia Beach native, who said she has been hooked on building rockets since fourth grade and has...

    January 4, 2012

    SOUTH DAKOTA – Civil Air Patrol cadets from the Brookings-based Big Sioux Composite Squadron are celebrating two year-end accomplishments – advancement in their first year of national CyberPatriot competition and a first-place finish in state color guard competition. Click here to learn more about the CyberPatriot team, one of 38...

    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...

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