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    November 5, 2013

    WISCONSIN -- Sauk Prairie Middle School student Matthew Basken got the experience of sitting in a real F-16 cockpit turned roving flight simulator Tuesday. His mom, Amy Basken, looked on as the youngster took off down the virtual runway. The two attended an open house held by the Col. Sac...

    November 4, 2013

    VIRGINIA -- Twenty years ago this month, the Battle of Mogadishu ensued between U.S. military forces and Somali militiamen aligned with Mohammed Farrah Adid. The account of that battle is captured in the book and movie “Black Hawk Down.” Retired Col. Tom Matthews was there on Oct. 3 and 4,...

    November 4, 2013

    MISSOURI -- Officials say more than 300 emergency personnel – including members of Civil Air Patrol – were on the scene of a simulated earthquake Saturday. Chuck Leake, a battalion chief with the Boone County Fire Protection District and the exercise's incident commander, told KRCG 13 the scenario involved an...

    November 4, 2013

      PENNSYLVANIA -- The annual Group Six conference and awards banquet for the Pennsylvania Civil Air Patrol was held in West Middlesex on Saturday. There was a general assembly in the morning followed by a banquet, training, and an awards ceremony later in the day. WKBN-TV, the CBS affiliate in Youngstown,...

    November 1, 2013

    LOUISIANA -- Five Civil Air Patrol squadrons from the Louisiana Wing assisted at the recent re-dedication ceremony of New Orleans Lakefront Airport’s Historic Terminal. About 40 CAP cadets and officers participated, representing the Pontchartrain Composite Squadron, the Billy Mitchell squadron, the St. Tammany squadron, the Ascension squadron and the Alvin Callendar...

    October 31, 2013

    RHODE ISLAND -- The Rhode Island Aviation Hall of Fame will induct five new members at its annual dinner in Cranston on Nov. 8. The five inductees (all deceased) include Lt. Col. Richard Warren Blackman, who made a major contribution to aviation in Rhode Island through his lengthy service with...

    October 29, 2013

    UTAH – They’re the guys you hope you never meet, but if you need them, you really want to see them. The Phantom Squadron of Civil Air Patrol, based in Utah County, stands ready to help in the event of an emergency. Best known for flying search and rescue missions,...

    October 28, 2013

    FLORIDA – Civil Air Patrol Cadet 1st Lt. Logan Cowan was one of four students recently participating in the National Youth Leadership Forum on National Security who were selected to place a wreath at The Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. He was chosen for the “prestigious” honor based...

    October 23, 2013

    NEVADA -- Harrison Ford may be best known for his iconic portrayals of movie heroes such Han Solo and Indiana Jones, but it was his invaluable and often unsung work as a general aviation advocate and humanitarian pilot that were in the spotlight Tuesday morning at the NBAA Business Aviation Convention...

    October 23, 2013

    SOUTH CAROLINA -- Dr. Ronald Bradley is one week away from an unusual trip overseas. “It’s not a business trip, it’s not a vacation, maybe a little bit different, I’m going to Afghanistan,” Bradley explained. This will be the Georgetown resident’s second trip to Afghanistan and third to the Middle...

    October 19, 2013

    UTAH -- A series of giant arrows can be found across northern Utah and several other states. What are they for? For the answer, you have to go back in time. To find the answer of what the arrows are pointing at, you have to go a long way back...

    October 18, 2013

    COLORADO -- A news release published recently on the Federal Emergency Management Agency website details the situation in Colorado, where heavy rains wrought historic flooding one month ago. According to the release, thousands of photos taken by the Colorado Civil Air Patrol helped FEMA and other agencies determine the flooding’s impact and assess where...

    October 18, 2013

    NEW MEXICO -- The New Mexico Wing of Civil Air Patrol earned a rating of “Outstanding” — the highest possible rating — from a U.S. Air Force team during a recent formal evaluation exercise. Three Socorro members were on the principal staff of the exercise, which saw CAP personnel from...

    September 26, 2013

    IDAHO -- The body of one of two missing day-hikers was recovered Wednesday afternoon in Craters of the Moon National Monument. It has since been identified as that of Jodean Elliott-Blakeslee, 63. Blakeslee and Amelia Linkert, 69, were reported missing on Monday morning. The Butte County Sheriff Office and National Park Service...

    September 26, 2013

    NEW JERSEY -- On Sept. 10, Boonton resident Paul Rech officially started serving as New Jersey Wing chaplain with the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary – Civil Air Patrol. Of this he said, “It will be a large responsibility, but also a great honor to be able to serve the state...

    September 24, 2013

    ALASKA -- An Eagle River pilot remains missing as the official search for a plane last located in Southeast Alaska has been suspended. On Monday, the commander of 11th Air Force, under recommendation by the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center, suspended search efforts for 47-year-old Alan Foster, whose Piper PA-32 dropped...

    September 24, 2013

    SOUTH CAROLINA -- Myrtle Beach residents may notice fighter jets in the sky today as part of a defense exercise being conducted by the South Carolina Air National Guard. The routine exercise will feature jets from the 169th Fighter Wing escorting a single-engine aircraft from the South Carolina Civil Air...

    September 23, 2013

    COLORADO -- U.S. Sen. Mark Udall visited the Loveland disaster relief and donation center on Sunday in a one-day tour of three disaster assistance centers in Colorado. Before his tour of Larimer County’s regional donation center, he talked to members of Civil Air Patrol and thanked them for their assistance....

    September 23, 2013

    MONTANA -- Civil Air Patrol’s Malmstrom Air Force Base Composite Squadron hosted two open houses on and off base on Sept. 10 and 17 to inform Team Malmstrom and the Great Falls community of the many benefits of CAP. Hosted by Staff Sgt. Jacob Webb, 341st Medical Operations Squadron dental...

    September 23, 2013

    OKLAHOMA -- The sinking sun hung low in the sky, as a group of eager young people in uniform were put through their paces on a recent late-summer evening at Vance Air Force Base. They marched in tight formation, the leader calling out cadences and the group responding, their voices...

    September 20, 2013

    ALASKA -- An Alaska Airlines jet with 64 people onboard simulated what would happen if a plane crashed on approach to Juneau International Airport. Everyone on the plane survived and many ate lunch with the emergency responders who came to rescue them. The fake crash was part of a live...

    September 17, 2013

    ALASKA -- Nearly a week after officials lost contact with a seasoned commercial aviator and mechanic from Eagle River and his plane northwest of Yakutat, authorities are continuing to look for him despite the apparent loss of a potential lead in the search. Lt. Bernie Kale, a spokesperson for the 11th Air...

    September 17, 2013

    COLORADO -- Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper met with Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Craig Fugate on Monday to let the public know how they are responding to massive flooding in the northeastern corner of the state. FEMA is sending two 80-person search-and-rescue teams to assist with continuing rescues in Larimer...

    September 17, 2013

    VERMONT -- The Vermont State Police, utilizing Civil Air Patrol, continued their search for a missing Townshend woman. Aircraft from CAP’s Vermont Wing searched the Jamaica and Townshend areas for 59-year-old Helen Homes of Townshend but the effort resulted in no new leads.  

    September 16, 2013

    NEW JERSEY -- Col. Steven Tracy, a Jackson resident and the newly appointed commander of Civil Air Patrol's New Jersey Wing, said he is trying to use his new post to help bolster membership and recruitment for Civil Air Patrol programs, as well as raise the organization’s profile. “For many...

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