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    November 9, 2015

    Michael Popovich held the gold medal gently, in his cupped hands, remembering when he received the honor that he said brought tears to his eyes. "It's 0.4 ounces," the West Hartford resident said proudly. "I weighed it." Popovich was surprised with a replica of the Congressional Gold Medal on Oct....

    November 9, 2015

    IDAHO – Members of Civil Air Patrol’s Idaho Wing march in the annual Veterans Day Parade in downtown Boise Saturday morning. KTVB-TV’s Maggie O’Mara, one of the hosts for the station’s live broadcast of the parade, saluted them for “doing incredible work for our community when they are needed the...

    November 9, 2015

    MINNESOTA -- For the past seven months, a group of 10 high school and middle school Mankato students have relentlessly trained for excellence. They practiced installing firewalls. They worked to maintain servers. They even dug into the system to exterminate Trojan horse viruses. They're the Mankato Civil Air Patrol CyberPatriot...

    November 9, 2015

    VERMONT -- A group of energetic students from Savannah de Rham’s Pre-K Class at Fisher Elementary School in Arlington recently visited the William H. Morse State Airport in Bennington. The students received a tour of the airport  and a number of aircraft, including a Cessna 182 used by Civil Air Patrol...

    November 6, 2015

    FLORIDA -- For the first time, the annual Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Community Park will be a truly blended affair on Wednesday, Nov. 11. It will involve all four of Marco Island’s military organizations. Marco American Legion Post 404, VFW Post 6370, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary flotilla and the...

    November 6, 2015

    GEORGIA -- A new Civil Air Patrol squadron of 73 members recently received its national charter at the Conyers Middle School Center for Technology and Engineering. In addition to the chartering ceremony, seven cadets and two adults received awards and promotions after only five months of being formed.   

    November 4, 2015

    TENNESSEE/NEW JERSEY – A Civil Air Patrol cadet from Summit High in Spring Hill, Tenn., was given the surprise of his life recently when he was presented the Ira C. Eaker Award by an American hero. Cadet Lt. Col. Jonah Torp-Pedersen was volunteering for the Patriot Tour when he was...

    November 4, 2015

    NEVADA – Gov. Brian Sandoval honored Reno resident Jana McElhaney as the November Veteran of the Month Tuesday at a ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion. McElhaney served five years in the U.S. Navy, and dedicated hours of volunteer service in support of veterans after her time in the military. Some of...

    November 3, 2015

    OREGON – A Medford resident is joining the U.S. Air Force after seven years in Civil Air Patrol. Cadet Capt. Kongphop Krataikaew flew to Lackland Air Force Base in Texas for basic training on Tuesday, continuing a family tradition of USAF service. Learn more about Krataikaew and his many accomplishments...

    November 3, 2015

    MINNESOTA -- It started with a photo. Jan Plumb of Shoreview opened a box from her mom labeled “open when you have time.” Inside was a photo of her and her late father, Lt. William Haier, that she had never seen before. “I got to this and I just couldn’t...

    October 30, 2015

    FLORIDA -- Margaret Magners Heinly doesn't think of herself as a pioneer. She was just doing her fair share. After Japan bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, launching the United States into World War II, the 17-year-old joined a new volunteer organization called the Civil Air Patrol in Boyertown, Pa. Heinly,...

    October 29, 2015

    NORTH CAROLINA -- The offers began appearing in 2015. Each time a new pilot’s photo appeared on the Flight Training Facebook page, there would be a flurry of comments along the lines of “Congratulations!” and “Great job!” And then this: “Congratulations and welcome to the 0.001! Send me a [personal...

    October 28, 2015

    INDIANA – Members of the Civil Air Patrol’s Indiana Wing announced on Monday evening at the Greensburg Municipal Airport Board meeting that they will be moving local operations and their new single-engine aircraft from the Batesville Airport to the Greensburg airport. Along with storing the aircraft at the airport, CAP will...

    October 28, 2015

    MINNESOTA -- The Civil Air Patrol Viking Composite Squadron, based in Wayzata, recently cleaned out a portion of the Minnesota River Bluff LRT Regional Trail as part of its participation in the Three Rivers Park District’s adopt-a-trail program. Members of the Viking squadron has adopted a two-mile section of this...

    October 26, 2015

    VIRGINIA -- Virginia Lee Bloom sat in the tiny backseat of a Piper Cub Sunday afternoon, smiling and waving as the aircraft started to whir and take off. It had been seven decades since she'd last been in that seat. "I look like I belong here, don't I?" she said...

    October 26, 2015

    WASHINGTON -- The Washington Wing of Civil Air Patrol is an often unnoticed and underrated asset to the state and its citizens. "We aren't always noticed; we don't always stand out," said 1st Lt. Jessica Jerwa, public relations officer. "[But] everything we train for and do is not for us...

    October 26, 2015

    WISCONSIN -- Maj. Mark Niemi of Kaukauna and his son, Matthew, enjoy their service in the Fox Cities Composite Squadron, which has been serving the Fox Valley for more than 60 years. Maj. Niemi got his start in CAP when he was 13 and rejoined several years ago when his...

    October 23, 2015

    PENNSYLVANIA -- Thursday night a reception was held to honor the “selfless volunteer service of the Civil Air Patrol World War II veterans” and one veteran in particular, Earl M. “Jack” Parker of Brookville. Parker was awarded a bronze replica of the Congressional Gold Medal struck to honor the CAP members...

    October 22, 2015

    NEBRASKA -- With a goal of placing 500 wreaths on veterans’ graves this holiday season, local Wreaths Across America organizers, including Civil Air Patrol, are looking for donations. “It’s a time of the year we want to honor the sacrifices of those who served,” said Chris Madsen, who helps lead...

    October 21, 2015

    KENTUCKY -- The Challenger Learning Center has received a donation that's out of this world. A space capsule that used to sit outside Civil Air Patrol’s Paducah location was slated to be auctioned off at the McCracken County Fiscal Court auction on Saturday. CAP decided instead to donate it to...

    October 20, 2015

    CALIFORNIA -- Pets topped people after pilots voted online for their favorite aviation-based charity to select the top five Lightspeed Aviation Foundation winners receiving cash awards of $2,000 to $10,000. Pilots N Paws, the charity that unites aviators with animals in need of rescue, shelter, or fostering, will use the...

    October 19, 2015

    PENNSYLVANIA/IOWA -- Two Civil Air Patrol units hosted search and rescue exercises recently. Cadets from the Erie Composite Squadron in Pennsylvania and cadets from the Iowa Wing were involved. Cadets ages 12-18 learned the basics of emergency response so they can serve on CAP ground teams. This prepares them for searching...

    October 10, 2015

    IDAHO -- Dr. Pamela Riddle Bird and two of her close friends were killed in a plane crash in the Cabinet Mountains near Hope on Thursday. Bonner County Sheriff Daryl Wheeler confirmed on Friday that the trio departed the Bird Aviation Museum & Invention Center at Glengary Bay in a...

    October 9, 2015

    MARYLAND -- The Baltimore Ravens are honoring the Maryland Civil Air Patrol with this week's Honor Row. This Sunday, members of CAP’s Glen L. Martin Composite Squadron will be among those occupying an Honor Row at Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns at M&T Bank Stadium. Find out more about the...

    October 8, 2015

    VIRGINIA -- The town of Parksley will soon see the installment of an historical marker recognizing the service of Virginia Shore residents during World War II. The Virginia Department of Historic Resources recently approved a highway marker commemorating the acts of civilians who were members of Coastal Patrol Base 4,...

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