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    September 25, 2015

    IDAHO -- Rexburg Mayor Richard S. Woodland was honored by members of the Civil Air Patrol at a banquet that was part of the Idaho Wing Conference. Capt. Kenn Condon, with the Pocatello Composite Squadron, presented an award to Woodland for his efforts in helping re-establish a CAP squadron in...

    September 25, 2015

    PENNSYLVANIA – Civil Air Patrol cadets from the Pennsylvania Wing’s Allentown Composite Squadron 801 and Lehigh Valley Squadron 805 presented colors in honor of Patriot Day, held Sept. 11 at SteelStacks in Bethlehem. Patriot Day honored countless individuals in the Lehigh Valley who put themselves in harm's way every day....

    September 24, 2015

    WASHINGTON -- Yakima aviation pioneer Charles McAllister will posthumously receive one of the nation’s highest civilian honors Saturday for his Civil Air Patrol service during World War II. A replica of the Congressional Gold Medal will be presented in McAllister’s honor in a ceremony at 2 p.m. at the McAllister...

    September 24, 2015

    NORTH CAROLINA -- Two cadets from the Gastonia Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol were chosen to serve as CAP staff members for the recent Winston-Salem Air Show at Smith Reynolds Airport. Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Thomas Beutler served as a team leader on the flight line and Cadet Senior...

    September 24, 2015

    GEORGIA -- Six members of the Ellijay Composite Squadron recently received their credentials and mission scanner wings. A mission scanner plays several vital roles in search and rescue missions including planning and directing the flight of search aircrafts, establishing proper coordinates to begin a search and keeping eyes on the...

    September 21, 2015

    HAWAII -- Calling all 8th and 9th graders! If you’re interested in engineering and aerospace, there’s a program just for you. The MX Scholar Program for STEM and aerospace is a partnership between Maryknoll School and Civil Air Patrol’s Hawaii Wing. It’s an accelerated track for Hawaii’s brightest and most...

    September 17, 2015

    AFGHANISTAN – An Airmen deployed to Bagram Airfield with the 455th Expeditionary Communications Squadron is not only an Airman, but also a Civil Air Patrol volunteer who dedicates his free time to helping train youth and respond to crisis situations. Capt. Luis Aponte, 455th ECS operations officer and a member of...

    September 16, 2015

    TENNESSEE – An 82-year-old woman took to the skies one more time as part of a national Second Wind Dreams Day, a day set aside to honor our elders. Diane Fragos is a resident at Elmcroft of Hendersonville, a senior living facility. She flew first for the American Red Cross...

    September 15, 2015

    INDIANA – The Academy of Model Aeronautics, or AMA, has achieved a membership milestone with 50,000 youth members 18 and younger. This is a great achievement for the model aviation community and partners of the AMA, which include Civil Air Patrol.

    September 15, 2015

    MICHIGAN -- Representatives from the Michigan Wing of Civil Air Patrol recently met with members of Ionia area schools in an effort to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education. Mike Seiloff, CAP's Ionia external aerospace education officer, made the presentation during a meeting with Rather Elementary School Principal Darin Magley...

    September 14, 2015

    PENNSYLVANIA -- With Pope Francis due in Philadelphia in two weeks, military aircraft will conduct an airspace protection exercise in the area early Tuesday morning, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) announced Friday. The “Falcon Virgo” training flights are slated to take place from 12:01 a.m. to 2 a.m....

    September 14, 2015

    FLORIDA – The Tallahassee Civil Air Patrol held a 9/11 remembrance and flagpole dedication ceremony Thursday night at the Tallahassee International Airport in honor of Friday's 14th anniversary of the terrorist attacks..”Woodmen Life,” formerly known as “Woodmen of the World,” donated a 25-foot flagpole to the Tallahassee Composite Squadron to replace...

    September 9, 2015

    COLORADO -- The Civil Air Patrol sits quietly at the Grand Junction Regional Airport but it’s anything but – the national volunteer organization flies more than 85 percent of all general inland search and rescue missions, including one earlier this week for a missing aircraft. “We’re looking for mostly crashed...

    September 8, 2015

    SOUTH DAKOTA – Thanks to Civil Air Patrol, South Dakotans got a bird's-eye view of LifeLight, a Christian music festival in Sioux Falls. Lt. Col. Rick Larson says this is something CAP’s South Dakota Wing has done for several years now, patroling the festival from the skies. Larson says patroling the event is...

    September 8, 2015

    COLORADO -- The National Transportation Safety Board confirmed that five people were killed when a Cessna crashed into a rural mountainside in San Juan County on Sunday. Peter Knudson of the NTSB says the Cessna 310 plane crashed into the rugged mountainside near Telluride. Civil Air Patrol's Colorado Wing was...

    September 8, 2015

    OREGON -- Teenagers circled silently high above the Prineville Airport on Sunday, the final day of a two-day glider orientation program with the High Desert Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol. Around two dozen cadets with CAP squadrons from around the Northwest spent the weekend piloting gliders, a single-engine Cessna...

    September 8, 2015

    ALASKA -- The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for Bruce Gronewald, an overdue kayaker, in Knik Arm near Anchorage. The Coast Guard, Civil Air Patrol and Alaska State Troopers conducted 10 air searches and multiple ground searches over an area that covered more than 850 square miles.  

    September 2, 2015

    ALASKA -- A search launched Tuesday for a 55-year-old kayaker who did not return from a trip in Knik Arm near Anchorage. A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak helicopter and Civil Air Patrol crews completed four air searches of the area and Alaska State Troopers completed ground searches for Bruce...

    September 2, 2015

    HAWAII -- Maryknoll School students may learn engineering and aerospace concepts firsthand thanks to the Honolulu school’s partnership with Civil Air Patrol. CAP, the U.S. Air Force civilian auxiliary that responds to emergencies, revamped its headquarters near Keehi Lagoon with more than $750,000 in renovations earlier this month. Classroom space...

    September 2, 2015

    When it comes to community service, Civil Air Patrol’s Muskogee Nighthawks Squadron in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and the Southern Kentucky Cadet Squadron in Bowling Green rank near the top. Both units and their service to their communities have been featured recently in their local newspapers, the Muskogee Phoenix and the Bowling...

    August 31, 2015

    FLORIDA -- Last week Aero-News Network’s Jim Campbell was fortunate to be at the Civil Air Patrol's National Conference when Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark A. Welsh announced the official recognition of CAP as the fourth member of the Air Force Total Force team. The official recognition, featured today...

    August 31, 2015

    MAINE -- First seen holding aloft a walking stick crowned with a sock, battered from hiking 7 or 8 miles, 78-year-old lost hiker John Lyon had a simple explanation for his survival in Baxter State Park. “I just wasn’t ready to die,” Lyon said, according to Maine Forest Ranger Ben...

    August 31, 2015

    COLORADO -- The Colorado State Fair in Pueblo brings games, food and different activities for kids, but a group of Civil Air Patrol cadets are trading ride tokens for two-way radios. Tens of thousands of people come to the state fair each day. CAP’s mission is to roam the state...

    August 31, 2015

    CALIFORNIA -- Throughout the weekend, the Bay Area’s Civil Air Patrol took to the East Bay skies for training exercises in preparation for natural disasters. The group took off from Livermore on Sunday and carried out search and rescue drills, defensive maneuvers and reconnaissance work. CAP supports the Air Force...

    August 27, 2015

    COLORADO – A freshman cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy is scheduled to be recognized as the top Civil Air Patrol cadet in the country Saturday at CAP's National Conference in Orlando, Florida. Before beginning his first year at the Academy, Benjamin Jakeman was the cadet commander of the...

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