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    November 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON -- Green River Composite Squadron, a local unit of the Civil Air Patrol, is hosting an open house on Dec. 3 at the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Auburn. State Sen. Joe Fain, R-Auburn, will be on hand for a special presentation to the squadron, which is celebrating Civil...

    November 30, 2015

    PENNSYLVANIA -- Four teens from Clarion and Jefferson County recently experienced the thrill of aviation through orientation flights with Civil Air Patrol at the Clarion County Airport. Throughout the morning and afternoon, the cadets received briefings and flew in one of CAP’s sophisticated Cessna 172’s.  

    November 30, 2015

    SOUTH DAKOTA -- The Rushmore Composite Squadron of the South Dakota Civil Air Patrol was collecting donations at the Rushmore Mall Friday to bring holiday decorations to those who fought for their country. The Rushmore squadron was collecting money to place wreaths on the gravesites at Black Hills National Cemetery through...

    November 20, 2015

    CALIFORNIA -- Tom Scott beamed as his 16-year-old son, Cadet 1st Lt. Charlie Scott, was appointed cadet commander for the Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron 61 at the Camarillo Airport on Tuesday night. Still, the ceremony was bittersweet for him and his wife, Susan. Nearly 10 years ago to the...

    November 18, 2015

    MICHIGAN — History was made this weekend in Coldwater, as the Great Lakes Region of Civil Air Patrol held its first-ever multi-state training exercise with units from Ohio, Indiana and Michigan. The exercise was based on a simulated severe weather event that had affected all three states. Approximately 200 members...

    November 12, 2015

    MASSACHUSETTS – A dedicated crowd turned out in raw weather Wednesday to cheer on veterans during Worcester’s 62nd annual Veterans Day Parade. “There go my heroes,” said Vinnie Lopes, a former Marine, as a float hauling a black memorial wall inscribed with names of Worcester County Vietnam veterans rolled by....

    November 12, 2015

    FLORIDA — Three greatest-generation Civil Air Patrol members were honored recently at Brandon’s Limona Village Chapel, home of the Civil Air Patrol’s Gen. Chuck Yeager Cadet Squadron. Lt. Col. Robert G. Balnicky, who served in the U.S. Navy and then joined Civil Air Patrol, was recognized for 50 years of...

    November 10, 2015

    ILLINOIS -- Two local groups are selling wreaths as part of Wreaths Across America, a program that recognizes veterans from all branches of the armed forces. “We are kind of going around getting donations and asking for sponsorships to help get wreaths on cemeteries nationwide,” Capt. Wesley Flannell of Civil...

    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...

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