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    March 17, 2016

    ALABAMA – Search crews in the Shoals aren’t giving up hope of finding a second missing boater, Jeremiah Sanders, two weeks after he and his brother disappeared. Searchers resumed their work Wednesday, a day after recovering Jacob Sanders’ body. Civil Air Patrol gave crews hundreds of aerial images Wednesday morning...

    March 17, 2016

    FLORIDA – Civil Air Patrol’s Cadet Program is profiled Wednesday in a story posted on Flying Magazine Online. Cadet Col. Klara Olcott, one of CAP’s 24,000 cadets, is featured in the article, which focuses on how teens – and their parents – can benefit from the experience. Flying Magazine is a monthly publication...

    March 16, 2016

    JetBlue Airways is seeking applicants for a new program intended to train 24 novice pilots to fly a passenger jet. Applicants will take tests gauging hand-eye coordination, multitasking, critical thinking and other skills, followed by interviews for those who make the first cut. The four-year program will cost about $125,000....

    March 16, 2016

    NEW JERSEY -- The first aviation facility in the world to be called an "airport" helped develop Atlantic City as a casino mecca, and now the resort town is turning to Bader Field to help relieve some of its crushing debt by offering it for a minimum $150 million bid....

    March 16, 2016

    ALABAMA -- Crews searching the Tennessee River for the bodies of two missing fishermen recovered the body of 24-year-old Jacob Sanders — bassist in the band Velcro Pygmies — Tuesday morning near Florence. Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Spokesman Jonathan Appling said Sanders' body was recovered from Pickwick Lake not far from Pride...

    March 15, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard has suspended its search for two missing boaters in Claiborne County, Mississippi. Response crews, including Civil Air Patrol, covered 934 river miles, and searched for over 84 hours for the missing boaters, identified as two brothers. “Our condolences go out to the friends and...

    March 14, 2016

    VIRGINIA – James Fletcher, 90, the only surviving Civil Air Patrol member from Coastal Base 4, was among the dignitaries in attendance for Saturday’s unveiling of a historical marker erected in Parksley, honoring the 75 men and women who served at the base during World War II. Fletcher, who now...

    March 11, 2016

    WASHINGTON – Jason Holden’s reasons for joining the Air Force in 1991 were simple — he wanted to leave his home state of Indiana, he couldn’t afford to go to college and he loved airplanes. Now retired, the former master sergeant still maintains his love of flight as he works...

    March 9, 2016

    MINNESOTA -- Elizabeth Strohfus, who flew military planes across the country during World War II and received two Congressional Gold Medals as one of the last remaining members of the WASPs and for her service in Civil Air Patrol, died March 6 at an assisted-living center in Faribault, Minn. She...

    March 4, 2016

    VIRGINIA – Civil Air Patrol’s 75th anniversary is front and center on the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) website — www.aopa.org. Associate Editor Web/ePilot David Tulis attended CAP’s anniversary kickoff reception Feb. 25 and filed this report, complete with photos from the celebration.  

    March 3, 2016

    CALIFORNIA -- The Civil Air Patrol Cessna used by Camarillo Composite Squadron 61 has a new home indoors at the Camarillo Airport. The hangar was donated by Thousand Oaks residents Robert and Iris Rickenbach, who own a business in Camarillo. Rickenbach said he was glad to help an organization that...

    March 2, 2016

    WISCONSIN -- The Oak Creek Fire and Police departments were recently praised by Milwaukee Composite Squadron 5 of Civil Air Patrol for their participation in the squadron's Safety Day. Earlier this month, Oak Creek Fire Department’s Lt. Scott Kasten and three other firemen spoke to more than 30 CAP members...

    February 29, 2016

    INDIANA -- Up, up and away. Civil Air Patrol cadets took flight at Elkhart Municipal Airport on Saturday. Saturday's orientation flights exposed cadets to basic aviation topics like navigation, aircraft systems and one of CAP's main services, search and rescue. During the 45-minute flight, each cadet got the chance to...

    February 29, 2016

    TEXAS -- Thirty flight instructors in the world have achieved ground and flight certifications at the master level five times, and the only one in Texas is teaching aspiring pilots at East Texas Regional Airport. Raymond Spengler Jr., who first went airborne with Civil Air Patrol in his native Florida...

    February 26, 2016

    OHIO -- Civil Air Patrol’s 279th Clermont County Composite Squadron had a historic night recently, giving out an award the squadron has never given out before — Air Force Sergeants Association Cadet Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year — and the Air Force Association Outstanding Cadet of the Year award, which...

    February 24, 2016

    MONTANA/LOUISIANA – Two Civil Air Patrol squadrons in two states welcomed new aircraft recently — the Lewis and Clark Composite Squadron in Helena, Mont., and the Ascension Parish Composite Squadron in Gonzales, La. Getting their own plane is a big deal for CAP squadrons, shaving time to get airborne for...

    February 22, 2016

    PENNSYLVANIA – Civil Air Patrol wrapped up its winter training exercise, a two-day series of simulated missions this past weekend in Berlin that brings together about 70 cadet members, 43 adult members, volunteer firefighters, emergency management officials and the Pennsylvania State Police. The annual exercise is intended to hone the...

    February 22, 2016

    GEORGIA -- The Georgia Wing of Civil Air Patrol held its Legislative Day at the Georgia State Capitol recently. Maj. Jeffrey S. Chiu of Dunwoody, the wing’s legal officer and governmental relations advisor, was promoted to lieutenant colonel by Col. Richard B. Greenwood during the event.

    February 22, 2016

    PENNSYLVANIA -- Members of Washington Composite Squadron 601’s Civil Air Patrol recently joined veterans, re-enactors and guests for a wreath-laying ceremony in Fort Indiantown Gap during a weeklong living history event commemorating the 71st anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge. The event is held each year to honor World...

    February 19, 2016

    MISSOURI -- The Civil Air Patrol, an auxiliary of the Air Force, has been permanently set up at the Bonne Terre Airport. Bonne Terre Airport Facility Manager Steve Vogt said when they started working to reopen the airport, one of his friends who helped him there a lot was a...

    February 18, 2016

    On “Survivor: Kaoh Rong — Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty,” Debbie Wanner is a member of the Brains tribe. The 49-year-old chemist from Reading, Pennsylvania, is also a captain in the U.S. Air Force auxiliary – the Civil Air Patrol. A seven-year member of CAP’s Reading Composite Squadron 811, Wanner...

    February 18, 2016

    CALIFORNIA -- Members of Jon E. Kramer Composite Squadron 10, a local unit of the Civil Air Patrol based in Palo Alto, consists of adults (CAP officers) and youth aged 12-21 (cadets). This squadron volunteers its time to serve the Bay Area through both emergency services and aerospace education programs....

    February 17, 2016

    KENTUCKY – Civil Air Patrol Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Michael Dahl of Georgetown and his father, Lance, escaped a submerged SUV following a recent car accident in Scott County. “It all just happened very quickly. You just don't think about anything else,” he said. Seconds later, Dahl recalled his training...

    February 17, 2016

    NEW JERSEY -- Milton “Manny” Shucard of Paramus has accomplished plenty. He fought 12 times as a professional boxer under the name “Jersey Devil” to provide for his family. He fully restored a 1959 Jaguar XK150 Roadster that was used in four movies. He even jumped out of planes as...

    February 17, 2016

    PENNSYLVANIA/MAINE – Lt. Col. Roysetta Bruner of Lebanon, Pa., is the Group Two commander in charge of eight Civil Air Patrol squadrons in her home state, while Maj. Warren King of Lewiston, Maine, was recently promoted to lieutenant colonel. He is a search and rescue pilot with nearly 6,000 flight...

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