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    June 19, 2014

    ALASKA -- The remains of about a third of the service members who died when their military transport plane crashed into an Alaska mountain and then was buried for decades in glacier ice have been identified, military officials said Wednesday. The Department of Defense released the identities of 17 people...

    June 19, 2014

    CALIFORNIA -- The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department has activated the state mutual aid system in the search for an Arcadia firefighter lost in the Sespe Wilderness, north of Fillmore. “What that means is we bring in agencies from the surrounding counties. So today we have Los Angeles County, Orange County,...

    June 18, 2014

    NORTH DAKOTA -- About a dozen aircraft recently lined the southeastern end of the flightline at Grand Forks Air Force Base recently. Though most of the planes’ occupants were not Air Force pilots or crews, they were here to do official Air Force business. The approximately 60 people in attendance,...

    June 18, 2014

    GEORGIA -- Cadets with Civil Air Patrol’s Effingham Cadet Squadron took to the air recently in their first flight in the CAP Cadet Program from Plantation Air Park, near Sylvania. The six cadets were provided a pre-flight briefing as well as being led through a pre-flight inspection of the plane...

    June 17, 2014

    NEW JERSEY -- At a weekend gathering outside Vineland City Hall on Saturday, youth members of the Civil Air Patrol's Cumberland Composite Squadron performed a flag-folding ceremony and explained the significance of each of the folds, the meaning behind the gathering came into focus. Learn more about the Cumberland cadets'...

    June 16, 2014

    SOUTH CAROLINA -- For only the second time at Cooper Veterans Cemetery in Anderson County, a World War II Air Force pilot received a flyover from Civil Air Patrol. The honor was for Reeves Byrd, who flew B-29 bombers in the Pacific. After the war, he joined Civil Air Patrol...

    June 16, 2014

    MISSISSIPPI -- Every weekend, Civil Air Patrol works with the Coast Guard in Hancock and Harrison counties, along the state’s coastline. CAP aircrews look for stranded boaters in the Mississippi Sound and the Gulf of Mexico. They call it Sundown Patrol. Learn more about the Mississippi Wing's Sundown Patrol in this video report...

    June 16, 2014

    OREGON -- Air Force JROTC Lt. Col. Tristan Briggs’ sense of purpose permeates most things he sets his mind to. That mindset resulted in the McNary High School valedictorian’s future, as a cadet on full scholarship at the U.S. Air Force Academy. “Tristan came into the program already focused on...

    June 13, 2014

    ILLINOIS -- “I got my first solo on that runway you see behind me. That really gave me that bug, that passion for aviation.” Capt. Robert Bowden is an instructor at the Johnson Flight Academy. For the past 10 years he’s been teaching students skills that can last them a...

    June 13, 2014

    NEW YORK -- Sometimes the quickest, most proficient way to get a tough project knocked out is with the help of a determined Civil Air Patrol volunteer. Maj. Robert Ormsbee, activities officer for Fort Drum-Watertown Composite Squadron, was looking for community service projects for his cadets when he discovered the...

    June 12, 2014

    TEXAS -- The Civil Air Patrol Powered Flight in Nacogdoches, in its first year as a national academy, is hosting students from all over the nation. At the academy, CAP cadets ages 16 to 19 learn about powered flight and many of them take their first solo slights. Find out...

    June 12, 2014

    INDIANA -- Richmond will be a model example for car and plane owners this weekend for the 11th annual Speedster Rally, organized by the Richmond Senior Flight of Civil Air Patrol. Model T Speedsters from Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, Virginia, Oklahoma, Iowa, Missouri, Texas, Michigan and North Carolina will be...

    June 11, 2014

    GERMANY -- Civil Air Patrol Lt. Col. Chad Morris, commander of Spangdahlem Cadet Squadron, led a flight orientation program recently with cadets, which included Sean Cannon, Andrew Cannon and Teagan Thomas. The cadets started the day learning the basics of glider before flying in an ASK-21 glider. See photos from...

    June 10, 2014

    TENNESSEE -- Civil Air Patrol adds value to the U.S. Air Force’s integrated missions, and its training benefits from reciprocal help and support, a top CAP official said during a training event at the Air Force's largest EMPE center. CAP Lt. Col. Dent Young, director of the CAP Southeast Region...

    June 10, 2014

    PENNSYLVANIA – There’s a new commander of Erie’s Civil Air Patrol squadron. Lt. Mathieu Sanders stepped up in a change of command ceremony at the Jefferson Educational Society. He's replacing Capt. Michael Adamus, who will stay on as communications officer. Click here to see Erie TV News video from the ceremony....

    June 10, 2014

    CALIFORNIA -- What’s cooler than flying over California’s Central Valley in a dual-rotor CH-47 Chinook helicopter with the ramp down? Not a whole lot, according to members of the Civil Air Patrol’s Diablo Composite Squadron 44, based in Concord. Soldiers from Stockton’s B Company, 1st Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment, gave...

    June 9, 2014

    GEORGIA -- A Gainesville cadet, Chief Master Sgt. Austin Auger, has been awarded the Daughters of the American Revolution Outstanding Cadet Medal, and is the first Civil Air Patrol cadet nationally to be awarded the medal. Connie Tucker, with the Col. William Candler Chapter of the DAR, awarded the medal...

    June 9, 2014

    CALIFORNIA -- The U.S. Air Force calls upon its Civil Air Patrol volunteer auxiliary to photograph disaster damage, rescue plane crash victims and even search for marijuana fields. They're like unpaid professionals who take on heavy tasks, which is why the Air Force has them undergo simulated missions every year....

    June 9, 2014

    MARYLAND -- The Easton Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol recently held a change of command ceremony at the Louis G. Smith Armory in Easton. Cadet Lt. Samuel Hughes passed the responsibilities of cadet commander to Chief Master Sgt. Niall Fowler. In addition, three other cadets received promotions.  

    June 5, 2014

    TEXAS – A big award was announced for Camino Real Elementary School this week. Camino Real was just selected as the 2014 Civil Air Patrol National ACE School of the Year. The award honors schools for outstanding commitment to engaging students campus-wide in STEM subjects, that’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics,...

    June 5, 2014

    MARYLAND -- With a decade of dedicated service in Calvert County, family and friends of Calvert Cadet Squadron gathered to recognize and celebrate the past 10 years of service. The banquet provided an opportunity to review past accomplishments, present awards and promotions and outline the future of this small, but...

    June 3, 2014

    ALASKA -- Four people walked away with only a few bumps and bruises between them after a Fairbanks veterinarian piloting a Cessna 182 made an emergency landing in swampy ground near Galena on Sunday, authorities said. Pilot Terry Wighs, 63, of Fairbanks, said he was flying three other men to...

    June 3, 2014

    MINNESOTA -- On a beautiful, sunny spring day at the Grand Rapids/Itasca County Airport it was obvious that the late Ron Kangas, of Bovey, touched the lives of many when a large, orange school bus met a shiny, white Cessna airplane for a photograph. The purpose of the event was...

    May 30, 2014

    NEW YORK -- The Fort Drum-Watertown Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol’s New York Wing recently played host to a visit from a squadron north of the border. The 296th Royal Canadian Air Cadet “Wild Goose” Squadron visited Fort Drum for the first time and had an exciting fun-filled week...

    May 28, 2014

    As they do on every Memorial Day weekend, CAP cadets gathered at Floral Haven Cemetery in Broken Arrow, Okla., to re-enact the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns. There’s a full replica of the Tomb of the Unknowns at the cemetery. The ceremony was one of many...

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