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    February 11, 2016

    NEW YORK -- Having a high school sweetheart may seem like a thing of the past but to Ginny and Ray Leonhard of Mineola, it is the most promising kind of love. Back in 1945, Ginny Cortese was walking down the hallways of Woodrow Wilson Vocational High School in St....

    February 11, 2016

    IDAHO -- The new Col. R. Jack Layton squadron of Civil Air Patrol has been chartered in Rexburg, thanks to a promise from Idaho Wing Commander Col. George Breshears. At a short ceremony recently in the Legacy Flight Museum, Breshears, along with squadron cadet commander Lt. Col. Zane Lemmon, the...

    February 10, 2016

    Have you ever thought about the unique place that float planes have in search and rescue operations? The Civil Air Patrol’s Alaska Wing has used float planes successfully for decades. Capt. Bryan Emerson explains in this guest editorial posted on SeaplaneMagazine.com.  

    February 8, 2016

    CALIFORNIA -- CBS47’s Kathryn Herr took Fresno TV viewers inside the cockpit of the fighter jets protecting the airspace above Levi Stadium on Super Bowl Sunday. The fighters take off from Fresno when a plane enters restricted airspace in northern California. And that includes Levi Stadium for the Super Bowl....

    February 8, 2016

    ALABAMA – U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, who represents Alabama’s 1st District, honored two Civil Air Patrol members from Alabama who died last week in a plane crash in Mobile. The congressman’s tribute was delivered in a speech from the floor of the House of Representatives. The two Alabamians, David Mauritson...

    February 8, 2016

    MAINE – Twelve cadets from the Waterville Civil Air Patrol squadron – the Maine Wing’s 56th Composite Squadron – were front and center at a recent meeting at Robert LaFleur Municipal Airport, listening to Cadet Tech. Sgt. Jordan Craig talk to them. Craig, 18, of Benton, has been a member...

    February 1, 2016

    LOUISIANA – Airmen from Civil Air Patrol’s Louisiana Wing conducted their first exercise of 2016 over the weekend – search and rescue training to prepare the Air Force Auxiliary volunteers for any natural disaster. And they took Candy Rodriguez of Lake Charles’ NBC affiliate, KPLC-TV, along for a ride in...

    February 1, 2016

    MONTANA – There’s new leadership for the Flathead Composite Squadron 53 is the largest Civil Air Patrol unit in Montana. A change of command ceremony took place at the National Guard Armory in Kalispell earlier this week, and the group was also given the best squadron of the year award...

    January 28, 2016

    PENNSYLVANIA -- Members of Commonwealth Health EMS gave first aid and CPR/AED training to Civil Air Patrol’s Scranton Composite Squadron 201. EMTs June Ejk and Ron Kochmer were the instructors for the biannual training in Jessup, part of the CAP Emergency Services program. Senior members and cadets both received the training,...

    January 28, 2016

    NEW YORK -- U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins joined members of the U.S. Air Force auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol, for a special presentation of a replica Congressional Gold Medal to Niagara Falls resident Frank A. Supkowski, who served as a CAP cadet during World War II. “On behalf of a grateful...

    January 28, 2016

    GEORGIA -- Cadets from the Savannah Composite Squadron and Statesboro Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol participated in Ground Team member training activities Jan. 16-18 at Fort McAllister State Park and J.F. Gregory Park in Richmond Hill. One of the highlights of the weekend was having Sgt. Doug Sahlberg and...

    January 27, 2016

    FLORIDA -- When the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Tyndall AFB contacts the Civil Air Patrol’s Hillsborough One Senior Squadron in Tampa, local members spring into action. Sometimes they discover that a missing plane landed safely at its destination and the pilot simply failed to file paperwork. Other times...

    January 27, 2016

    MONTANA -- Over the years the U.S. Air Force and Civil Air Patrol have formed a mutual bond, working together to develop servant citizens who take pride in their work, education and history. Cadets from CAP’s Malmstrom Air Force Base Composite Squadron recently had the opportunity to learn first-hand from...

    January 26, 2016

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – An in-depth article about Civil Air Patrol’s Surrogate UAS program, posted on the website for Bard College’s Center for the Study of the Drone, chronicles the creation and service of CAP’s Surrogate Predators, which are used to train JTACs and other ground personnel for combat. Using volunteers,...

    January 25, 2016

    FLORIDA -- The Coral Springs Civil Air Patrol celebrates a trifecta of successful wins after placing second in state against 90 other squadrons last August, taking first at regionals in Albany, Ga., in October, then becoming the grand champions at nationals at Maxwell Air Force Base in Ala., in January. Find out more...

    January 25, 2016

    KANSAS -- Two McConnell Air Force Base pilots had their military aviation roots planted when they joined Civil Air Patrol in their early teens. The pilots from the 384th Air Refueling Squadron, Capts. Nathanial Beer and Ryan Cobb, now dedicate several hours each week giving back to the local Emerald...

    January 22, 2016

    MINNESOTA -- A Faribault woman who served in Civil Air Patrol in 1942 and later trained pilots for combat during World War ll is one of the last remaining Women Airforce Service Pilots, also known as WASPs. Now U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar wants to make sure Elizabeth Strohfus, 96, and others like her are...

    January 21, 2016

    ALABAMA -- When Joshua Miller ran into a mutual friend of his and Capt. Steven Torbert, a helicopter pilot with the U.S. Marines, on the morning of Jan 14, he never dreamed that night he would get news that Torbert and 11 Marines were missing after two helicopters crashed off...

    January 21, 2016

    SOUTH CAROLINA -- Much like it did when it was Coastal Patrol Base 8 during World War II, Coastal Charleston Composite Squadron 056 still serves the people of South Carolina with a three-prong mission of emergency services, cadet programs and aerospace education. "While the name may have changed, the squadron has...

    January 21, 2016

    MISSISSIPPI – Over 56 Mississippi Wing cadets from 11 squadrons, met recently for Mississippi Wing’s third annual Civil Air Patrol Cadet Conference. This group also included cadets from both the Alabama and Georgia CAP wings, and cadets and volunteers of the Mississippi CAP, who spent four days in Winston County....

    January 20, 2016

    IOWA -- Josiah Meier dreams of flying. The home-schooled, high school freshman from Osage already has plans for his future and one of those plans is to attain his pilot’s license by the time he graduates high school. In order to take the first steps toward meeting his goal, Meier...

    January 19, 2016

    GEORGIA -- Even after two weather delays, the Civil Air Patrol and Hall County EMS teamed up for a search and rescue training exercise Saturday morning at Wauka Mountain Elementary School. The exercise was designed to strengthen communication tactics and skills between the two forces, as well as practice the...

    January 19, 2016

    MINNESOTA -- If you heard #2004, what would that mean to you? To Cadet Colonel Caitlin Albright of Blaine, a 19-year-old member of the Minnesota Wing’s Anoka County Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol, it means she is the 2004th cadet to be awarded the prestigious Spaatz Award since its...

    January 19, 2016

    OHIO -- From computer flight simulators to foam planes powered by human arms throwing them into the air, aeronautics was demonstrated Sunday afternoon at Skypark Airport in Guilford Township. The Medina County Skyhawks unit of Civil Air Patrol held an open house for 24 hours. Second Lt. Glenn Somodi said...

    January 15, 2016

    CALIFORNIA – U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, a Republican who represents California’s 23rd District, announced his nominations to the United States Service Academies Jan. 8. One Desert High School student and Civil Air Patrol squadron flight cadet commander, Garron Ireton, received a presidential nomination to the U.S. Air Force Academy in...

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