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    February 21, 2017

    About 100 cadets and senior members of the Civil Air Patrol gathered in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, on Saturday to take part in the Winter Weekend, performing search and rescue exercises. The training in Friedens was focused on how to find a missing aircraft, in the event CAP ever needs to...

    February 21, 2017

    Cadet Lt. Col. Reid Daugherty recently earned the General Carl A. Spaatz Award and was promoted to cadet colonel. The ceremony was held in the Courtyard of Heroes at Pacific Air Forces Headquarters at Hickam Air Force Base with 15th Wing Commander Col. Kevin Gordon presenting.   

    February 16, 2017

    Technology deployed by Civil Air Patrol helped rescuers pluck stranded pilots from severe winter weather for the second time in a month. A combined analysis by the CAP’s National Radar Analysis Team (NRAT) and its Cell Phone Forensics Team helped pinpoint both downed aircraft, which led to quick recovery efforts...

    February 16, 2017

    Many U.S. soldiers who fought in the Vietnam War were drafted into the service — but not all of them. Some volunteered. One such person — Chaplain Lt. Col. Linda Pugsley — will be the keynote speaker Saturday at the 12th annual Purple Heart Ceremony hosted by the Aaron A....

    February 16, 2017

    Nine students from Southside High School had an opportunity Tuesday to fly high above the city of Selma, Alabama, as they took to the sky in a Civil Air Patrol Cessna 182P rescue aircraft. The students are cadets in the Air Force Junior ROTC Cadet Flight Orientation Program. And their...

    February 15, 2017

    One young Alabama woman is a step closer to her lifelong dream of becoming a missionary pilot. Civil Air Patrol 1st Lt. Evangela Caliguire, of the Redstone Composite Squadron in Huntsville, Ala., has been accepted to the Florida College of Missionary Aviation. At FCMA, Caliguire will take an accelerated two-year...

    February 14, 2017

    Chocolate and flowers may be your Valentine’s Day go-to gift giving ideas, but at the Veterans Home of California in Fresno, the Central Valley Blue Star Moms and Pacific Gas & Electric are proving it’s the thought that counts. On Monday, the Blue Star Moms and Civil Air Patrol hand-delivered Valentine’s...

    February 14, 2017

    Payton Mercer, a Civil Air Patrol cadet, recently won first place at the 4-H District Competition. A resident of Savannah, he is a member of CAP's Low Country Composite Squadron, which meets weekly at the Hilton Head Island Fire and Rescue Headquarters. Mercer, who holds the rank of cadet master...

    February 13, 2017

    Christopher Walsh has always wanted to fly, or at the very least be involved with aviation in some capacity. Walsh, a cadet lieutenant colonel and group commander with the Terre Haute North Vigo High School Air Force JROTC, was one of about a dozen students to get hands-on experience Saturday...

    February 13, 2017

    Members of New York’s Civil Air Patrol participated in training exercises across the state on Saturday. In Syracuse, hundreds of CAP volunteers at Hancock Field ANG base prepared for emergency situations, including search and rescue missions. In addition to Syracuse, the New York Wing also held training exercises in Albany...

    February 10, 2017

    Schoolcraft, Michigan resident Jon Steeby wears his affection for the Civil Air Patrol. He’s volunteered as a pilot for the U.S. Air Force auxiliary for the past three years. The uniformed citizen fliers are called to search for downed aircraft and lost hikers, to photograph storm damage and promote CAP...

    February 10, 2017

    For the past five years, lifelong Waynesburg, Pennsylvania resident Dave Shaw has been planning for a Greene County squadron of Civil Air Patrol. Recently, his efforts came to fruition when the newly formed Greene County Composite Squadron 606 received its official CAP charter during the Group One Conference and Awards...

    February 10, 2017

    Tarpon Springs (Fla.) High School student Alyssa Santos has been named a semifinalist for the Coast Guard Award for Operation Homefront’s 2017 Military Child of the Year honors. Santos participates in multiple after school activities, including Civil Air Patrol, rising through the ranks. Find out more about Santos’ CAP experience...

    February 9, 2017

    Since 9/11, U.S. military pilots have intercepted more than 1,800 non-military aircraft  flying in America’s no-fly zones, according to the North American Aerospace Command (NORAD). This requires a lot of time training for this specialized maneuver, which are made by F-16 fighters nationwide. Civil Air Patrol, the auxiliary of the...

    February 7, 2017

    The “Candy Bomber” of the Berlin Airlift, retired Air Force Col. Gail Halvorsen, was recognized Friday in the Utah Senate for his act of compassion toward the people of Germany in the aftermath of World War II. The 96-year-old veteran stood tall as he stepped onto the Senate floor in...

    February 6, 2017

    On Sunday, dozens of Civil Air Patrol teens and adults from Kentucky and Indiana took part in winter training that could save lives. “The cadets and the senior members need to know what to expect what gear to bring how does your gear work, so when you get out there...

    January 27, 2017

    Members of Pennsylvania Wing’s Group One of Civil Air Patrol recently witnessed the newly formed Greene County Composite Squadron 606 receive its official CAP Charter during the Group One Conference and Awards Banquet held in McMurray, Pa. During the event, the Group One Commander Maj. Ed Silassy of Canonsburg instated...

    January 27, 2017

    Andrew Hamm has received the Civil Air Patrol 2016 AEM (Aerospace Education Member) Teacher of the Year award from the Wisconsin Wing Eau Claire Composite Squadron. A great addition to the Eau Claire squadron, the Boyceville, Wis., teacher has introduced members of the squadron to the Science Olympiad Program. Through...

    January 26, 2017

    As crews scour the storm zones in South Georgia and North Florida, searching for victims and surveying damage, they're getting help from volunteers overhead. The Civil Air Patrol is providing emergency services including search and rescue. CAP performs search patterns, both in the air and on the ground, and helps...

    January 26, 2017

    It's getting to be that time of year — when high school seniors and their parents start worrying. Will they get into the college they want? Will they be able to pay for it? One remarkable young man in Fairfax County, Virginia, does not have to worry about any of...

    January 25, 2017

    Members of the South Dakota Wing’s Pierre Composite Squadron participated in Wednesday’s fourth annual Aviation Day at the South Dakota Discovery Center. About 150 young pilots attended the event, which gave them a chance to spread their wings and fly high into the air. The CAP activity involved a small...

    January 25, 2017

    Authorities are still searching for 2-year-old Detrez Green after the boy went missing during a tornado in Albany, Georgia. Green's mother says that the toddler slipped away from her grasp as the storm hit, according to CNN affiliate WCTV. Three search crews, including an Albany-based Civil Air Patrol ground team, have...

    January 25, 2017

    Dorothy Gregory-Watkins caught the “flying bug” at age 9, after receiving her first lesson at a local fair in 1927. Her interest in flying led the Lockport, New York, resident to obtain her pilot’s license and to enter into seven years of service with Civil Air Patrol, performing local search-and-rescue...

    January 24, 2017

    A Spokane, Wash., teen is breaking both age and gender barriers by taking to the air as a cadet with Civil Air Patrol. A sophomore in high school, CAP Cadet Capt. Genesis Middlebos is already a licensed pilot for non-powered aircrafts or gliders, and is a student for powered aircrafts....

    January 23, 2017

    The temperatures were above average for the Bemidji  (Minn.) Civil Air Patrol’s annual winter training this weekend, yet the mission remained the same. The training event, now in its eighth year, is a program for CAP cadets to get hands-on experience in search and rescue operations. “The Civil Air Patrol...

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