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    March 5, 2015

    SOUTH CAROLINA -- Richard H. Hawkins, 92, received the Federal Aviation Administration’s Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award at the Aiken Municipal Airport on Tuesday. Gary Pendleton, the Federal Aviation Administration’s operations manager for South Carolina, presented the Master Pilot Award to Hawkins during a meeting of the city of Aiken’s...

    March 5, 2015

    PENNSYLVANIA – U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., met recently with Col. Sandra Brandon, commander of the Pennsylvania Wing Civil Air Patrol, to discuss the organization. The colonel was accompanied by three other CAP members, including Cadet 1st Lt. Emily MacIntyre of North Cornwall Township. Brandon; 1st Lt. Nikki Hrycko, a...

    March 4, 2015

    MINNESOTA -- Three Faribault citizens — 95-year-old World War II pilot Liz Strohfus, the late Roy Anderson Sr., and the late W. Stewart Shaft — were recently awarded replica Congressional Gold Medals for their service in Civil Air Patrol during World War II. Dr. Roy Anderson’s father, Roy Anderson Sr.,...

    March 4, 2015

    WASHINGTON -- An open door at his Olympia office led to state Sen. Jim Honeyford joining Civil Air Patrol nearly a decade ago. Last week, the Sunnyside Republican was at the forefront in recognizing the patrol’s service during a special brunch at the state Capitol. The ceremony in the state...

    March 3, 2015

    CALIFORNIA -- At 5 years old, Josephine Sihner took control of a single-engine Beechcraft Musketeer under the watchful eye of her grandfather and soared above the Central Valley. She was instantly hooked and knew she wanted to pursue a career in the U.S. Air Force. Three years ago, the now...

    February 27, 2015

    MONTANA -- Operating as an auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, the Missoula Civil Air Patrol keeps a watchful eye from above. And with that, they often have to put their search and rescue skills to work. “If you're up skiing at Snowbowl and you get lost in the backcountry....

    February 27, 2015

    GEORGIA -- Cadets with the Effingham Cadet Squadron of Civil Air Patrol took to the skies recently, participating in orientation flights, or O-flights, at Plantation Airpark. Eight cadets flew for about two hours each in the Cessna 172s provided by both Savannah Composite Squadron and Brunswick Senior Squadron. Cadets are...

    February 26, 2015

    CALIFORNIA -- Authorities searched the East County wilderness east of Palomar Mountain for a second day Wednesday in hopes of finding a man who disappeared during a hiking trek. Chris Sylvia, 28, was reported missing Tuesday after he failed to arrive as planned at his final destination of Campo, according...

    February 24, 2015

    WASHINGTON -- Four Washington residents were honored today at the State Capitol in Olympia with a Congressional Gold Medal for their work with Civil Air Patrol during World War II. The four founding members of CAP, which included Warren Davis from Seattle, helped protect the homeland against German submarine attacks...

    February 23, 2015

    Four Civil Air Patrol pilots, who helped protect America’s shores during World War II, were honored with replicas of the Congressional Gold Medal in a presentation ceremony Saturday at the Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport. Col. Donald Hancock of nearby Norway was the lone living recipient, honored by U.S. Sen. Susan Collins,...

    February 23, 2015

    UTAH -- Teaching grade-school children about STEM subjects can present its own challenges, but actually engaging children can be a whole different ball game. To help teachers further engage their students in science, technology, engineering and math, Civil Air Patrol hosted a teacher orientation program, or TOP Flight, on Saturday...

    February 20, 2015

    ARKANSAS -- U.S. Rep. Steve Womack presented Manny Redifer with a bronze replica of the Congressional Gold Medal in a ceremony in the historic Victorian house that serves as the Rogers congressman’s Fort Smith office. During World War II, Redifer, 89, of Hackett volunteered for Civil Air Patrol in South Bend,...

    February 18, 2015

    NEW HAMPSHIRE -- As colleagues mourn her death, mountaineering experts say Kate Matrosova, a 32-year-old New York City woman who died while attempting a north-south traverse of the Presidential Range in the White Mountains, would probably have made the demanding hike in any weather except what she encountered Sunday. Matrosova...

    February 17, 2015

    WISCONSIN – Lt. Col. William Bruring was recognized for his service in World War II under the Civil Air Patrol Saturday. Bruring received a replica of the Congressional Gold Medal at CAP’s Wisconsin Wing headquarters in La Crosse. The rarely awarded medal is considered to be the highest civilian honor....

    February 17, 2015

    NEW MEXICO – Balloon pilot Daniel Lovato stepped back into the gondola for the first time since losing his arm in a balloon accident over one year ago. As Lovato got ready to take off once again, he admitted it hasn't been easy getting back in. “It’s something to finish...

    February 13, 2015

    CALIFORNIA -- A 20-year separation and a cancer diagnosis couldn’t keep Simi Valley couple Dave and Anita Berro from finally living their happily ever after. The pair, who first laid eyes on one another as young teens while tidying up after a Civil Air Patrol meeting at the Simi Valley...

    February 11, 2015

    NEW MEXICO -- What is it they say about regaining confidence after a bad experience – when you fall off the horse, get back on, right? Imagine, then, when the fall is more than 40 feet and the horse is a hot-air balloon that bursts into flames when it hits...

    February 10, 2015

    SOUTH DAKOTA -- Since 1941, volunteers with the Civil Air Patrol have helped protect the public during emergency situations. KSFY photo journalist Dave Hauck shows us how that tradition continues in South Dakota with the many volunteer pilots in CAP’s South Dakota Wing. The outing, covered in this video report,...

    February 10, 2015

    VIRGINIA -- An aviation legend in southwestern Virginia received a national honor Friday. Wes Hillman, 92, of Roanoke was recognized for his service in the Civil Air Patrol during World War II. He received the Congressional Gold Medal during a ceremony at the Virginia Museum of Transportation. Hillman wore his old...

    February 9, 2015

    KANSAS -- The Civil Air Patrol continues to modernize its single-engine piston fleet with an eye on inspiring the next generation of aviators and related professionals, and the deal announced Feb. 2 to purchase 21 new Cessna 172 Skyhawks is very much a part of that. Each of the new...

    February 6, 2015

    PUERTO RICO – The U.S. Coast Guard in San Juan ended a three-day search for a missing paddle boarder Wednesday night off the northwest coast of Puerto Rico. Still missing is Sheily Roque, 30, who had gone out paddle boarding with Michael Vazquez, 25, Sunday afternoon from Crash Boat Beach...

    February 3, 2015

    NEW HAMPSHIRE -- Thirteen members of the original New Hampshire Civil Air Patrol received Congressional Gold Medal replicas in a ceremony Saturday at the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire in Londonderry. On hand for the presenatations was New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and other lawmakers...

    February 2, 2015

    OKLAHOMA – The LeFlore County Sheriff’s Office said a missing student’s vehicle was found Sunday in Latimer County, and the body inside has been confirmed to be 21-year-old Callie Morris. The SUV was found overturned and partially submerged in water in an area near Buffalo Valley, according to Maj. Rick...

    February 2, 2015

    WYOMING -- Whether your young one plans to enter the U.S. Air Force, wants to take to the skies for fun or to help people or just needs a little more leadership, he or she may find a jump-start to their dreams in the Civil Air Patrol. Cadets in Sheridan’s...

    January 30, 2015

    ALASKA -- JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Airmen with the Alaska Air National Guard’s 210th and 212th Rescue Squadrons rescued the pilot of an aircraft found at Lake Chakachamna, west of Cook Inlet, Thursday. A Good Samaritan aircraft spotted the overdue plane at Lake Chakachamna, and a Civil Air Patrol...

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