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    August 26, 2014

    MINNESOTA -- Many people simply drove to Degner Regional Airport on Sunday morning for the Owatonna Civil Air Patrol’s annual French toast breakfast. But, since it was an airport and the event is dubbed the “Fly-in Breakfast,” a select few people decided to fly their own planes to the airport....

    August 26, 2014

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    August 25, 2014

    OHIO -- Kevin Geiss, director, Human Effectiveness Directorate, 711th Human Performance Wing, Air Force Research Laboratory, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, was recently awarded the F. Ward Reilly Leadership Award for his dedication and leadership skills as a Civil Air Patrol squadron commander. Geiss' CAP unit, Mount Vernon Composite Squadron,...

    August 25, 2014

    NORTH DAKOTA -- Multiple federal agencies concluded the first ever Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airspace Integration Test in the country Friday at Grand Forks Air Force Base. The test was designed to successfully integrate unmanned aircraft into the National Airspace System. It was a goal that was brought into greater focus...

    August 25, 2014

    WEST VIRGINIA -- Saturday’s cloudy skies put a slight delay on the takeoff of the Young Eagles Flight Rally at the North Central West Virginia Airport in Bridgeport. Members of the Experimental Aircraft Association and the Morgantown Pilots Association were on hand to take kids between the ages of 8...

    August 21, 2014

    TEXAS -- A 30-year member of Civil Air Patrol, Lt. Col. Lou Thomas, was honored Wednesday with the Federal Aviation Administration’s Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, recognizing 50 years of safe flying. Flying is his “forever passion,” which he does now for the Tyler Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol....

    August 21, 2014

    FLORIDA -- Civil Air Patrol’s new commander and chief executive officer, Maj. Gen. Joe Vazquez, is featured in Wednesday’s episode of “Airborne,” a daily wrap-up of aviation news by the Aero-News Network based in St. Augustine. Click here for a video report from Airborne’s Ashley Hale on the “New CAP...

    August 20, 2014

    NEVADA -- Members of the 802nd Cadet Squadron of Civil Air Patrol, from Jack Lund Schofield Middle School in Las Vegas, recently visited the Thunderbirds museum and the Threat Training Facility at Nellis Air Force Base. During their tour, the CAP cadets gained more insight about the Air Force. “We...

    August 19, 2014

    CONNECTICUT -- While conducting a patrol flight over Long Island Sound recently with Civil Air Patrol, State Rep. Janice R. Giegler and pilot-in-command Lt. Col. Sandy Sanderson of the 399th Danbury Squadron located and aided a boater in distress. “The boat captain was sort of excited as he was drifting...

    August 19, 2014

    LOUISIANA -- Youngsters from Civil Air Patrol’s Louisiana Wing got a chance to learn from the pros during a recent summer encampment at Barksdale Air Force Base. As part of the encampment, CAP cadets visited the U.S. Army’s Camp Minen Obstacle Course. Find out more about their experience in this...

    August 19, 2014

    VERMONT -- The Red Sox hosted Vermont Day Saturday night before their game against the Astros. Miss Vermont Lucy Edwards, Champ and even Skip made the trip to Boston. Barre native Chris Bond threw out the ceremonial first pitch and delivered a strike to home plate. The national anthem was...

    August 14, 2014

    MISSOURI -- A cadet in the Civil Air Patrol squadron based at Lee’s Summit Municipal Airport has earned the organization’s highest cadet award, an achievement reached by only a small number. Elizabeth J. Hale, 17, of Independence, was presented with the General Carl A. Spaatz Award on Tuesday. John Mais,...

    August 14, 2014

    GEORGIA -- Lt. Col. Deborah Schmid took over as Gwinnett County Composite Squadron commander in mid-May, becoming the first woman ever to lead the 30-year-old Lawrenceville unit, one of the Georgia Wing's largest.. Schmid, a former deputy commander for cadets, is now responsible for all finances, property — including the airplane...

    August 14, 2014

    NEW JERSEY -- Cadets of the Raritan Valley Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol recently visited the New Jersey Forestry Service in Jackson to get a crash course in training on forest fires. The cadets from the Hillsborough-based unit took part in a session on the various causes of forest...

    August 7, 2014

    ALABAMA -- Jared Fuchs, a 17-year-old homeschool student in Helena, doesn’t hide his passion for science, which has contributed to the senior studying through Hope Christian School in Pelham winning the grand prize in the National 4-H Council and HughesNet video contest called “Inspire a Future Scientist.” Tasked with creating...

    August 6, 2014

    MONTANA -- The Northwest Montana Fair partnered with the Soldiers Memorial Fund to give back to combat veterans and their families Tuesday evening by offering a free tour of Flathead Lake. Civil Air Patrol cadets from the Montana Wing were on the boat to lend a hand. Find out what...

    August 5, 2014

    OHIO -- Cadets and senior members from Group IV of the Ohio Wing of Civil Air Patrol, including some from Amherst, Wellington, and Oberlin, participated in an emergency services training bivouac over the weekend at the Lorain County Regional Airport. The cadets participated in search and rescue training exercises and...

    August 4, 2014

    PENNSYLVANIA -- Pat Bailey had his reservations about a 174-mile roundtrip drive from Mercer every Monday. But when he saw the opportunities Civil Air Patrol offered his teenage sons, he agreed. Now, he makes the trip to the National Guard Armory in Highland Hills, Ohio, every week for Shawn, 16,...

    August 4, 2014

    OHIO -- The Rev. William “Bill” Pawson recently was honored by his congregation, Westminster Community Church in Canton, for 25 years in ministry. The senior pastor at Westminster since 2002, Pawson is also the senior chaplain for Canton Police. In addition, he serves as deputy wing chaplain for the Ohio...

    August 1, 2014

    SOUTH CAROLINA -- The U.S. Air Force is keeping an eagle eye on the Carolinas this week. It’s target: The Civil Air Patrol. CAP is an auxiliary of the Air Force and it’s being evaluated on its performance. Maj. Philip O’Reilly and his CAP colleagues are on a three-week long...

    July 31, 2014

    FLORIDA -- In Orlando for their annual convention, two Tuskegee Airmen said it’s time to focus on developing a new generation of aviators. They said it’s not about black or white. It’s about exposure to the field of aviation, which is something not everyone can afford. And that’s exactly what...

    July 31, 2014

    COLORADO -- Capt. Robert Wray of the 21st Space Wing commander’s action group was presented the Air Force Commendation Medal recently at Peterson Air Force Base for off-duty actions where he crawled through glass to evacuate three people from an overturned smoking vehicle. “What I did was not special; I...

    July 31, 2014

    COLORADO – Chaplain, Lt. Col. Jeff Williams is the new pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Leadville, and is profiled in Wednesday’s Herald Democrat. In addition to his church duties, Williams works in software analysis. He has an office in Westminster where he spends three days a week, doing...

    July 29, 2014

    CALIFORNIA -- More than 100 civilian aviators from around the state are flocking to Fresno this weekend for more than two days of search-and-rescue training. The Civil Air Patrol’s Mission Aircrew School at the Fresno Yosemite International Airport provides an opportunity for volunteers to practice missing-aircraft searches, homeland security missions...

    July 29, 2014

    ALABAMA – The Alabama Civil Air Patrol is hosting cadets from all over the world as part of the International Air Cadet Exchange. The group will be traveling to parts of the state for the next 10 days. Two visitors from Australia visited the studios of WBRC-TV, the Fox affiliate...

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