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    December 9, 2016

    A second day of search efforts continued for a plane that went missing between Port Alsworth and Anchorage on Wednesday. Four people from Port Alsworth were on board. The second day of the search started early Thursday, according to Alaska Air National Guard spokesman Staff Sgt. Edward Eagerton. “Five planes...

    December 4, 2016

    Civil Air Patrol members in Washington state have partnered once more with Wreaths Across America, a nonprofit organization that recognizes the courage and sacrifices of U.S. veterans by placing wreaths on the graves of the fallen during the holiday season. This year, in tribute to the millions of men and...

    December 1, 2016

    Civil Air Patrol’s multifaceted legacy of service to the U.S. Air Force as its Auxiliary & the significance of its being named part of the Air Force’s Total Force last year are the focus of a new article in the Air Force Association’s Air Force Magazine. CAP’s commitment to helping...

    December 1, 2016

    They may be few in number here in Lakeland, Florida, but their importance can't be emphasized too much. Members from central Florida are marking CAP's birthday with growing chapters while others are hosting open houses or telling about CAP through their local television stations. Founded on Dec. 1, 1941, CAP...

    November 30, 2016

    Members of the New York Wing’s Chemung/Schuyler Cadet Squadron discuss their unit’s recent growth as well as Civil Air Patrol’s 75th anniversary in a report on WETM18, NBC affiliate for Elmira and Corning. Cadet 1st Lt. Daniel Delio and Cadet 2nd Lt. Nick Cleveland talk about the squadron and CAP,...

    November 28, 2016

    Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal recently named Dec. 1 as Civil Air Patrol Day in Georgia, part of 75th anniversary observances across the country. The proclamation reads in part: “Since CAP’s beginning, members of Georgia’s Wing have volunteered during the country’s most tumultuous times during World War II and during natural...

    November 28, 2016

    Members of the Civil Air Patrol Starbase Composite Squadron spent much of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend collecting donations for Wreaths Across America. They set up at both the Promenade and Woodland Hills malls in Tulsa, offering wreaths sponsorships to honor fallen U.S. veterans during the holiday season.  

    November 28, 2016

    Members of the North Carolina Wing of Civil Air Patrol participated in the Norvant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade in Charlotte. CAP members helped by not only marching, but also helped in an inflatable tribute honoring U.S. armed forces. The parade was broadcast by WBTV, the CBS affiliate in Charlotte.

    November 18, 2016

    The Oklahoma Wing of Civil Air Patrol celebrates its 75th birthday this weekend. Wing Commander Col. Dale Newell discusses CAP with KOCO 5 News anchor Markie Martin and gives a preview of Saturday’s celebration at Wiley Post Airport.   

    November 18, 2016

    Glendale (Ariz.) Mayor Jerry Weiers on Monday will present a proclamation recognizing the 75th anniversary of Civil Air Patrol at the 388th Composite Squadron, which is based at Glendale Airport. Cadets from Glendale’s 388th Composite Squadron will conduct a formation and flag-raising ceremony promptly at 6 p.m. Presentation of the proclamation by Weiers will...

    November 16, 2016

    A New Jersey Girl Scout’s love for her grandfather has led her to create a program to remember and honor veterans. The Scout, Sarah Guida, 17, has designs on military service and is also a cadet in Civil Air Patrol, and she is leading an effort to honor hundreds of...

    November 16, 2016

    The Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program in Dickinson, North Dakota, dissolved a few years ago but is now making a comeback. Second Lieutenant Laura Roy and First Lieutenant Michael Roy, both members of the senior Civil Air Patrol squadron, have been working to re-start the cadet program for about a...

    November 14, 2016

    When the federal government permanently established the volunteer, not-for-profit Civil Air Patrol in 1948, it had three main missions: aerospace education, cadet programs and emergency services. “We’re the auxiliary of the Air Force,” Lt. Col. Mark Jones said. “We conduct about 90 percent of the inland search and rescue in...

    November 14, 2016

    The Socorro Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol received top honors at CAP’s recent New Mexico Wing Conference in Santa Fe. The Socorro unit was named “Squadron of the Year.” The unit’s commander, Maj. Dennis Hunter, accepted the “Squadron Commander of the Year” award, and Socorro Cadet Chief Master Sgt....

    November 10, 2016

    Simon Chuang of the Oregon Wing’s Aurora Composite Squadron is making a splash after three-plus years as a Civil Air Patrol cadet. In August, he was presented with the Air Force Sergeants Association’s Outstanding Cadet Noncommissioned Officer of the Year award. Chuang, 17, received a second prestigious honor Oct. 25,...

    November 8, 2016

    Cadets with the Civil Air Patrol’s Augusta Composite Squadron, located in Waynesboro, Virginia, join with cadets from the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership in Staunton in burning the separated colored sections of American flags. They hold the colors to their chest before moving forward to cast them into the fire....

    November 7, 2016

    The Civil Air Patrol squadron in Longview, Texas, is hoping a fundraising dinner on election night will put wings on a restoration project for its water-logged hangar at East Texas Regional Airport. “The roof leaked a while back, and everything inside the hangar got destroyed,” basic senior member Adam Muncy...

    November 4, 2016

    The body of a pilot, 55-year-old David McRae, who went missing last week has been found with the wreckage of his crashed plane in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. The Alaska National Guard says the wreckage was spotted by the Civil Air Patrol southwest of Merrill Pass shortly after sunrise Thursday...

    November 2, 2016

    Build and launch rockets. Get hands-on aerospace education. Learn to use a compass. Practice flying on flight simulators and receive instruction while flying a real plane. Learn to use communication equipment. Spend an exciting week at a summer encampment, running obstacle courses and rappelling. Pack a 24-hour survival kit and...

    October 28, 2016

    The Civil Air Patrol, as the civilian auxiliary wing of the U.S. Air Force, has aerospace education, cadet programs and disaster response as its three main missions. But, in New Hampshire, the state wing has another responsibility: patrolling the state for fires. And, according to J. Scott Davis, a major...

    October 28, 2016

    Cadet Col. Matthew Walden of the Chicago Midway Composite Squadron has received the highest cadet achievement honor given by the Civil Air Patrol – the Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award. Walden is a Berwyn, Illinois, resident and is a long-time member of CAP, as well as a student at Southern...

    October 28, 2016

    Michelle Christensen’s son, Bruno, completed his first solo flight at age 16. “It’s amazing, when I tell people what my son in particular has done,” she said. But Christensen’s son isn’t alone. The Northshore Composite Squadron in Woodinville, Wash., offers Civil Air Patrol cadets like Bruno --- ages 12 through...

    October 24, 2016

    South Carolina Educational Television (ETV) profiled the South Carolina Wing of Civil Air Patrol in a recent “Palmetto Scene” segment. The 3-minute, 30-second video features Wing Commander Col. Francis Smith and examines the wing's many missions, acting as a fitting tribute to CAP’s 75 years of service in the Palmetto...

    October 24, 2016

    World War II Civil Air Patrol veteran Ralph Watson was honored recently with a replica of the Congressional Gold Medal. Making the presentation in Fort Smith, Arkansas, were U.S. Sen. John Boozman and U.S. Rep. Steve Womack. “I don’t deserve this,” said Watson, who comes from a family of three...

    October 19, 2016

    Turning 13, it’s one of those very special birthdays that ushers in the teenage years. However, that special birthday was overshadowed by Hurricane Matthew for a girl in Lumberton, North Carolina. That's until a group of caring soldiers helping with flood relief efforts, assisted by the North Carolina Civil Air...

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