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    March 27, 2015

    IDAHO -- When the U.S. entered into World War II, every day Americans defended the home front, which is when the volunteer-based Civil Air Patrol was formed. On Thursday, four Idahoans who served in CAP during the war were honored posthumously. Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter presented them with replicas of...

    March 23, 2015

    OKLAHOMA -- When natural disasters strike or when people go missing, even rescue units could call for backup, who they call, Air Force certified volunteers. “We train very hard for the things that we do and when we're actually called upon to use them it’s because our neighbors need us...

    March 23, 2015

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The ninth Chief Master Sgt. of the U.S. Air Force James C. Binnicker passed away Satuday in Calhoun, Ga. He was described as a leader and an Airman from the day he first joined the Civil Air Patrol as a high school freshman. His childhood dream was...

    March 23, 2015

    GEORGIA -- When you fly 95-percent of the search and rescue flights in the United States, you need to be a well-oiled machine. Fine-tuning that machine was the order of the day Saturday at Gainesville’s Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport as Civil Air Patrol readied for their latest SAREX. “Today’s focus...

    March 19, 2015

    WISCONSIN -- David Feig of Marshfield has earned Civil Air Patrol’s highest cadet honor, the Spaatz Award. The award honors Gen. Carl “Tooey” Spaatz, the first chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force and the first chairman of the Civil Air Patrol National Board. During World War II, Spaatz...

    March 19, 2015

    MISSOURI -- Civil Air Patrol’s Saline County Composite Squadron held a special recognition ceremony at Marshall Municipal Airport recently to honor outgoing Missouri Wing Commander Col. Erica Williams. The daughter of former Missouri Wing Commander Col. Emmit Williams, she got her start in the Saline County squadron, so it was...

    March 19, 2015

    MASSACHUSETTS -- St. Mary High School in Westfield has announced that Harry Reed, son of Thomas and Ann Reed of Southwick, has received an appointment to the Class of 2019 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Reed participated in Civil Air Patrol throughout high school, earning the rank...

    March 18, 2015

    NEW YORK -- It was one team, one fight during a training exercise for the New York Army National Guard aviators of B Company 3rd Battalion 126th Aviation and the New York Air National Guard close air support specialists of the 274th Air Support Operations Squadron. The joint training mission,...

    March 18, 2015

    OKLAHOMA -- Each Monday night more than 20 volunteers meet in the classroom building behind the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Broken Arrow for two and a half hours, many of the volunteers are young adults ages 12 to 18. “We consider our cadets one of our most valuable assets,” said...

    March 17, 2015

    ARKANSAS -- The search for a man from Hope who went missing nearly a week ago continues today as family, friends and law enforcement continue to look for clues. The Arkansas State Police and Civil Air Patrol launched aerial searches over the weekend for Wesley Livingston, 24, who went missing...

    March 15, 2015

    ALABAMA -- From spotting enemy vessels to actually bombing German submarines, the Civil Air Patrol quickly became an integral part of America's defense during World War II. "After the war they interviewed one of the German sub commanders, and he said we maybe would have made it into some of...

    March 13, 2015

    OREGON -- The sun shone brightly and temperatures topped 65 degrees Sunday, yet some children were stuck in bed, recuperating from illness or injury. Fortunately for children in the pediatrics unit of RiverBend Hospital in Springfield, six Civil Air Patrol cadets from the local Mahlon Sweet Composite Squadron delivered sunshine...

    March 12, 2015

    TENNESSEE – Civil Air Patrol’s Tennessee Wing will make history this month when it installs its first female commander of the state organization. Lt. Col. Arlinda Bailey of Johnson City will be promoted to full colonel and succeed Col. Bill Lane as wing commander during the wing's conference on March...

    March 11, 2015

    FLORIDA -- Cadets from the Sarasota Civil Air Patrol made a presentation at the opening business meeting of the 2015 Helicopter Association International (HAI) Heli-Expo, held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Cadet 2nd Lt. Jonathan Banks and Cadet Master Sgt. Gabrielle McCoy, members of the SRQ Composite...

    March 9, 2015

    ENGLAND -- A new Civil Air Patrol squadron was activated this month at Royal Air Force Mildenhall. U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Sharreen Taylor, 100th Operations Support Squadron interim squadron superintendent from Tucson, Ariz., was appointed to the grade of Civil Air Patrol first lieutenant and assumed command of the unit. “The...

    March 9, 2015

    Eyes in the sky: Civil air Patrol Volunteer aviators do search/rescue VIRGINIA -- The Civil Air Patrol is a volunteer organization where children as young as 12 years old can serve their community through flight. They call themselves flight's best kept secret. As an auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force,...

    March 9, 2015

    INDIANA -- Cadet Master Sgt. John LaCorte of Chesterton and Cadet Tech. Sgt. Dodge Kudrna of Valparaiso were two of five cadets from Indiana who traveled to Washington, D.C., recently for Civil Air Patrol’s Legislative Day. The Indiana Wing uses Legislative Day to brief Congress on the activities of the...

    March 6, 2015

    MARYLAND -- Civil Air Patrol Charles Composite Squadron members received a lesson in aerial photography from a professional. CAP member Al Cerullo of Long Island, N.Y., and Hover-Views Aerial Cinematography gave the squadron a tour and educational briefing of his camera-equipped AS355 TwinStar helicopter at Maryland Airport in Indian Head...

    March 6, 2015

    VIRGINIA -- If an aircraft goes down in west central Virginia, the “professional volunteers” of the Lynchburg Civil Air Patrol say crews will be ready to rescue at a moment's notice – all thanks to the ongoing hands-on emergency services training they receive as members of the U.S. Air Force...

    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....

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