Civil Air Patrol Newsroom

2019
April
16,
2019
Rita Weldon, newly retired secretary for CAP-USAF’s Southeast Liaison Region at Dobbins Air Force Base, Georgia, has been recognized with a Continental U.S. NORAD Region-1st Air Force Civilian Category 1 of the Year Award for her work assisting CAP-U...
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April
12,
2019
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2018
November
01,
2018
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June
28,
2018
MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – Highly skilled Civil Air Patrol cadets from 16 communities across America gather near Dayton, Ohio, this weekend for the 2018 National Cadet Competition, renewing a prestigious CAP inspection and drill event that has sp...
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June
22,
2018
MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – Civil Air Patrol’s Cadet Officer School returns to Maxwell AFB next week. And this Cadet Officer School, or COS, will be extra special, as it marks the 50th year CAP’s “very best” cadets have gathered and participated i...
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March
27,
2018
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March
02,
2018
Col. Frank Blazich's service as Civil Air Patrol national historian, which began in April 2013 and ends this weekend, has been recognized with the organization's Distinguished Service Medal. The award, presented this morning at the Winter Command ...
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February
22,
2018
MAXWELL AIR FOR BASE, Ala. — Twenty-four of Civil Air Patrol’s outstanding cadets are gathering in Washington, D.C., this weekend for the 2018 Civic Leadership Academy. “Interested in politics or a career in public service? This is for you,” said ...
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2017
December
14,
2017
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Air Force Association announced today a new partnership with Civil Air Patrol designed to advance the mission of both organizations to promote aerospace education in communities nationwide. The statement of mutual support, sig...
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December
01,
2017
MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – Civil Air Patrol’s rich heritage of volunteer service is front and center today as the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary celebrates its 76th anniversary. “What a legacy we have!” exclaimed Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, CAP’s national...
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November
13,
2017
MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – A recently retired U.S. Air Force general and a longtime Civil Air Patrol member have been selected to serve on CAP’s Board of Governors. The Secretary of the Air Force appointed Maj. Gen. Sandra (Sandy) Finan of Col...
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November
02,
2017
MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – Civil Air Patrol’s California Wing is using new technology to help document the devastation from deadly October wildfires in California. It’s called an Aeroptic Sensor Pod, a leading edge tactical aerial imagery syst...
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October
13,
2017
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Twenty-two days into the massive federal response to Hurricane Maria, Civil Air Patrol is beginning to ramp down its air operations in Puerto Rico and the nearby U.S. Virgin Islands. CAP has been supporting flying operations ...
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October
06,
2017
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Aircrews made up of Civil Air Patrol volunteers from both the U.S. mainland as well as personnel from the Puerto Rico Wing are supporting CAP’s ongoing Hurricane Maria mission. Their response is being aided by new tools recent...
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October
05,
2017
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September
29,
2017
MAXWELL AIR FORCE, Ala. — For the second straight year, Civil Air Patrol has amassed 100,000 flying hours for its 560-plane fleet, which is recognized as one of the largest assemblages of single-engine aircraft in the world. John Desmarais, Civil ...
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September
05,
2017
Major General Mark E. Smith is the National Commander of Civil Air Patrol at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. ...
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September
05,
2017
Brigadier General Edward D. Phelka is the National Vice Commander of Civil Air Patrol at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. ...
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September
03,
2017
SAN ANTONIO – A Civil Air Patrol aircrew taking photos along the rain-swollen Colorado River near Wharton, Texas, in Hurricane Harvey’s wake acted quickly upon receiving a radio call for help and observing a group of people gathered at Holy Family Ca...
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September
01,
2017
BATON ROUGE, La. – As Tropical Storm Harvey departed Southwestern Louisiana Thursday, the air and ground resources of Civil Air Patrol’s Louisiana Wing were activated to support the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Prepa...
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August
31,
2017
SAN ANTONIO – Civil Air Patrol aircraft returned to the skies over Texas today to provide support for the state of Texas and the Federal Emergency Management Agency as part of their response to Hurricane Harvey. Two aircraft flew out of San Marcos...
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August
30,
2017
The Texas Wing is scheduled to fly aerial imagery missions today for the state of Texas and the Federal Emergency Management Agency over the coastal areas first ravaged by Hurricane Harvey. CAP aircrews will fly over Corpus Christi, North Padre Is...
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August
30,
2017
SAN ANTONIO – Civil Air Patrol’s Texas Wing is scheduled to fly aerial imagery missions today for the state of Texas and the Federal Emergency Management Agency over areas initially ravaged by Hurricane Harvey. CAP aircrews will fly over Corpus Ch...
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August
28,
2017
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Texas Wing of Civil Air Patrol has begun preparations to provide aerial and ground support for the state of Texas and the Federal Emergency Management Agency as severe weather continues from Hurricane Harvey.  Harvey slamm...
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August
25,
2017
MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – More than 800 Civil Air Patrol members will celebrate the Cadet Programs’ 75th anniversary when they convene at the Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio from Aug. 30 to Sept. 3 for the organization’s 2017 National Confer...
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August
17,
2017
Aug. 17, 2017 MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – Maj. Gen. Joe Vazquez, Civil Air Patrol CEO and national commander, and Maj. Gen.-Select Mark Smith, incoming CEO/national commander, announce the following six appointments to the incoming senior staff...
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August
08,
2017
MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – Civil Air Patrol’s next national commander, Maj. Gen.-Select Mark Smith, has chosen Great Lakes Region Commander Col. Edward Phelka as his national vice commander. The announcement was made today after Phelka was approv...
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July
17,
2017
MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – Civil Air Patrol will provide assistance at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s annual fly-in at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, as part of National Blue Beret from July 17-31. For about 150 Civil...
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July
10,
2017
ARLINGTON, Va. — Nearly three dozen Civil Air Patrol cadets, ages 17 to 20, gathered at their launching hubs this weekend before leaving the country to represent the United States on an international exchange of goodwill and a mutual love of aviation...
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July
10,
2017
MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – It’s one of the top professional development opportunities available to America’s youth, but you have to be a high-achieving Civil Air Patrol cadet to participate. It’s Cadet Officer School, which begins today at Max...
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