Civil Air Patrol Newsroom (Feature)

2019
May
22,
2019
The sky was the limit when a Southeast Minnesota Composite Squadron team launched a high-altitude balloon that climbed 95,000 feet – some 18 miles – before being recovered 88 miles away after a flight lasting about 4½ hours. The squadron members c...
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May
15,
2019
Civil Air Patrol Cadet Capt. Haseeb Khan is working to provide clean drinking water to underprivileged communities overseas through his nonprofit organization, AquaEffort. “When we have clean water here in America, we don’t really pay much attenti...
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May
10,
2019
Here’s a glimpse of some of the activities of the seven CAP wings in the region. Despite flooding of some of its grass airstrips and facilities, the Minnesota Wing stepped up to train personnel in neighboring Wisconsin to allow members of the Wisc...
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May
08,
2019
The combined efforts of Civil Air Patrol’s National Cell Phone Forensics Team, New Mexico Wing aircrews and New Mexico State Search and Rescue resulted in the rescue early Sunday of a man stranded after abandoning his car. As with many cell phone ...
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May
07,
2019
A new chapter in Civil Air Patrol’s mission to educate its more than 63,000 members opens today with the launch of a new online learning system. The new Learning Management System (LMS), called Axis, replaces the online system that served CAP for ...
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April
30,
2019
Seeing children come alive when a topic or concept finally makes sense is one of teaching’s greatest rewards. It’s something that those involved in Civil Air Patrol’s aerospace education mission relish, and the Aerospace Connections in Education (ACE...
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April
25,
2019
Sixty-two rising Civil Air Patrol officers will be honing their skills for executive-level success at the 2019 National Staff College today through May 2  at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama — home of CAP National Headquarters as well as U.S. Air Forc...
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April
17,
2019
Col. Mark A. “Woot” Wootan officially became the 31st commander of Civil Air Patrol-U.S. Air Force (CAP-USAF) today. In a ceremony in the main hangar at Maxwell Air Force Base, Wootan assumed command from Col. Michael D. Tyynismaa, who has led CAP...
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April
16,
2019
As a child, Karen Kalishek enjoyed vivid dreams about flight, and on her first flight at age 19 as an airline passenger she was thrilled to find the low-altitude sight similar to her dreams. Kalishek, a captain in the Wisconsin Wing’s Brown County...
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April
12,
2019
The spring 2019 issue of CAP’s biannual magazine, Civil Air Patrol Volunteer, is now available online, featuring a cover and associated stories from CAP's 2019 Legislative Day in Washington, D.C., as well as coverage of the organization's efforts to ...
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April
08,
2019
Cadet Capt. Remy Lloyd of the Minnesota Wing’s Owatonna Composite Squadron submitted the winning entry in the U.S. Air Force Recruiting Service’s essay contest on “How have the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) inspired you and why?” in honor of W...
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April
04,
2019
For Rabbi Mark Shulman, becoming a Civil Air Patrol chaplain was neither planned nor on any “bucket list.” As a fulltime rabbi leading a congregation in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, his life was full. “It was simply a will of God,” Shulman said, that ...
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March
29,
2019
Civil Air Patrol’s Middle East Region is now the Mid-Atlantic Region, thanks to a redesignation plan approved by national leadership. “We are excited to be transitioning to the Mid-Atlantic Region, as this change will better reflect who we are as ...
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March
26,
2019
Three cadet teams from the California, Minnesota and South Dakota wings will be competing next month in the national finals of two Air Force Association STEM education competitions — the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition and Stell...
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March
22,
2019
Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, Civil Air Patrol’s national commander and CEO, visited Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro today to celebrate the fifth year of the partnership between MTSU’s Department of Aerospace and the U.S. Air Force auxiliar...
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March
19,
2019
Civil Air Patrol’s National Emergency Services Academy is spreading its wings. At least that’s the intent of a new expansion effort known as the NESA Mobile Training Team program, which will soon be capable of supporting each of CAP’s eight region...
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March
15,
2019
Margaret (Marjorie) Anne Smith, wife of Civil Air Patrol National Commander and CEO Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, passed away today in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was 68. She was born July 11, 1950, in Bellshill, Scotland, to James and Agnes Henderson. A...
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March
14,
2019
Cadets from Civil Air Patrol's Wisconsin, Colorado and Virginia wings submitted the three winnings entries in the U.S. Air Force Recruiting Service’s essay contest on “How Do the Tuskegee Airmen Still Influence the Air Force Today?” in honor of Black...
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March
04,
2019
Gen. David L. Goldfein, chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, received a surprise Saturday night at the 17th annual Spaatz Association Mid-Winter Dinner and Awards Gala in Arlington, Virginia. It happened as U.S. Army Maj. Lee Chase spoke about th...
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March
01,
2019
Lt. Col. Elizabeth “Liz” Sydow will be Civil Air Patrol’s next national diversity officer. Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, CAP’s national commander and CEO, announced the appointment today, saying, “Lt. Col. Elizabeth Sydow of Virginia has accepted my offer...
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March
01,
2019
Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. James K. “Kevin” McLaughlin, former deputy commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, is the newest member of Civil Air Patrol’s Board of Governors. A 34-year veteran of the Air Force, McLaughlin currently serves as direc...
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March
01,
2019
Civil Air Patrol’s “flying congressman,” U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham of Louisiana, has been tabbed to command the U.S. Air Force auxiliary’s Congressional Squadron, based at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. Abraham, R-La., becomes only the fourth command...
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February
26,
2019
Before Civil Air Patrol’s Command Council convenes in the nation’s capital this week for its annual winter meeting, CAP senior leaders and cadets will gather Thursday on Capitol Hill for Legislative Day to share with members of Congress some of the o...
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February
22,
2019
Civic Leadership Academy, a premier educational experience for Civil Air Patrol cadets, begins Saturday in Washington, D.C. Twenty-four of CAP’s top cadets will take part in this year’s weeklong academy, long recognized nationally for its outstand...
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February
13,
2019
Today Civil Air Patrol National Commander and CEO Maj. Gen. Mark Smith announced the appointment of Catherine Sivills as CAP’s chief of Marketing and Strategic Communications. Sivills will be responsible for brand and marketing strategy, internal ...
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February
08,
2019
Information provided by Civil Air Patrol’s National Cell Phone Forensics Team helped lead searchers late Tuesday to a 12-year-old Utah boy and his father lost in subzero temperatures and near-blizzard conditions in the Spanish Peaks area southwest of...
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February
07,
2019
Civil Air Patrol pilots account for three of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s eight choices of the Best Flight Instructior by region, while five other CAP flyers are recognized as Distinguished Flight Instructors, based on the results of ...
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February
01,
2019
Civil Air Patrol aircrews in Georgia and South Carolina have wrapped up exercises this week with NORAD-tasked F-16s, refueling tankers and helicopters in preparation for Sunday’s Super Bowl in Atlanta. In order to test responses, systems and e...
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January
31,
2019
Scouts, band, student council and football were regular activities for this young junior high student in Brandon, Florida. But he dreamed of something more -- something bigger than himself, where he could make a difference. Ed Thomas, the son of a...
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January
24,
2019
Texas Wing cadet Emma Herrington today became the first Civil Air Patrol cadet to earn her private pilot’s certificate through the new Cadet Wings program — part of the organization’s Youth Aviation Initiative, funded by the U.S. Air Force. Herrin...
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