Civil Air Patrol Newsroom (Feature)

2019
January
08,
2019
When Cadet Col. Samuel A. Ward received Civil Air Patrol’s highest cadet honor, the Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award, he was the seventh member of the Illinois Wing’s Scott Composite Squadron to do so in 50 years – and all six of his predecessors were there...
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January
04,
2019
Civil Air Patrol Col. Lester L. Wolff, U.S. representative from New York from 1965-1981, turns 100 years old today. Four years ago, Wolff (second from left in the graphic photo below) was selected to receive the Congressional Gold Medal on behalf ...
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2018
December
20,
2018
On National Wreaths Across America Day, grateful Americans in every state, at 1,640 participating locations nationwide, placed 1.8 million fresh evergreen remembrance rings on the headstones of the nation’s heroes. At Arlington National Cemetery, nea...
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December
19,
2018
Members of Civil Air Patrol’s Board of Governors have chosen CAP Col. J. Bradford Lynn as their new chair and Robert E. Corsi Jr. as vice chair, effective Feb. 27. The selections were made at the BoG’s December meeting in Washington, D.C. Lynn...
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December
14,
2018
Every December, Civil Air Patrol takes part in a holiday tradition observed by all 52 CAP wings and even abroad. From Hawaii's Punchbowl to snow-covered sites in the upper Midwest to a Civil War battlefield in Georgia to the poppy fields of Normandy,...
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December
12,
2018
Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and her brothers, Scott and Ian Wilson, accepted a replica of Civil Air Patrol’s Congressional Gold Medal on Monday in honor of their late grandfather, George G. “Scotty” Wilson, a CAP pilot during World War ...
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December
07,
2018
Wreaths Across America will honor the service and sacrifice of military veterans from the United States and Canada with a wreath exchange Saturday on Ferry Point Bridge, which spans the St. Croix River and connects Calais, Maine, and St. Stephen, New...
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December
07,
2018
CAP Maryland Wing 2nd Lt. Peter Wilson recently made history as the first pilot to make a shipborne rolling vertical landing, known as a SRVL in naval aviation circles. Wilson’s aircraft for the SRVL was a Lockheed Martin F-35B Joint Strike Fighte...
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December
01,
2018
Three Alaska Wing aircrews launched Friday after the 7.2 magnitude earthquake near Anchorage surveyed about 200 miles of highway and 150 miles of railway and gas lines, producing about 700 photos for emergency officials to use in evaluating possi...
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November
30,
2018
Civil Air Patrol’s rich heritage of volunteer service will be celebrated this coming weekend, as the longtime U.S. Air Force Auxiliary observes its 77th anniversary. “Our legacy is well worth celebrating,” said Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, CAP’s national...
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November
29,
2018
The Civil Air Patrol Board of Governors’ newest member, Martha King, and her husband, John King, have been inducted into the National Aeronautic Association's National Aviation Hall of Fame Class of 2019. The honor recognizes the couple's San Dieg...
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November
26,
2018
As Civil Air Patrol’s 77th anniversary on Dec. 1 nears, the organization’s national commander, Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, invites all members to join him in an annual tradition – representing CAP by attending worship services in uniform the weekend of Nov...
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November
21,
2018
Cadets from the Puerto Rico Wing’s Muñiz ANG Base Cadet Squadron were enjoying a unit meeting – including uniform inspection, a safety briefing, character development class, testing and promotions – on Nov. 17 when the session suddenly turned very sp...
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November
20,
2018
This #GivingTuesday, Nov. 27, Civil Air Patrol will celebrate giving by committing funds for cadet programs and aerospace education. Because of a generous donor to Civil Air Patrol, the first $10,000 donated will be matched dollar-for-dollar, acco...
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November
16,
2018
Remembering and honoring the nation’s veterans with evergreen wreaths adorned with a bright red bow started a national conversation in 2006 about the service and sacrifice of America’s patriots laid to rest in military cemeteries across the nation an...
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November
14,
2018
Members of the California Wing are suffering from the impact of their state’s raging dual wildfires, with three losing their homes and several others evacuated. Lt. Col. Tammy A. Sturgill, the wing’s chief of staff, sent out a report late Tuesday ...
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November
09,
2018
Over the past three weeks, Civil Air Patrol aircrews working in the Florida Panhandle in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael have conducted imagery flights with specially equipped aircraft in support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. CAP,...
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November
05,
2018
As America’s Jewish community continues to mourn the massacre of 11 worshippers at a Pennsylvania synagogue, top leaders within Civil Air Patrol affirmed their support for those who are suffering from the tragedy. “Once again our nation has been i...
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November
01,
2018
Civil Air Patrol is using federal funds from the U.S. Air Force to implement a program designed to help solve a national pilot shortage. CAP cadets around the nation are enthusiastic about the initiative. Its purpose is to allow them to learn how ...
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October
30,
2018
A former cadet and lifelong member of Civil Air Patrol has been selected to serve on CAP’s Board of Governors. Col. Curtis J. Boehmer, 62, of the Michigan Wing was selected Saturday by the CAP Senior Advisory Group, replacing Col. Jayson Altieri a...
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October
25,
2018
Thirteen new Civil Air Patrol wing commanders will hone their leadership skills next week in the 2018 Wing Commanders College at CAP National Headquarters in Alabama. Participants in the intense, graduate-level course begins Sunday and runs throug...
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October
19,
2018
It was seemingly a normal day in Panama City Beach, Florida. But a stormy breeziness and rising tides hinted at the devastation that was to come. Thousands of residents there and in surrounding areas predicted to be in the path of Hurricane Michael w...
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October
18,
2018
The National Aeronautic Association, in partnership with the Air Care Alliance, a nationwide league of humanitarian flying organizations, announced the recipients of the 2018 Public Benefit Flying Awards today. The awards were created to honor volunt...
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October
17,
2018
Members of Civil Air Patrol's Southeast Region continue to serve state and federal disaster relief officials by documenting the tremendous damage caused by Hurricane Michael's path across Florida and Georgia. As of Wednesday, CAP's Florida Wing fl...
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October
11,
2018
Civil Air Patrol’s Florida Wing flew six aerial photograph missions Thursday to document the devastating damage by Hurricane Michael’s landfall on the state’s Panhandle region. Lt. Col. Bill Weiler, one of the wing’s incident commanders, said the ...
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October
11,
2018
Bruce Whitman, chairman, president and CEO of FlightSafety International and a charter member of Civil Air Patrol’s Board of Governors, died Wednesday at his home in New York. He was 85. “We are very sorry to report that Mr. Bruce Whitman, a highl...
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October
11,
2018
American Airlines is helping Civil Air Patrol address a national emphasis on pilot shortages by providing grant funding to be used to train the next generation of aviators. CAP, one of 17 American Airlines grant recipients, was awarded $25,000. Th...
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October
10,
2018
The commander of Civil Air Patrol’s Southeast Region asked its volunteer Airmen to stand ready to assist Florida and other states as Hurricane Michael made landfall this afternoon as a powerful Category 4 storm. Col. Barry Melton said CAP, the U.S...
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October
04,
2018
A save Sunday afternoon off the southern tip of Florida has given Civil Air Patrol a new  record for lives saved in a fiscal year – 155, as credited by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC). Virtually all of those saves – 147, or 95 per...
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