Civil Air Patrol Newsroom (feature)

2018
June
22,
2018
Col. George M. Boyd, a former Kansas Wing commander and Tuskegee Airman as well as Civil Air Patrol's 2010 Senior Member of the Year, died Thursday. He was 91 and would have turned 92 Saturday. "Col. Boyd's passing represents a real loss to CAP, t...
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June
22,
2018
Civil Air Patrol’s Cadet Officer School returns to Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, 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 in the coll...
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June
13,
2018
Lt. Col. Brett Grooms could hardly contain himself before his F-16 Fighting Falcon familiarization flight on Monday — a “dream come true” for the South Carolina Wing pilot. “I’m really stoked about this,” he said while preparing for the once-in-a-...
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June
08,
2018
​When members of Civil Air Patrol buy needed items such as clothing, training materials, uniform accessories and medals and ribbons, they have a chance to help fund the very organization they belong to. That’s because Vanguard Industries, the officia...
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June
05,
2018
This month marks the start of the 2018 hurricane season. While no one knows what sort of activity the next few months may bring, the 2017 season proved unusually eventful, with three major storms striking in August and September and testing Civil Air...
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June
02,
2018
Civil Air Patrol awarded its Silver Medal of Valor on Saturday to U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga., for his actions during a June 2017 shooting at an Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field where members of Congress were practicing for a charity game. ...
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May
25,
2018
Civil Air Patrol marks its 70th anniversary today as the auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force – a role authorized by Congress with Public Law 80-557 and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman on May 26, 1948. Before that, CAP had served in suppor...
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May
21,
2018
Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, Civil Air Patrol's national commander/CEO and himself an Air Force Academy graduate, presented a pair of CAP-sponsored awards to graduating cadets from the class of 2018 today at the end of the academy's academic year. Smith ...
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May
17,
2018
“Total Force Partners,” a historic Civil Air Patrol painting by renowned aviation artist Rick Broome, is leaving Colorado Springs on Saturday morning on a 1,638-mile, 11-wing trek through the nation’s heartland to its final destination at the Pentago...
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May
15,
2018
Maj Gen Mark Smith, Civil Air Patrol national commander, visited one of CAP’s major programs in support of the U.S. Air Force, Army and Marines -- Operation Green Flag-West at North Las Vegas Airport in Nevada – on May 10. As part of both Green Fl...
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May
09,
2018
Kristen Blue first learned about Civil Air Patrol at an eighth-grade open house. Thanks to her love of the outdoors and camping, she was immediately drawn to the organization’s search and rescue mission. Five years as a cadet led her to pursue a c...
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May
04,
2018
The most successful cadet participants in Civil Air Patrol’s recent 75 for 75 Challenge have been announced, with the top-performing cadet generating more than $7,000 in donations for his Texas Wing squadron. The challenge, linked to Cadet Program...
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May
01,
2018
A partnership is commonliy formed when people come together to create a business team after realizing their skills and talents complement each other. Luckily for Civil Air Patrol cadets, a partnership has been created between Norwich University and t...
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April
30,
2018
Civil Air Patrol’s unmodified financial audit for fiscal year 2017, accepted by CAP’s Board of Governors at its April meeting in Colorado Springs, marks the 10th straight year the organization has achieved that distinction. “Having an unmodified a...
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April
26,
2018
Every member of Civil Air Patrol is tasked to support its aerospace education mission, a broad-based initiative that extends outside the classroom to include recruiting tomorrow’s aviators for military and civilian pilot jobs. CAP cadets in particula...
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April
25,
2018
Lt. Col. Thomas Vreeland has had a passion for flying and rockets since he was young. When he was 14, he found out about Civil Air Patrol and decided to join. Soon after, CAP became his new passion. Vreeland joined CAP in 1960 as a cadet, earni...
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April
24,
2018
Two Washington, D.C.-area women, ignited by their passion to fly, have teamed up to teach young people the painstaking work of restoring a legacy plane. Build it, and yes, they will fly, too. Melinda Benson Viteri and Lucia Mencia created DC Youth...
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April
20,
2018
Eighty-one of Civil Air Patrol’s mid-level executives from across the nation gather in Alabama this weekend for National Staff College, an annual activity that turns 50 this year. National Staff College, or NSC, coordinated out of CAP National Hea...
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April
18,
2018
The Colorado Springs Cadet Squadron Wolfpack cadets followed up last year's championship in the Air Force Association's CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Security Competition with a third-place overall finish tonight, marking the third straight year ...
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April
12,
2018
Oh, those traffic jams, pollution and people. We sigh and think about getting away to peaceful, pristine places. For most of us, a tranquil vacation is enough to satisfy our souls. But for Civil Air Patrol Maj. Bryan Emerson and his wife, Laura, a...
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April
10,
2018
Civil Air Patrol’s 2018 scholarship finalists have been chosen to receive 83 awards collectively worth more than $132,000. The finalists are from 33 states as well as Puerto Rico, representing all eight CAP regions. “Congratulations! You are se...
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April
09,
2018
Civil Air Patrol National Commander and CEO Maj. Gen. Mark Smith today announced the appointment of Kristina E. Jones, president, fundraising and organizational strategist for Stronger Organizations of Abilene, Texas, as CAP’s chief of philanthropy. ...
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April
06,
2018
The demand for miniature drones, or sUAS (small Unmanned Aerial Systems), continues to grow as everyone from the U.S. military to law enforcement and private businesses seeks to use the latest technological advancements to aid their operations — and ...
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April
06,
2018
#406DAY18 is an international social media effort to raise awareness of the life-saving 406 MHz technology used on emergency beacons, which are part of the international Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking System, or COSPAS-SARSAT. In 2017,...
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March
29,
2018
Chief Master Sgt. Robert M. Dandridge of the Missouri Wing will be Civil Air Patrol’s next national command chief. Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, CAP’s national commander and CEO, announced the appointment Wednesday. As national command chief, Dandridge...
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March
23,
2018
Capt. Adam Eudy has one word for Civil Air Patrol: “Grazie!” Beginning when he was barely a teenager, CAP has supported Eudy in his quest to become a chef. Graduating from the family kitchen, Eudy arranged to work under the wing of renowned chef R...
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March
16,
2018
One Civil Air Patrol cadet team has earned a return trip to the national finals of the Air Force Association's StellarXplorers IV competition, set for April 18-20 at the 34th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs. The Oregon Wing’s Aurora Composite ...
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March
14,
2018
Civil Air Patrol has achieved another first in the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Security Competition – two championship round teams from the same unit. The California Wing’s Fullerton Composite Squadron 56 fielded two ...
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March
03,
2018
Civil Air Patrol’s Congressional Squadron is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and the birthday bash has already begun. CAP leaders gathered this week in Washington, D.C., for Legislative Day and the Winter Command Council took time to h...
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March
02,
2018
Civil Air Patrol members eligible to wear the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award ribbon on their CAP Air Force-style service uniforms can now do so. “I am delighted that CAP was recognized by the Air Force through the Air Force Organization...
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