Civil Air Patrol Newsroom (feature)

2018
August
17,
2018
Civil Air Patrol will mark its 70th anniversary as the U.S. Air Force auxiliary in style next week at the organization’s National Conference in Anaheim, California with a keynote address by Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson, whose family ties...
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August
14,
2018
Sixteen cadets at Civil Air Patrol’s Northeast Region Glider Flight Academy this week make up a select group – the last to participate in a full summer of CAP opportunities to learn more about flying. It’s the 19th National Flight Academy hosted b...
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August
10,
2018
FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. -- Cyber is the frontier of the future, and when it comes to our future, we must think of who will replace us. Who will carry on and create better and faster ways of doing things? The Airmen of the 7th Intelligence Squadron ...
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August
06,
2018
A late-night drive home from a squadron meeting quickly turned into a rescue scenario last week when two Georgia Wing cadets swam to a rapidly sinking SUV in the middle of a rural pond and extracted the dazed driver. Cadet 1st Lt. Davis Laughlin a...
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July
24,
2018
Civil Air Patrol’s award-winning Cell Phone Forensics Team worked its 1,500th mission over the weekend with a search for a missing hiker in northern Utah. That search continued today in a remote area of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. “Th...
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July
19,
2018
More than 500 Civil Air Patrol senior members and cadets are participating this month in the National Emergency Services Academy, a multidisciplinary training program scheduled for July 15-28. at Camp Atterbury, a 30,000-acre Indiana National Guard f...
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July
18,
2018
When Lt. Col. James Weiland was in high school, he belonged to the amateur radio club. A fellow member who was also a member of Civil Air Patrol suggested he join. Soon after, in April 1956, Weiland attended his first encampment. And he’s been goi...
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July
15,
2018
More than 200 Civil Air Patrol members from across the U.S. are gathering to serve the aviation community over the next two weeks by providing support for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, promoted as the “World's Greatest Aviation Celebration." In all, 150...
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July
14,
2018
Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, Civil Air Patrol's national commander, liked what he saw when he paid a visit Wednesday to Hawk Mountain Ranger School, the only ranger school in the U.S. offered to both adults and cadets. "I am very impressed with the staff...
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July
13,
2018
Participants in the South Carolina Wing’s summer encampment welcomed a special guest Wednesday – retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Judith Fedder, chairman of Civil Air Patrol’s Board of Governors. Fedder remarked during her visit that she had never ...
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July
08,
2018
Thirty-eight Civil Air Patrol cadets from 22 wings gather at their launching hubs Monday before leaving to represent the United States on an international exchange of goodwill and a mutual love of aviation. Their travels around the world officiall...
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July
06,
2018
Cadet Officer School marked its 50th year this summer, welcoming cadets from 35 wings and two overseas squadrons from Germany and Japan to Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, home of Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters.  COS is a rigorous, academi...
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July
03,
2018
The Florida Wing's representatives in Civil Air Patrol's National Cadet Competition topped the 16-team, 96-cadet field this year, with the Wesley Chapel Cadet Squadron's cadets placing first overall and the Pines-Miramar Cadet Squadron finishing sec...
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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
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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