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2019
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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January
23,
2019
National Commander and CEO Maj. Gen. Mark Smith talks about all things Civil Air Patrol in an interview posted Tuesday atop the homepage of Airman Magazine’s website. Airman is the official magazine of the U.S. Air Force. It’s published bimonthly ...
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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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