Civil Air Patrol Newsroom (field,feature)

2017
December
05,
2017
Last week, as it does every year, Civil Air Patrol observed Dec. 1 as the anniversary of its founding in 1941. At the same time, Dec. 8 also has a claim to that distinction. The matter involves two documents from CAP’s very earliest days. The f...
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December
05,
2017
As a boy in Puerto Rico, Henry Irizarry was intrigued with the military — and in middle school, when he saw Civil Air Patrol cadets in uniform at a school function, he immediately looked into it. “I went home and told my parents I wanted to join and ...
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December
01,
2017
Civil Air Patrol’s rich heritage of volunteer service is front and center today as the U.S. Air Force auxiliary celebrates its 76th anniversary. “What a legacy we have!” exclaimed Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, CAP’s national commander and chief executive ...
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November
30,
2017
Civil Air Patrol received a 2017 Public Benefit Flying Award Wednesday night for its “shadow escort” flights for the U.S. Air Force Reaper Training Program in central New York. The National Aeronautic Association, in partnership with the Air Care ...
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November
28,
2017
Challenges are ever present in the world today, and while many shy away, Civil Air Patrol’s deputy director of cadet programs in the Washington Wing seeks them. Maj. Clay Amann faces them every day as the owner of T Square Design LLC, an architect...
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November
24,
2017
The familiar phrase “on a wing and a prayer” carries a negative connotation most of the time … but not for Cadet 1st Lt. Evangela Caliguire, a member of Civil Air Patrol’s Florida Wing. “I knew that I wanted to be a missionary since I was very you...
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November
22,
2017
Civil Air Patrol’s first ever cadet-driven fundraising campaign is underway. Launched on Nov. 1 by the Civil Air Patrol Development Team, the 75 For 75 Challenge was created to help celebrate the 75 years of service of CAP’s Cadet Programs while a...
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November
21,
2017
Lt. Col. R.C. “Archie” DeJesus knew as a young teen he wanted to serve his country as a member of its armed forces, and like many, his military aspirations were rooted in a sense of duty. Yet his patriotism was a little fresher than most; DeJesus ...
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November
21,
2017
Civil Air Patrol, Silver Wings and Arnold Air Society have agreed it would be to the organizations’ mutual benefit to work together from time to time at joint events aimed at satisfying the objectives and missions of both organizations. The five-y...
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November
15,
2017
A recently retired U.S. Air Force general and a longtime Civil Air Patrol member have been selected to serve on CAP’s Board of Governors. The secretary of the Air Force appointed Maj. Gen. Sandra (Sandy) Finan of Colbert, Washington, to join the b...
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November
14,
2017
Fascinated with aviation in boyhood, Brad Lynn built every model airplane he could lay his hands on and dreamed of taking to the skies. He went on to become a Civil Air Patrol cadet, then served 30 years in the U.S. Air Force, became a civilian airli...
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November
11,
2017
Eighteen commanders from across Civil Air Patrol will hone their leadership skills next week in the Wing Commanders College at CAP National Headquarters at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Participants in the intense, graduate-level course, which ...
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November
08,
2017
Civil Air Patrol’s aerospace education team helps teachers and CAP squadron leaders reach a new generation of STEM learners, piquing interest in science, technology, engineering and math through hands-on, fun activities and curriculum. The team’s ...
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November
07,
2017
Leadership is defined as the action of leading a group of people or an organization. In some instances, those who define themselves as leaders lack action. Civil Air Patrol’s North Central Region commander is not one of those people. Col. Regena A...
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November
02,
2017
The California Wing is using new technology to help document the devastation from deadly October wildfires in California. It’s called an Aeroptic Sensor Pod, a leading-edge tactical aerial imagery system attached to one of the wing’s Cessna 182s. ...
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November
01,
2017
Col. Luis Cubano is one of the assistant inspectors general, or IGs, for the Southeast Region, and he has worked to continually improve and expand cadet programs and opportunities while holding various positions in Civil Air Patrol. Outside of the...
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October
27,
2017
Brig. Gen. Ed Phelka has experienced an inspiring journey during his Civil Air Patrol career. From being a cadet in the late 1980s, Phelka has advanced in the organization, shouldering greater and greater responsibility as commander of a wing and a r...
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October
20,
2017
Capt. Mike Ebert knows all about giving back and giving credit where credit is due. Currently a cadet in the U.S. Air Force Academy, Ebert also volunteers with the Colorado Wing’s Air Academy Cadet Squadron in Colorado Springs. The Wisconsin nativ...
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October
13,
2017
Twenty-two days into the massive federal response to Hurricane Maria, Civil Air Patrol is beginning to ramp down its air operations in Puerto Rico and the nearby U.S. Virgin Islands. CAP has been supporting flying operations for the full-scale disast...
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October
12,
2017
When the sun comes up each day over Puerto Rico, Civil Air Patrol members from the Southeast and Middle East regions of the continental U.S. are already on their way to the local mission base. The hours are long and the conditions, rudimentary, bu...
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October
06,
2017
Civil Air Patrol aircrews from both the U.S. mainland as well the Puerto Rico Wing are supporting CAP’s ongoing Hurricane Maria mission, which is being aided by new tools recently developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A new CAP ima...
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October
05,
2017
It was just over a decade ago that Gary Pickens remembers feeling a need to contribute more to his country. He’d put in two decades with the National Guard earlier in life, starting just after high school and eventually stepping down as a captain....
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October
02,
2017
Lt. Col. Harvey Yarborough is no stranger to emergency services missions. As director of operations for Civil Air Patrol’s Alabama Wing and a mission pilot, he’s seen devastation from the air many times. But what he witnessed in Puerto Rico, as in...
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September
29,
2017
For the second straight year, Civil Air Patrol has amassed 100,000 flying hours for its 560-plane fleet, which is recognized as one of the largest assemblages of single-engine aircraft in the world. John Desmarais, CAP’s director of operations, sa...
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September
29,
2017
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to soar through the air like a bird, floating quietly and peacefully through the sky? One lucky North Carolina Wing cadet won the chance to do just that through Civil Air Patrol’s glider program. Cadet ...
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September
27,
2017
The head of Civil Air Patrol’s Board of Governors was front and center Wednesday at the Service to the Flag Awards Ceremony at the 2017 Women in Defense National Conference in the nation’s capital. Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Judith A. Fedder,...
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September
23,
2017
Civil Air Patrol members in Puerto Rico worked Saturday to restore communications and begin flying missions in the wake of the catastrophic damage from Hurricane Maria. The Puerto Rico Wing set up shop at Hospital del Hoare in San Juan, where elec...
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September
22,
2017
After Hurricane Irma moved through Florida, Civil Air Patrol needed to launch several missions to respond and provide relief. In order to get easier access to the runways at Punta Gorda Airport, CAP asked members of the local Experimental Aircraft As...
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September
19,
2017
Cadet Capt. Casey Owen of the Wisconsin Wing’s Eau Claire Composite Squadron is the Air Force Association’s Civil Air Patrol Aerospace Education Cadet of the Year. Owen, the cadet commander of his squadron, was honored at the AFA’s Air, Space & Cy...
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September
15,
2017
As the U.S. Air Force celebrates its 70th anniversary, officials with Civil Air Patrol — the official Air Force auxiliary — are mindful and appreciative of the organization's status as a strategic partner with its parent organization. A CAP delega...
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