Civil Air Patrol Newsroom (wing)

2019
July
18,
2019
| 11:19 PM America/Chicago
Louisiana Wing aircrews have generated an estimated 1,500 damage assessment photos for state and federal emergency management agencies’ use after first taking to the air Sunday immediately after the passage of Tropical Storm Barry. The photos will...
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July
16,
2019
| 11:38 PM America/Chicago
A Connecticut Wing emergency locator transmitter search exercise conducted as part of the wing’s recent biannual U.S. Air Force evaluation wound up leading to a trove of Civil Air Patrol history In preparation for the exercise and to find a good l...
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July
11,
2019
| 03:51 PM America/Chicago
Achieving the Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award, Civil Air Patrol’s top cadet honor, is a stiff challenge for anyone. After all, less than one-half of 1% of cadets ever manage it. For Capt. Casey Carnes of the North Carolina Wing, the path to the Spaatz a...
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July
10,
2019
| 09:24 PM America/Chicago
Allison Irwin, the Pennsylvania Wing's internal aersoapce education officer as well as a high school teacher, is participating on a 19-day coastal pelagic species survey in the Pacific Ocean. Irwin is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric A...
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July
09,
2019
| 09:39 PM America/Chicago
Col. Annette Peters is the New Mexico Wing’s first female commander, having succeeded Col. Mike Lee as the head of the wing. The change of command ceremony at Kirtland Air Force Base’s Mountain View Club included Col. Joe R. Smith, Southwest Regio...
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June
24,
2019
| 12:20 AM America/Chicago
Lt. Col. Mark D. Young has been honored with Civil Air Patrol’s top award, the Silver Medal of Valor, for actions he took Feb. 17, 2005, in locating a downed aircraft and helping rescue the sole survivor in very rough terrain. Young received the a...
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June
14,
2019
| 12:27 AM America/Chicago
Cadet Col. David M. Brackett of the Seacoast Composite Squadron is the 20th New Hampshire Wing cadet to receive Civil Air Patrol’s highest cadet honor, the Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award – achieved by less than one-half of 1% of all cadets. A CAP membe...
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June
11,
2019
| 10:41 PM America/Chicago
In a lighthearted ceremony at the South Carolina Wing’s Greenville Composite Squadron headquarters June 3, Capt. Nelson Irey, squadron emergency services officer and a former Federal Emergency Management Agency emergency responder, passed the torch t...
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June
04,
2019
| 10:59 PM America/Chicago
Louisiana Wing aircrews have provided about 500 photos of the Morganza Floodway in the Atchafalaya River basin to damage assessment staff for the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP). The flights are being car...
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May
30,
2019
| 06:51 PM America/Chicago
Col. Kevin J. Berry is the new commander of the Pennsylvania Wing after taking over May 18 from Col. Gary L. Fleming during the 2019 Wing Conference and Banquet. Berry joined Civil Air Patrol as a cadet in the New York Wing in 1968. “I first joine...
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May
30,
2019
| 06:51 PM America/Chicago
While Maryland residents are taking advantage of summer weather and enjoying the Chesapeake Bay and all its waters have to offer, the Maryland Wing is on Bay Patrol to make sure everything is OK. Civil Air Patrol aircrews conduct weekend and holid...
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May
23,
2019
| 07:10 PM America/Chicago
Kansas Wing members are providing aerial photos, helping staff the State Emergency Operations Center and assisting with filling sandbags in response to flooding across the state. Responding to a request from the state Division of Emergency Managem...
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May
13,
2019
| 09:16 PM America/Chicago
Capt. David I. Spence of the Virginia Wing’s Southside Composite Squadron has been honored with the Chaplain Robert P. Taylor Prize for Compassion and Service for his service after a death in a squadron family. The Virginia Wing’s leadership and c...
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May
10,
2019
| 11:01 PM America/Chicago
In March, the Platte River swelled to unprecedented levels in Nebraska, thanks to heavy rains and breached levees. Houses disappeared beneath the rising waters; property was washed away. The angry floodwaters carved new channels for the Platte in ...
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May
08,
2019
| 12:15 AM America/Chicago
The Florida Wing supported the 1st Air Force/Air Force Northern (AFNORTH), 164th Air Defense Artillery Brigade and 263rd Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC) in a training exercise by providing aircraft and support staff out of CAP’s squadron...
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May
06,
2019
| 10:37 PM America/Chicago
First Lt. Billy Wilson of the South Carolina Wing’s Aiken Composite Squadron has been honored with a Life Saving Award for his response upon being alerted to an unconscious man in a restaurant. Wilson and an associate were eating lunch March 26 at...
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May
02,
2019
| 11:08 PM America/Chicago
  The Florida Wing’s Opa-Locka Cadet Squadron recently shared in Civil Air Patrol’s ongoing emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education by hosting a water bottle rocketry day at the Palm Spring North Elementary School ST...
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April
26,
2019
| 11:29 PM America/Chicago
Members of the Arizona, California and Texas wings participated in the first session of Civil Air Patrol’s National Emergency Services Academy – Mobile Training Team program, joining representatives from Southwest Region Headquarters staff, National ...
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April
25,
2019
| 11:42 PM America/Chicago
The Alaska Wing stepped up recently to provide support for Alaska Shield, a multilevel, multijurisdictional exercise conducted to test the state’s ability in response to threats against critical infrastructure, cyber systems and the health and we...
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April
23,
2019
| 10:53 PM America/Chicago
  From the minute 16 cadets in the Maryland Wing’s Harford Composite Squadron walked into the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center, aviation history surrounded them. Soon after they entered the sprawling complex in Chan...
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April
18,
2019
| 11:03 PM America/Chicago
“My Dream to Fly” was the theme when the Minnesota Wing hosted the 2019 Minnesota Aviation Art Contest Awards Ceremony, with the state Department of Transportation Office of Aeronautics – the contest’s sponsor – presenting awards to nine youth winner...
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April
10,
2019
| 11:12 PM America/Chicago
Lt. Col. Richard C. Niess of the Florida Wing’s Marco Island Senior Squadron was honored recently for 55 years of membership in Civil Air Patrol. Niess has belonged to the Marco Island squadron since moving to Florida in 2005. He first served as t...
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April
05,
2019
| 09:57 PM America/Chicago
Neither rain, nor cold, nor dark of day could stop the Oklahoma Wing from performing its duties assigned by the Civil Air Patrol-U.S. Air Force evaluation team. After four days of evaluating the wing’s resources and responsiveness to tasking, the CAP...
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April
04,
2019
| 10:15 PM America/Chicago
Capt. Kelly P. Wilhite of the Kentucky Wing’s Stuart Powell Cadet Squadron brought home three monetary scholarships totaling $17,500 from the 2019 International Women in Aviation Conference in Long Beach, California. She intends to use the awards ...
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April
03,
2019
| 09:54 PM America/Chicago
More than 300 cadet and senior members from Civil Air Patrol’s newly renamed Mid-Atlantic Region gathered over the weekend for leadership development and fellowship. The event, hosted by the Virginia Wing at a convention center near Richmond, brou...
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March
28,
2019
| 11:09 PM America/Chicago
South Dakota Wing aircrews took to the skies to capture photos of Midwest flooding for emergency managers to use in assessing flood impact in South Dakota and neighboring Iowa and Nebraska. The wing initially responded March 18 to the Iowa Wing's ...
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March
22,
2019
| 09:51 PM America/Chicago
Foreign object debris (FOD) is an enemy of aviation. Something as small or as simple as a nut or a bolt, in the wrong place at the wrong time, can cause significant damage to an aircraft and possibly endanger the lives of those on board. Cadets an...
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March
19,
2019
| 11:05 PM America/Chicago
What grade schooler doesn’t enjoy launching rockets, building airplanes and flying whirligigs? Taking advantage of this natural desire to experiment and learn, members of the Wisconsin Wing's La Crosse Composite Squadron recently conducted a ser...
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March
12,
2019
| 10:40 PM America/Chicago
Lt. Col. Jacob Hiles, commander of the Illinois Wing’s Scott Composite Squadron as well as a U.S. Air Force major, has been recognized as Staff Volunteer of the Year by the Air Force’s Air Mobility Command. Hiles began serving in the Air Force in ...
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February
22,
2019
| 11:42 PM America/Chicago
The South Carolina Wing has received a “Ready” rating from the U.S. Air Force for its performance during a recent evaluated exercise that involved catastrophic weather and a missing duo. Wing members responded to a scenario featuring the follo...
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