Civil Air Patrol pilot Captain Neil Schmid of the Sioux Falls Composite Squadron recently earned a significant aviation achievement. Flying one of the South Dakota Wing’s CAP aircraft, Schmid completed his “Fly South Dakota” Gold Level Award.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Forty-six founding Civil Air Patrol members were present Dec. 10 to see the organization honored with the Congressional Gold Medal for the service they and more than 200,000 other CAP volunteers provided during World War II, when they helped protect U.S. shipping against German U-boat attacks and carried out other wartime domestic missions.
As a premier sponsor of CAP’s Congressional Gold Medal presentation, CITGO is sponsoring the purchase of replica Congressional Gold Medals to be awarded to CAP World War II veterans who will travel to Washington, D.C., for the medal presentation, as well as the celebratory reception/dinner. Those who are unable to travel to Washington will be presented a replica medal by CAP in their hometowns.
MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – The Air Force Association has honored Civil Air Patrol with its 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of its more than 70 years of helping secure the American homeland, especially its service during World War II.
The Civil Air Patrol has a new national commander and CEO – Maj. Gen. Joe Vazquez of Henrico, Virginia, sworn in at the organization’s 2014 National Conference.
MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – Col. Larry Myrick of San Luis Obispo, California, has been confirmed as the Civil Air Patrol’s next national vice commander by the organization’s board of governors. Brig. Gen. Joe Vazquez, CAP’s next chief executive officer and national commander, selected Myrick.
President Barack Obama has signed into law S. 309, the bill awarding a Congressional Gold Medal to Civil Air Patrol for its service during World War II.
When the founding members of Civil Air Patrol, the U.S. Air Force auxiliary, risked life and limb to help protect the home front during the early days of World War II, they weren’t looking for recognition.
Some seven decades later, though, they’re receiving it, thanks to the U.S. House of Representatives’ voice vote Monday afternoon to award CAP a Congressional Gold Medal for its volunteer service during the war, when more than 120,000 members stepped up to support the military effort and help keep the nation secure.