Congressional Gold Medal approved for Civil Air Patrol

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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.

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South Dakota CAP Wing to undergo evaluation

Beginning today, the South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol was placed on alert to commence a week-long emergency services exercise. Every two years the U.S. Air Force evaluates the capability and effectiveness of each wing’s personnel, equipment, vehicles and aircraft to successfully carry out assigned missions such as air and ground search and rescue and homeland security operations.

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CAP joins search for missing Malaysian airliner

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – “It’s a normal search and rescue mission,” said Lt. Col. John Henderson of Civil Air Patrol’s role in the search for missing Malaysia Airline Flight 370. Henderson, a radar analyst for the U.S. Air Force’s 84th Radar Evaluation Squadron (RADES) at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is vice commander of CAP’s 10-member National Radar Analysis Team.

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Senator to be inducted into CAP Hall of Honor

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Before Civil Air Patrol’s Command Council convenes in Washington, D.C., this week for its annual winter meeting, it will gather on Capitol Hill for Legislative Day on Feb. 27 to brief Congress on the U.S. Air Force auxiliary’s missions of emergency services, aerospace education and cadet programs. Legislative Day will also feature induction of U.S. Senator Tom Harkin into CAP’s Hall of Honor.

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