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.
The South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol reports that Joe Foss has been honored in Arizona.
Cadet Colonel William Small of the Civil Air Patrol’s Lookout Mountain Composite Squadron in Spearfish, S.D., was recently presented with the squadron level Outstanding Civil Air Patrol Cadet of the Year award by the Air Force Association.
Governor Dennis Daugaard has issued a proclamation designating Feb. 20 as “Civil Air Patrol Day” in South Dakota.
STUART, Fla. – Air and ground crews of the Florida Wing of Civil Air Patrol, in conjunction with the U.S. Coast Guard and the Martin County and St. Lucie County sheriff’s offices, are continuing their search efforts this morning to locate the pilot of an aircraft who failed to arrive at his intended destination Friday evening.
MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — For the first time in the 72-year history of the Civil Air Patrol, the organization’s chief executive officer, the national commander of CAP, will be selected by the group’s board of governors. Previously, commanders were elected by a majority vote of the organization’s 52 wing commanders. CAP’s CEO will be appointed to a three-year term, which may be extended.
This year marked the final roll call for brave World War II fliers fading from the scene. No, it wasn’t the Doolittle Raiders, whose four survivors (three present) celebrated their final reunion last month. There’s another band of brothers: Some of GA’s World War II heroes who reunited annually for more than 60 years. Their last squadron-mate “flew West” this year.
Two Civil Air Patrol South Dakota Wing cadets, William Small and Silas Busch, have been selected for 2014 Wing Flight Scholarships.
Two adults and four children missing nearly two days in bitter winter conditions in rural northwestern Nevada’s mountainous Seven Troughs Range were found alive and well Tuesday afternoon by Civil Air Patrol in coordination with the Pershing County Sheriff’s Office, Fallon Naval Air Station, Washoe County Regional Aviation Enforcement Unit, Nevada National Guard Lakota helicopters and the state Division of Emergency Management.
Nevada Wing Commander Col. Tim Hahn said Maj. Justin Ogden and Col. Brian Ready, CAP’s cell phone forensics experts, played a critical role in helping rescuers narrow the search area, according to CAP officials.
When a single engine plane goes down in the continental U.S., Civil Air Patrol’s cell phone and radar tracking experts are certain to be involved. Their mission — reduce the search area from thousands of square miles to the actual crash site or within a couple of square miles –—is urgent, because reducing the crash-to-rescue time saves lives.
Searchers for a single-engine airplane believed downed in snowy, mountainous central Idaho are relying on CAP’s cutting-edge radar analysis as they try to find the California family of five aboard the missing Beech Bonanza.