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.
MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – Cols. Ralph Miller, Pacific Region deputy chief of staff for operations, and Warren Vest, former national finance officer, have been selected as the newest at-large members of the Civil Air Patrol Board of Governors.
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.
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.
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.