Senate passes CAP Gold Medal bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A major step in the campaign to secure a Congressional Gold Medal recognizing Civil Air Patrol members’ service to the country during World War II was taken May 11 when the U.S. Senate unanimously approved S. 418, introduced by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa.

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CAP Squadron launches at high school on Sun ’n Fun campus

The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) officially opened a Composite Squadron at the Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA) on the Sun ’n Fun campus on Lakeland-Linder Regional Airport (LAL) in Florida.

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CAP cadets pitch in to build first RAF Fire Hub


When Civil Air Patrol Seminole Composite Squadron Deputy Commander Kenny Eads asked a group of five cadets to volunteer for a unique mission, it caught on like wildfire. The assignment: build the first-ever Fire Hub on the SUN ’n FUN campgrounds.

Eads explained to the young men that it would the be the first of 50 Fire Hubs planned across the United States as part of the Recreational Aviation Foundation’s latest fund-raising initiative [Read more...]

Civil Air Patrol honors World War II member

One of the Civil Air Patrol’s earliest members, Dean Hammond, now holds the rank of colonel after being recognized with not only the new grade but also lifetime membership and the Distinguished Service Medal this month at the Mississippi Wing’s annual conference at Keesler Air Force Base. Hammond, who had already soloed in January 1938, joined CAP at the first organizational meeting in Wichita, Kan., where he was working for Boeing.

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CAP takes part in Super Bowl airspace security exercise

Members of Civil Air Patrol’s Ohio and Indiana wings will take to the skies today, four days before the Super Bowl, as part of the Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region-1st Air Force’s exercise preparing fighters to protect the airspace around Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium, site of the football championship game.

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CAP pilot makes emergency landing

A Civil Air Patrol pilot escaped serious injury when she was forced to land on a city street in Conroe, Texas Jan. 3.

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Honor guard lends CAP presence to Army holiday video

A Civil Air Patrol honor guard provides a prominent presence in the first music video by the U.S. Army Field Band’s Jazz Ambassadors.

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Yes, we can reach out and make a difference

A question I recently found in my e-mail inbox intrigues me. “So how do we, as aviators, get the general population to engage?” Steve, from Midway, Georgia, poses this query. And in doing so he puts his finger on what is arguably the greatest challenge to pilots and aviation enthusiasts in the political arena. Because without engaging the public at large we are little more than a minority splinter group that appears to insist on special treatment.

More often than not, that’s the public perception of us. Fortunately, we can change that.

The easiest way for us to make a pro-aviation impact is on a personal basis, one-on-one. [Read more...]

CAP helps fight floods on Red River

CAP helps fight Red River flooding Volunteers from the Civil Air Patrol’s North Dakota and Minnesota wings are stepping forward to help fight the threatened flooding of the Red River.

CAP members are filling and stacking hundreds of thousands of sandbags near the civic center in Fargo, N.D., as well as outside a radio station in the city. CAP aircrews also are making damage assessment flights, as weather permits, taking photos to help protect critical infrastructure.

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CAP to exchange cadets with 13 countries next year

Cadets representing 13 countries will visit Civil Air Patrol squadrons in the U.S. as participants in next year’s International Air Cadet Exchange program. The program, now more than 60 years old, promotes international friendship and understanding through a common focus on aviation.

Maj. Gen. Amy Courter, CAP National Commander, with Executive Director Don Rowland and Lt. Col. Beverly Scoggins, CAP’s volunteer IACE assistant director, represented the Air Force auxiliary at IACE’s annual planning conference held recently in Hong Kong. CAP committed to accepting cadets from Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

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