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 cadets pitch in to build first RAF Fire Hub

CAP Seminole Composite Squadron Cadets Gibson Eads, Nolan Eads, Luka Jurkovic, Nick Owen and Aaron Stalnaker hard at work bringing the SNF Fire Hub to lif


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

Caption for attached photo: From left, Col. Al Bedgood, Southeast Region commander; Brig. Gen. Joseph R. Vazquez, national vice commander; and Cols. Dean Hammond and Carlton Sumner, Mississippi Wing commander, pose for a photo as Vazquez and Hammond display the Distinguished Service Medal citation the CAP pioneer just received at the Mississippi Wing Conference.

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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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...]