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.
At the request of the state’s Department of Public Safety, the South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol is conducting an aerial survey for livestock carcass identification on all state highways and I-90.
The South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol has initiated an aerial search for hunters who may be stranded in the Black Hills after the recent severe snowstorm. The Department of Game, Fish and Parks requested the search after receiving numerous reports of stranded hunters.
MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — The Civil Air Patrol will continue to perform emergency and disaster response missions authorized by the Air Force during the federal government shutdown.
More than 500 Civil Air Patrol members are headed to Denver Aug. 15-17 for the U.S. Air Force auxiliary’s Annual Conference.
By CAROL LEE ANDERSON
NEW HAMPSHIRE – When school teacher Dan Caron instructs in the classroom during the current school year, a new honor will have been added to his already impressive resume. He was chosen as the 2013 Civil Air Patrol Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year.