Massive Eclipse Mission: ‘Teamwork on a Continental Scale’

At least 4,000 Civil Air Patrol members turned out  April 8 for what’s likely the organization’s largest single-day mission ever — assisting NASA by collecting more than a quarter-million data points from the total solar eclipse.In all, some 400...

CAP Training Helps Rhode Island Couple Survive Watery Crash

A pair of experienced Rhode Island Wing members, 1st Lt. Alysia Larson and her husband, Capt. Paul Larson, were about a half-mile from Quonset State Airport in Kingston on March 30 when Lt. Larson added a bit of power to their 1961 Piper Comanche to counter...

Cadet, Championship Kicker, Pursues New Dream — Navy Pilot

There are dreams and then there are dreams — the …  aspirations that, if they come true, will affect a family, even a nation or world, for generations to come.Cadet Master Sgt. Marcus Lee of the California Wing’s Fullerton Composite Squadron 56 knows something...

Silvered Wings: Helio U-10D/HT-295 Super Courier

Helio U-10D / HT-295 Super Courier N5072KCapacity: twoLength: 30 feet 8 inchesMaximum speed: 170 mphCruise speed: 160 mphRange: 1,090 milesService ceiling: 20,500 feetThe Helio Courier is a cantilever...

Chaplains Corps: 1,100 Strong and Looking for More

After years as a registered nurse, including two tours as a combat nurse in Vietnam, Chaplain (Col.) Linda Pugsley turned from healing broken bodies to ministering to shattered souls.Pugsley, whose three-year tenure as Civil Air Patrol chief of chaplain ends in...

Geospatial Program Helps Millions Get Post-Disaster Aid Sooner

By the time most of the world became aware of deadly wildfires ripping through Lahaina and Kula on Maui, a small team of Civil Air Patrol and Federal Emergency Management Agency members had already remotely identified 800 damaged or destroyed structures. Using...

New Maryland Wing Commander: ‘Incredibly Involved’

A few days before the Maryland Wing’s recent change of command ceremony, the incoming commander was still absorbing its significance. “I’m starting to reevaluate my life choices,” Col. Brenda Reed said, chuckling at her own joke. “Back in the day when I worked...

Disabled Cadets Find Success through CAP

Before contracting two cases of COVID-19, Rylee Joyce was an active teenager who enjoyed beekeeping and ballet, even earning the distinction of Dancer of the Year in her hometown.For Leo Olsen, life has never been normal. He was born with cerebral palsy, which affects...