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  • Maj Gen Joe Vazquez assumed command of the Civil Air Patrol 16 August 2014 - Maj Gen Joe Vazquez assumed command of the Civil Air Patrol from Maj Gen Chuck Carr in a ceremony in Las Vegas,Nevada.  Brig Gen Larry Myrick was appointed as the new CAP Vice Commander, and Col Larry Ragland assumes the new role of CAP’s Executive Officer.A little closer to home, Col Ray Lyon is the new Middle East Region Commander on an interim basis, as the selection committee for the permanent replacement for Col Ragland gets started.Col Francis Smith said "It’s been an honor and a privilege to work for Gen Carr and Col Ragland for the last year and a half.  We’re very fortunate to have benefited from their outstanding ...
    Posted Aug 16, 2014, 6:58 AM by Ray Schnell
  • Air Force Grades South Carolina Civil Air Patrol as “Excellent” Press Release - LANCASTER, SC- 11 AUGUST 2014 After sixteen grueling days of tests, tasks and simulated emergencies the Air Force has passed judgment on the performance of the South Carolina Wing of the Civil Air Patrol – and it is excellent.  Every two years the operational readiness of the entire wing is checked for preparedness, responsiveness and effectiveness with a graded evaluation under the auspices of the United States Air Force.  For the first time members and aircraft from CAP’s North Carolina Wing were also involved and played a critical role in a multistate scenario. This year the simulation was built around a hypothetical extreme drought in the Carolinas.  The teams were measured on their response to both scheduled and ...
    Posted Aug 16, 2014, 6:37 AM by Ray Schnell
  • Hurricane Arthur hits Coast of North Carolina: PRESS RELEASE Dateline: Columbia, SC, 4 July, 2014While many Americans around the country were celebrating the 238th birthday of the United States of America, Cape Lookout and Beaufort, NC were being pummeled by a Category 2 hurricane, named Arthur.  This hurricane had maximum winds of 100 mph.  The Middle East Region of the Civil Air Patrol alerted multiple Wings in the area to have aircrews on standby.  Immediately, the SC Wing had a GPS FEMA friendly camera moved to the Marion Airport, and an aircrew assembled, which consisted of Hartsell Rodgers, Jim Drew and Leslie Crawford, of the Marion Senior Squadron.  They were directed to conduct an Aerial Photography/Impact Assessment mission for FEMA via the NC Wing and the ...
    Posted Jul 9, 2014, 11:58 AM by Ray Schnell
  • Emergency Hurricane Preparedness Exercise Statewide Update Dateline: 5/6/14 - Columbia, SC:  Hurricane season is here again, and the SC Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (SCWG CAP), is ready, willing and able to do all they can for the citizens of South Carolina.    During the week of June 1st to June 7th, 2014, the SC Wing flew its aircraft in excess of 60 hours in support, during the annual state-wide hurricane exercise.  These flights included both announced, and unannounced, missions created to stretch the limits of CAP and other state agencies to see how well they can work under extreme pressure and circumstances.     CAP personnel worked alongside the SC Air National Guard (SCANG) and others at the State Emergency Operations Center to ...
    Posted Jun 27, 2014, 8:50 PM by Ray Schnell
  • Cadet Flight Training at Encampment 73 years ago Army Air Cadets assembled on historic Camden Woodward Field, where their entire aviation careers were based on their ability to solo an airplane within 8-12 hours.  Aviation Legend Colonel Robert Morgan received his initial training at Camden,as a pilot he went on to lead the first bomber crew through 25 missions for the 8th Air Force in the European theater during WWII.   For the second year in a row two Air Force Auxiliary - Civil Air Patrol cadets returned Camden Woodward Field to its roots as they were able to take to the skies independently with their instructor sitting patiently on the ground watching their takeoff and landings; they had indeed soloed.  While other of SC ...
    Posted Jun 22, 2014, 8:02 PM by Ray Schnell
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