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CAP observes long history of service in marking 71st annivesary

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NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS – Civil Air Patrol’s rich history of protecting America comes full circle Saturday when the U.S. Air Force auxiliary officially celebrates its 71st anniversary.

The all-volunteer, nonprofit organization of more than 61,000 members was founded Dec. 1, 1941, less than a week before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor led to America’s involvement in World War II. Its members soon proved their worth by conducting aerial patrols on their own, heroism that discouraged and eventually stopped deadly German U-boat attacks in American waterways.

In all, 59 members died, 26 were lost at sea and seven others were seriously injured while carrying out CAP missions during the war.

Much as they did in CAP’s early days, today’s members are becoming more and more involved in homeland security, regularly acting as targets in various air defense exercises that support training for both U.S. air defense forces and the nation’s ground forces. Over the past two years, CAP has used its planes to help train the nation’s military ground forces in remotely piloted aircraft operations before they deploy to Afghanistan and Iraq.

“Each day, our members provide a valuable service to their communities,” said Maj. Gen. Chuck Carr, CAP national commander. “They help mentor America’s youth through our outstanding aerospace education and cadet programs and save lives and preserve liberty for all through search and rescue missions and emergency service, disaster relief and homeland security missions nationwide.

“As this anniversary approaches, be sure to say ‘thanks’ to these unsung heroes in your communities who provide such selfless service, often without fanfare.”

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Written by Iowa Wing CAP

November 30, 2012 at 9:47 am

Gov. Branstad orders flags at half-staff to honor Sgt. Joseph A. Richardson

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(DES MOINES) – Gov. Branstad is ordering all flags in the state to be flown at half-staff from 5 p.m. Friday, November 30, to 8 a.m. on Monday, December 3, to honor Sgt. Joseph A. Richardson, 23, of Algona, who died while on patrol with the U.S. Army in Paktika province, Afghanistan, on November 16, 2012.

Sgt. Richardson’s funeral will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Algona. Maj. Gen. Timothy Orr, adjutant general of the Iowa National Guard, will be in attendance to represent the Branstad/Reynolds administration.

The governor’s directive applies to all U.S. and state flags under the control of the state. H.R. 692, signed in 2007, requires federal government agencies in the state to comply with the governor’s executive order that the U.S. flag be flown at half-staff in the event of the death of a member of the Armed Forces.

Flags will be at half-staff on the state Capitol building and on flag displays in the Capitol complex, and upon all public buildings, grounds, and facilities throughout the state. Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

November 29, 2012 at 2:09 pm

GAO push for Civil Air Patrol expansion featured in ‘Air Force Times’

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VIRGINIA — The Government Accountability Office is urging the U.S. Air Force to work with the Department of Homeland Security to expand the work of its auxiliary wing in training and homeland security missions. The Civil Air Patrol, a nonprofit auxiliary of the Air Force, could expand its ability to respond to homeland security missions, if the service and DHS study legal parameters, mission funding, capabilities and operating capacity of the volunteer force, according to the Nov. 1 report. Find out more about the push for CAP expansion in this article in the Air Force Times, which is based in Springfield.

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

November 28, 2012 at 9:29 am

CAP receives 3rd straight $10K Pilot’s Choice Grant from Lightspeed Aviation Foundation

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NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS – For the third year, the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation has presented a $10,000 Pilot’s Choice grant to Civil Air Patrol after the organization was one of five aviation charities chosen through online voting by the aviation community.

Lightspeed Aviation in Lake Oswego, Ore., and the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation have donated more than $250,000 in the past two years, affecting tens of thousands of lives around the world.

Accepted by Susan Mallett, CAP’s youth development program coordinator, the 2012 grant from Lightspeed will be used to enhance and build CAP’s Aerospace Connections in Education program for kindergartners through sixth-graders.

The ACE program is intended to instill interest in and awareness of science, technology, engineering and math as well as aviation careers. Along with academics, ACE promotes character education and physical fitness for living a healthy and drug-free lifestyle.

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Written by Iowa Wing CAP

November 17, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Gov. Branstad orders flags at half-staff to honor Pfc. Brandon Buttry of Shenandoah

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(DES MOINES) – Gov. Branstad is ordering all flags in the state to be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 15, 2012 to honor Pfc. Brandon Buttry, 19, of Shenandoah, who died Nov. 5 while serving in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army.

Pfc. Buttry’s funeral will be held tomorrow at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Shenandoah. Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will be in attendance to represent the administration.

The governor’s directive applies to all U.S. and state flags under the control of the state. H.R. 692, signed in 2007, requires federal government agencies in the state to comply with the governor’s executive order that the U.S. flag be flown at half-staff in the event of the death of a member of the Armed Forces.

Flags will be at half-staff on the state Capitol building and on flag displays in the Capitol complex, and upon all public buildings, grounds, and facilities throughout the state. Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

November 14, 2012 at 9:27 am

In Remembrance – Col John Lalla

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Published Nov. 11, 2012 in The Gazette

John “Jack” F. Lalla, 73, of Cedar Rapids, died Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy following a brief illness. Services: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Teahen Funeral Home by Deacon Mike Klappholz. A private family burial will take place Thursday at St. Joseph Cemetery in Iowa City. Friends may visit with the family after 9 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Survivors include his brother, Joseph R. (Suzanne) Lalla of Raeford, N.C. and their daughter, Caroline Lalla; sister-in-law, Pat Lalla and her children, Joe (Vicki) Lalla, Jim Lalla, John Lalla, Miranda Lalla, and Jason Lalla; many great- and great-great-nieces and nephews; and numerous special friends at Emergency Management Association.

Jack is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Vince; nephew, James Lalla; and niece, Anne Lalla.

John Francis Lalla was born May 26, 1939 in Iowa City, the son of Vincent and Pearl Marie (Riche) Lalla. Jack served his country in the Army. He was a Cedar Rapids Police Officer for 27 years and also worked as Volunteer Coordinator for EMA. Jack also served as commander of the Iowa Wing of the Civil Air Patrol.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to Hospice of Mercy in Jack’s honor.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.teahenfuneralhome.com.

 

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

November 12, 2012 at 9:25 am

Senior Member Awards: October 2012

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Grover Loening Award

•1st Lt. Ron P. Mutchler, IA

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

November 9, 2012 at 6:56 pm

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