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Archive for December 2012

January-March 2013 issue of CAP Volunteer posted for online reading

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The latest digital version of Civil Air Patrol Volunteer is now available.

In addition to the cover story about CAP’s new governance structure, coverage in the January-March E-edition includes a seven-page feature on members’ response to Hurricane Sandy and their delivery of more than 157,000 aerial assessment photos to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other national, regional and state agencies.

The issue also features an in-depth article examining technological advances within CAP that are modifying the organization’s search and rescue missions.

The digital version of the issue includes three videos – a Wreaths Across America news clip on page 3, a thank-you message from FEMA on page 30 and scenes from a North Carolina Coastal Patrol Base 16 historic marker dedication ceremony on page 38.

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December 19, 2012 at 7:53 am

Wreaths Across America 2012 Around Iowa

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  • Iowa Veteran’s Cemetery – click here to view a story and video from WOI TV 5
  • Ames Municipal Cemetery – click here to view a story from WHO TV 13
  • Rock Island Arsenal – click here to view a story and video from WHBF TV 4 and click here to view a story from the Quad City Times
  • Keokuk National Cemetery – click here to view a story from the Daily Gate City


*If you have a story you’d like to share please post the link for it in the comments section!

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December 18, 2012 at 10:26 am

Cadet Awards: November 2012

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Ameila Earhart Award

• Joshua M. Salvato, IA


Gen. Billy Mitchell Award

• Devyn Phelps, IA

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December 5, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Gov. Terry E. Branstad orders flags at half-staff in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

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(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered all flags in Iowa be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Friday, December 7, 2012, in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

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.

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December 5, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Civil Air Patrol to honor veterans as part of wreath-laying salute

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MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — Members of Civil Air Patrol are proud to partner once more with Wreaths Across America, a nonprofit organization that recognizes the courage and sacrifices of U.S. veterans by placing wreaths on the graves of the fallen during the holiday season.

This year, in tribute to the 25 million men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces — guarding and preserving America’s freedom throughout history — Maine balsam wreaths will be placed on more than 325,000 veterans’ graves at 800-plus cemetery or memorial sites in all 50 states, as well as 20-plus foreign locations.

“Our mission is to remember the fallen, honor those who serve and teach our children the value of freedom,” said Karen Worcester, executive director of Wreaths Across America.

Wreaths Across America culminates on Dec. 15 with thousands of wreaths placed on gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery and at several of Arlington’s memorials, including the Tomb of the Unknowns. Simultaneous ceremonies will be held throughout the day at other veterans’ cemeteries and memorials nationwide and abroad.

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December 5, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Burlington Composite Squadron Newsletter | High Five – November 2012

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December 3, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Make it Personal: Honor an American Hero with a Story and Remembrance Wreath

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Local Wreath-Laying Ceremony to Commemorate Veterans on National Wreaths Across America Day

Columbia Falls, MAINE— Oct 22, 2012 —On December 15, National Wreaths Across America Day, remembrance wreaths will be placed at the headstones of fallen veterans at more than 700 locations worldwide. A remembrance ceremony will be held at Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter, Iowa on this day to ensure that the individuals who served to protect the freedoms of our country are not, and never will be, forgotten. Wreaths Across America (WAA), a nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, is working hard to fulfill its mission of remembering, honoring and teaching under the 2012 central theme: “Then, Now, and Forever— Let’s make if Personal.”

Iowa Veterans Cemetery

Patrick Palmersheim has volunteered to conduct the WAA ceremony again this year at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery on Saturday December 15th starting at 11:00 AM CST. Seven ceremonial wreaths will be places to remember all soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who served, honor their sacrifices and teach our longer generations about our high cost of freedoms.

Special designated wreaths for the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine and POW will be placed on memorials during a ceremony that will be coordinated simultaneously at over 700 participating locations all across the country.

In addition to these ceremonial wreaths, individuals, civic groups and businesses around Iowa have joined with Wreaths Across America to promote sponsored wreaths to be placed on all the graves in all the sections of the Iowa Veterans Cemetery.

If you’d like more information about the program go to: or contact Patrick Palmersheim at

About Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman, Morrill Worcester, in 1992. The organization’s mission, Remember, Honor, Teach, is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies on the second Saturday of December at Arlington, as well as hundreds of veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond.


Note:  The Southwest Iowa Composite Squadron has been collecting wreath sponsorships and members will be on hand to help lay wreaths following the ceremony.  Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to come take part.

Written by Iowa Wing CAP

December 3, 2012 at 8:05 am