Hoping to capture its wartime heritage for posterity, the Civil Air Patrol is searching for World War II-era members to record their memories of defending US coastlines from the German U-boat threat. “Not only do we want to preserve the precious memories of our organization’s early existence, . . . we want to say ‘thank you’ for their service. It was, and still is, deeply appreciated,” said Col. Robert Castle, wing commander of the Oklahoma CAP. Although more the 60 CAP members died in World War II, sinking two German submarines, little official history exists today documenting CAP’s earliest days. This is “part of a national effort to find and recognize these civilian veterans before it’s too late,” Castle said. Legislation to award CAP the Congressional Gold Medal for the wartime contributions of its members is pending in Congress. (Tinker report by 2nd. Lt. Howdy Stout)
U.S. Air Force F-35s and F-22s regularly deploy deep into the Pacific region from Alaska, Utah, and Hawaii. In the future, though, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command would like to see the Air Force permanently station fifth-generation aircraft west of the international date line—closer to China.