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November 02, 2023

Wisconsin CAP Cadets Win High Altitude Balloon Challenge

Kittinger Cup Winners Announced

A five-cadet team from the Civil Air Patrol’s (CAP’s) Wisconsin Wing’s Stevens Point Composite Squadron has taken first-place honors in the third-annual Civil Air Patrol High-Altitude Balloon Challenge. The winning team received 2023’s Kittinger Cup and an accompanying $5,000 prize for an experiment germane to cold welding in Low Earth orbit (LEO). The Kittinger Cup and the $5,000 prize were provided by Sherry Kittinger, wife of the late U.S. Air Force Colonel, high-altitude researcher, and skydiving luminary Joe Kittinger.

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USAF Red Devils Squadron Arrives in Middle East

Devil’s Due

The New Jersey Air National Guard’s 119th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron has arrived in U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility—namely, the Middle East—with an additional F-16 Fighting Falcon squadron, thereby bolstering U.S. presence in the region and deterring further jihadist aggression. The Atlantic City-based squadron, known colloquially as the Jersey Devils, now aligned under 9th Air Force, afford coalition leaders added flexibility vis-à-vis air operations throughout the Middle East, including contingency response capabilities and deterrence missions, while maintaining Operation Inherent Resolve’s stated Defeat-ISIS mission.

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