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August 2009

THE NEWSLETTER OF MAINE WING, CIVIL AIR PATROL, UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AUXILIARY

Maine Wing Wingover Newsletter Back in Print


Maine Wing At the last Summer Boards we The best way to do this is to
Commanders Message all pledged to never refer to the make sure your meetings are
Civil Air Patrol as the “world’s exciting and you all have that
The best way to describe the best kept secret”, rather we are “Band of Brothers” feeling.
Civil Air Patrol is simply a great making it the world’s best rec-
“Band of Brothers.” As your ognized volunteer organization. Maine Wing WWII Sub-
Wing Commander I have the Chaser Recognized
great pleasure of not only work-
ing with you, but with all the re- Prentiss Godfrey receives Dis-
gional staff, the national staff and tinguished Service Medal and
all the other wing commanders. promotion to Colonel.
When dealing with each, I realize
we all have the same goals and Prentiss Godfrey was honored
vision for our future. Our Na- by Maine Wing Commander,
tional Commander, Maj Gen Colonel Chris Hayden in a cere-
Amy Courter is right on track mony attended by family and
with her vision statement (see friends and graduates of the
page 3) and building a closer Civil Air Patrol Airman Acad-
more professional relationship emy.
with our parent, the United
Stated Air Force. Our goal and Thanks to the recruiting efforts Colonel Hayden First presented
vision starts with the squadrons of the Wing staff and nearly Mr. Godfrey with his member-
and squadron members. During every squadron, we can already ship card and promoted him to
these past few months I have see an increase in our officer the rank of Colonel.
seen a renewed enthusiasm and cadet membership. The
among everyone and a pride in next task for everyone is main- Col Hayden presented Col
being a member of the USAF taining those new officers and Prentiss with the Distinguished
Auxiliary. recognized volunteer cadets as well as maintaining Service Medal with the follow-
organization. their enthusiasm. ing citation.
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(continued from previous page) He left Costal Patrol Base 19 to On July 1, 1946, President Harry
Colonel Prentiss Godfrey, CAP, continue the war effort as an Truman established CAP as a
distinguished himself by out- Army glider flight instructor federally chartered benevolent
standing performance of duty and tow pilot as well as a Navy civilian corporation and Con-
during the period of 1 August flight instructor. His support to gress passed Public Law 557 on
1942 through 18 April 2008. As Civil Air Patrol in the early May 26, 1948, making CAP the
a young pilot with a commercial years contributed greatly to the auxiliary of the new U.S. Air
license with a 225 hp power rat- establishment of a strong foun- force. CAP was charged with
ing, and an instructor s rating dation that enabled Civil Air three primary missions- aero-
through the Civilian Pilot Train- Patrol to become an outstanding space education, cadet programs
ing Program, Colonel Godfrey humanitarian organization sup- and emergency services.
was one of the first members to porting the United States and
join when Civil Air Patrol Costal the United States Air Force.
Patrol Base 19 was established in The singularly distinctive ac-
Portland, Maine. complishments of Colonel God-
frey reflect great credit upon
Training at this time was mini- himself, the Maine Wing and
mal, and crews learned their pa- civil Air Patrol.
trol skills by flying actual mis-
sions. Colonel Godfrey went on Civil Air Patrol was founded in
the fly numerous costal patrol December 1941, one week be-
missions as well as served as a fore the Japanese attack on Colonel Prentiss Godfrey, Son, Major
check pilot for other CAP pilots. Pearl Harbor, by more than Donald Godfrey
and Maine Wing Commander, Colo-
150,000 citizens who were con- nel Chris Hayden
cerned about the defense of proudly help to show the Awards Pre-
America’s coastline. Under the sented at the special ceremony. (Photo
jurisdiction of the Army Air by 1st Lt Cathie Spaulding)
Maine Wing Over Forces, CAP pilots flew more
Wing Commander than one-half million hours,
Col Chris Hayden were credited with sinking two
Vice Commander, North enemy submarines and rescued
Lt Col Jim Jordan hundreds of crash survivors
Vice Commander, South during World War II.
Maj Dan Leclair

Newsletter Editor
1Lt Mary Story MEWG PAO

Headquarters
Maine Wing, Civil Air Patrol
PO Box 5006
Augusta Maine, 04332-5006

Editorial Office:
Headquarters: 207.626.7830

The Maine Wing Over is an unofficial newsletter


published quarterly in the interest of members of
the Maine Wing of the Civil Air Patrol. Any opin-
ions either expressed or inferred by the writers
herein are their own and are not to be considered
official expression by the Civil Air Patrol or the
Department of the Air Force.

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NATIONAL COMMANDER’S GOALS

• PROVIDE A SELECT CORPS OF MOTIVATED, HIGHLY TRAINED AND WELL-LED


VOLUNTEERS TO PERFORM MISSIONS FOR AMERICA

• MAKE CAP THE RESOURCE OF CHOICE FOR PUBLIC AGENCIES REQUIRING SER-
VICES IN HOMELAND SECURITY, SEARCH AND RESCUE, DISASTER RELIEF,
COUNTERDRUG AND OTHER OPERATIONAL MISSIONS

• MAXIMIZE ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES THROUGHOUT THE ORGANIZATION

• FULLY INTEGRATE CAP INTO THE TOTAL AIR FORCE AS A VALUED AND RE-
SPECTED PARTNER IN A MIX OF ACTIVE, GUARD, RESERVE AND AUXILIARY
COMPONENTS

• ESTABLISH ZERO-TOLERANCE FOR SUBSTANDARD PRACTICES REGARDING


THE SAFETY, HEALTH AND WELFARE OF OUR MEMBERS

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Change of Command 36th Squadron
I had the pleasure of presiding over the change-of-command at the 36th Squadron in their new classrooms
at Camp Keyes.

I wish to thank Capt Mark Seitz for taking command of the squadron and I wish to thank Maj Dale Fellows
for all the work he accomplished during his two years as commander.

Maj Fellows will be moving up to Wing and has accepted the position of Wing SAR Officer under Opera-
tions. He has some great training plans in the works which we will be announcing later.

Capt Seitz has taken on command with great enthusiasm and is already organizing his staff and working to
provide a full course of training for the members of the 36th.

As a result of this change of command, the squadron has moved to a new location at Hawthorne Hall on
Camp Keyes and the hangar is now a Wing asset for flight operations and communications only. This
comes at a time when the TSA is increasing the security at the airport and thus restricting the movement of
personnel on the field.

Col (Chris) Hayden CAP


Commander
Maine Wing, Civil Air Patrol

Change of Command 33rd Squadron


With all the SAREX participants and members of the 33th Squadron in formation on the ramp, I
had the distinct pleasure in performing the change of command whereby Maj Richard Saucier
concluded his team of commander and handed command to Capt David Barbosa.

I wish to thank Maj Saucier for his great service to Civil Air Patrol as the commander of the 33th
Squadron for the past two years. He has accomplished many things for the squadron including
raising good size sums of money for the squadron and reaching out to community in Caribou.
Luckily for us, Maj Saucier is not going into retirement, rather he will be continuing as the squad-
ron DCC.

I wish to congratulate and thank Capt Barbosa for stepping up to the plate and taking command of
the squadron. I know we can expect further great accomplishment and innovations under his
command. I look forward to working with Capt Barbosa and giving him the support he deserves.

Col (Chris) Hayden CAP


Commander
Maine Wing, Civil Air Patrol

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Outstanding July SAREX
The weekend of July 18, Maine Wing held a top quality SAREX hosted by the 33rd Squadron in
Caribou. Over 30 members of the wing participated in this two day summer SAREX which in-
cluded camping overnight on the air field. The 33rd Squadron provided outstanding logistics and
support for the event. Three aircraft made it through the IMC with two (77th & 58th) arriving Friday
and the other (36th) on Saturday. Two full vans endured the 6 hour drive on Friday from Lewiston
and Portland and the CCT from Augusta pulled by our new Ford F250 Heavy Duty truck.

Having pitched tents on the field on Friday afternoon, a visit to the NOAA office in Caribou re-
vealed strong storms with heavy rain, hail and thunder for that night. On top of the weather the
campers had to contend with the possibility of visiting black bears. By the morning only a few
showers damped the happy campers; however by breakfast with everyone inside the terminal
building, the heavens opened with pelting heavy rain for just over an hour. Them IC soon organ-
ized and the 36th Squadron aircrew began a route search enroute to CAR and two ground teams
set out in the direction of the target. By 1400 the exercise closed and attention turned to the
change of command.

Finally, I wish to thank the key IC staff for the very successful execution of the SAREX. They
were: Maj Brunelle, Maj Leclair, Lt Col Goetz, Lt Col Pellerin, Lt Col Grosso, Capt Kilcollins, Maj
Saucier, Capt Burby, Capt Drake, Maj Lower, Capt Small, SM Welch, 1Lt Giles, Capt Furlong, 1Lt
Higgins, Maj Gamache. I also wish to thank the aircrews: Capt Barker, SM Richardson, Capt King
and Capt. Seitz.

At the conclusion of the SAREX, Maj Leclair completed his IC3 training and is now a qualified In-
cident Commander.

I believed we proved that two day SAREX’s in the summer can be great fun and a very important
learning experience.

Col (Chris) Hayden CAP


Commander
Maine Wing, Civil Air Patrol

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33rd
Composite Squadron

No Submission

35th
Composite Squadron

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36th
Composite Squadron

No Submission

37th
Composite Squadron

No Submission

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38th
Composite Squadron
“ Congratulations and well done!” are in order for Cadet Master Sergeant Stephen Ashcroft and Cadet Senior Master Ser-
geant Dean Donovan of the 38th Composite Squadron in Trenton. Both of these gentlemen are active members of the cadet pro-
grams of Civil Air Patrol.
C/MSgt Stephen Ashcroft of Blue Hill is currently a junior in college at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine. Though he is
very busy with school and work, he still finds time to serve his community actively through this program. Truly he is an excep-
tion through his service and dedication. Ashcroft joined CAP in 2005, and now, at nearly 21, continues to demonstrate a faithful,
fresh, and positive attitude that never ceases to encourage the cadet body and promote team work. Ashcroft has attended 1 Maine
Wing Airman’s Academy, 2 Winter Survival Training courses, and multiple service oriented squadron events. Though his time as
a cadet is nearly through, he is determined to push hard to the end and advance as much as he can until his 21st birthday. His avid
determination is paying off. On Tuesday, June 9th , 2009, he was promoted from the grade of Cadet Technical Sergeant to Cadet
Master Sergeant. To the further credit of his character, this past May he was honored as the Outstanding Cadet of the Month.
This is a squadron level recognition that evaluates the performance of all the cadets, and looks to praise the cadet who demon-
strates the highest level of attendance, participation, motivation, and over-all service and expertise. Cadet Ashcroft has exceeded
our standards, and we congratulate him on his success.
Another important promotion was presented to Cadet Master Sergeant Dean Donovan of Ellsworth, who now holds the well
earned grade of Cadet Senior Master Sergeant. This cadet, like Ashcroft, is the picture of dedication. During the fall of 2007, at
the age of 13, he joined CAP, and since then has attended 1 Maine Wing Airman’s Academy and the 2008 Northeast Region Ca-
det Academy in Massachusetts. He has soared through the Airman and NCO grades with humble determination and zeal. From
the beginning his earnest pursuit of betterment and knowledge has set him apart as a loyal follower, who is budding into a reli-
able leader. He embraces his responsibilities vigilantly, hence proving himself to be a valuable and trustworthy asset to CAP and
his community.
Again, “congratulations and way to go!” C/MSgt Ashcroft and C/SMSgt Donovan. You have made CAP proud.

Civil Air Patrol is the Auxiliary of the Air Force. Our three primary missions include Aerospace Education, Emergency Ser-
vices, and the Cadet Programs, which participate in both the former components. As always, we welcome and encourage visitors
of all ages to come learn more about our mission. Please join us at 84 Caruso Drive at the Trenton Airport on Tuesday evenings
from 6:30-8:30.

C/1Lt Hannah Pusey


Cadet Commander
38th Composite Squadron
Maine Wing, CAP

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56th
Composite Squadron

No Submission

58th
Composite Squadron

No Submission

75th
Composite Squadron

No Submission

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77th
Composite Squadron

77th Cadets at North East Region Cadet Academy

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Tech Notes
CAP and Personal Emergency Communications

The CAP communications mission is to organize and maintain a reliable nationwide point-to-point, air-to-
ground, and ground-mobile capability for use in search and rescue, civil defense, and disaster relief mis-
sions. It is also used to augment other existing communications services in the event of floods, fire, tor-
nado, and similar natural disasters and to support the US Air Force Survival Recovery program.

CAP communicators have a great responsibility. They provide one of the most essential activities to civili-
zation, communications. Without communicators, the Civil Air Patrol could not fulfill their “Missions for
America” and the success of the CAP depends on the strength of its communications. CAP cadet and sen-
ior members get involved in CAP communications through their Squadron/Wing Communications Officer
during CAP meetings, SAREX, and Encampments. CAP Seniors can also study for and earn a specialty
rating in the Communications Field.

In our personal lives, we do not have a CAP network to utilize, so we usually use wired telephones, cell
phones, and data networks like the Internet to communicate to other people. During times of emergency,
like hurricanes, do you know which method to use that will get a message to someone that you are ok or
need help? Typically, wired telephones are the first to fail as well as wired data networks. Local law en-
forcement and other emergency services, like CAP, may be used when available. Cell phone coverage may
be spotty and if you see some “bars” on your cell phone screen, you may be able to communicate with it.
Making a call with your cell phone in a disaster area is usually impossible because a telephone call requires
that various equipments in different locations be available continuously and simultaneously. However, you
still have a secret weapon that you can use to communicate, text messaging.

Text messaging uses very little bandwidth and it is an “on demand” and “as bandwidth is available” service.
You may not be able to use your cell phone to talk but you can usually send a text message as long as your
phone has at least sporadic cell phone service. Text messaging allows you to send a message even though
you cannot use the phone to talk. Messages can get through when a network is damaged or overloaded be-
cause they can wait and keep trying, then transmitting the data quickly when a connection becomes avail-
able. You may want to learn how to use wireless email or short messages on your cell phones before a dis-
aster. Clearly, you should consider text messaging for future disaster communication.

Major Dan Leclair


MEWG, CV

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Editor’s Corner

Welcome to the Maine Wing “Wingover” newsletter. This newsletter was published for many years by my
predecessor Major Dennis Murray and I look forward to continuing what he started.

We are looking to publish this newsletter quarterly and will ask all squadrons and wing staff to provide in-
formation for this YOUR newsletter.

1Lt Mary Story


Maine Wing PAO

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