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October 2009

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

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Maine Wing But beyond that, as we have come
Commanders Message to understand the implications of
our volunteer service in an era of
This newsletter is my first since I persistent cutbacks, we now con-
assumed command of the Maine front an imperative to refine our
Wing and I am very pleased to be systems and processes to support a
your wing commander. I follow in CAP that deploys often and rou-
the footsteps of a long line of great
tinely. We must ensure that we
persons who have served as Maine
Wing Commanders going back to have an adequate number of re-
Guy Gannett who started CAP here sources and people to get the mis-
in Maine and for our country. We sion accomplished. For CAP that
have lots of good things going here means we must produce the right
with the Civil Air Patrol and much members with the right skills at
of it due to all the efforts of our pre- the right time for a growing and
vious commanders and their staff.
transforming mission on the move
I’m well aware of the great gift that Sir, I wish you all of the success with the goal of making our or-
has been given to me when I as- and happiness possible in your ganization even more effective.
sumed command. Command is al- new role as the Northeast Region
ways a privilege. Command in The challenges are and will con-
Commander. Thank you for every-
these difficult times is a distinct tinue to be significant and the task
honor. Part of the honor for me to- thing you’ve done for us and for
is daunting – even for those of us
day is that I follow in command one this command. We will work to
that have been serving our nation
of the CAP officers I have admired build on your legacy.
for many years. But it is our sol-
most during my volunteer service,
From my experience of the past I emn duty and our sacred trust and
Colonel Chris Hayden.
know that your support to our our country is counting on us.
Col Hayden’s list of protégés is as three missions has been out-
long as his list of accomplishments standing. Moreover, I’ve seen the Our motto is, Semper Vigilant -
and I’ve been proud to count myself service that CAP has provided to Always Ready. I truly believe in
among those who have tried to emu- our state and to our nation as we that and I’m proud to be serving
late him. seek to balance current and future with you. Thank you very much
requirements. That work must for serving your state and nation
continue.
and for your volunteer service.

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NORTHEAST REGION COMMANDER
With the passing of the Maine Wing Conference in March I entered the fourth and final year of my term as your
wing commander. Just as I was beginning to lament the end of one of the most fulfilling periods of my life, I re-
ceived the invitation to submit my application for Region Commander. The timing was extremely short and within
a week of my formal interview I received the call congratulating me on my new position. From that moment for-
ward it has been a whirlwind as you can imagine. The weekend following the change of command saw the Maine
Wing Compliance Inspection, the next weekend a region staff meeting and then the Summer Boards in San Anto-
nio.

But more importantly, I wish to congratulate Col Daniel Leclair on his selec-
tion as your new wing commander and I wish to thank every member of
Maine Wing for your support throughout my tenure as your wing commander.
Over the years we were fortunate to maintain and further develop a very pro-
fessional and effective wing staff. Through their effort and focus on our mis-
sion, Maine Wing has become a national example of how to do it right. Now I
am the Region Commander I am discovering how Maine is looked up to due
to both the US Navy missions and the full state fire patrols being flown. I
know Col Leclair will continue the same tradition and take the wing up yet
another notch.

Col. Chris Hayden


NER Commander

Maine Wing Over REMINDER


Wing Commander
Col Dan Leclair Red Ribbon Week Oct 17—25
Vice Commander, North
Lt Col Jim Jordan Wreaths Across America
Newsletter Editor Last year 240 CAP Units sold 15,000 wreaths. Can we top that this
1Lt Mary Story MEWG PAO year.
Headquarters
Maine Wing, Civil Air Patrol Go to www.WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA.ORG
PO Box 5006
Augusta Maine, 04332-5006 Questions call: 207-483-2039
Editorial Office:
Headquarters: 207.626.7830
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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

SINCE CIVIL AIR PATROL GOT INVOLVED IN THE WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA THREE YEARS
AGO, THE PROGRAM HAS GROWN EXPONENTIALLY AND CAP HAS BECOME A MAJOR PART-
NER. TENS OF THOUSANDS OF WREATHS ARE PLACED ON VETERANS’ GRAVES THROUGHOUT
THE COUNTRY AND BEYOND IN MID-DECEMBER. JUST LIKE THE MARINES ARE ASSOCIATED
WITH TOYS FOR TOTS, CAP IS BEGINNING TO GET A REPUTATION FOR ITS ASSOCIATION WITH
WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA. THIS IS A GOOD THING. ITS OUR NAME IN FRONT OF THE PUB-
LIC ON A ROUTINE BASIS AND TIES US TO A PATRIOTIC CAUSE.

THIS YEAR, HOWEVER, FOR THE FIRST TIME WE ARE NOTICING A DECLINE IN CAP UNIT PAR-
TICIPATION. THIS IS A TREND WE WANT TO REVERSE WHILE THERE IS STILL TIME. I URGE
YOU TO INVESTIGATE HOW YOUR UNIT CAN BE A PART OF THIS YEAR’S WREATHS ACROSS
AMERICA PROGRAM.

THIS YEAR, WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA HAS HEIGHTENED SIGNIFICANCE FOR CAP AS OUR
ORGANIZATION HONORS THE MEMORY OF THE MAINE WING’S MAJ DENNIS W. MURRAY, WHO
PASSED AWAY EARLIER THIS MONTH AND WHOSE DEVOTION TO THE WREATHS ACROSS
AMERICA PROGRAM IS HIS LEGACY.

LAYING THE WREATHS IS AN HONOR TO VETERANS, A SERVICE TO YOUR COMMUNITY AND A


LEARNING EXPERIENCE FOR YOUR MEMBERS. IT CAN ALSO BE A SOURCE OF POSITIVE PUB-
LICITY YOUR CAP UNIT.

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THOUGHTS ON SAFETY
Beauty is as beauty does’ an old saying. What is the meaning? It is that if one does beautiful things, then that is
beautiful. Can we say “Safety is as Safety Does” ? Sure, and the meaning would be that to be safe we must do safe
things.
What things do we need to do to be safe?
First we must be situational aware of what is going on and how we fit into the picture. Situational awareness is key
to following the next step to help prevent the chain of events that create mishaps and accidents.

If we are aware of our surroundings and what’s happening at the moment or what we foresee, then we can apply the
next step’ Operational Risk Management (ORM) practices, effectively. If we’re not situational aware, then perform-
ing the six steps of ORM may not be so effective.
For instance, the first step of ORM is to identify the hazards. Without being aware of the situation totally, we are
unable to assess the risks meaningfully.
So as a message this month, be safe;; do safe things.

A SAFETY DOWN DAY in the month of October can be an excellent time to concentrate on developing a keen
sense of situational awareness to use when risk and hazards need to be controlled.
Think safe, act safe, be safe!
1LT Gary Brearley
Maine Wing Safety Officer
2009 Northeast Region Safety Officer of the Year

SUCCESSFUL SHIP ESCORT


I am pleased to report MEWG supported the USN and BIW this past
Thursday in the safe transit of DDG108 USS Meyer down river to
open ocean on her delivery to the US Navy. Weather was beautiful
for our late day mission with great coordination from all agencies
involved. I would like to thank each member who served as aircrew
of CAPF1724 and CAPF1770 as well as those manning the CCT
(Command and Communications Trailer) for an outstanding effort!
These missions are most rewarding as MEWG provides a valuable
contribution to America!

Maj Marc Brunelle


CAP Maine Wing
Director of Operations

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MILESTONES IN CIVIL AIR PATROL MEMBERSHIP

Col Prentiss Godfrey, ME058, joined 1942


Col Joseph Melrose Jr, ME001, joined Mar 1953
Lt Col Miles Brookes, ME036, joined Apr 1953
Lt Col Charles Picard, ME036, joined Mar 1955
Maj Joel Look, ME058, joined Dec 1959
Maj Anne Melrose, ME001, joined Sep 1964
Lt Col Helen Cantor, ME038, joined Oct 1964
Lt Col Lindon Christie Jr, ME001, joined Mar 1968
1st Lt Leo Dyer, ME036, joined Mar 1968
Col Robert Bender Sr, ME036, joined Apr 1968
Maj James Wood, ME035, joined Jun 1969
1st Lt Don Sanborn, ME035, joined Sep 1969
Lt Col Robert Asselin, ME999, joined Feb 1971
Capt Ralph Howard, ME036, joined Apr 1971
Lt Col Pearl Bender, ME036, joined Mar 1973
Maj Ralph Gamache, ME058, joined Aug 1975
Maj George Rubly, ME077, joined Nov 1975
1st Lt Marilyn Melrose, ME077, joined Sep 1976
Maj Michael Povich, ME038, joined Mar 1977
Capt Stephen Swan, ME058, joined Apr 1977
Capt Kenneth Nagel, ME000, joined Nov 1978
Lt Col Earl Edgerly Jr, ME075, joined Aug 1979
Maj Joseph Quinn, ME035, joined Oct 1981
Maj Sandra Woodcock, ME036, joined Feb 1982
Lt Col Lance Lobo, ME035, joined Mar 1983
Lt Col Kay Brown, ME035, joined Apr 1983
Lt Col larry Brown, ME035, joined Apr 1983
Lt Col Edward Vajda, ME058, joined Jul 1983
Capt Dennis Bosley Sr, ME035, joined Jul 1984
Lt Col Stanley Look, ME075, joined Dec 1984
Lt Col Michael Lamontagne, ME056, joined May 1985
1st Lt Merry Lackey, ME000, joined Sep 1985
Lt Col Kenneth Goldstein, ME038, joined Feb 1987
Lt Col William Ricker, ME001, joined Dec 1987
SM Eugene Richardson, ME036, joined Jun 1988
Maj Robert Preti, ME058, joined Aug 1988
Lt Col William Hawksley, ME036, joined Apr 1989
Lt Col Harris Hinckley, ME 058, joined Apr 1989
Lt Col Michael Pellerin, ME001, joined Aug 1989

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SUMMER 2009

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SUMMER 2009

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33rd
Composite Squadron
CARIBOU CADET AWARD ACE CAMP AWARD WINNER:
Cadet 2nd Lt Levi Swan attended the Aviation Career Education Camp the week of August 2nd at the
Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor. C/2Lt Swan is the recipient of the Ron Curtis award.. This
is the second year that C/2Lt Swan has attended the ACE camp. Over the one week camp all careers in
aviation were studied, from Civilian to military aviation to the theory of flight, Air Traffic control and
aviation history. The students flew everyday in aircraft from a 1948 Hobe Swift, Beechcraft Baron and
DeHavilland Beaver float plane. The campers also received tours in a Maine Air National guard Black-
hawk helicopter. C/2Lt Swan of Charles and Sandy Swan of Wood-
land. Swan is the Cadet Commander of the 33rd Squadron.

Pictured below is Captain Jerry Drake who was the commander of


the Squadron from 1968-1971.
Drake is pictured on the wing of the Beechcraft T-34 trainer from
the Loring Air Force Base Aero Club November 2, 1970. One
trainer went to New Hampshire and the second plane remained in
Caribou this happened in the 60’s and 70’s.

35th
Composite Squadron
On September 9th Vice-Commander Col. Jordan presided over the Change of Command Ceremony at the
Bangor-Brewer Composite Squadron. Maj. Hunter relinquished command to Capt. Cathie Spaulding dur-
ing a regular meeting with friends and family present. Maj. Hunter has been a member of Civil Air Patrol
since Sept. of 1999. He has held the positions of finance, vice-commander and Commander for the past
two years. Maj. Hunter will continue to be an active and valuable member of ME035. He has graciously
accepted the position of finance office. The Bangor-Brewer Squadron wishes to thank Maj. Hunter for his
leadership and service for the past 10 years. Capt. Spaulding has been a member since Sept. of 2004 and
has held the position of Public Affairs and Finance Officer for the unit and has been the Wing Director of
Finance for a little over a year. She is looking forward to the opportunity to lead her unit.

The Officers of ME035 have recently been working on UDF


training and will soon be working on Mission Radio Operator
Training. The Cadets have been working on several things
and will soon be working on Ground School training. The
Cadets will be starting their semi-annual fundraiser. This is
always a great event as it allows the cadets to set goals, po-
tentially recruit new members and earn money to support
their programs!!

Capt. Cathie Spaulding


Commander—ME035

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36th
Composite Squadron
It has been an exciting and educational couple of months for myself and everyone and the 36th Squad-
ron. We have finally settled into our new location at Camp Keyes and enjoying the much updated and
warmer facility then the last location. We now have two large rooms with big screen televisions and plenty
of seating capacity for all the cadets and Senior Members. We hope to fully utilize all the new space and
equipment for more classes and to expedite training for our new members.

During the past two months the Augusta Squadron Cadets traveled to Greenville to participate in the In-
ternational Fly-In event and also to St. Albans to partake in Military Appreciation Day with members of the
Waterville Squadron. Cadets drove in the motorcar race at Thundering Valley Raceway and spent a long
day having fun while promoting the CAP. I am grateful to the Waterville Squadron and Capt. Berryman for
organizing the event and assisting with transportation while I was away on vacation.

Next month we look forward to resuming O flights and get all our Cadets and others from nearby squadrons
flying during the next quarter. Finally we welcomed new Senior Member Fred Barnum to our Squadron.
Fred has some experience with Model Rocketry which we hope to utilize in the future.

Capt. Mark Seitz


36th Squadron Commander

37th
Composite Squadron

SUNDOWN SQUADRON Participate in River Valley Business EXPO


Three members of the 37th Composite Squadron, the sundown Squadron, in Rumford, participated in
the annual River Valley Business Expo sponsored by the River Valley Chamber of Commerce. In ex-
change for squadron members volunteering their time in helping put on the Expo, the Squadron was given
a free booth to promote the Wreaths Across America Program and for recruiting. It was a busy weekend
with many of the Squadron members scattered in many other activities, but three along with some friends
of the Squadron, were able to help out. Many Wreaths Across America sponsor sheets were handed out,
many opportunities to tell people about the Civil Air Patrol and the privilege of meeting several who in
years past were member of the Civil Air Patrol.

There were some prospects for membership acquired during the Expo and follow up will be made to
recruit these prospects. Radio Station WOXO was broadcasting live from the event and Lt. Roberts, the
Commander, was interviewed for the live broadcast. He was able to explain a little about the Civil Air
Patrol and the 37th and the Wreaths Across America Program. A lot of hard work, but a fun time sharing
with members of the public was had.

Lt Joe Roberts
37th Squadron Commander

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38th
Composite Squadron
The 38th Composite Squadron has had several changes in the Cadet program this month. C/1Lt Hannah Pusey has passed the
position of Cadet Commander to C/SMSgt. Stephen Ashcroft . Ashcroft has faithfully served CAP for 5 years and is soon going
to be transferring to the Officer Member program when he turns 21 in Oct. Though his term as Cadet Commander will be short,
he is “very excited about this new position and hopes to prove himself a good leader”. On behalf of the 38th Composite Squad-
ron, we wish him luck and best wishes for the future.

On August 11, C/1Lt Pusey was promoted to the grade of Cadet Captain. Cadet Captain is a mile stone award recognizing
Amelia Earhart, the first woman passenger to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. Earhart became the greatest female pilot during her
time in the 1920’s and also was the first president of the “Ninety Nines”, an international female flying organization.

Since the Change of Command, C/Capt. Pusey has taken the responsibility of Cadet PAO for her squadron until she reaches
the grade of C/Major. At which time, she will be focusing her priorities more toward her continuing education and greater life
responsibilities. CAP has been a huge benefit in her life towards the maturing and shaping of her personality and character.
Pusey states, “I am so grateful for the opportunities I have had as a Cadet in CAP. Probably the most valuable lesson I have
learned has involved cooperation and communication while working with others. I accredit much of my personal development to
the experiences I have gained though this program, and thank you who have taught and mentored me though this faze of my life.”

We are also glad to have C/Capt. Stefan Blanchard back from his stay in Latvia. Blanchard spent his senior year of High
School in Latvia in the AFS program. He has taken on the role of Emergency Services Training Officer and Assistant Emer-
gency Services Officer. Capt. Bearscove, our squadron ES Officer, said :it is refreshing to have such a great assistant who I can
rely on to get things done.”

C/1Lt Hannah Pusey


Cadet Commander
38th Composite Squadron
Maine Wing, CAP

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77th
Composite Squadron
The last couple of months have been busy at the 77th squadron starting with the SAREX in Bar Harbor
on August the 8th. Lt Giles and SM Weeman loaded up the squadron van Friday afternoon for the trip over
to Capt. Gaddis’s home to set up camp in the back yard. Cadets Herbert, Christakis, Wardwell and Kirby
went along to help and ensure the senior members behaved. Everyone was up early Saturday morning and
headed over to mission base where Maj. Leclair, Capt. Furlong, Capt. King, Lt Brearley and Lt Story ar-
rived in two aircraft from Auburn. Everyone got quality training on the ground teams and aircrew finding
the target in the process. After the debriefing, loaded up in the van and aircraft and headed home or at least
tried to head home. Halfway home Lt Giles in the van got a call to turn around and rescue the crew of the
broken C-182. Capt. King enjoyed the ride back in the van.

On Saturday August 22, the clouds parted for long enough to have the “The Great Falls Balloon Festival
Parade” in Auburn and Lewiston. Cadets Wardwell, Hebert were part of the Color Guard while SM
Weeman, Capt. King and Cadet Thibault marched in the formation. Lt Giles drove the Auburn van while
Lt Story enjoyed the air conditioning as it got quite warm CAP was honored to be the second unit in the
parade.

On Sept. 10th the squadron again loaded up the van to head north to the Greenville SAREX and Sea-
plane Fly In. Cadets Herbert, Plummer, Plummer and Plummer along with SM Weeman, Lt Edwards and
SM Horn left Auburn and after stopping in Augusta to pick up another van with the Augusta Cadets made it
to Greenville Friday evening. After spending the night on cots in the snowmobile club that hosted CAP
everyone eat a hearty breakfast. Everyone met at the seaplane ramp to get the briefing and job assignments.
All Cadets either manned the rope line or pushed seaplanes around. Everyone spent the entire Saturday and
Sunday morning pushing seaplanes back and forth as the seaplanes came and went for competitions. It al-
ways seemed that the next plane that need to leave was the third one back behind others.

During the Thursday night meeting the squadron DDR Officer, Lt Arnold, demonstrated the “Foggles”
that allowed the Cadets to experience what impairment occur from drinking alcohol. Trying to walk or
catch a ball became very difficult when simulating being drunk with the Foggles. There were a lot of
laughs from those watching.

Capt. Ray Hanson


077 Squadron Commander

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56th
Composite Squadron

No Submission

58th
Composite Squadron

No Submission

75th
Composite Squadron

No Submission

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DEDICATED TO MAJOR DENNIS MURRAY

Dennis was born April 3, 1948, to the late Donald and Mary Murray. He
was a graduate of Tipton High School in Indiana. Dennis Joined the Marine
Corp and served two tours of duty in Vietnam. Dennis hitchhiked across the
country and then enrolls in Indiana University where he earned his Bachelor’s
degree in business and a minor in psychology. He lived in Florida, and later
moved to Maine and worked for several businesses, until health issues forced
him to retire. He belonged to many organizations, Veterans groups, church and
the Masons.

Dennis spent 11 years of service with the Civil Air Patrol, he served as Com-
mander of Maine 76th Composite Squadron, Public Affairs Officer Maine
Wing, and Northeast Region Newsletter which led to his becoming the founder
and co-director of Wreaths Across America. His greatest pride was transport-
ing the wreaths and laying the thousands of wreaths on veterans graves at Ar-
lington.

This was a proud American man.

He will be remembered for his love of his wife, his children, his friends in the
town of Baileyville and his CAP families, his years of volunteering and his leg-
acy the Wreaths Across America program.

We the Maine Wing will honor him and his many contributions, that will fol-
low his name though the years with the Civil Air Patrol and the Maine Wing.

SEMPER FI

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Editor’s Corner
WHEN YOU VOLUNTEER

I thought for days what the “Wing Over”, editorial should be about.
Then it came to me, what are we??? We are volunteers, in a terrific program that gives all Civil Air Patrol
members an opportunity to serve this country. As civilian volunteers we can join our fellow CAP mem-
bers who share their expertise in so many fields—
teaching, leadership, emergency services, law. The
list is numerous. What a wonderful opportunity has
been given us

We all have felt the urge to make a difference in


other people’s lives. There is something for every
one’s taste and talent. America is a land of amaz-
ing abundance, but there are so many unmet needs
in our midst.
That is especially true today. State and local gov-
ernments budgets are extremely tight and many of
our
Mainers have been hit hard by the recent economic
downturn. We know what we do in the Civil Air
Patrol, our humanitarian and educational nonprofit
organization have performed remarkable efforts especially during disasters and national emergencies. We
certainly assist local, state and federal agencies.

I want all of you to remember to save a little of your self for a senior who might need a little help or a vet-
eran who has special needs, collecting food for those in need, calling a shut-in what a list there is, you
know this is gigantic, but just s little bit more, especially as the weather gets colder and the holidays are
just around the corner. When you volunteer everybody wins!
There is an old saying that, “ we make a living by what we make, but we make a life by what we give.

Thought for the day

Friends are flowers in a life's garden


The flowers of all tomorrow are the seeds of today

1Lt Mary Story


Maine Wing PAO
2009 Northeast Region PAO of the Year

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