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December 2006


Smooth Sailing With Maine Wing

Maine Wing ship watch earns award CAP s efforts have not gone Murray said for each mis-
By: Mr. Neil Probst, CAP Staff Writer unnoticed. Recently Maine Wing, as sion, a CAP Cessna C-182
part of the whole Force Protection launches and flies high while a
The October 2000 bombing of the Team, earned the Aegis Destroyer Maine Army National Guard helicop-
USS Cole, a U.S. Navy destroyer, Excellence Award from SEANAV s ter soars just above the ship.
brought renewed attention to the SUPSHIP, the Navy s Ship Building If the CAP aircrew sees a
safety of our nation s military vessels. Supervision arm, for helping guard potential threat, it informs the Army
Today, Civil Air Patrol volun- the USS Gridley, also a destroyer, on Guard crew, and if the threat seems
teers are assuring the well-being of its way to and from sea trials. especially prominent, it notifies the
numerous U.S. Navy ships in Maine Maine Wing Commander Col. Navy security boats and the United
as part of an ongoing security effort Chris Hayden accepted the award on States Coast Guard.
with the Army National Guard, U.S. the wing s behalf at a recent cere- During this process, the
Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard. mony. CAP aircrew uses SDIS (satellite-
For a year now, CAP aircraft Our acceptance as a major transmitted digital imaging) and
have escorted Navy frigates during team player is the result of our train- slow-scan technology to photograph
their movements along the Kennebec ing and professional attitude said any potential threat and the move-
Hayden. ments of the ships.
Thanks to members efforts, They then send the images
Maine Wing public affairs officer Maj. to a Navy intelligence officer aboard
Dennis Murray says CAP could see the Maine Wing s mobile communi-
more such missions, based on the cations vehicle for scrutiny.
positive relationship established with There s a real good bond
SUPSHIP and with Robert Russell, coming together with the U.S. Navy,
the U.S. Navy Supervisor of Ship- the Army National Guard and the
building at BIW. U.S. Coast Guard, said Murray.
I m so impressed with the Missions assisting the
professionalism of the Civil Air Patrol launch of a ship out to sea take from
in assisting SUPSHIP that I m recom- 6 to 10 hours for CAP and require at
A CAP aircrew flies above a Navy mending their use to SUPSHIP offices least 10 CAP volunteers three
ship sailing back to Bath Iron around the country, Russell said re- aircrew flying the mission, three air-
Works following sea exercises. cently. crew manning a backup aircraft,
Murray says CAP s watchful three communications specialists
River between the Bath Iron Works, in eyes are especially important on the operating the communications vehi-
Bath, Maine, and the Atlantic Ocean. Kennebec, a river that twists like a cle and one director overseeing the
As ships from the Iron Works serpent. entire mission.
wind their way to and from the Atlan- A lot of times the ships are However, when CAP assists
tic, CAP helps ensure that unknown going around the corner not knowing with sea trials, which involve ships
vessels remain outside the ship s se- what s on the other side, said traveling to the ocean but then re-
curity zone. Murray. (Continued on page 2)

(Continued from page 1) Family Assistance Project jor string of bad luck around the
turning a few days later, up to 15 vol- house. She still needs to have the
unteers may participate. I wanted to follow up on our Family driveway rebuilt and this is a major
Murray said members of the Assistance project recently. I left Port-
wing enjoy the relationship with all the land with cadets, William Thibeault,
military agencies, not just the Navy, Christina Hassett, Adam Madore,
but also the Coast Guard and Air Na- and Nick Woodman to help the fam-
tional Guard. ily of the deployed Guardsman that
I think it makes us all proud. was assigned to us. I spoke with the
I m a former veteran and a lot of us wife before we left Portland and she
are, and this is the way we give back said her seven year old son was very
to our country for the freedoms we excited about us coming to his house.
enjoy. Being able to help even in a We arrived to find him standing in the
small way makes us feel good, said driveway waiting for us.
Murray. Job Well Done Cadets!
And I know the wing s proud
of the fact that we were asked and undertaking because the house is
that we were so well-trained that we built on the side of a hill. She also told
me that she may have to have a ma-
jor operation to her foot which will put
her out of action for some time. She
also has a seven month old baby, so
that will have a big impact on things.
On the way back to Portland I sug-
Isaac and Cadets relax after the
gested that maybe we should "adopt"
project was finished.
this family as a squadron project. The
I met the wife and found out just what cadets thought that was a good idea.
she would like to have done, so we I'll bring that up with Lt. Baker this
started with the raking. The lawn week.
mower, that was out of service, was I've attached some before and after
Maine Wing s Eyes in the Sky photos.
help to see around corners so the started with very little trouble by the
cadets. The son pitched right in and Thank you for the chance to do a little
Captain of the ship encounters no something for our Guard members!
surprises. worked along with the cadets. He
seemed to attach himself to Adam
and after a couple of hours we had Steve Higgins

Maine Wing Over To Maine Wing,

Wing Commander I am sorry to report that LtCol Viola
Col Chris Hayden Sergeant is a patient at Colliers Nurs-
ing Home in Ellsworth, Maine, recov-
Vice Commander
Vacant ering after a stay in the MDI hospital
in Bar Harbor. LtCol Sergeant has
Newsletter Editor
Maj Dennis Murray
been active in Civil Air Patrol, espe- cially in the Cadet Program, since the
Headquarters 1950's and has direct input at the na-
Maine Wing, Civil Air Patrol
PO Box 5006
tional level. LtCol Sergeant will be
Augusta Maine, 04332-5006 Lots of work to be done. celebrating her 96th birthday on Janu-
ary 14th, 2007. I know that cards and
Editorial Office: 207/427-3421
Headquarters: 207/626-7830
most of the raking done and all of the letters will definitely make her feel
mowing. better. Cards and letters may be ad-
The Maine Wing Over is an unofficial newsletter We will have to make a second trip to dressed to either:
published quarterly in the interest of members of the
Maine Wing of the Civil Air Patrol. Any opinions either
finish the raking and weedwacking LtCol Viola Sergeant
expressed or inferred by the writers herein are their own over the leech field area. Two more PO Box 13
and are not to be considered official expression by the hours should finish up. Ellsworth, ME 04605
Civil Air Patrol or the Department of the Air Force.
As you know this lady has had a ma-

Maine Wing Travels to Arlington National Cemetery
For the sixth year in a row, members up the assignment of Lead Groups. Here are a few photos from Arlington
from Maine wing, CAP traveled to The end results were that out of 245 National Cemetery taken by C/1st Lt
Arlington National Cemetery to lay potential areas to participate 10.2% Joseph Martorano. Enjoy.
holiday wreaths on over 5,000 grave- were not covered for the first year
sites. What started 6 years ago from of the project. Civil Air Patrol Squad-
an invitation of CAP member Corey rons did cover 51.43% with the Patriot
Worcester to Maj Wayne Merritt has Guard Riders (PGR) covering
now become an annual project with 23.67%. The other groups covered
no end in site. When Majors Merritt 14.1% and included DAR, VFW,
and Murray teamed up to guide this American Legion, Scouts, Sea Ca-
project, little did they know that they dets, Viet Nam MC groups, DAV, US
would become involved in a nation- Vet MC Clubs, Blue Star Mothers and
wide project called Wreaths Across others.
America, that would help to spread After the wreaths were placed, Col
the word to Remember the fallen, What started out as a CAP Project, Chris Hayden, Maj Wayne Merritt,
Honor those who serve and Teach truly became a TEAM effort nation- Maj General Tony Pineda and Maj
our children the value of freedom. wide. The Co-Directors of Merritt and Dennis Murray took time for a
Murray were able to have all 50 states photo.
Starting in the middle of August, the participating along with Puerto Rico.
Majors have spent almost everyday CAP National Public Affairs team of
and evening on the phone or the com- Julie DeBardelaben, James Tynan,
puters contacting CAP squadrons Susan Robertson, and others made
throughout the United States and sure that CAP was in the limelight
Puerto Rico to invite them to partici- nationwide.
pate in this nationwide project. There
were a total of 245 National and State Interviews from the major network TV
Veterans Cemeteries plus Major Vet- stations, Newspapers, Radio, Maga- Even in the thick fog, these cadets
erans Memorials to cover all over the zines were shown telling the story of from Maine Wing and Maryland s
nation. Wreaths Across America to a wide Easton Composite Squadron, were
audience. Local Lead Groups ready to help on the project.
Working with a committee of Morrill throughout the Nation also received
and Karen Worcester and family, quite a bit of coverage of this event on
Tobin Slaven, and others, the ideas the local level as well.
flowed as to how this project would be
handled. How are you going to make this
project better next year?
Maj Wayne Merritt was assigned to
handle the phones and General In- When asked this question, the Majors
quiries regarding the Wreath Project. just smiled and said Wait until you
Maj Dennis Murray was assigned to see what is going to happen in De-
all CAP inquiries and the Logistics of cember of 2007. Inside information Individual ceremonies were held
assigning the Lead Groups to han- tells me that many suggestions have throughout the morning as here is
dle the Cemeteries and Memorials. been coming in for all over the nation the Maryland Wing Honor Guard
from Lead Groups and the committee participating with a wreath laying
After three months of offering this pro- is considering all of these. It is not by the National Commander Maj
ject exclusively to CAP Squadrons, it official as of now but looks like the Gen Pineda, on a former CAP Na-
became apparent that more help was ceremonies will be held on Saturday tional Commanders gravesite.
needed nationwide. On November 1, instead of Thursday so more Children
the committed made the decision to can participate in 2007. This keeps in Cadets played a major
open up the project to all interested the fore front to Teach our children part in answering
groups. This action helped to speed the value of freedom. questions and helping
the public.

Nationwide moment of silence held
Dec. 1, to honor Civil Air Patrol s St Croix
65th Anniversary Composite Squadron
In honor of Civil Air Patrol s 65th anni-
versary, CAP National Headquarters
joined wings and squadrons nation-
wide in a moment of silence on Dec.
1. The ceremony was held at 11 a.m.
CT at the L-19 "Bird Dog" aircraft on
display outside CAP s National Head- Cadet Stephen Lincoln, Jr. receives
quarters building at Maxwell Air Force his promotion orders for
Base, Ala. Cadet Major.
The moment of silence is one of nu-
merous events to be held throughout Joseph Martorano was promoted to
the year at the national and local lev- C/1st Lt and accepted the Cadet
els in celebration of CAP s anniver- Commander s position from C/Capt
sary. A time capsule dedication in John Chambers.
which each of the organization s 52
wing commanders will contribute an
item of significance to their wing will
be held in March in Washington, D.C.
CAP was founded on Dec. 1, 1941,
less than a week before the Japanese
attack on Pearl Harbor led to Amer-
ica's involvement in World War II. Its
members soon proved their worth by C/1st Lt Joseph Martorano as-
conducting aerial patrols, vigilance sumes the Cadet Commander Posi-
that discouraged and eventually C/Capt John Chambers and C/1st tion for St Croix Composite Squad-
stopped deadly German U-boat at- Lt Joseph Martorano pin on Steven ron
tacks on shipping in American water- Martorano' s rank of C/2nd Lt.
ways. Sixty-four members died while Congradulations to all who have been
carrying out CAP missions during the promoted and/or have taken on new
war. positions in the squadron this last
CAP, the official auxiliary of the U.S. quarter. December, as you know, has
Air Force, is a nonprofit organization been used almost entirely on working
with nearly 57,000 members nation- towards the Arlington trip and
wide. CAP performs 95 percent of Wreaths Across America. All of you
continental U.S. inland search and have made us proud to be part of this
rescue missions, as tasked by the Air great team across the nation. You
Force Rescue Coordination Center, have shown us that we are part of a
and was credited by the AFRCC with Cadet Kimberly Lane receives her family bigger than ourselves. GOD
saving 73 lives in 2005. Its volunteers promotion to C/SSgt Bless you all and have a safe and
also perform homeland security, dis- happy holiday.
aster relief and Counterdrug missions Maj Dennis Murray, Commander
at the request of federal, state and St Croix Composite Squadron,
local agencies. Members play a lead- ME076
ing role in aerospace education and
serve as mentors to the more than We will
22,000 young people currently partici- not
pating in the CAP cadet program. Ever
Happy Birthday CAP Cadet Anthony Dileo received his
promotion to Cadet Airman.

NER Conference Results SDIS support, and the acquisition and
No Reports maintenance of a mobile command
November 12, 2006: I have just re- post and its communications equip-
From the following turned home from the Northeast Re-
gion Conference in Mansfield MA and
Most local squadron information I m pleases to announce that Maine
can be found on their websites un- Wing was well represented by: Lt Col
der Public Affairs/Squadron News- Michael Pellerin, Chaplain (Lt Col)
letters on the Maine Wing Website. Stuart Price, Maj Douglas Grosso,
Maj Dennis Murray, Capt Marc
Brunelle, Capt Andrea Hayden, 2Lt
Bangor Brewer Laura Minoty, Cadet Stephen Lincoln
Composite Squadron and myself. Apart from being a very
enjoyable and informative conference,
Maine Wing also took home four ma-
Cumberland County jor awards. Lt Col Michael Pellerin
Maj Dennis Murray...ME076
was recognized as the Northeast Re-
Composite Squadron gion Communicator (Director of Com- NER Joseph Mixer Award (PAO)
munications) of the Year, Maj Dennis For outstanding performance as the
Downeast Patrol Murray was recognized as the North-
east Region Public Affairs Officer of
Maine Wing Public Affairs Officer in-
cluding the publishing of several high
the Year and both C/Capt Stephen quality newsletters at squadron, wing
Sundown Composite Lincoln of St Croix Squadron and and region levels. Major Murray s arti-
Maine s Owls Head Transportation cles have been published in state and
Squadron Museum received the converted local media. His workshops at wing
Brewer Award for Aerospace Excel- and region levels have inspired many
Machias Valley lence. Congratulation to these Maine Public Affairs Officers to increase
their effectiveness.
Wing members and thank you to
Composite Squadron those who attended. Go Maine!!
I would also like to thank Maj Merrie
Knightly for taking command of Maine
Augusta-Gardiner Wing in my absence.
Composite Squadron Col (Chris) Hayden CAP
Maine Wing, Civil Air Patrol
Senior squadron
Waterville Composite
C/Maj Stephen Lincoln, Jr .ME076
NER Brewer I Award
Lewiston-Auburn Outstanding contributions in Aero-
Composite Squadron space Education by a Cadet. Lincoln
has actively promoted AE in his unit,
wing and community. He has pub-
Maine Legislative lished many articles on AE, mentored
Lt Col Mike Pellerin .ME001 cadets, officers, school students and
Squadron NER Communicator of the Year adults. He has been a key participant
For steadfast and longtime support of in the AEX I program at the Frank
County Composite communications for the Maine Wing Beckett Center in Maine, the annual
including SLO SCAN transmissions, Sea Plane Pilot s Association Fly-In,
Squadron and the Model Rocketry Program.

Wreaths Across America
In addition to the Arlington Project,
Wreaths Across America was started
this year. Here are just a few of the
ceremonies that took place around
the country. For more information on
the pictures and ceremonies please
Capt Judy Murray, PAO

To all of our Lead Groups, we

thank you for your dedication and
support of our project. Next year
will be even bigger and better.
Maj Wayne Merritt & Maj Dennis
Murray, Co-Directors, WAA

the "on" position. The C172B was currently awaiting their arrivals home
Emergency parked approximately 50' from the before closing the mission, but
Services Missions Downeast Squadron's front door at AFRCC was pleased we had suc-
BHB and likely was activated inadver- cessfully completed the mission.
MEWG: tently by a careless owner. Great work, considering they only
I had just commented to someone used a handheld aircraft radio with a
how successful COWG and AKWG The USCG was first tasked to locate removable antenna.
had been in locating downed aircraft the signal around dinner time last
recently when my phone rang an- night, however, at 0115L this morning Capt M Brunelle
nouncing a search was requested for I was called when they determined "it CAP MEWG
a missing GA aircraft. As is protocol, wasn't in the water". Fortunately, a Director of Operations
we were tasked by AFRCC at the re- brave crew from Machias consisting
quest of the ME State Police. of Maj Merritt, Maj Raymond, and 1Lt
The mission was opened at 1218L The tasking came at 0400L today
Hukki responded to my plea for help
and closed at 1301L with no action from AFRCC to locate an EPIRB
and did an outstanding job of finding
taken.? Within those 45 minutes I broadcasting a 406 signal, however,
and silencing the offending ELT.
learned of a German pilot who was since it was "unregistered", no one
piloting his newly purchased experi- could contact the owner.
My efforts to find qualified UDF folks
mental EZ type aircraft home having last night was not as easy as usual.
left BGR on Sunday (17 Sep).? His A UDF team of Maj Knightly and Lt
This points to the need to train more
last known position stateside was 12 Col Lobo of Bangor drove to Orring-
people in UDF skills and ensure each
miles this side of the border on a ton to begin the search and arrived on
squadron has a DF unit that is func-
route to Goose Bay, Labrador. ? station at approximately the same
Canadian SAR launched a C130 to time the signal went Neg 2. As a re-
perform a route search, and shortly sult the expert ground team listened
Thank you to all who helped. The
thereafter, reported that the missing without success with the Tracker but
AFRCC knows MEWG always comes
aircraft was most likely in Canadian soon the EPIRB went Neg 3 to close
territory. the mission.
At this point AFRCC closed the mis- Capt Marc Brunelle
sion with MEWG standing down.? The frustration with this mission is
This experience reminds us of the that the USCG had in fact tracked it to
inherent dangers of flight as well as a specific location on land last eve-
Director of Operations
our responsibility to train and remain ning, however, AFRCC first contacted
qualified.? Thank you to everyone the local law enforcement authorities
who were willing to assist and? our to assist in finding the owner since
thoughts should be with the pilot's they had a fairly good address. Over-
Thank you to 1Lt Baker and 2Lt Sav-
family. night they were unsuccessful in turn-
age for answering the call this eve-
ing up the owner after knocking on
ning as the Lewiston/Auburn Squad-
Capt M Brunelle several doors and finally gave up.
ron was unavailable.
CAP MEWG AFRCC then contacted MEWG and
Director of Operations my suspicion is that the owner may
As usual, our mission opened just
have turned it off having been tipped
about the time most people hit the
by the commotion.
sack at 2200 hours.
I would like to thank Merrie and Lance
The search was localized to the Aub/
for helping and they saw a beautiful
Lew airport and our UDF members
sunrise so all was not lost.
met the airport maintenance manager
there for assistance. The signal went
negative 1, but, the audible was very
Capt Marc Brunelle
strong upon arrival. The activated
ELT was found in a 1941 J-3 inside a
Good morning MEWG: MEWG
metal "T" hangar with the switch in the
It has been a long night for several of Director of Operations
"armed" position. 2Lt Savage con-
us who worked on an ELT ultimately tacted the owner and our team pro- These missions have been posted for the
found in an aircraft with the switch in ceeded to silence the device. I am general knowledge of the MEWG members.

Headquarters NONPROFIT ORG.
Civil Air Patrol, Maine Wing U.S. POSTAGE
PO Box 5006 PAID
Augusta, ME 04332-5006

as part of the preparation in Machias

Commander s Corner and at the wreath laying Arlington.
Our cadets and officers first unloaded
Early this morning 52 and distributed 5,000 wreaths from
members of Maine the truck to the families and friends
Wing arrived home who came to lay wreaths and then
safely from laying laid wreaths for those not repre-
wreaths at the Arling-sented. At noon, we all moved to the
ton Cemetery in Vir- Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and
ginia on Thursday. there our National Commander, Maj
This was a very proud Gen Pineda laid a wreath while we Even with the thick morning fog the
day for Maine Wing looked on. On the way out of the spirits were high for those attend-
and especially for both me ascemetery, we all stopped to locate the ing and placing wreaths on grave-
your Wing Commander and small memorial dedicated to the sites in Arlington National Ceme-
for Major General Antonio Pineda, our members of the Civil Air Patrol who tery. Maine Wing Commander, Col
National Commander, who flew in gave their lives during WWII and laid Chris Hayden and CAP National
a wreath.
especially to join us and to assist with Commander Maj General Tony
the wreath laying. We are very grate- I personally wish to thank the all offi- Pineda take a moment to reflect on
ful to Maryland Wing and especially cers and cadets who volunteered to the day s activities. (Photo by C/1Lt
Easton Squadron of MDWG who pro- make the long trek to Arlington to re- Joseph Martorano)
vided a pizza supper, accommoda- member, honor and teach.
tions at the Armory, a Grand slam Over 1500
breakfast at Denny s on Thursday Col (Chris) Hayden CAP volunteers
morning and assisted us with the Commander from all
wreath laying. MDWG also provide Maine Wing, Civil Air Patrol over the
their highly talented and professional country
honor guard. Watching the news this came to
morning I see we were well seen both help with
the wreath laying Project.