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2 Guard ME Spring 2001

From the Adjutant General

Major Changes
As the Bush Administration as-
sumes the reins of command in the Pen-
tagon through his new Secretary of De-
fense, Donald H. Rumsfeld, one thing is
clearly obvious – some major changes
are on the way. Each new administra-
tion traditionally puts its own stamp or
twist on the way our national defense is
practiced. This time, however, the
changes appear to be major affecting
everything from force structure and
equipment to the very focus of our de-
fensive posture.
Perhaps by the time you read this
column the new direction for DoD will
be more obvious but as of this writing
much is still speculation. We are rea-
On the Cover... sonably certain, however, of the process MG Joseph E. Tinkham, II
being followed to plot this new course
PV1 Levi Orff, a diesel mechanic with 152d and can thus make a few low risk pre- sion. In other words, we must not let
Maintenance Company, Maine Army Na-
dictions. this responsibility supplant our current
tional Guard, adjusts the valves on a 250
There are four elements which dic- federal role such that we are no longer
Cummings diesel engine. Orff has been in
the MeARNG for one year and is attending tate national security policy and they organized, equipped or missioned to be
his first AT with the Maintenance Company are all interwoven. The first is a well- available as a reserve of the Army in
in Limestone, at the Maine Readiness Sus- defined list of our vital national inter- time of war. Were this to occur the
tainment Maintenance Center. (Photo by: ests. Next, logically, follows an assess- National Guard, as we know it today
MSG Dan Fortin, PA, MeARNG) ment of the threats or potential threats would disappear in favor of small ele-
to these vital interests. The third ele- ment sized constabulary forces. And
ment is an evaluation of our capabilities some, for their own parochially held
Guard ME to counter these threats and, lastly, is motives, would have us become just
The Magazine of basic affordability. How much do we that.
the Maine Army National Guard spend for defense given the likelihood Give the Guard the mission while
of the danger to our interests? resourcing us accordingly and we’ll
Spring 2001 This process is currently going on in place it up high on our essential task
DoD and we can be reasonably certain list. We’re no stranger to multiple mis-
Public Affairs Officer that at least one non-traditional threat sions and we’ll professionally master
Major Eldon Hardwick will emerge. Non-traditional, that is, as this one. But, don’t cause the National
far as being a normal military mission. Guard to reorganize itself for this func-
Editors All of the major studies looking forward tion making us unable to perform our
find domestic terrorism as one of, if not expeditionary mission. To do so would
SFC Angela Blevins
the major national security danger fac- erase the value of every lesson we have
MSG Daniel Fortin ing our country in the next quarter cen- learned for hundreds of years as a mili-
Staff tury. It surely meets the first two tests tia nation. Those lessons learned at so
of the criteria above. Protecting our high a cost.
SSG Carl Weiss citizens is a basic vital interest and the The Guard is indeed supremely rel-
likelihood of domestic terrorist attack evant to the business of homeland de-
Guard ME is an unofficial quar- grows as it becomes the weapon of fense, but we are so much more. Let’s
terly publication authorized un- choice by the disaffected. ensure that our value to national de-
der the provisions of AR 360-81 And who, of all of the services is fense is maximized for the first half of
and NGR 37-78 and produced better positioned to counter this threat the next century, not marginalized by a
by the Public Affairs Office, than the National Guard? Who is al- narrow restrictive mission.
ready “forward” deployed in over 2,700 In closing, I remind you of one of
Military Bureau, Headquarters communities nationwide with many of your additional duties as a member of
MEARNG, Camp Keyes, the tools available to do the job? The the team who defends this great nation,
Augusta, ME 04333-0033. answer, is obvious and we will stand a duty we spend too little time perform-
Telephone (207) 626-4335. behind our 365 years of tradition and ing; the role of a person actively in-
Views and opinions expressed experience to perform this mission if as- volved in the responsibilities of private
are not necessarily those of the signed. citizenship. Please exercise this indi-
Department of the Army. The A danger lurks here, however, for vidual duty by remaining informed of
our organization if we in the Guard al- the debates on National Defense and by
Adjutant General is MG Joseph low ourselves to be assigned the job of placing your weight behind your con-
E. Tinkham, II. “homeland defense” as our soul mis-
The Magazine of the Maine Army National Guard – Spring 2001

In This Issue Guard Mechanics Conduct

Page 2 – Comments from the
Assembly Line Training
Adjutant General The unit wasn’t always in the mainte-
By: MSG Daniel Fortin, PA
nance business. First organized on May 1,
At first glance you may think that you 1903 as Company M, 2d Infantry Regi-
Page 3 – Assembly line are walking down an assembly line at Ford ment, the 152d Maintenance Company is
Training Motor Company. As you would expect to the second oldest unit in the battalion.
see at the automobile industry icon, you The unit was first mustered into federal
observe mechanics working on different service on June 28, 1916 in Augusta, for
Page 4 – 11th WMD-CST vehicle components each at their own re- service on the Mexican border. It was de-
Trains for Final spective stations. activated on October 25, 1916.
Evaluation However, unlike the mechanics you While again serving in federal service
would find at Ford, these mechanics are from April 12, 1917 to April 28, 1919, the
wearing camouflage green. They are citi- unit was re-designated as Company M,
Page 5 – National Guard zen soldiers and members of Maine’s 152d 103d Infantry, an element of the 16th Divi-
Partners up with Maintenance Company of the Maine sion. The next demobilization occurred at
Army National Guard. The 177 member Camp Devens, Massachusetts.
Area Vocational unit is spending two weeks at the Maine Another organizational change took
Schools Readiness Sustainment Maintenance Cen- place about two years later on January 1,
ter in Limestone to assist the center in ve- 1922, when the unit became Company F,
hicle component repair. 3d Infantry, an element of the 43d Division
Page 6 – First Female SGM The Maintenance Center refurbishes (later the 43d Infantry Division).
– Maine is Fourth in discarded military vehicles and reissues
Nation them to various National Guard units sav-
ing taxpayers thousands of dollars. See ' 152nd Maintenance' page 7

Page 7 – 152nd Maintenance

goes to Loring

Page 8 – Rebuilding Military


Page 9 – A Tradition of
Patriotic Service

Page 10 – Promotions

Page 11 – Comments from the

State Command
Sergeant Major

SPC Richard Robinson, a heavy equipment mechanic with the Maintenance

Company, installs a manifold onto a 6.2 liter engine. (Photo by: MSG Dan Fortin,
4 Guard ME Spring 2001

Support Team Trains for Certification

By: SFC Angela Blevins, PA Starting up one of these units hasn’t unit and work through an exercise to de-
been easy nor has it been without contro- termine any issues they may have in
On March 16, 1995, in the middle the versy. In a recent Department of Defense preparation for an actual attack.” For the
morning rush hour, 10 terrorists boarded Inspector General's report, there were con- first time, the WMD-CST team had to
five trains at different locations. At a pre- cerns over the validity of the WMD-CST bring to bear all of its communication,
determined time, the terrorists, who were program. “I know the Commanders of the medical, sampling and survey assets to-
part of a dooms day cult, punctured bags first 10 teams, and with the start up of any gether in one place under simulated, emer-
of sarin gas wrapped in gency conditions. During
newspaper as they left the exercise, the Maine unit
their trains. Twelve received support from the
people died and five- Portland Fire Department
thousand more were in- and the 1st WMD-CST
capacitated from expo- from Neddick, Massachu-
sure to nerve gas. setts.
Later, police discov- When they arrived on
ered that the same the scene, the commander
group was working on received the initial brief
biological weapons from the incident com-
and had attempted mander, out lining possible
seven other similar at- situations they might expe-
tacks. rience down range. From
If the above sce- that briefing, they deter-
nario sounds far mined what type of equip-
fetched, think again. ment to take down range,
You don’t have to go whether civilian or military
back to long ago to re- area monitoring equipment
member what hap- would be needed, and what
pened in a place called sampling equipment would
Oklahoma City to real- be used. A survey team
ize it could happen in was sent down range to de-
your own town. In or- Members of the 11th WMD-CST conduct Decontamination Operations. (Photo by: termine the area of contami-
der to prevent potential MAJ Jeff Squires) nation, identify any pos-
terrorist attacks from sible leaks or spills, and to
becoming deadly, the United States Gov- new program there will be shortcomings,” determine the extent of those spills. The
ernment in 1998 began a new initiative. said Dunlap. “Those shortcomings have survey team then conducted a sampling
The Government determined that our been corrected and we continue to work call to grab any samples, which they
nation’s communities needed technical ex- and improve upon the program.” Dunlap would process through the decontamina-
pertise, in the form of highly trained continued to say that the Army normally tion line, purify completely and bring to a
teams, to identify and assess particular develops its new programs in 6 years; this scientist for analysis in the mobile analyti-
chemical or biological agents used in a ter- program is standing in 2 years. cal lab.
rorist attack. Maine’s 11th Weapons of Last year, Maine’s WMD-CST unit According to Lyon the exercise’s in-
Mass Destruction - Civil Support Team worked hard to develop their team, by hir- tent was accomplished. “Over all, the
(WMD-CST), one of the Maine Army Na- ing soldiers and by receiving training and commander’s intent was met because what
tional Guard’s newest units, is one of 27 equipment that will aid in their mission. we wanted to do is see how we would re-
such teams that are providing these ser- Training has been in the forefront of the act in a full scale team exercise. The team
vices to emergency response personnel in unit’s priorities. responded very well in very adverse con-
our nations communities. Currently, the unit is 100 percent ditions. This exercise was a tune up for
These teams are unique. They are manned and everyone has completed ap- our lanes training at Fort Leonard Wood,
resourced, trained, evaluated, and oper- proximately 65% of the unit’s required Missouri later this month”.
ated under federal doctrine. Their mission training. A great deal of individual training In late February, the unit traveled to
is to assist first responders in the event of is required to be a member of a WMD-CST Missouri for a lanes training exercise. As
a terrorist attack involving weapons of Team. Every member is required to com- the training progressed, mistakes made on
mass destruction. When asked about the plete an average of 650 hours of training. the first day were non-existent by the last
unit’s mission, MAJ Gerald L. Dunlap, There are 14 different specialties on the day of the exercise.
Unit Commander said that their mission team, and out of those 14 specialties are The Missouri exercise gave the unit an
was threefold. “First, is to assess the type five different sub-teams, those teams train opportunity to enhance the team’s techni-
of weapon that’s been used. Second, is to individually and collectively. cal skills in working towards their external
move into an advisory role providing In early February, the unit participated evaluation. By successfully completing
agencies with protocols on how best to in an exercise called Celtic Sun. First Lieu- the external evaluation and receiving their
treat or respond to the agent. Lastly, they tenant Darryl Lyon, unit Assistant Opera- certification from the Secretary of State,
can facilitate requests for follow up sup- tions Officer said that the exercise was im- the unit will then be fully capable to de-
port from either the state or federal gov- portant for the unit. “The commander’s ploy and support the citizens of Maine.
ernment for help in the incident scams.” intent was to have the team deploy as a
Spring 2001 Guard ME 5

Partner with
By: MSG Daniel Fortin, PA
In a time when every school district in
Maine is crying for more financial help in
it’s nice to know that all across Maine
there is a program that’s helping.
Since 1992, Maine Career Advantage
(MCA), located in South Portland, pro-
vided new educational opportunities for
vocational students in the state. Through
the internship program, high school stu-
dents have the opportunity to go out and
actually explore a career and get hands-on Ronnie Clapper drains the oil out of the transfer case on a HUMVEE. ( Photo by: MSG
training in fields such as automotive re-
Dan Fortin, PA, MeARNG )
pair, auto body mechanics and diesel hy-
draulics at actual businesses in their area. internship program is a plus for the Guard. county’s high school and vocational
Finding those area businesses who are “It gives us a chance to do something school graduates staying in the area in-
both willing and able to participate is not positive for our surrounding community creases. “I’m doing this for purely selfish
always easy. That’s when the Maine and for its young people. It also gives us reasons,” said Keaton. “We don’t want
Army National Guard stepped to the plate a good recruiting opportunity, both on the to lose our kids. Getting them better
to help in the northern Maine area. Guard side and state side.” trained, especially on military vehicles,
The MCA is partnering with the The program has worked well for one gives them a chance to be employed at the
Maine Army National Guard in sending area school. “For us it started last year MRSMC upon graduation or at other local
vocational students from area schools to when then state Adjutant General Earl businesses.” Keaton went on to say that
the Maine Readiness Sustainment Mainte- Adams allowed a Maine Army National he has had several of his students join up
nance Center (MRSMC), in Limestone. Guard technician to come into our school with the Army National Guard once they
Once there, students study Automotive and show our students how maintenance have graduated just because of their expe-
Technology or Heavy Equipment Tech- is conducted using technical manuals,” riences in the program.
nology, get hands-on training on military said David Keaton, principal of St. John’s So far, the partnering program also
vehicles. The students also receive high Vocational Center in St. Agatha, Maine. seems to be to the students liking as well.
school credit and get paid for the training. This year, with the help of MCA, we have Just ask Ronnie Clapper, an MCA intern
Ruth White, who is the Student Ser- been sending our students directly to the and Washburn High School student who
vices Liaison, for Maine Career Advan- Maine Readiness Sustainment Mainte- spends his afternoons at the MRSMC. “ I
tage in Presque Isle, says that the reaction nance Center, at Loring to see how the think it is great. You get to work on stuff
of the students when they first get to maintenance of these vehicles is con- you wouldn’t get to work on back at the
work on military vehicles is amazing. ducted. So it has been a building program high school. You get to work on, ‘HUM-
“Their eyes just get so wide, they just from last year to this year.” MERS’, figure out how a 6.2 diesel engine
love it. It is just like some big toy to them. Keaton also stated that his school’s works, and learn how to do a wheel ser-
They enjoy it a lot and they couldn’t get it involvement in the partnering program has vice. If anyone likes to do automotive
anywhere else but at the MRSMC.” given him some advantages he didn’t work, this is the place to be.” Clapper
The MRSMC is a National Guard facil- have before. First, it has given him the spends most of his afternoons working on
ity designed to bring military vehicles in ability to keep up with all the new changes HUMVEES doing anything from changing
from active Army bases, issue the vehicles in the automotive industry. Where it was tires to putting new engines in them. He
to the Guard, completely refurbish them, impossible to keep up with all those also has a classmate that works on 5-ton
then assign the vehicl to a National Guard changes in one program, now with the in- tractors in another building.
unit in need. tern program at the MRSMC his total pro- Ms. White summed it up perfectly, “I
The Center is managed by Maine gram is enhanced. think that the Maine Career Advantage
Army National Guard soldiers. The repair It has especially helped him in the area Program, here in northern Maine, is the
work is done by both state employed me- of gas and diesel engines by giving them best kept secret in the state. Anytime you
chanics and Guard technicians. These exposure in these areas they just would can get together and do a joint venture
same mechanics and technicians help in not otherwise get. “ My students are with an organization like the Maine Army
the training of the student interns. coming out of the program better trained.” National Guard it’s a win-win situation for
CW3 Gary Cleaves, general manager Second, by providing a better trained both parties.”
of the Maintenance Facility, says that the student, the chances of seeing more of the
6 Guard ME Spring 2001

Guard's First Female Sergeant Major

By: SFC Angela Blevins, PA would be useful throughout the National
Guard. It made sense to get the skills that I
On April 6, 2001, Major General could carry to other locations”.
Tinkham promoted 1st Sgt. Allyson Cox to She used her instructing skills at
Sergeant Major, making her the first female Maine Military Academy (MMA), teach-
in the history of the Maine Army National ing BNCOC (Basic Non Commissioned Of-
Guard, to obtain such a rank. ficer Course), ANCOC (Advanced Non
Twenty-three years ago a young Commissioned Officer Course), and ITC
woman, searching for a way to help pay (Instructor Training Course).
for her college education, SGM Cox A role model that SGM Cox has had
looked toward the National Guard. She since 1985, is Major Daniel Goodheart.
joined through the then Civilian Acquired While attending BNCOC, then a Master
Skills program, which recognized her musi- Sgt. Goodheart “pushed her and changed
cian college major as a civilian skill. Audi- her life around, becoming a distinguished
tioning on a French horn with the 195th graduate.” She has watched him not be
Band, in Gardner, she acquired a position. afraid to take chances, to make changes;
As with anyone’s reality of becoming an “I can do that” attitude.
a soldier, for her, then a naïve, young Throughout her military career there
woman who walked into the Army. “It was have been hurdles: juggling children, jobs,
quite a shock, to my system, of getting off military education and even resistance to
the bus at boot camp, and realizing I was a woman in the higher ranks. For instance SGM Allyson Cox
really in the Army” SGM Cox said. The when she became a First Sergeant, while determined to keep going, overcoming
excitement of basic training, learning and shopping in uniform, older men would ap- hurdles along the way.
gaining confidence in her self was just the proach her, and say: “You can’t be a First Her new M-Day role as SGM of Per-
beginning. “It still blows my mind. Basic Sergeant” “Why?” she would respond. sonnel, is to deal with policies and proce-
Training was exciting, I learned a lot about They would answer “Because you are a dures that deal with personnel issues
myself, and gained much more confidence, girl.” She would quickly learn to say, “I within the Maine Army National Guard.
than I had.” The Guard program then did am?” She will also continue as the manager of
not pay extra for college attendance so her Some people believe that it is unheard the Drug Demand Reduction program, the
drill pay was assisting through her college of to have a woman as a First Sergeant, or prevention arm of the Counter Drug Pro-
years. in a leadership role. Being assertive and gram.
She was with the band for 13 years, confident in what she does, and having a SGM Cox helps to coordinate the use
then decided to change military occupa- good balance between being tactful and of National Guard assets to support pre-
tional skills (MOS) to 71L. “The band saying what has to be said are strengths
MOS was only useful in the band, the 71L that have helped in her journey. She is See ' First Female' page 9

Maine Guard Fourth Best in Nation

By: SSG Carl Weiss, PA Logistics/Maintenance, Financial and be. This report is a performance measure
Training). Each category is measured and of the organization as a whole. We must
The Army has long recognized excel- weighed and then factored into a rating recognize that this is a reflection of the
lence among individual soldiers and units. system. An overall marking is also given. collective efforts of all members of the
Badges and medals are awarded for per- For the rating period of the 1st fiscal Maine Army National Guard. However,
forming well on the range, in a physical quarter of 2001 (October to December we aren’t going to stand pat on this rank-
fitness test or in the carrying out of one’s 2000) Maine’s overall ranking was 4th out ing.”
duties. Units can be recognized with of the 54 states and territories. The range Gilbert continued, “This report didn’t
Presidental Unit Citations. During times of scores were 17.7 (1st place, Guam) to identify any areas that needed work, that
of conflict, heroism and valor are revered 35.2 (54th place, New Mexico) Maine’s we weren’t previously aware of.” For in-
and recognized. Within the structure of score was 18.9. stance, in the area of reducing excess ma-
the Army National Guard there are 54 indi- “We knew about 4 to 5 months out terial, Maine was ranked 35th. “However,
vidual states and territories. The govern- about this performance measurement.” we’ve made quantum improvements in
ing board of these states and territories Said Colonel Mark A. Gilbert, Chief of that area thanks to the efforts of the units,
falls to the National Guard Bureau (NGB). Staff, Maine Army National Guard. maintenance personnel and the logistics
In an effort to rate the performance levels “There was nothing for us to do to pre- directorate over the last 6 months. We
of each state and territory, NGB has incor- pare for this, as the NGB took the figures knew it was a weakness of ours, so the
porated the National Guard Bureau State we routinely provide to them.” Although ranking is a confirmation of our successful
Performance Reporting System (SPIRS). pleased with Maine’s ranking, Colonel Gil- efforts and points out our continued ef-
This reporting system measures 25 key in- bert sees this report card of sorts as a tool forts in the area of excess.”
dicators of effectiveness/efficiency in for improvement. “For us this is business The NGB will continue to publish
each state and territory with the focus on as usual. We didn’t know how specific quarterly reports of all the states and terri-
readiness. the report would be, but will use it as a tories. The next report is due out shortly
The 25 categories are spread out tool to work on the areas that weren’t for the 2nd fiscal quarter of 2001 (January
across all the functional areas (Personnel, ranked as high as we would like them to to March 2001).
Spring 2001 Guard ME 7

152nd Maintenance goes to Loring Brunswick.

'152nd Maintenance'
Continued from page 3 In July 1995, De-
tachment 2 was con-
Company F was inducted into federal solidated with the par-
service on February 24, 1941 in Augusta ent company in Au-
and served until November 1, 1945, when gusta. Detachment 1
it was inactivated at Camp Stoneham, Cali- still is active in
fornia. Bangor. This last
In the next year, the 103d Infantry was change is still in effect
relieved from assignment to the 43d Infan- today.
try Division. Later on September 27th According to CPT
1946 the company became the 3620th Ord- Blair Tinkham, com-
nance Maintenance Company, Anti-Air- mander, the Mainte-
craft. nance Company has a
The Ordnance Company changed very unique mission.
names three more times before becoming a “We essentially have
maintenance company; the 142d Ordnance two missions, one be-
Company on September 15, 1952 and then ing our federal mission
consolidated with the 684th Ordnance De- the other being our
tachment on March 1, 1959 as the 142d state mission. Our fed-
Ordnance Company. Finally, on December eral mission is to con-
31, 1967, the unit became the 152d Heavy duct General Support
Equipment Maintenance Company. Maintenance. That
Three changes have occurred since: consists of component
on November 1, 1974, it was renamed the repair overhaul which
152d Maintenance Company (less the De- you see out in the
tachment in Gardiner); on April 1, 1978, bays today. Our state
the detachment consolidated with the par- mission is to respond
ent company in Augusta; and on Septem- with Operational Lo-
ber 1, 1993, the 152d Maintenance Com- gistical Support for
pany (General Support) was reorganized any contingency that
forming with two detachments, Detach- the government deems
ment 1 in Bangor and Detachment 2 in necessary.”
SPC Patrick Murphy rebuilds HUMVEE
starters while at the Maine Readiness
Sustainment Maintenance Center in
Limestone. Murphy is a four year member
of the Maintenance Company and resides
in Deer Isle, Maine. (Photo by: MSG Dan
Fortin, PA, MeARNG)

While at the Maintenance Center in

Limestone, the soldier mechanics have
been training in their wartime, federal mis-
sion, working to rebuild Humvee and 5-
Ton component parts and engines. Both
repair platoons formed two rebuild lines.
One line repairing Humvee components
like transmissions, transfer cases and en-
gines, the other line repairing 5-ton trac-
tor components to include the 250
Cummings diesel engines.
“Based on the production goals we set
for each platoon, they will meet or exceed
those goals,” stated CW3 Conrad
Damboise, in charge of quality control for
the company.
Damboise went on to say that this An-
PV1 Levi Orff (right) and SSG Alton Sinclair both diesel mechanics with the nual Training has been the best training
Maintenance Company, adjust the valves on a 250 Cummings diesel engine. they have had in ten years.
(Photo by: MSG Dan Fortin, PA, MeARNG)
8 Guard ME Spring 2001

Center Saves America 'Big Bucks'

By: MSG Daniel Fortin, PA
A Maine Army National Guard main-
tenance center located in the middle of no-
where is making a living adopting battered
and broken military vehicles and giving
them a new lease on life.
The Maine Readiness Sustainment
Maintenance Center (MRSMC), located
on the former site of Loring Air Force
Base, in Limestone, Maine. Is designed to
bring military vehicles from active Army
military bases from all over the world, is-
sue them to the National Guard Bureau,
and then completely refurbish them before
sending them out to National Guard units
in need.
The concept of the MRSMC origi-
nated in early 1995 with then Adjutant
General Earl L. Adams, the Commissioner
of the Department of Defense, Veterans
and Emergency Management and Maine
Governor Angus King, Jr. They envi-
sioned a center in northern Maine that SFC Greg McNamee, a 3-year technician at the Maintenance Center, conducts
would refurbish usually discarded, active an overall inspection on a M998 HUMVEE before its final road test. (Photo by:
Army vehicles and turn them into like-new MSG Dan Fortin, PA, MeARNG)
vehicles for National Guard units in need.
That automatically brought to mind the buildings, already bought and paid for by and Army National Guard Technicians
then recently closed Loring Air Force taxpayer money, to a good use. That’s most of whom are Aroostook county resi-
Base with all its readily available buildings how the Center got started. dents. Cleaves is not shy about praising
and equipment. It made sense to put The Maine center currently refur- his maintenance team at the center. “ We
bishes Humvees, 5-ton tractors and bull- were very, very fortunate. We have the
dozers. The vehicles are completely best mechanics in Aroostook County
stripped down and all components are ei- working here now.”
ther replaced or rebuilt if necessary. The Cleaves is not just boasting. In Au-
chassis are all sandblasted, primed and gust of last year, the center, which is
painted. The vehicles are subjected to a manned by approximately 120 employees,
series of inspections and are finally road was awarded its ISO 9000 Quality Certifi-
tested for quality assurance. A full one- cation. This certification verifies that the
year warrantee accompanies each vehicle center is one of the best in its business in
as it goes to its new National Guard home. its ability to maintain and rebuild military
All of this is done at a tremendous equipment according to requirements es-
savings to the taxpayer. “ It is really cost tablished by the 110-nation International
effective,” said CW3 Gary Cleaves, gen- Standards for Organization. That level of
eral manager at the MRSMC. “A new accreditation is considered as important to
Humvee costs about $70,000, we can com- organizations dealing in industrial prod-
pletely refurbish one for about $17,000. ucts as the Underwriters Laboratory ap-
That’s about a 3 to 1 savings for our tax- proval is for electrical products sold in the
payers.” USA. This means that the center has
Cleaves went on to say that currently been inspected and certified for doing
there is a nationwide shortage of about what it says it can do.
11,000 Humvees and the center’s efforts Having the MRSMC in Limestone,
are helping in making more National Guard has lessened the impact of the air base
troops better prepared to fight. closing back in 1994. “ Our annual budget
The savings for refurbished 5-ton last year ran about 15 million dollars.
tractors and D-7 bulldozers is equally as About 6 million dollars of that was payroll
staggering. The sticker price for a new 5- alone. Every bit of that amount is going
Mike Downend, a civilian mechanic ton tractor is $80,000, a refurbished model right back into the local economy. Also,
employed at the Center, cleans a diesel is $36,000. The price for a new D-7 bull- many thousands of dollars is being spent
engine prior to performing a valve job on dozer is approximately $245,000, a refur- by the Center for local purchases from the
bished model runs about $56,000! local economy for operating supplies,”
it. (Photo by: MSG Dan Fortin, PA,
The work at the center is done by a stated Cleaves. “It has a huge impact.”
MeARNG ) combination of state employed mechanics
Spring 2001 Guard ME 9

A Tradition of Patriotic Service

By: CWO5 Ronald Roussel, (Ret)

The last time that the First

Sergeant or Company/Battery/
Detachment Commander
stood in front of the unit’s for-
mation and asked for volun-
teers to render military salutes
and honors, how many of us
knew the origins that Guard
We all agree that Maine
Guard soldiers have served
voluntarily in times of war and
emergencies. That is the
Guard's Constitutional man-
date. Upon their return home
from these conflicts, they then
began a tradition of leadership
in government and patriotic
community activities.
Perhaps begun first at an
annual muster of the Militia,
patriotic community visibility
has been a continuous hall-
mark of the Guard. A few gen-
erations later, this visibility
may have evolved through
the it's presence in 4th of July
town and city celebrations.
There are many photos going
back to the late 19th century
showing Maine Guard units in
local parades. The photo
shown here is of the 240th
Coast Artillery at Fort Will-
iams after their mobilization On parade, Battery K, 240th Coast Artillery. Photo taken from the Pictorial History Harbor
for World War II. Defenses of Portland, 1941.
After the Civil War, many
Militia leaders continued their civic contri- such as “Commander” “Adjutant” “Chap- 'First Female Sergeant Major'
butions, such as Gen. Joshua Chamberlain lain” just to name a few. Continued from page 6
in Maine government. Guard commanders Two of Maine’s Adjutant Generals,
and soldiers were also involved with the Generals Albert Greenlaw and James vention work throughout the state.
birth of the Grand Army of the Republic Hanson were instrumental in the forming There are many reasons why SGM
(GAR) one of our Nation’s first Veterans’ of the Legion in Maine. General Greenlaw Cox is enjoying a military career: receiving
Groups. There was hardly a Maine town even participated in conventions held in a sense of accomplishment, the many op-
that didn’t boast a GAR Post. The cus- France and in Washington, D.C. portunities that the Guard offers and a
tom of rendering Honors to fallen buddies Following WW II and Korea, Guards- chance to keep learning.
or those who died later, was proliferated men were also to be found as charter Recently she presented a career panel
through these posts. Just prior to the Members of the Veterans’ of Foreign 8th grade girls and she brought some
20th century the National Guard Associa- Wars (VFW) or American Veterans prompts from her work: ID tags (represent-
tion of the United States (NGAUS) was (AMVETS) Posts and other Veterans’ ing her military life), a palm pilot (which
also founded. groups. keeps her organized), and some of the
In 1919, with the success of the Great After Vietnam, Veterans affiliated DDR (Drug Demand & Reduction) toys. “I
War behind them, Maine Guard leaders themselves in their own unique veteran’s wanted them to understand that to be suc-
and veterans (at the time, one of the larg- group. Desert Shield/Storm Veterans also cessful, there needs to be a balance be-
est identifiable groups of Veterans in are serving via various veterans’ groups. tween doing the work, and having fun
Maine) again bonded together in the for- You too can continue the Guard tradition while you are doing it. If you’re not en-
mation of the American Legion. It’s no of service after retirement or discharge. joying the job, you might want to look
coincidence that Maine Veterans with a The aforementioned organizations are of some place else. I think that is one of the
common experience wanted to band to- unquestionable value to our Communities places that I have been successful, I love
gether in comradeship. The offices of the our Nation and it's Veterans. what I do.”
Legion were patterned after military titles
10 Guard ME Spring 2001

From January 26, - April 27, 2001, the following individuals were promoted to the rank indicated.

COL Robert G. Carmichael, Jr. HHD STARC SPC Levi A. Staples Co. B., (-), 3/172d IN
COL Richard G. Hines Det. 3, HQ, STARC SPC Kurt J. Stoppler Btry. A., 1/152d FA
LTC David A. Belyea Det. 3, HQ, STARC SPC Nathan J. Tibbetts HSC, (-) 133d EN
MAJ Jeffrey A. Morton Det. 1, HSC, 133d EN PFC Ryan W. Burkhart Co. A., (-Det. 1), 133d EN
1LT John T. Cobbs III Co. A., (-Det. 1), 133d EN PFC Eric S. Campbell 112th Med. Co.
1LT Patrick D. Damon Det. 1, Co. C., 133d EN PFC Brian I. Corey Btry. A., 1/152d FA
1LT Troy I. Dumond Det. 1, Co. C., 133d EN PFC Joshua K. Doroen 286th Petroleum
1LT Jennifer M. Jarmul 11th WMD PFC Joseph P. Fecteau 152d Maint. Co.
1LT Andrew F. Zuber Det. 1, HSC, 133d EN PFC Daniel C. Foss 152d Maint. Co.
CW5 Jeffrey G. Peterson Det. 14, OSA PFC Timothy D. Hendsbee HHC, 240th EN
CW3 Benjamin D. Ayer Det. 14, OSA PFC Richard F. Jelley HHC, 240th EN
CW2 Kevin M. Doody 52d Troop Command PFC Carson S. Kelley 112th Med. Co.
CW2 Karter H. Kenney 112th Med. Co. PFC Arthur A. Kimbell HSC, (-) 133d EN
CW2 Jacob M. Russell 112th Med. Co. PFC Benjamin L. MacDonald Det. 1, HHC, 3/172d IN
SGM Allyson J. Cox HHD STARC PFC Dwayne A. Manning Co. A., (Det. 1), 133d EN
MSG Vanessa F. Field 52d Troop Command PFC Charles E. Naumann Btry. A., 1/152d FA
MSG Michael T. Girouard HHD STARC PFC Joseph G. Nott Det. 1, Btry. B., 1/152d FA
MSG Byard B. Love HSC, (-) 133d EN PFC Jeremy A. Rackliff Det. 1, Co. A., 133d EN
SFC Matthew J. Corriveau 11th WMD PFC Jeffrey L. Searles 152d Maint. Co.
SFC Stanley W. Dunton 11th WMD PFC Anthony R. Sturgis Co. C., (Det. 1), 133d EN
SFC Joseph D. Guerrette HHD STARC PFC Kristoffer M. Tardiff Det. 1, Co. C., 133d EN
SFC George W. Merritt Btry. B., 1/152d FA PFC Shane A. Tatro Det. 1, 152d Maint. Co.
SFC Charles W. Picard HHD STARC PFC Deborah A. Thomas 286th Petroleum
SFC Shawn D. Thibodeau HHS, Btry., (- Det. 1), 1/152d FA PFC Dwayne A. Tootill Det. 1, HHC, 3/172d IN
SSG Stevie R. Bond HSC, (-), 133d EN PFC Tyson M. Trepanier 152d Maint. Co.
SSG Stephen D. Bragg HSC, (-), 133d EN PFC Derek A. White Btry. C., 1/152d FA
SSG Roger A. Brawn 152d Maint. Co. PFC Joey L. Wing Co. C., (Det. 1), 133d EN
SSG Jeffrey N. Cote 152d Maint. Co. PV2 Joshua G. Caron Det. 1, Btry. C., 1/152d FA
SSG Kirk A. Cyr Btry. A., 1/152d FA PV2 Bradford W. Cirone Det. 1, Btry. B., 1/152d FA
SSG Ronald J. Dube Det. 1, Co. B., 133d EN PV2 Derek C. Creasy Co. A., (Det 1), 133d EN
SSG Harold W. Fitch HHC, 240th EN PV2 Thomas A. Deboer Det. 1, 1136th Trans. Co.
SSG Douglas P. Frost, Sr. HHD STARC PV2 Kevin C. Farquharson Det. 1, Btry. B., 1/152d FA
SSG Anthony C. Gray Det. 1, 152d Maint. Co. PV2 Christopher L. Gordon Det. 1, Co. A., 133d EN
SSG Damon E. Howe 112th Med Co. PV2 Paul W. Haney Det. 1, Btry. B., 1/152d FA
SSG Peter E. Kelley Co. B., (Det. 1), 133d EN PV2 Bee Jay Hebert Btry. C., 1/152d FA
SSG Robert E. Kervin HHS, Btry. ( Det. 1), 1/152d FA PV2 Desmond R. Hutchinson Det. 1, 152d Maint. Co.
SSG Damon D. Lehnig Det. 1, 1136th Trans. Co. PV2 Jeremy S. Lothrop Co. B., (-) 3/172d IN
SSG David A. Mooney Co. E., 120th Av. PV2 Scott A. Morey, Jr. Btry. A., 1/152d FA
SSG Bruce W. Roscoe HHD STARC PV2 Shawn M. Muldowney Co. B, (Det 1), 133d EN
SSG Carl A. Simone Det. 1, HHC, 3/172d IN PV2 Jason W. Nickerson Co. C., (Det. 1), 133d EN
SGT Christopher L. Armstrong 152d Maint. Co. PV2 Levi R. Orff 152d Maint. Co.
SGT John L. Brooks Co. B., (-) 3/172d IN PV2 Darcy A. Ott 152d Maint. Co.
SGT Mark R. Goodridge 240th Reg. PV2 Corey L. Provencher Det. 1, Co. C., 133d EN
SGT Edward G. Graves Co. B., (Det. 1), 133d EN PV2 Joshua A. Ramos HHS. Btry., (Det 1), 1/152d FA
SGT Jaime Hanson, V HHC, 240th EN PV2 Kevin R. Sirois Det. 1, Co. C., 133d EN
SGT Michael J. Knights, II Btry. A., 1/152d FA PV2 Dean C. Spencer 152d Maint. Co.
SGT Daniel J. Landers Det. 1, HSC, 133d EN PV2 Brett E. Strout Det. 1, Co. A., 133d EN
SGT Matthew M. Miller 112th Med. Co. PV2 John A. Thibodeau Det. 1, 152d Maint. Co.
SGT Scott B. Wright HSC, (-) 133d EN PV2 Norman E. Voter Det. 1, Co. C., 133d EN
SPC Justin A. Baird 1136th Trans. Co. PV2 Russell J. Waugh Det. 1, Co. C., 133d EN
SPC Craig A. Clement Co. A., (-Det. 1), 133d EN PV2 James R. Watkins 1136th Trans. Co.
SPC Jerrad L. Coffin Det. 1, HSC, 133d EN PV2 Daniel S. White Det. 1, 152d Maint. Co.
SPC Valerie J. Collins HSC, (-) 133d EN PV2 Alpha N. Williams, Jr. 152d Maint. Co.
SPC John J. Cummings 112th Med. Co. PV2 Jonathan R. Wood Det. 1, Co. B., 133d EN
SPC Jonathan M. Elcewicz 195th Army Band
SPC Christopher D. Gelineau Det. 1, HSC, 133d EN
SPC Helen M. Hatch Det. 3, HQ, STARC
SPC Michael H. Jones HSC, (-) 133d EN
SPC David A. Nelson Btry. B., 1/152d FA
SPC Maurice Sirois Jr. Det. 1, Co. A., 133d EN
SPC Nicholas A. Stamand Co. C., (-Det. 1), 133d EN
Spring 2001 Guard ME 11

From the State Command Sergeant Major

Wearing the Black Beret trol cap with the BDU
uniform and the garrison
Throughout history as border. The beret flash is de- cap or the saucer cap with
the United States Army has signed to closely replicate the Class A and B uniforms.
evolved so have our uni- Colors (Flag) of the Com- Soldiers attending career
forms. In keeping with that mander in Chief of the Conti- progression schools, will
idea, Army Chief of Staff nental Army at the time of its wear the beret. In schools
General Eric K Shinseki an- victory at Yorktown. Officers that have a mixture of ini-
nounced last October that will wear their rank on the dis- tial training and perma-
the Black Beret will become tinctive flash. Noncommis- nent party students, such
the standard day-to-day sioned Officers and Enlisted as in MOS schools, the
headgear for the entire Soldiers will wear their unit local commander will de-
Army. The beret is intended crest on the distinctive flash. termine wear of the beret
to be a symbol of Army ex- Soldiers will wear the Be- during the course.
cellence and Army values. ret with the BDU uniform in The beret is worn so
All soldiers will begin garrison and with the class A the headband is straight
wearing the black beret on and B uniforms. Soldiers will on the head, one inch
14 June 2001, the Army’s wear the BDU Cap (now above the eyebrows, with
birthday. Soldiers will be called the patrol cap) in the the flash over the left eye
issued two berets. The first field when they are authorized and the excess material CSM Mark J. Collins
issue in May will give sol- to remove their Kevlar helmet. draped over to the right,
diers time to prepare for Commanders may authorize down to at least the top of the lows: Units on annual train-
proper wear of the beret on the wear of the patrol cap on ear, but no lower than the ing status or drilling and all
14 June 2001 through the work details or in other situa- middle ear joint. full time support personnel
conduct of NCOPD/OPD tions when wear of the beret is Recommendations for will switch to the black beret
classes. The beret will not impractical, such as in the mo- shaping the beret: Ensure that at first formation on Thurs-
be available in military tor pool where it could be eas- the beret is the proper size. day June 14th, 2001. Units
clothing sales stores until ily soiled. The beret will not Properly don the beret for fit. not on duty will switch to
January 2002. be worn with dress blues or Tie the ribbons into a non slip the black beret on their first
All soldiers not previ- with the Class A uniform knot (cut off ends). Dampen duty day after June 14th.
ously authorized to wear the when worn as a formal uni- the beret (not soak). Properly Soldiers who will be going
beret will initially wear the form (white shirt and bow tie). don the dampened beret to TDY out of state after June
universal flash during the Do not discard these clothing shape it for your head. Wear 14th and before their unit’s
first year. The flash has a items until you are instructed the beret until it dries to shape. next duty day will be issued
light blue background with to do so. Soldiers in an initial In the Maine Army Na- the black beret prior to de-
thirteen white stars super- training statuswill not wear the tional Guard, initial issue of parture for the temporary
imposed just inside its outer beret. They will wear the pa- the black beret will be as fol- duty.

Looking to the Maine Army National Guard Soldier

Why did you join the Maine Army National Guard?

PVT Willa Yates PFC Sri Miller SSG Walter Powell PV2 Levi Orff
240th Engineer Group 152nd Maintenance 152nd Maintenance 152d Maintenance

I joined the National Guard to I joined to take advantage of This is something I had always I like working on diesel en-
help pay for my college educa- the educational benefits and to wanted to do for myself and gines and mechanics. I am
tion, to experience new things learn a new skill like being a my country. also planning to go to college
and because of the benefits. diesel mechanic. in the future.