You are on page 1of 8

March 2004


North East Region, Maine Wing, 2004 Winter Survival School

by Capt. Dick Jackson, CAP, long it might take for one of our CAP We, “newbies”, had to learn some-
CCCS, ME058 “night-supersonic” C172s to find me thing sensible before we could risk
“NOW, LISTEN UP…COUNT OFF” and I wanted to be alive when they our fragile bodies out in the cold for
and from among the arrived, so I dutifully an overnight. For the next six hours
trees came; “ONE” ----- filled out CAP FORM 31 we heard several PowerPoint pres-
-“TWO”------“THREE”--- requesting the “2004 entations and lectures enriched by
----“FOUR------then si- Winter Survival School” the personal, colorful experiences of
lence followed by more and was accepted. our instructor, Major Higgins. Topics
embarrassing silence… After a prior evening included: an understanding of the
and then… “WHERE check-in at the BOQ at balance of body energy (BTUs) to
ARE YOU, SMITH- MANG, muster was in prevent frostbite or hypothermia; the
ERS”…”HERE, SIR”…” the chow hall Friday at kinds of food to maintain the internal
NO, I MEAN, FIVE… 0700 with the proper furnace; how much water to drink
and the count resumes menu of complex carbo- (lots); what to do when your body
all the way to “THIRTY hydrates, proteins and becomes critical (you’re going to
SIX”. You see, fats, (Yes, Cadet Vir- die), at either too hot at 105oF or too
“THIRTY SIX” is “TOP ginia, fats ARE good for cold at 92oF; how to warmly dress
DOG”, our leader, Ma- you.) In all fairness, we (three layers); and what kind of
jor Scott D. Higgins, and he is just were not required to cook our own sleeping bag (polyester) in which to
making sure none of his 30 cadets meals. The 101st Services Flight of sleep. After all this instruction, we
and 6 Seniors for whom he is re- the 101st Aerial Refueling Wing pro- “newbies” were taken to the field and
sponsible, have become lost. (The vided three excellent challenged to find a smooth,
name “Smithers” has been chosen meals Friday, and one comfortable place between
to protect the guilty.) And, that’s enthusiastically re- two or more trees to create a
how the MEWNG Winter Survival ceived breakfast on cozy shelter to keep out
School began that cold Friday after- Saturday after all night wind, rain, and, hopefully, to
noon of February 20, 2004 at the out in the field. allow some sleep!
Bangor, Maine, Air National Guard After Friday breakfast Upon return to camp after
Base. we broke into three dinner on Friday with our
Now, this description is coming to groups: First Year stu- shelters already built, along
you from the point of view of a sen- dents, the “newbies”, comes “Quiz Time”. The fire
ior who has never done any winter that’s me; Second was restoked to blazing. In-
camping. Because I pilot my own Year students, the structor Higgins called out
single-engine experimental aircraft, “we’ve-done-it-once- question after question on a
I felt it would be good life insurance before” group; and the myriad of topics. Any ques-
to know how to survive in the field Third Year Students, tion properly answered was
were my aircraft ever to fall out of the “what’s he going-to-throw-at-us- promptly rewarded with a mystery
the sky with me in it. I know how now” group. (Continued on page 6)

MEMORANDUM FOR All Cadets, in my 25 February 2004 memoran- Inn at the Bangor Air National
Maine Wing dum. Guard Base. In addition to your cloth-
FROM: Deputy Commander, Maine 2.. Any cadet holding the grade of ing, you must bring your own
Wing Encampment Cadet Staff Sergeant or higher may toiletries, soap, towel and washcloth.
SUBJECT: Encampment Cadet attend the weekend, even if you do It is recommended that you also bring
Staff Selection and Training Week- not plan on applying for an encamp- notebooks and other writing materials
end ment staff position. Attendance at the and your leadership laboratory
1.. Cadets applying for staff positions activity is limited to 40 cadets; priority books.
at the 2004 Maine Wing for attendance will be given to en- 5.. Open Cadet Staff Positions: All
Encampment are expected to attend campment applicants. Non- cadet staff positions, with the
two pre-encampment staff training encampment applicants will be taken exception of cadet commander, cadet
weekends. This memorandum con- on a first come, first accepted basis. deputy commander, cadet executive
tains information on the first pre- Please indicate on your application officer and cadet training officer are
encampment training weekend. This that you are a non-encampment ap- open. The following list illustrates
activity will also accept applicants plicant. Applications and Deadline: the open positions:
from cadets not planning on serving You must complete each of the fol- 1.. Flight staff (flight commanders
on encampment staff (see item 3b). lowing steps to attend the staff selec- and flight sergeants)
2.. Location and Dates: The staff se- tion and training weekend: 2.. Squadron Staff (Squadron Com-
lection and training weekend will be 1.. You must notify 1Lt Wayne manders and first sergeants)
held at the Bangor Air National Guard McKinney, CAP, at Maine Wing 3.. Training NCO
Base on 19-21 March 2004. Sign in Headquarters that you plan to attend 4.. PAO Staff (PAO Officer, PAAO
will be between 1900 and 1930 hours by phone or e-mail by 1200 hours on NCO, Photographer)
on Friday. Dismissal will be at 1200 Friday 6 March 2004. Lt McKinney 5.. Emergency Services Staff (flight
hours on Sunday. can be reached via e-mail at commander, flight sergeant,
3.. Who may attend: squadron commander, first sergeant,
1.. Cadets applying for staff positions or by phone at 207-626-7830. and instructors)
at the 2004 Maine Wing Encamp- b.. You must complete a CAPF form 6.. Operations (operations officer and
ment are expected to attend. If you 31 and mail the form, along with a NCO - new staff position this
can not attend, but still wish to be check for $10 payable to Maine Wing year working in and with the cooks)
considered for a cadet staff position, Cadet Programs to Maine Wing 7.. Other executive staff positions
you must contact Colonel Treadwell. Headquarters. The letter must be (logistics, admin, etc.).
You will be expected to complete the postmarked no later than 12 March 10. The encampment commander,
staff application process as detailed 2004. The address for Maine Wing along with the deputy commander,
Headquarters is P.O. Box 5006, Au- commandant of
gusta, ME 04332-5006 cadets, and the emergency services
1.. Medical information: It is very im- program director will have the final
Maine Wing Over portant that you properly complete decision on staff selections. No staff
Wing Commander
the medical information questionnaire selections will be made until the end
Col Mitch Sammons on CAPF 31. Please advise Colonel of the staff selection weekend.
Treadwell if you have any medical 1.. Questions on the application proc-
Vice Commander
Lt Col Larry Woods conditions or limitations. ess can be addressed to the
2.. Uniforms: Uniforms for the week- undersigned via e-mail at mweb-
Wing Public Affairs
Maj Chris Hayden end will be both Class "B" blues or by phone at
(short sleeve shirt, no tie) and BDU's. 518-493-5961. If you are unable to
Newsletter Editor
Capt Dennis Murray
You must also bring PT clothing. reach Lt. Col. Webster, you may con-
3.. Meals: You will be provided four tact Col. Treadwell directly at
Headquarters (4) meals during the weekend:
Maine Wing, Civil Air Patrol
PO Box 5006 Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner
Augusta Maine, 04332-5006 and Sunday breakfast. If you have MARK T. WEBSTER, Lieutenant
Editorial Office: 207/767-1874 food allergies or other medical and / Colonel, CAP
Headquarters: 207/626-7830 or religious restrictions on what food
The Maine Wing Over is an unofficial newsletter pub-
you may eat, you must communicate Deputy Commander
lished quarterly in the interest of members of the Maine that to Colonel Treadwell with your
Wing of the Civil Air Patrol. Any opinions either ex- application package.
pressed or inferred by the writers herein are their own and
are not to be considered official expression by the Civil 4.. You will be billeted at the Horizon
Air Patrol or the Department of the Air Force.

all and Stobie Seaplane Base on Moosehead Lake, Maine move a Cessna 182 seaplane from theportant
Seniors at Airman
Cadets! water rampposition will Maine
to land parking. be managed
Wing has ag-
supported the International Pilots association Fly-in for the past seven years. Photo Courtesy of Mike Lange, Moosehead Messenger.
Academy is coming up! Mark your gressively by 1Lt. Goss to all of our
calendar for April 19th-22nd at the benefit.
InternationalI am looking
Lead by to CAP
Bangor Air National Guard Base. ing with him in
Color and Honor Guard this endeavor as he
This training activity is designed for develops a program
On August 9, 2003, the Maine Wingthat will make
basic cadets, Airman, Airman 1st Maine
Squadrons Wingfrom an outstanding example
St Croix Composite,
Class, and Senior Airman that would for CAP.
Machias Valley and Downeasttoonce
Our congratulations them
like further training on follower ship are in order as well as our
again participated in the International thanks for
skills and leadership skills. This activ- taking
Paradeon fromthose responsibilities.
Calais, Maine to St This
ity is designed to assist you in is a strong New
Stephens, teamBrunswick.
that will continue
In addi-the
achieving your next grade and to pre- fine tradition of the
tion, the Honor Guard from manyMaine Wing Cadet
pare you for Encampment. If you are & Safety Programs. There
ferent squadrons participated. This are some
planning on a successful career as a cation for a long time. Colonel Mel- greatwas
year ideas and events
special to Maine planned
Wing,for CAP
cadet, plan on attending this activity. rose is currently the Communications because this year,we so lead
don'tthe miss out
parade, onwhich
the op-
You must send your CAPF 31 to Licensing and Records Officer for portunities
has not been anddoneexperiences. Check It
for many years.
Maine Wing HQ, P.O. Box 5006, Au- Maine Wing. Colonel Melrose is also seems the Maine theWing Web Page
organizers of thefor the can
gusta, ME 04332-5006 by April 1st, dates of these activities
count on CAP personnel to be on time and watch for
along with your $30.00 registration future announcements.
and to be very professional. Less
fee. Arrival time will be 1330 on Mon- My thanksfor
problems to them
theseand members
believefor me their
day the 19th. Lunch will not be dedication and commitment
they have many problems to deal to the
served so be sure to have eaten be- success
with, before, of Maine
during Wing.
and after the
fore hand. Graduation will be at 1400 Mitch
event. Thank you toCol.
Sammons all ofCAP
the partici-
on Thursday 22nd at the Air National Commander - Maine Wing
Guard Base, so any parents who
want to attend plan on being there for
that time. Cadets can be picked up
after graduation. Special note to any Honor Guard Academy
cadets interested in applying for staff:
In order to qualify for staff you must a former Maine Wing Commander. To all Cadets planning on attending
have attended either an Airman Both Colonel Melrose and Major Mel- the Honor Guard Academy,
Academy or an Encampment previ- rose are the Directors of both the This years Honor guard academy will
ously and be a C/SSgt. or above. Maine Wing HF Nets and the North- run from April 18 - 24 (please note
Please note on your application east Region Nets. They have both that this is longer than the airman
which position you are applying for been nominated by the Northeast academy). The academy will end at
and send a short resume. If you Region Commander for the National 1500 on Saturday the 24 of April, so
would like a staff position send your Meritorious Service Award. Their please make sure you have proper
application in as soon as possible, dedication and service to the Civil Air arrangements to be picked up. The
because staffing decisions will be Patrol and our country should serve cost for the Academy this year will be
made soon. as an inspiration to all members. $100 per cadet. If funds are a problem
1Lt. Lori Renzullo Maj Mike Pellerin, DOC please let us know and we will work
something out. Do not forget to have
a form 31 completely filled out includ-
50 Years of Service
Staff Changes ing the medical section. Please send
all forms to Lt. Roberts at: 744 Gray
Colonel Mitchell Sammons, Maine
Wing Commander and Major Mike I am pleased and proud to announce Rd. Windham Me. 04026 If you have
Pellerin, Maine Wing Director of that Captain Ted Kryzak has as- any problems call Lt. Roberts at 892-
Communications, recently visited sumed the helm as the Director of 0386. Your money and a photocopy of
Colonel Joseph Melrose and Major the Maine Wing Cadet Program as- the form 31 should be sent to Maine
Ann Melrose at their home in Bath. sisted by 1 Lt. Lori Renzullo as the Wing Headquarters. For the academy
While their, Colonel Melrose was Deputy Director and Major Scott Hig- cadets should expect for rigorous PT,
presented his 50 year service award gins as the Cadet Activities Officer. I and constant work from the time you
and both of the Melrose's received am especially pleased to announce get up to the time you go to bed. Con-
Commanders Commendation that 1Lt. Peter Goss has agreed to tact me for a list of what to bring.
Awards. They have both served the step in to take the reins of our Wing C/MSgt. Ribeiro
Civil Air Patrol with tremendous dedi- Safety Program. This extremely im- Honor Guard Deputy Commander

Cumberland County old Ribeiro, Capt Don Sau- Cadet Joseph Martorano promoted
cier, Lt Col Ed Vadja, and to C/A1C
Composite Squadron Capt Jeff Weinstein. Cadets Martorano re-
Burns, Washek, Earle, ceived his well-
McGovern and St John all deserved pro-
enthusiastically helped man motion at the
the booth and answer ques- regular meeting
tions about the CAP cadet on January 22,
program from inquiring 2004. C/A1C
youngsters. Martorano pic-
Submitted by Capt Jeff tured here, received his promotion
Weinstein, CAP Maine Wing orders from Commander Lt Col
Deputy Public Affairs Officer James Greenlaw. Congratulations to
(Maj Chris Hayden, Maine Joseph Martorano on you well de-
Wing Public Affairs Officer & served promotion.
CCCS Squadron Com- (Photos by 2Lt Jerry Palmer)
mander, also contributed to
1Lt Paul Connors, Capt Ted Kryzak, & Maj this report.)
Chris Hayden Man the booth at the Boy Cadet Todd Clark to C/SrA
Scouts Expo Photos by Capt Jeff Clark received his well-
Weinstein. deserved promotion at
Maine Wing's Cumberland County the regular meeting on
Composite Squadron set up and January 22, 2004. C/
manned an effective informational SrA Clark, pictured
St Croix
and recruiting booth at the Annual here, received his pro-
Boy Scouts of America Exposition on Composite Squadron motion orders from
Sunday, February 1st, 2004. The Commander Lt Col
event took place at the Cumberland The St Croix Composite Squadron, James Greenlaw. Con-
County Civic Center in Portland. The is pleased to announce the promo- gratulations to Senior Airman Todd
MEWG Honor Guard led the scouts tions of four cadets in the squadron. Clark on you well deserved promo-
during their impressive parade of Shown, left to right, are the following tion.
flags and performed some drill rou- cadets. Cadet John Chambers, Bai- (Photos by 2Lt Jerry Palmer)
tines several times throughout the
six-hour event, to the delight of the
Expo's attendees. Local ABC-TV
Channel 8 briefly featured the Honor Cadet Derek Farquharson pro-
Guard on its evening newscast. moted to C/SSgt.
Throughout the day, the full scale re- The St Croix Compos-
cruiting booth drew a good-sized ite Squadron, CAP, is
crowd. Based upon the level of inter- pleased to announce
est, the CCCS anticipates a new the promotion of Cadet
flood of cadets as a result. One Derek Farquharson.
Squadron cadet who is both a CAP leyville & Grand Lake Stream was Farquharson received
Cadet and a Boy Scout changed promoted to Cadet Technical Ser- his well deserved pro-
uniforms half way through the day in geant, Cadet Robbie Wilson, Cal- motion at the regular
order to support both interests ais, was promoted to Cadet Airman, meeting on January
equally! Maine Wing Senior Members Cadet Steven Martorano, Calais, 22, 2004. Congratulations to Staff
who contributed to the success of this was promoted to Cadet Senior Air- Sergeant Derek Farquharson on you
high-visibility CAP display included man and Cadet Stephen Lincoln, well deserved promotion.
MEWG Honor Guard coaches 1Lt Jr., Baileyville & Baring, was pro- (Photos by 2Lt Jerry Palmer)
Roberts and 1Lt Young, as well as moted to Senior Master Sergeant. Stories by: Capt Dennis Murray, DCC
CCCS Members Capt Marc Brunelle, LTC James Greenlaw, awarded the
1Lt Paul Connors, 1Lt Andrea Hay- promotions to each cadet during the When good people in any country
den, Maj Chris Hayden, Capt Ted regular meeting on Thursday night. cease their vigilance and struggle,
Kryzak, Capt Beau Provost, 1Lt Har- Capt Dennis Murray, DCC then evil men prevail.
—Pearl S. Buck

ments for outstanding dedication to An important component of the Wing
Machias Valley CAP. During the annual awards ban- Conference is the presentation of
Composite Squadron quet held in February cadets, seniors
and family members shared in a spe-
awards to acknowledge and thank
those members who have performed
cial supper while awards were an- their CAP duties in an exemplary man-
The Machias Valley Composite nounced. Lt Col. Pearl Bender was ner and/or helped others learn and
Squadron had the following promo- named senior member of the year for grow by their example in the calendar
tions the last quarter: our squadron. C/Amn Doug Glidden year 2003. The categories of awards
Cadet Commander took home the honor of cadet of the are: Eagle Award ( for the member
David Roth received year. C/MSgt Miles Noonan was an- demonstrating Exceptional Service)
his Earhart award and nounced as the cadet NCO of the Guy Gannett Public Affairs Award,
was promoted to Cap- year. C/Capt Erik Bellandi shined as Maj Maddox Communicator of the
tain. Cadet Christo- the cadet officer of the year. In other Year, Maurice Cantor Service Award
pher McCarthy was newsworthy notes several senior (for the jack of all trades member who
members have been nominated for gets whatever needs doing done), Pro-
Wing Conference awards: Lt Col. fessional Development Officer of the
promoted to Pearl Bender was nominated for the Year, Richard MacDonald Emergency
Cadet / Chief Senior of the year award, Maj Art Services Award Safety Officer of the
Master Ser- Philbrick was nominated for the Year, Senior Member of the Year,
geant. Cadet Brewer award, 1Lt Doug Grosso was Squadron Commander of the Year,
nominated for Communicator of the Sustained Excellence Award (for that
John Rother- year award, and 2Lt Charlie Brown member with most remarkable persis-
mel was pro- was nominated for the Maurice Cantor tence and perseverance), Wing Staff
moted to Cadet / award. Member of the Year, Commander's
Senior Master 2Lt Lauren N. Grosso, PAO Commendation and Certificates of Ap-
Sergeant. Cadet preciation. All seniors and cadets may
submit as many nominations as they
Richard Sim-
mon was pro- Augusta-Gardiner wish (however cadets may not be
nominated). Please send in your nomi-
moted to Ca-
det / Master
Composite Sq nations to MEWG CAP HQ (P.O. Box
5006, Augusta ME 04332-5006) identi-
Sergeant. At the Squadron in the last eight fying the award category, the nomi-
Senior month's we have had 5 of our wonder- nee's name, your name and the rea-
Patricia Rothermel, our new chap- ful cadets pass the Mitchell. That is sons you feel your nominee should re-
lain, was promoted to 1st Lieutenant. great for this squadron. We've come a ceive the award. If for some reason
(No picture available) Senior Tim long way in 3 1/2 years !! We are un- you do not want your endorsement
Moorhouse, derstaffed, but we have 4 very de- made public on the website please in-
our newest voted seniors that always get the job dicate in your submission. Alterna-
pilot, was done. I just thought Wing should know tively, you can enter your nominations
promoted to this. on-line by going to the Wing website
2nd Lieuten- A devoted Member. and clicking on the "Nominations" link.
ant. To see who has been nominated so
Congratula- far, click on "Nominees". The closing
tions to these fine members of Civil Air (Continued from page 7) CAC, Wing Conf
date for receipt of all nominations will
Patrol. Your dedication and accom- more said than done." We don't want
be March 15, 2004 as the award com-
plishments make us all very proud. to fall into that trap. These activities
mittee will meet to review and select
Karen Varian, PAO and increased input from the cadets
the award winners at the Wing work
Machias Valley Composite Sq. through their CAC should promote
session 3/16/04.
more interest and involvement, thus
success, in Maine Wing. Please let 1LT Wayne McKinney
Waterville Composite me know if you have any questions. MEWG Administrative Assistant
Thank you.
Squadron The following squadrons had no re-
In news from the Waterville Composite Mitch Sammons Col. CAP ports: County Senior, Bangor–
Squadron, cadets and seniors have Commander - Maine Wing Brewer, Pinetree, Sundown and
recently been recognized for achieve- Downeast.

(Continued from page 1) Winter Survival 2004 school programs. For me, the 2004 have agreed to undertake. You will be
airborne missile. Topics ranged Winter Survival School was invalu- hearing more of these developments
widely on Aerospace, CAP Regula- able. I learned what minimal equip- to strengthen safe operations in the
tions, Navigation, ment of least future. In the meantime...please think
and, of course, a weight I need to before acting and then please act in a
review of what we carry in my aircraft safe manner.
had learned about to survive a cold Thank you.
survival that morn- night in the Maine Mitch Sammons Col. CAP
ing. Sleeping was Woods, and while
a challenge. Our such an overnight
campsite was lo- is not a pleasant This is a note mostly for the Com-
cated about 1000 prospect, having posite Squadrons – Important
or 1500 yards the proper knowl- The "official" announcements for the
abeam and west of edge now makes Maine Wing Conference will soon be
runway 16-34 of such an event out.
the ANG Base. seem survivable. (1.) Please let me know if your squad-
About 3AM some- Every pilot, CAP or ron will be submitting any displays for
body out over the otherwise, should the conference and, perhaps, for the
Atlantic needed take this course. Northeast Region Conference. A no-
some gas as they It’s the cheapest tice had been sent to all that was initi-
were departing from or returning to insurance policy a pilot could buy. ated from NER which described what
the US. Consequently, starting about sorts of displays they were looking for
3 AM and continuing for about 4 sor- this Fall. The essence of the notice
ties, KC135 tankers departed to meet
the refueling requirements. Now,
Safety was that they would like to have dis-
plays which would bolster the aspect
sleeping through that takeoff noise Recently there was a Wing Com- of safety or safe operations with the
resembled a level 5 tornado passing manders' teleconference call with theme "Safety in all that we do". The
through your shelter. You get a lot of Major General Bowling and others on next competition that will happen is
practice falling asleep over and over. his staff. As you know, there have the Aerospace Display Competition
Finally, dawn arrived along with light already been some serious accidents with the theme of "The Most Innova-
snow. After packing gear and polic- including two fatalities involving CAP tive and Inspirational"...a hands-on
ing the area several times to make members and aircraft. There is great educational activity display. The for-
sure the campsite was left as pristine concern at National over what we all mat appears to be an activity/inter-
as we found it, we headed back to have to do to make the cultural active game or puzzle type of display.
the Mess Hall to share what we had change that is apparently necessary (I would think that with all the com-
learned. After appropriate answers, in order to have each member al- puter guru's that are in the cadet
Major Higgins handed out the Certifi- ways think of the aspect of SAFETY ranks, they should be able to come
cates of Completion. Major Higgins when in service for CAP as well as in up with some clever video game or
had some very capable assistants to personal activities. Some sugges- interactive visual game or puzzle.) If
help keep the 30 cadets following tions that were made include the po- you did not keep a copy of the NER
proper routine. They were 2ndLt. Jeff tential for instituting the following re- guidelines, let me know and I will
Furlong (CCCS), Capt. Jeff Fellows quirements that we may hear more send them to you.
(Aug) and 1st Lt. Peter Kleskovik of from CAPNHQ - Mandatory atten- (2.) There will be a Speech Competi-
(Aug). A survival school such as this dance for pilots at monthly Squadron tion for Cadets at our conference this
needs lots of help and these three Safety meetings. No year, as well. Please submit the
were excellent as they assisted Major fly. Mandatory involvement in the names of those who would like to
Higgins in maintaining proper dignity FAA Wings Program for Pilots. On- compete in this event to me by 31,
and protocol with all hands. As a line safety quiz at Wing level - all March. There will be three topics for
newcomer to the CAP, I have found members. It is up to all of us in the speeches. These topics will be
the cadet program to be outstanding Maine Wing to always defer to safety determined at the next Maine Wing
for what it teaches cadets in disci- considerations and to have it be- Staff Meeting (3 March) and will be
pline, teamwork and consideration for come an instinctive reaction to think sent to the squadrons for their plan-
others. This quasi-military approach of safe operations when we are in- ning.
results in certain additional life- volved in the potentially hazardous (3.) Maine Wing has encouraged and
lessons rarely found in other high activities of this second vocation we provided increased support for the
(Continued on page 7)

sister squadron to Machias, and re-
Maine Wing ceived the same resounding "yes"
Annual Conference from their squadron commander Lt
Col James Greenlaw.
2004 Joined by Capt Dennis Murray of St
April 23rd-25th Croix, Lt Col Greenlaw and Capt
Merritt and ten cadets drove for a
Chalet Motel solid twelve hours and rendez-
Lewiston, Maine voused with the Worchester Wreath
Be There! company truck in Arlington. To-

You might win.

gether all the volunteers laid

4,500 – 5,000 wreaths that day.
The cadets and seniors also wit-
Capt Wayne Merritt’s boss Morrill nessed the wreath ceremony at the
Worchester of the Worchester Wreath Tomb of the Unknowns.
Company in Machias, Maine. As a Maj. Christopher Hayden MEWG/
young man his father had taken him PA
to Arlington and that visit had such a
profound affect on him he decided he
would find a way to repay the debt to
those who gave their lives so we (Continued from page 6) CAC, Wing conf
could enjoys ours. And so, every year Cadet Honor Guard program. So,
for the past eleven years, Morrill Wor- too, do we want to see increased
chester has placed his company’s activity in the Cadet Advisory
wreaths on the graves of veterans at Council. There will be a meeting of
Arlington. This year Morrill Wor- the CAC at the Wing Conference.
Arlington, VA Ten cadets and three chester felt it would be appropriate to Please so notify the cadet who
senior members from Maine Wing’s ask Capt Merritt if his squadron would represents your squadron in the
Machias and St Croix Squadrons CAC of this meeting. Please send
headed south on December 16th to the name, phone number and e-
the Arlington National Cemetery to mail address of your CAC represen-
participate in the annual laying of tative to me as soon as possible. If
Christmas Wreaths on the veterans’ you do not have an assigned CAC
graves the following day. “The cadets representative by now...assign one.
did an outstanding job and were a The CAC needs to have more of an
credit to the Civil Air Patrol” said Capt opportunity to express what they
Wayne Merritt, the Machias Squad- would like to see happen in the
ron Commander. “Seeing our CAP Maine Wing Cadet Program and to
cadets drew comments of praise from be able to see that their ideas are
the public and from the Air Force Re- like to join him and participate in the made into reality. It is up to them,
servists who were also there to help” wreath laying. It didn’t take Capt Mer- with our support, to see that hap-
added Lt Col. James Greenlaw the ritt long to say "yes" and start contact- pen. There's an old saying: "When
Croix Squadron Commander. ing the cadets and seniors. He also all is said and done...there's a lot
The inspiration for this trip came from put in a call to St Croix Squadron, the (Continued on page 5)

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

Melrose. It was an honor to be able

Commanders Corner and I thank our Wing Director of Home-
land Security, Col. Jim Linker, for his to do so, and we are very fortunate to
help in those meetings. Major Chris have Col. Joseph Melrose and his
Because of storms, we have had to Hayden arranged for us to meet with wife Maj. Anne Melrose perform our
cancel training sessions for January the Portland Transit Authority and the radio NET requirements as well as to
and February which hasn’t helped to Downeast Patrol Squadron has been assist Major Pellerin in the difficult
keep our skills in tune or to allow instrumental in arranging for closer ties task of maintaining our radio systems
members to complete their training to with the Hancock County E.M.A. We and records. We sincerely thank
achieve the ES ratings they have need to continue to make those kinds them for their commitment to the suc-
been working on for so long. But, of connections in order to ensure that cess of Maine Wing. Like everything,
hang in there…Spring will be on us Maine Wing will be able to bring its it sometimes seems that we can get
and those opportunities will be there skills to the table should an incident distracted by the smaller incidents
for you again. We may be seeing require our help. All of these agencies that can cause frustration and the ex-
some interesting joint training ses- are planning on training exercises this asperated thought of “Who needs
sions this year. I have had the Spring and Summer and we expect to this?” But we need to remember that
chance to meet with the Department be invited to their parties. Please try to anything that has any worth to it is
of Environmental Protection, the attend the 2004 Maine Wing Confer- usually achieved by hard work and is
Maine State Strategic National Stock- ence on the weekend of 24 April at the not an easy accomplishment. We can
pile Agency, Life Flight of Maine, as Chalet Motel (same location as last all agree that the core values of the
well as the Director of the Hancock year) in Lewiston. As you know, the Civil Air Patrol mean to achieve
County Emergency Management Cumberland County Composite strong character traits and provide
Agency and the Portland Transit Au- Squadron is the host squadron, this good examples for our future genera-
thority to discuss the ways Maine year, and it should be one of the best tions. This is a good program to see
Wing can help them in their security conferences to date. Details are forth- in action and you members of Maine
efforts. The meetings with the Maine coming, watch for those announce- Wing make it happen.
State agencies of D.E.P. and the S. ments. This past month, Major Pellerin Col Mitchell Sammons
N.S. have already resulted in our be- and I had a chance to present the 50 Wing commander
ing written in to their response plans year membership award to Col. Joseph