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Machias Valley Composite Squadron
ceiving a briefing on the mission from eral miles away from base and radiLOCAL TEENS PARTICIPATE IN ANTI-TERRORISM, DISASTER RE- MK2 Bouchard of the Coast Guard oed pictures back to Emergency LIEF AND SEARCH & RESCUE EX- Station-Jonesport, the teams Management director Paul Thomplaunched a 47' boat and started an son of Pembroke, who was able to ERCISES (MACHIAS, MAINE) Although fog audio search using the Coast immediately display and print the and rain kept the pilots and planes Guard's antenna and the CAP's re- strategic photographs. He was pleased with the results and away on Saturday, September "impressed by the portability." 27, ground crews from across the Keying in on the practical and state came to the Machias Valley economical use of slow-scan Airport to hone their skills , as the technology in terms of hazard Machias Valley Composite material spills, marine oil spills, Squadron hosted a Search and rapid response, and border patrol, Rescue Exercise. Over 40 memThompson sees " a lot of good bers of the Maine Wing of the potential," and hopes to be able Civil Air Patrol, including 25 Cato use this technology with CAP dets from Augusta, Waterville, in the future. Trenton, Princeton, and Machias, A practice rescue mission also joined forces with Dirigo Search Maine Wing Commander Col. Mitch and Rescue, Sunrise Search and Sammons, CAP (left), debriefs the partici- took place during the day. Ground Rescue, Washington County pants of Civil Air Patrol's Search and Res- teams were given the information that a "Pierre Thibodeau" was Emergency Management and the cue Exercise, held Saturday, September lost, probably somewhere on the U.S. Coast Guard to learn and 27, at the Machias Valley Airport Cherryfield Foods' barrens, while practice techniques in search and rescue, as well as anti-terrorism and ceiver. In about one hour, the trans- 4-wheeling his way from Houlton to disaster relief. While search and res- mitter was located on a small fishing Montegail Pond. Although "Pierre" cue and homeland security exercises boat and retrieved. The teams re- was an intermediate woodsman and are practiced monthly by the Maine turned to base to discuss the effec- somewhat knowledgeable of the Wing of the CAP, coordinating the tiveness of the mission, where all many fire roads and trails, the warfive different agencies to take advan- said it went well, as the Coast Guard den's service had (in simulation) tage of each other's resources was learned several effective techniques been looking for him since Friday the main goal of the Machias mis- using the radio direction finding noon, and requested the services of CAP. Under the organization of Lt. sion. The morning started with a equipment. team of Cadet and Senior members Meanwhile, the Washington County Merrie Knightly, CAP, and Susanne of Civil Air Patrol heading to Jones- Emergency Management team went Kynast of Sunrise Search and Resport to work with the U.S. Coast out with a CAP crew to test slow- cue, ground teams from both organiGuard on the use of radio direction scan photography, where a digital zations went out in vans of 8 to 12 finding equipment to be used for lo- photo can be sent to a computer via adults and teens and searched the cating vessels in distress. After re- two-way radio. The group went sev(Continued on page 3)


LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, a t W a t s o n E a s t T r i a n g l e . people take the time to register it," Va. (AFPN) -- A Cleveland man "The center has many resources avail- Morgan said. "With this information,
was rescued Nov. 14 through the help of a personal locator beacon and efforts of Air Force Rescue Coordination Center officials here. The rescue marks the first such use of personal locator beacons in the contiguous United States. Carl Skalak was in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York when he was snowed in at his campsite. Faced with frigid weather, 4-foot snow drifts and a frozen river that he had paddled in on, Skalak activated his beacon, alerting the rescue center of a distress. The center is the single federal agency for search and rescue in the 48 contiguous states. Center officials received the distress call at 10:45 a.m. EST via the Search and Rescue Satellite Air Tracking System, which is operated by people at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. When the beacon alert came in, center officials notified the appropriate state emergency-rescue agency, said Lt. Col. Scott Morgan, the center's commander. In this case, the Herkimer County (N.Y.) Sheriff's Department worked with the center and provided information to the U.S. Forest Service able to dispatch on a moment's notice to aid in search-and-rescue efforts," Morgan said. "The beacons help pinpoint the location of a person in distress." Because of heavy snows, forest service rangers were unable to reach Skalak's campsite and requested flight assistance. The rescue center scrambled the Fort Drum Air Ambulance Detachment, which launched a UH-1 Huey helicopter and medical team to assist in the search effort. Upon arriving on scene, the rescue crew received a flashlight signal from Skalak who was then airlifted to Fort Drum for medical evaluation before being released. "A thank you doesn't even begin to cover my appreciation," Skalak said. "I am profoundly thankful for all those who were willing to put themselves in harm's way on my behalf. Many terrific people worked together to make this mission a success." The team effort is what makes the beacon system a success, Morgan said. "Working together, we have been able to establish a system that which allows for a quicker response by emergency personnel," he said. The beacon sends out digitaldistress signals detected by NOAA's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites and Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellites. The Geostationary satellites, the first to detect a beacon's distress signal, hover in a fixed orbit above Earth and receive the signals, which contain registration information about the beacon and its owner. The polar satellites constantly circle the globe, enabling them to capture and accurately locate the alerts to within a few miles. When individuals purchase the beacons, they are required to register them with NOAA. This registration, according to NOAA officials, includes critical information such as the owner's name, address, telephone number and the beacon's identification number. When a distress signal is received, the information is checked against the database to determine the identity of the missing person. "The beacon is an effective tool only if

the center can validate an alert with one phone call to the emergency contact number on the registration." The success seen in Alaska paved the way for the technology to be used throughout the rest of the nation. (Courtesy of Air Force Special Operations Command News Service. NOAA Public Relations contributed to this story.)

By Maj Chris Hayden

November SAREX at the Portland Jetport

Portland Jetport was the scene for the Wing’s second SAREX this quarter hosted by Cumberland County Composite Squadron. 1Lt Paul Connors and 2Lt Jeffrey Furlong organized an intense ground team training day including line searches, dead reckoning (compass) and DF searches at Bradley State Park. Capt Don Saucier acted as IC and was immediately hit with several scenarios including a stolen airplane out of Fryburg. Wing aircrews were also tasked with conducting real Homeland Security Aerial photography for the Portland based TSA and the Portland-Montreal Pipe Line Company. Two special guests included: Jeff Monroe the Portland Director of Transportation for the Jetport and Seaport and George Flaherty of the Cumberland County EMA. Refreshments and lunches were provided by the Portland based Salvation Army. The Salvation Army have been extremely supportive of CAP, so during the holidays please remember their support as you pass the kettle ringers at the Mall.

Maine Wing Over
Wing Commander Col Mitch Sammons Vice Commander Lt Col Larry Woods Public Affairs Officer Maj Chris Hayden Newsletter Editor Capt Dennis Murray Headquarters Maine Wing, Civil Air Patrol PO Box 5006 Augusta Maine, 04332-5006 Editorial Office: 207/767-1874 Headquarters: 207/626-7830 The Maine Wing Over is an unofficial newsletter published quarterly in the interest of members of the Maine Wing of the Civil Air Patrol. Any opinions either expressed or inferred by the writers herein are their own and are not to be considered official expression by the Civil Air Patrol or the Department of the Air Force.


Wing Cadets 1) Seniors at Stobie SAR for homeland security, disaster relief, unwise use of parking. Maine drugs. (Continued from pageandMachias Valley Seaplane Base on Moosehead Lake, Maine move a Cessna 182 seaplane from the water ramp to land alcohol or Wing has

area. At around 2:30, a CAP team found an overturned 4-wheeler fitting the description of the missing ATV with a note on it stating that the "victim" was suffering from a punctured lung and that his leg was going numb. After a ground line search the "victim" (played by David Garrison of East Machias) was found 200 yards downhill, in the woods. He refused treatment, and was brought back to base with many thanks for playing the part. Volunteers of the Machias Valley Composite Squadron provided breakfast and lunch for all, with baked goods and supplies thankfully donated by Parlin Flowers in Machias, and Machias Hannaford.

supported the International Pilots association Fly-in for the past seven years. Photo Courtesy of Mike Lange, Moosehead Messenger.

or search and rescue, all agreed that we are now better prepared to work together in the future. Civil Air Patrol, the official U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, is a civilian, volunteer, nonprofit, service organization with more than 63,000 members nationwide. It performs 95% of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue and Coordination Center. Volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counterdrug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members take a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to the almost 27,000 young people currently participating in CAP Cadet Programs. The Machias Valley Composite Squadron meets every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. For more information look on the web at capme075/. Karen Varian, Machias Squadron Public Affairs Officer

All we want them to do is make the right choice during this high-risk event." International Parade Lead by CAP More than 12,000 high schools across Color and Honor Guard the country received promotional On August 9, 2003, the Maine Wing materials to show St Croix Composite, Squadrons from students how to enter the sweepstakes. Downeast once Machias Valley and The program also will be highlighted in popular teen again participated in the International magazines and on Web sites. Students Parade from Calais, Maine to St can enter online at Stephens, New Brunswick. In addior The grandtion, the Honor Guard from many difprize winner will be drawn at random ferent squadrons participated. This Marchwas special towill receive a CAP year 1. He or she Maine Wing, $1,500 cash allowance for personal because we lead the parade, which expenses suchdone for many years. It has not been as a tuxedo rental or a new dress, glamour makeover, cor- can seems the organizers of the event sage oron CAP personnel to be on time count boutonniere, or other very professional. also ride and to The prizewinner will Less to the prom in them and believe me problems for a Hummer limousine. His orhavehigh school will receive they her many problems to deal $20,000 to cover prom expenses such with, before, during and after the as banquet facility rental, catering, event. Thank you to all of the particidecorating, photography, mementos and a disc jockey. Ten first-place winners will each receive a $500 allowance for personal prom expenses, while 25 second-place winners will
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Cadet Ian Riley of the Downeast Patrol Squadron mans the radio communication center during the CAP Search and Rescue Exercise Through the calm leadership of Maine W ing C om m a nd e r C o l . M it c h Sammons, CAP, the interesting scenarios put together by Major Jim Raymond, Machias CAP, made for a productive and informative day for all agencies involved. Whether needed

Air Force officials announced the start of the fourth annual "Win the Perfect Prom Sweepstakes" on Dec 1. The sweepstakes, which runs through Feb. 29, offers high-school students a chance to win prizes, including the grand prize, an allexpenses-paid prom and a live prom concert by recording artists Wakefield. Air Force officials are holding the prom sweepstakes to reinforce and expand a message for high-school students: "Be safe. Be smart. Be sober. Make the right choice." "We're serious about helping young people to make good choices," said Master Sgt. Juan Demiranda, an Air Force Recruiting Service account executive. They know that an otherwise perfect prom can be ruined in an instant by the unsafe and

Norman Ring, a former CAP member who served during WWII, died Monday at age 94. Norman was a Yarmouth resident, and an avid amateur radio operator. He volunteered with CAP as a radio technician in 1942, with the understanding that he would serve at Patrol Base 19, Portland, near his home in Yarmouth. Nonetheless, according to Norman, he was then promptly assigned to Patrol Base 20 in Bar Harbor, away from his business and family, which he accepted as his duty. Norman's personal CAP story is included in Louis Keefer's book "From Maine to Mexico." I would encourage you to read his historical vignette as you remember this fine gentleman. Capt. Donald Godfrey Squadron Historian Cumberland County Composite Squadron.


St Croix Composite Squadron
The St Croix Composite Squadron, CAP is pleased to announce the promotions of three deserving cadets. During a regular meeting of the St Croix Composite Squadron, CAP, Lt Col James Greenlaw, Squadron Commander promoted Cadet Tyler Croman to the rank of Chief Master Sergeant, Cadet Steven Martorano t o the rank of Cadet Airman 1st Class and Cadet Nathan Hammick to the rank of Cadet Airman. All cadets have worked very hard to achieve these promotions with regular testing in Leadership, Aerospace and Physical Fitness programs. Tyler Croman also serves as the Cadet Commander of the Squadron. (1st picture) 1Lt Judy
Murray (left) “pinning” Chief Master Sergeant Tyler Croman. (Right) (2nd picture) Martorano web: Steven Martorano (left) receiving his promotion orders to Cadet Airman 1st Class from Commander, Lt Col James Greenlaw (Right) (Third picture) Nathan Hammick (Left) receiving his promotion orders to Cadet Airman from Commander, Lt Col James Greenlaw (right)

ron Commander for Downeast Patrol. Major Whitmore received the Commander's Commendation Award and our sincere thanks for his hard work and dedication. We look forward to SM Urquhart's contributions and continuation of the sterling heritage of this historic squadron. Thanks to all the squadron members who participated in last night's ceremonies. Mitch Sammons Col. CAP Commander - Maine Wing

Composite Squadron has received notification from Senator Snowe and Congressman Allen that he has been nominated for attendance to the United States Air Force Academy. Congratulations C/Captain Bellandi, you have worked hard for this nomination and they made the right choice to support you in this endeavor. You set a fine example for all Cadets to emulate and we all wish you continued success.

Machias Valley Composite Squadron
Effective immediately and until Daylight Savings Time, the Machias Valley Composite Squadron will meet at the Community of Christ Church on North Street. Indoor Plumbing, Heat and all those nice things. The phone number there is: 255-8676.

Mitch Sammons Col. CAP Commander - Maine Wing Cumberland County Composite Squadron
It is with great pride that I am able to tell you all that Senator Susan Collins has issued a press release announcing her nominations of Maine students to military service academies and that two of the nominees are Cadets from the Maine Wing. C/Major Charles Cramer and C/ TSGT John Kryzak have been nominated to attend the United States Naval Academy. These gentlemen are both members of the Cumberland County Composite Squadron and deserve our congratulations for receiving such distinction. These Maine Wing Cadets have worked hard for the opportunity that is now before them and I am confident that they will succeed with honors. Congratulations to them and to their parents, who, I know, are justifiably proud, as well. Senator Snowe has not yet revealed her nominations so let's keep our fingers crossed for more Maine Wing Cadet nominations. Mitch Sammons, Col. CAP Commander - Maine Wing

1Lt Judy Murray, PAO

I am pleased to say that I just heard from the justifiably proud father of Cadet TSGT John Rothermel of the Machias Composite Squadron who has been nominated to the United States Air Force Academy by Senator Snowe. Congratulations Cadet Rothermel, we wish you all the success in your endeavor. To have received these nominations is something to be proud of for the rest of your life. A deserved reward for a lot of hard work. Thank you for being a member of the Maine Wing. We are all very proud of you.

Mitch Sammons, Col. CAP

Downeast Composite Squadron
I am pleased to announce that on 11/11/2003 a ceremony to mark the Changing of Command took place at the Downeast Composite Squadron. Major Henry Whitmore passed the torch to SM Perley Urquhart after his distinguished service as the Squad-

Waterville Composite Squadron
I knew we had more good news to report, and I thank Col. Bender for sending me the information that C/ Capt. Erik Bellandi of the Waterville

When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with eyes turned upward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.
-Leonardo da Vinci 1452-1519


Downeast Composite Squadron
The SAREX in Bar Harbor hosted by the Downeast Patrol Squadron proved to be another successful endeavor for Maine Wing. Our thanks to Squadron Commander Henry Whitmore and the members of Downeast Patrol for their fine hospitality and excellent set up for the mission. Sincere thanks to Maj. John Bartosenski and Maj. Barbara Bartosenski for jumping right off a plane from a trip to the west coast and helping to set things up. A lot of work to do after a trip, thank you very much. And Lt. Col. Ken Goldstein put in a lot of thought and effort to set up the mission and scenarios. Very good work, thank you, Sir. Successes of the training included demonstration to the Hancock County EMA Official how valuable our digital aerial photography can be for his use in coordinated efforts with the Coast Guard and National Guard for waterway security efforts; the intrepid Mission Communications personnel demonstrated the value of the Slow Scan system as well as how they could master the equipment set-up, great work...All mission directors were performing very well together proving how the Wing training effort has paid off by developing mission management teams with strong organizational depth. Thanks to all who contributed on the Ground Teams and Air Crews. Each SAREX adds to your skills and helps others learn. In addition, a very good meeting attended by Lt. Col. Rich Grover, 1Lt. Paul Connors, 1Lt. Shawn Gibson, Lt. Col. Lance Lobo, Capt. Merrie Knightly, and Lt. Col. Ken Goldstein was held to address training issues and develop plans to provide a sound method to disseminate Ground Team training to our Wing. We are on to a good approach on this matter and you will be seeing the benefits of this planning in the near future. Great work everyone and once again, thank you f o r a l l y o u d o . M. Sammons Col. CAP Commander - Maine Wing

The County crew came bouncing and growling up the mountain road Friday morning in Captain Goetz's 4X4 pickup. LtCol. John Trask added his morale support to the crew and met us back down in Mars Hill's Al's Diner for lunch on Friday afternoon. We then descended the mountain, finished all the work, packed and cleaned everything up and descended the mountain just after dark late Friday afternoon. On the way home the central Maine crew in the Blazer tested the NMR frequently and were able to hit in clearly all the way down south of Houlton to I 95 mile marker 265 near the town of Sherman Mills. That is a LtCol Lance Lobo and Capt Merrie remarkable improvement and should Knightly methodically planning probability of detection and tactics provide Maine Wing with fine repeater service for a long time to come. As of this weekends severe Northern Maine winter storm the Mars Hill Mountain Repeater NEWS road will no longer be passable to It is with pleasure that I report to the cars and trucks until spring. Snowmembership of Maine Wing that the cats, snowmobiles, and large skidNorthern Maine Repeater, high atop ders are about the only vehicles that Mars Hill Mountain in non other than will now be able to make the trip. Mars Hill, Maine, is up and operating Talk about tight timing. Thank You better than I can ever remember it Very Much to the valiant team of operating before. On Friday, 5 De- LtCol. Bill Ricker, Capt. Tom Goetz, cember a brave and valiant crew in- Lt. Mike Brown, Lt. Doug Grosso, cluding LtCol. Bill Ricker, Capt. SM Larry French, and the morale Tom Goetz, Lt. Mike Brown, Lt. support of LtCol. John Trask. WithDoug Grosso, a new senior member out you all it would not happen. Larry French Jr., and myself, went Major Mike Pellerin, Maine Wing to work on the repeater and accomplished many improvements to it. The antenna was lowered to the ground, taken indoors and repaired. (Continued from page 3) Win A Prom The antenna hard line coaxial feeder each get a $150 allowance. Weekly to the antenna was completely re- prizes of Wakefield's compact discs placed, the transmitter all checked also will be given away. Officials said out, and all was reinstalled and finely the best advice for high-school stutuned and tested. The work is done, dents is to graduate, keep out of trouthe junk materials hauled down off ble, stay away from drugs and rethe mountain, and we now have a member to exercise both mind and very viable repeater in the County body. area. LtCol. Ricker, Lt. Grosso, and (Courtesy of AFRS News Service) myself had ascended the mountain Lt Paul Connors, CAP by Wing Blazer over a snow covered Drug Demand Reduction Officer road on Thursday night at about ME001 2230 hours. We stayed in the nice warm Maine Public Broadcasting Corp. building atop the mountain. Planning section:


Civil Air Patrol first to use hyperspectral imaging in missions MAXWELL AFB, Ala. — Civil Air Patrol is slated to become the first national organization to use airborne hyperspectral imaging for search and rescue, counterdrug and homeland security missions, according to Dr. John Kershenstein of the Naval Research Laboratory and one of the nation’s top spectral scientists. Kershenstein advised CAP throughout the process of researching and testing hyperspectral imaging technology. On Oct. 29, Kershenstein was present when CAP signed a $4.2 million contract with Innovative Technical Solutions (Trade name: NovaSol) for 15 hyperspectral imaging (HSI) systems. The units will be installed on CAP aircraft at strategic locations throughout the United States. Dubbed the “ARCHER” program, NovaSol’s acronym for Airborne Real-Time Cueing Hyperspectral Enhanced Reconnaissance, it will greatly enhance CAP’s capabilities. Funding for the program was provided to CAP by Congress under the 2002 Defense Appropriations Act. Hyperspectral imaging allows operators to program the spectral “signature” for an object into a sensor and then search for that object from the air. The imaging system can pinpoint the object even through trees and foliage. It will work only in daylight and will not be able to pinpoint objects under the ground, underwater or buried in snow. The purchase has drawn interest from all branches of government. Representatives from the Air Force Research Laboratory, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Naval Research Laboratory and the U.S. Army assisted CAP throughout the contracting process and are scheduled to help CAP evaluate its first delivered unit in early 2004 before the remainder of the order is supplied. According to Gen. John P. Jumper, chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, “All breakthrough technologies are critical to the Air Force in maintaining information superiority. I am convinced that

hyperspectral sensor systems have the potential of providing revolutionary enhancements to our information systems and will facilitate the transformation of our intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance program.” CAP has long been known for its successful search and rescue, disaster relief and counterdrug operations. Since Sept. 11, CAP also has moved more prominently into the homeland security arena. According to Col. Drew Alexa, coordinator of CAP’s Advanced Technologies Group, hyperspectral imaging will dramatically improve CAP’s ability to locate specific objects from the air. NovaSol, which manufactures the new equipment, is a small company based in Honolulu, Hawaii. According to the CAP contract, NovaSol will deliver the first Model 1100-2 HSI unit by February 2004 for final evaluation. Upon approval of that unit, NovaSol will deliver the remaining 14 units over a period of nine months. Each unit will include a dual-sensor optical system with real-time processing, more than seven hours of recording and storage time for each use, and possible integration with CAP’s digital imaging satellite transmission system. NovaSol also will provide airtransportable ground processing units, training for each of CAP’s eight regions, and an online training Web site. “This technology demonstrates CAP’s commitment to the homeland security arena,” said CAP National Commander Maj. Gen. Richard Bowling. “To support ARCHER, we’re purchasing Gippsland GA-8 Airvans for our aircraft fleet. With the increased capacity in these aircraft, we can carry more equipment and personnel.” According to CAP Executive Director Al Allenback, “These technologies will increase CAP’s effectiveness in search and rescue, disaster relief, counterdrug, and homeland security missions. Hyperspectral imaging will allow CAP aircraft to identify an object on the ground as small as three inches in size from half a mile in the air, even if

it’s partially hidden from view by trees or bushes. With this new capability, CAP is rapidly positioning itself to become a leader in lost-cost, on-demand aerial imaging technology for homeland security and emergency management.” Civil Air Patrol is a nonprofit organization with some 64,000 members nationwide. It performs 95% of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited last year by the AFRCC with saving more than 140 lives. CAP volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counterdrug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members take a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to the almost 27,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for more than 60 years. Melanie LeMay Public Relations Specialist Civil Air Patrol National Headquar-

Who is this CAP Member?
As a Maine Wing Cap member, I travel to many functions through out the great state of Maine. In doing so I meet many other members from all over and get to know their functions and duties through Civil Air Patrol. It dawned on me that many of us only know people and their names as it relates to their CAP membership. Unless you are in their Squadron, you don’t really know much else about them. We have members from all walks of life and many different backgrounds who have come together in CAP to serve. I put out a memo on Listserve asking for information about our members that might be of interest to other members. On page seven below the Wing Conference advertisement is some clues and maybe you can guess who it is. -Editor


IF By Rudyard Kipling If you can keep your head when all about you. Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Or, being hated, don’t give way to hating, And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise; If you can dream – and not make dreams your master; If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim; If you can meet with triumph and disaster And treat those two imposters just the same; If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, Or watch the things you gave your back then too. I did some rodeo in the life to broken, And stoop and Editor: Who is This? You mentioned that you wanted inter- states as well but don't have any good build’em up with worn out tools; If you can make one heap of all your pictures of those times. I do have esting items about our Maine Wing winnings And risk it on one turn of some picpitch-and-toss, tures of And lose, and start again at your bethe horse I ginnings And never breathe a word owned about your loss; while I If you can force your heart and nerve was staand sinew To serve your turn long tioned at after they are gone, Rota and And so hold on when there is nothing will send some additional pictures of him (and I) in you Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on”; in another e-mail.( I Received them CAP members. Attached are some and they are If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, Or walk with kings – nor photos that were taken about 1972 of included yours truly. As the sports activity is not here –Editor) lose the common touch; You said you If neither foes nor loving friends can exactly common in this part of the wanted inter- hurt you; If all men count with you, country I thought it might be interestesting items but none too much; ing. ( I then asked for more informaabout Maine If you can fill the unforgiving minute tion –Editor) Wing people With sixty seconds’ worth of distance Just that while I and I thought run – Yours is the Earth and everywas stationed at you'd think thing that’s in it, Rota, Spain I bethese pictures And – which is more – you’ll be a came very involved Man my son! were pretty interesting too. with the Rota Ro(Editor’s Note) I thought these picdeo Association and rode both bare- tures were very interesting as I had no If this is a copyrighted poem, we back bronco's and idea this member ever did anything apologize as every effort was made like this during his Pre-CAP life. For bulls. I also did to contact the owners for permission some breaking and training of horses the answer to his name see page 8. to use –Editor


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Commanders Corner
Members of Maine Wing – As I write this, Thanksgiving has just passed and we are all anticipating the Christmas and Hanukkah holidays. I hope you had an enjoyable Thanksgiving Day and your plans for the upcoming holidays come true for you. Once again, I think it is important for us all to reflect on how fortunate we are to live in this great nation and to continue to express our support for the many fine people who are overseas or on station protecting our ability to be a free nation. There are many squabbles bubbling up to the surface that question why we are in certain hotspots and how things are being managed and that is a natural thing, I suppose. We all have the right to be vocal in our criticisms and to question the reasons why people in leadership positions have made certain decisions. Perhaps we wouldn’t have done it the way they did it, or would we, knowing what they may

have known? My point is that we all need to keep an open mind and should not rush to judgment because we have been told something by someone. We should first give the benefit of doubt to the person who is being criticized until we have the undisputed facts with which to make an opinion. Sometimes the reporter does not have altruistic motives. There was a very good writer back in the early twentieth century named Rudyard Kipling who wrote poetry, prose, short stories and fiction that I would recommend people to read a bit of. One of his more famous poems was simply titled “If”, and I believe the lessons he relates are ones that we should take to heart as we strive to meet the high moral ethics we espouse in CAP. The poem follows. Please read it and consider his advice. I do not think you could go wrong if you do absorb the attitudes, he writes of. I have decided to submit this writing to the Wing Over because of some events that have taken place that have caused me to

think that we need to be reminded of the moral issues we face every day. We need to do more than just talk about respect and integrity. We need to practice those virtues among our fellow members as well as with those outside of CAP. We need to remember that when we give in to motives that are selfish, we not only affect the morale of the unit, we also diminish ourselves. So please read “If” and see how you have done to measure up to the sound advice Mr. Kipling has so eloquently put into print. Mitch Sammons, Col, CAP (See page Seven For the poem)

The answer is: LtCol. Ken Goldstein Downeast Patrol Squadron.