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Arlington, 2005
It all started four years ago when Maj Wayne Merritt of the Machias Valley Composite Squadron was asked by Mr. Morrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreath Company to participate in the laying of holiday wreaths at the ArlingCadets & Seniors worked from the start of ton Nadecorating the Holiday tional Cemetery. Wreaths .. The first year, one CAP Van went to Arlington. This year, 3 CAP Vans and a POV made the trip to participate. The project started with the decorating of the wreaths at the Worcester Wreath in Harrington, Maine where 18 members participated in boxing, decorating and loading wreaths on to a truck bound for Arlington. Machias Valley (Machias), St Croix (Calais) and County (Presque Isle) Composite Squadrons, Civil Air Patrol left for Arlington National Cemetery during the early morning hours on December 14, 2005 to prepare to lay over 5,000 Holiday Wreaths on veterans gravesites. Now in our fourth year of participation, we had three squadrons and 45 members participating. We also had additional members from BangorBrewer, Augusta and Cumberland County Composite Squadrons participating. SM Curtis Slininger (BangorBrewer) and Capt Anita Cheney (Augusta-Gardiner) were volunteer drivers for the Augusta CAP Van that carried the County Composite cadets. Greg and Eric Madore (Cumberland County) drove their POV and followed the convoy. members would lay the wreaths and then stand and salute the veteran before moving on to the next one. Each year this project gains new interest and more and more members are participating. Thanks to Worcester Wreath who donates the wreaths each year and to the Maine State Society for the work they do to make this project possible. After the project was completed, all members attended a wreath laying ceremony at the Tombs of the Unknown Soldiers and watched the Changing of the Guard. Plans are already underway to participate in this program next year and with the interest still at a high level, we are going to try and rent a bus down and back so the senior members can rest and not take so long to recover next year. Majors Wayne Merritt & Dennis Murray

To placing the wreaths on Veteran s Graves .. Maine Wing members were guests of Col Kay Walling (Maryland Wing, Commander) and 1Lt Eric Hughes (Easton, Maryland Composite Squadron Commander). They provided lodging and food for all of the members of Maine Wing who participated. In addition, this year the Easton Composite Squadron sent ten members to Arlington with the Maine Wing to help lay the wreaths. This was a very moving experience for all of those in attendance. Many

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Maj Doug Grosso Receives Gill Robb Wilson
Maj Douglas W. Grosso receives his Gill Robb Wilson award from Civil Air Patrol. Major Grosso started out in the Civil Air Patrol s Cadet Program in 1970 where he earned several promotions and awards as a cadet. This learning to become a leader has enhanced his desire to help other people to get ahead in life. With the encouragement of his employer, Johnny s Selected Seeds, in Winslow, ME, Major Grosso returned to the Civil Air Patrol as a senior member three and a half years ago. True to his word, Major Grosso has attained the highest level in the Professional Development Program for senior members and has helped both cadets and seniors to advance in CAP. He has been very active in the Waterville Composite Squadron, CAP and is currently Commander. He has been to several disaster areas serving CAP as a communications and computer expert, helping to map out areas hit

Maine Wing Over
Wing Commander Col Mitch Sammons Vice Commander Maj Chris Hayden Newsletter Editor Maj Dennis Murray Headquarters Maine Wing, Civil Air Patrol PO Box 5006 Augusta Maine, 04332-5006 Editorial Office: 207/427-3421 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.

by several hurricanes so first reCAP Members in the NEWS sponders knew where to go first. During this last tour of service, he has directed a Corporate Learning Course for senior members and taught at several Squadron Leadership Schools. His Gill Robb Wilson certificate is numbered 2,368, which means he is amongst a small group of people who advance to this level. Douglas Grosso has worked for Johnny s Selected Seeds for ten years and currently serves as the Chief Information Officer. Through the encouragement and generosity of his employer and his family, Major Grosso has been very active in the missions of the Maine Capt Josh Broder, U.S. Army and Wing, Civil Air Patrol. Douglas Grosso Lt Mike Paquette, U.S. Navy in resides in Vassalboro, ME with his Afghanistan wife Maryann and daughters, Lauren, Here is a photo of a couple of Maine Kristen and Amanda. Wingers in exile at Bagram Air Base, Maj Dennis Murray, PA Afghanistan. CPT Joshua Broder and Maine Wing, Civil Air Patrol LT Mike Paquette. Capt Josh Broder is in his last week of a year long deCadet In the NEWS ployment in Afghanistan running the Lt. Christopher D. Look (Machias tactical satellite communications netValley Composite Squadron) Rework in Central Asia. Lt Mike ported for duty 01/05/06 at Fort Jack- Paquette is here working for the intelson, So. Carolina. He is there to religence guys. Our thoughts and ceive 9 weeks of basic training in the prayers are with you. U. S. Army (Maine National Guard). -Editor Upon completion of Basic he is to report to Fort Hustus, Virginia for 16 weeks of further training in UH-60 maintenance and repair. UH-60=Blackhawks. In June he will return to Maine to report to the 112th Medical company in Bangor to take his place with that unit as a maintenance specialist. It is his intention to return to U of M Orono to complete his education and ROTC, while serv- A first for the St Croix Composite ing concurrently with the 112th. If all Squadron. Stephen Lincoln, Jr. is goes as planned not long after receiv- the first C/1st Lt to serve in the ing his degree in engineering (or per- squadron since it was chartered in haps before) he will apply for pilots 2000. C/1st Lt Lincoln has served school in order to fly the Blackhawks. as the Cadet Commander and is Not a bad ambition for a 19 year old currently the Cadet Executive Offikid. Thanks CAP cer for the Squadron and CAC repCapt. Timothy C. Look resentative. Shown during the AEO MVCS pinning ceremony is Stephen PS: his college education will be Lincoln, Sr. (proud father) and 100% paid by the US Military. plus a Ryan Lincoln (proud brother). Consizeable financial bonus just for sign- gradulations from all of us. ing up.


CISM Teams now part of CAP under CAPR 60-5
Why we have a CISM Team. As search and rescue volunteers we all believe we are tough and can take what ever stress the mission has to throw as us. Our usual SAREX s can be stressful, but do not compare to a live mission; especially if the outcome results in loss of life or when hundreds of personnel are involved over two or more days. That is why Maine Wing has established a Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) team. Mission related stress is insidious and if the initial signs are left unchecked could lead to mental and physical trauma affecting both work and family life. When we leave a mission of any kind we are on a high from all the activity and the involvement of searching to save a life. But three or four hours later or the next day, when we are home and relaxed, the stress begins to catch up with us and manifests itself in several ways: we lose our appetite, cannot sleep and even become intolerant of family members. As the days become weeks this can grow in other more dramatic ways: we forget names, misplace or lose items and even stumble over our speech. If still left uncheck this stress can lead to serious psychological or physiological harm, even breakdown. To prevent this from happening to anyone in Maine Wing, we are making CISM an integral part of our mission training. CISM is a peer program, not a mental health program. In other words, the CISM team consists of fellow CAP members rather than outsiders. The principles of CISM are simple: realize stress is normal, recognize the signs of stress and use the advice of the CISM team to put the symptoms in check. This stress management process begins at the end of each mission day or mission. Before rushing home, all mission personnel will attend a short out-briefing or informational debriefing that provides a 30 min-

ute break for mission personnel to collect their thoughts, chat with fellow members, have a snack and hot or cold drink As inconvenient as this appears, it is the first step in eliminating stress and assuring a safe return home. The CISM team will assure members that stress is normal after any mission; they will identify the normal symptoms of stress members may experience within twenty-fours of returning home and ask them to call one of the team if any of the listed symptoms persist. The team members are trained to recognize these situations and will either provide non-clinical advice or refer the member to a licensed clinician. In the event of a major disaster or a mission that involves the loss of life of Wing personnel, the CISM team is trained to provide a defusing . This is also peer driven, but is provided in seven distinct and structured phases as triage for the mission personnel. It is conducted in small groups within hours of a crisis to quickly mitigate acute symptoms. Each member of the CISM team is assigned to small groups of mission personnel in a quiet and private area. Here the CISM team member sets the tone of the meeting and asks each group member to describe what happened from their perceptive. They are then asked for their first and most prominent thoughts and then they are asked to describe the worst part of the incident from their perspective. This process gives everyone a chance to vocalize their thoughts, concerns and worst fears while the others listen and discover they all feel much the same way and thus they realize what they are experiencing is very normal. This is followed by the familiar out-briefing that identifies the symptoms of stress, tells how to correctly deal with the symptom and finally re-entry through a questions and answers session to tie up any loose ends. In the event of a largescale disaster involving a hundred or more participants including multi-

ple agencies across the state, the CISM team will hold a demobilization . Even though the Maine Wing CISM has been trained to conduct demobilizations, this is more likely to be provided by a larger state agency or military CISM team. Demobilization is simply a large scale outbriefing. National Headquarters realized the needs for CISM teams following a major airline accident in Detroit a few years ago when CAP personnel were activated by the NTSB to secure the accident area. This exposed both seniors and cadets to very gruesome and tragic scenes resulting in traumatic stress for a large portion of the unit. The National Commander at the time designated Lt Col Sherry Jones, an EMS nurse with many years experience in CISM and a participant in the Detroit accident cleanup. Lt Col Jones immediately prepared and introduced CAP Regulation 60-5, which outlines the CISM system for CAP. In October of 2004, Capt Merrie Knightly, Capt Andrea Hayden, Capt Peter Goss, SM Bruce Torrey and Major Chris Hayden attended an intense two-day training session provided by Lt Col Jones in Connecticut. Since then the Maine Wing team has conducted out-briefings at several SAREX s including the EVAL in Caribou last May. Nationally the number of CISM teams has grown dramatically in the past year with many Wings and Regions establishing teams. Also the number of trainers has increased with CISM instructors now located in NER, GLR, SWR and SER. The NHQ CISM office is in the process of including CISM as a CAPF 101 qualification. Those interested in joining the team will need to complete the two-day training and should contact Major Joan Coughlin, NER CISM Clinical Director at or Lt Col Van Don Williams, NER CISM Director to get the training schedule for NER members. Maj Chris Hayden Vice Commander


Waterville Cumberland County Composite Squadron Composite Squadron

1Lt Charles Browne (L) takes over Command of the Waterville Squad2nd Lt. Jennifer Turgeon cuts the ron from Maj Doug Grosso (C) cake commemorating her successwhile Col Mitch Sammons, Maine ful Private Pilot Certificate check Wing Commander, expresses his ride. congratulations to both members. Cumberland County Composite In a recent ceremony, the Waterville Squadron Honors Newest Pilot Composite Squadron, CAP passed Second Lieutenant Jennifer Turgeon the Command Position to 1Lt. of Cumberland County Composite Charles Browne. Lt. Browne has a Squadron earned her Private Pilot long history with CAP and Maine Certificate on the 10th of December, Wing as a Cadet in the Waterville 2005. Her achievement was marked Squadron and is now in command of by her squadron members with the the unit in which he started. He knows presentation of a cake (in the form of the history of the unit and how well it runway 25/7 at Sanford) and a set of can perform. Lt. Browne has been an CAP wings. As soon as she is able, integral part of the squadron for some Second Lieutenant Turgeon will take time now and we look forward to see- the CAP Form 5 check ride so that ing his continuing excellent work. Out- she may wear the new wings. After going Commander, Major Doug working on her Private Pilot CertifiGrosso, has provided outstanding cate for nearly three years, Second duty performance since his joining the Lieutenant Turgeon took her check Maine Wing. Major Grosso has conride with FAA Pilot Examiner Don tributed greatly to many of the sucMartel at the Sanford Airport. She cesses that Maine Wing has enjoyed, flew a Piper Warrior for the test that from squadron events to Wing misbegan in the late afternoon and lasted sions, both actual and training, as well until after sunset. As with many of us, as at the Region and National levels her road to completion was filled with where he has excelled in the Staff weather, aircraft, paperwork and time Colleges. Major Grosso has become problems. A steady resolve and the a key member to Maine Wing. We encouragement of friends saw her thank him very much for all that he through. Once again: Congratulations has done to promote Maine Wing and Jennifer! to preserve its fine history. Maj 1st Lieutenant Robert S. Baker Grosso was presented a CommandThe Cumberland County Composite ers Commendation Award by Col Mitch Sammons, Maine Wing Com- Squadron is pleased to announce the following promotions and Mitchell mander. Award. These promotions were made Maj Dennis Murray, PAO

on February 2, 2006 during the regular meeting with the assistance of Col Sammons our honored guest. Cadet Ben Lariviere promoted to C/ Amn. Cadet Jon Labbe promoted to C/ A1C Cadet Niell Belcher promoted to C/ SSgt. Cadet Bruce Richards promoted to C/TSgt Cadet Erick Ribeiro promoted to C/2d Lt AND received the Mitchell Award Congratulations ! Capt Marc Brunelle

C/2Lt Erick Ribeiro receives the Billy Mitchell Award from Col Mitch Sammons, Maine Wing Commander.

Augusta-Gardiner Composite Squadron
Augusta/Gardiner Squadron welcomes our new Commander Maj. Douglas Grosso, and look forward to working with him. While we say good bye to Capt. Dale J. Fellows as our Commander, we are very happy that he is staying with us in many other capacities. We would like to welcome the following new cadets: C/AB Michael Johnston, C/AB Alexis Scott and C/AB Alex Stonier. We would like to congratulate the following cadets on their promotions: C/SrA Seth Hansen, C/SSgt Michael Simmons and C/A1C Keenan Vann. All our cadets and Senior Members continue to work hard in all their endeavors and were proud of you all. SM Laura Minoty PAO


moted to Cadet Airman, Cadet Airman First Class Matthew Williams was promoted to Cadet Senior Airman, Cadet Staff Sergeant Stefen Blanchard (Cadet Executive Officer) was promoted to Cadet Technical Sergeant, and Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Elise Pusey (Cadet Commander) was promoted to Cadet Chief Master Sergeant. Thanks to Pilots 1Lt Ken Varian and Maj John Riley, four cadets have recently had O-flights. For C/Amn Alex Deprenger and C/Amn Hannah Pusey this was their first flight. On one flight, to sharpen their skills, C/MSgt. Tina C/Larby, Flight Commander; C/TSgt Davis and C/Amn Hannah Pusey Griffin, Executive Officer; C/SMSgt used a map to find the coordinates of Alex Parks, Cadet Commander. Not their homes and then, using those coordinates, found them - quite accushown: C/SMSgt Chris Slininger, rately, too. And speaking of airplanes, 1st Sergeant. The Cadets have been enjoying excitOn December 14th, 2005 C/SMSgt ing Aerospace presentations from Alex Parks was appointed Cadet their new Aerospace Instructor, SenCommander. C/Parks has been an ior Member Chris Conner. Senior active member of the Bangor/Brewer Member Conner has further enSquadron since May of 2002. Cadet hanced our Squadron's Aerospace Commander Parks has selected the program by starting a cadet lending following cadets to serve on his staff: library." C/TSgt Anthony Griffin, Executive C/CMSgt. Elise Pusey and C/MSgt. Officer; C/Keith Larby, Flight ComTina Davis, Cadet Commander and mander; C/SMSgt Chris Slininger, Deputy Cadet Commander 1st Sergeant. He has also implePANCO's for the Downeast Patrol mented several element leader posi- Squadron tions to allow more cadets the opportunity to experience a leadership role. Good luck to all in your new positions. LTC Jim Jordan and Maj. Dick Hunter will be directing and codirecting the Squadron Leadership Promotions for the last quarter include School to be held at the Bangor Jerry Palmer, Maurice Boisvert and Squadron on March 11th and 12th. Jolene Clark to 1Lt. Cadets Anthony They have also been busy planning Dileo to C/Amn, Kira Lane to C/Amn, the Maine Wing Conference to be Kimberly Lane to C/Amn, Bobby held at the Four Points Sheraton in Bangor on April 22nd. Be looking for Oliver to C/A1C, Todd Clark to C/ CMSgt, Curtis Brown to C/MSgt, further details soon. Shelby Cilley to C/SSgt, Chris BarCathie Spaulding, 2Lt., PAO buto to C/TSgt. In the Cadet officer rank we had Stephen Lincoln, Jr promoted to C/1st Lt and Joseph Martorano promoted to C/2nd Lt. All promotions were followed by a Pinning "On the second Tuesday evening of February four cadets were promoted ceremony where cadets had family and/or friends pin on the cadets new at the Downeast Patrol Squadron. Cadet Basic Hannah Pusey was pro- rank.

Bangor Brewer Composite Squadron

C/2nd Lt Joseph Martorano received the Billy Mitchell award at a regular squadron meeting the end of December, 2005. Commander, Maj Dennis Murray presented the award and promoted Cadet Martorano at this meeting. A Pinning ceremony took place immediately after the promotion where Steve Martorano (father) did the honors of pinning his son. Congradulations to C/2nd Lt Joseph Martorano on your promotion and award. Capt Judy Murray, PAO Take the time to visit the Maine Wing Web site under Public Affairs/ Squadron Newsletters. You can get additional information from several Squadrons on this site.-Editor

St Croix Composite Squadron

Sundown Composite Squadron

Machias Valley Composite Squadron
County Composite Squadron See Newsletter


Downeast Patrol

Lewiston-Auburn Composite See LA Times
Pinetree Senior Squadron



Friday night will feature a Cadet Pizza Party as well as a CAC, Movie and Commanders Call Meeting. Check your emails and snail mail for the registration brochure. All events and times are listed in the brochure. Pick your desired meal for the banquet. Choose between NY Sirloin, Baked Haddock, CranberryCornbread Stuffed Chicken or Vegetarian Lasagna. Something for just about everyone s taste.

Emergency Services Missions

Volunteers Serving America
That is the theme of this year s Maine Wing Conference to be held at the Four Points Sheraton in Bangor, Maine April 21-23, 2006. The BangorBrewer Composite Squadron has been working for months on this year s conference to make sure it is one of the best yet. Early registrations are encouraged and if received by March 22, 2006, you could be one of the lucky members chosen at random to participate in a KC 135 refueling mission. This year s conference with feature a hands-on experience with a static display of the glass cockpit as well as many other workshops and hands-on cadet and senior activities.

12/08/05 The ELT ordeal that began on Tuesday has hopefully come to an end. I have many members to thank for their efforts in this very challenging mission. SM Nate Fellows consistently worked this mission all three days! Capt Dale Fellows and Maj Pellerin assisted on Tuesday evening. Major Scott Higgins and Lt Charles Prices for the conference full registra- Browne worked UDF with Nate on Wednesday. Aircrews from Tuesday tion is $45.00 senior members and were Captains Barker and Ledoux. $30.00 for cadet members. Room rates for the Sheraton are $60.00 per Aircrew from Wednesday was Capt Saucier and Lt Coyne. Today, Cadet night plus taxes. You can reserve a room at the hotel by calling 800-228- Joe Burns with Nate Fellows located and silenced a Mini EPIRB in the 4609 at this special CAP rate. See Kennebec river with the assistance of brochure for additional details. an inflatable boat provided by the Augusta Fire Dept. The Ground Team Come and join us for a fun filled reported that another audible signal weekend where we honor the exists in the same general area, howVolunteers Serving America. ever, the sun had set and the boat Wing Conference Committee, 2006 was now out of service due to damage to its jet drive from ice. AFRCC Bangor-Brewer Composite Sq. does not have any SARSAT merges LTC Jim Jordan, Commander from this device and there is no sign of distress, therefore, the search has been closed at this time. Good night If for no other reason, you should attend the Wing Conference to ex- and thank you again to everyone who perience Maj Chris Hayden s Year supported this mission. In Review This is something eve- Capt Marc Brunelle CAP ryone looks forward to each year. Who knows, you might become a MEWG ESO star at the show. 01/13/06 Maine Wing CAP was request Thursday afternoon by SSO Southwest Harbor (Coast Guard) for assistance in locating an EPIRB that they had been trying to locate for a couple of days. The flight crew of Lt. Schertenleib and Maj Riley established that the beacon was at the Hinckley Boat Yard in Southwest Harbor. After landing the aircraft they went from aircrew to ground team and made contact with employees at Hinckley who told them they knew it was going off but could not find it. The ground team narrowed the search down to one particular building holding 16 multi million dollar yachts
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but could not find the offending EPIRB before retiring for the evening. The EPIRB was one of the new 406 models with a data burst contained with the SARSAT signal. This data burst contained the make, model, serial number and various other information (except the name of the owner and the gps location). Upon returning to his residence Lt Schertenleib used this information received from the AFRCC and using the internet found the manufactures web site (they are in Britain). He e-mailed them about who he was and what information he had and requested any information the company might have on this particular EPIRB. When the Lt woke up the company had replied to his e-mail with the name of the owner and the vessel that the EPIRB was assigned to. The ground team of Lt. Col. Goldstein and Lt Schertenleib returned to the Hinckley Boats bright and early this morning and requested to see the sailboat Misconduct. After checking the onboard EPIRB it was determined that was not the offending EPIRB so Lt. Col. Goldstein set about doing his excellent DF work and found the second EPIRB on board the Misconduct wrapped in the life raft. Once unwrapped the beacon could be seen. It appears that the EPIRB was defective as the manual switch was in the off position and the battery expiration date was 2008. Thank you to all who took time out of their busy lives to make this happen. Capt. Merrie Knightly, IC

1Lt Charles Brown of Waterville Squadron formed the ground team and were enroute to the area to prosecute to mission. Due to the high winds no aircraft were launched. By midnight the GT members had narrowed the search area to the junction of Route 97 and Route 1 in Thomaston. Due to the late hour and the darkness the mission members retired for the night. Saturday morning the same GT returned to the scene and quickly identified a lobster boat in a driveway on Summer Road, but could not locate the owner. With the assistance of a neighbor in the area, the GT were able to locate the grandmother of the owner who gave the team permission to enter the boat and shut off the EPIRB. The mission was closed at 16:10z (11:10 local). AFRCC were quick the thank our GT for another successful mission. Maj Chris Hayden, V-Commander

Lonely Pluto How would you like to be 6 billion miles from Earth, surrounded by darkness and freezing cold, and no one ever comes to visit you? Think about it. That's what it's like to be Pluto. When astronomers discovered Pluto in 1930, they were amazed to find such a tiny planet so far from the sun. Other planets out there are giants; Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune could swallow Earth whole. Yet Pluto is smaller than Earth's moon. It's an 01/14/06 Thanks to Captains Libbey oddball, so tiny that even the Hubble and LeClair from our newest Squad- Space Telescope can't see it clearly. ron in Lewiston/Auburn an ELT was Pluto is a world of mystery. Does found and silenced at the Knox Pluto have weather? Does it even County Airport this morning. Great have air? What about mountains and Job! craters? Scientists would love to Capt Marc Brunelle know. Yet, while NASA has sent spaceships to all of the other planets, 02/18/06 At 2023 local on Friday Pluto has not been visited even once. night, AFRCC activated MEWG to Pluto, get ready for company! search for an ELT signal in Rockland/ January 19, NASA launched a spaceThomaston area. By 2130 local Capt ship called New Horizons, and it is Dale Fellow of Augusta Squadron and going to Pluto. No one is onboard;

New Horizons is a robot. The trip will take 9 years. A sixth-grader now will be in college when New Horizons reaches Pluto in the year 2015. On TV, spaceships always go into orbit around planets they visit. But New Horizons will not orbit Pluto. The ship will fly by Pluto, like a car driving by your house but not stopping, taking pictures like crazy. Many of the pictures will show Pluto's three moons. When New Horizon beams the pictures back to Earth, we'll finally know what they look like. Why not stop and stay? About 15 years ago, astronomers began to find other tiny worlds like Pluto orbiting the sun beyond Neptune. New Horizons is going to try to visit a few of them. Is the outer solar system filled with tiny planets? Maybe Pluto isn't so lonely, after all. Find out what else we know already about Pluto at: This article was written by Dr. Tony Phillips. It was provided by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under a contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

This artwork shows how Pluto and two of its possible three moons might look from the surface of the third moon. Credit: NASA/ESA and G. Bacon (STSci)
As I would not be a slave, so I Would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy - Abraham Lincoln


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Commander s Corner
Members of Maine Wing I would like to echo the comments of Capt. Brunelle regarding the winter survival training this February 24-25. This kind of training does indeed open a person s eyes as to what it would take to come out of the wild alive should you become lost or have crashed in unfriendly terrain. Thanks to the experienced guidance of Lt. Col. Higgins, Major Day, and Major Schwab, I think that all who attended the training are better prepared to survive such an event. As was pointed out during the training, a survivor needs the right attitude the will to survive to make it through the experience.

From what I could see, all who attended listened closely to the instructors and all stayed in the field throughout the very cold and windy winter night. Some looked a bit frazzled and worse for the wear the next morning, but I am sure that they have learned critical lessons

from the experience. For myself, it wasn t the most comfortable night of sleep that I have ever had, but knowing that it can be done, when done right, helps to prepare me to have the right attitude should events find me in such a situation. I would also urge our flight crews to take the course if they have not already. The next time you fly north and west of Bangor, look down at the rugged terrain below and then think of how you would get out of there alive should you find yourself in the middle of all those woods. This kind of training is the key.

Yes, we will find you eventually. Question is can you survive until we get there? Winter Survival Training is for everyone. Editor

Mitch Sammons Col. CAP Commander Maine Wing