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June 2006


2006 Maine Wing Conference A Success

Bangor Brewer Squadron hosts tional Room, where the Governor of
2006 Maine Wing Conference The first presenter of the conference the State of Maine, the honorable
was Lt Col Bruce Brown, NE Region John E. Baldacci, made a presenta-
Safety Officer. He spoke of the role tion thanking the members of the Civil
of safety in CAP. He stated that Air Patrol for their valuable contribu-
safety is not the most important con- tion to the citizens of Maine and the
sideration, but completion of the mis- United States. The Governor was
sion is. If safety was most important, presented with a framed lithograph of
we would never get into an airplane, Distinguished Service painted by
because flying is by its nature is a artist Steve Tack.
risky activity. Ms. Bobbi Tourville,
Education Program Manager at NHQ
updated the conference attendees on
current events. Ms. Tourville, who
has roots and relatives in Maine, gave
an interesting account of her time
spent while here. Col Robert Bernard
followed with a presentation explain-
NER Commander Col Robert ing the role of the Air Force National
Diduch presents the Maine Wing Security Emergency Preparedness to
Flag to our New Maine Wing Com- the Civil Air Patrol.
mander Col Chris Hayden as Col The afternoon session started with
Mitch Sammons smiles with relief. The conference shifted to the Interna- Col Linden Christie challenging the
audience and a select group of cadets
with questions of aerospace knowl-
The Four Point Hotel at the Bangor edge. For a few of the cadets, their
International Airport was the site of knowledge paid great dividends. Maj
the 2006 Maine Wing Conference. Chris Hayden introduced the critical
Master of Ceremonies, Maj Chris incident stress management team
Hayden, brought the conference to and their role in providing assistance
order at 0900. The St. Croix Com- during actual missions or training ex-
posite Squadron posted the colors of ercises. Capt Donald Davidson Jr.,
the United States and the Maine Wing from the NH Wing gave a presenta-
flag. Capt Al Henderson of the Ban- tion Garmin G 1000 glass cockpit,
gor Squadron gave the invocation. Maine Governor John Baldacci ac- which was followed by a hands-on
Col Robert Diduch, NE Region Com- cepts Distinguished Service demonstration of the panel in the NH
mander, and Lt Col John O Connell, painting from Maine Wing com- Wing Skylane N360CP, which was on
NE CAP-USAF Liaison Commander mander, Col Mitch Sammons. the ramp at Bangor International. The
gave greetings. (Continued on page 3)

Important Information from tiation of Teen Drinking. American D. LOOK JONESBORO, ME
Drug Demand Reduction Program Journal of Preventive Medicine, 30(4): Christopher received public acknowl-
277-283. edgement from the Commanding
Here's something you might want to J. Jan Hoffman General, BG James H. Shwitters.
be aware of. Study Says Youth Who Assistant Program Manager, COL Jay W. Chambers Jr. (2nd in
Own Alcohol-Branded Items More Drug Demand Reduction Program command) personally presented this
Likely to Drink. A study of 2,000 mid- Civil Air Patrol award during the absence of General
dle-school students concluded that Shwitters. PV2 Look shall be immedi-
adolescents who owned alcohol- ately reporting to Fort Eustis in Vir-
branded t-shirts and other items were CAP Members in the NEWS ginia to helicopter repair school for
more likely to drink than those who the H-60 Blackhawk . Upon success-
didn't own such merchandise, UPI ful completion of this next stage of
reported March 20. Dartmouth Medi- training in June of this year, Christo-
cal School researchers said the study pher will report for duty to the 112th
was the first to examine the relation- Medical Co. located in Bangor Me. In
ship between alcohol merchandise the fall, he will continue ROTC and
and drinking. "Our research found that his studies in Engineering at the Uni-
students who owned an alcohol- versity of Maine, Orono.
branded item were significantly more As a further note, Christopher is also
likely to have initiated alcohol use a current member of the Civil Air Pa-
than students who did not own one," trol / Machias Valley Squadron, the
said lead researcher Dr. Auden Jonesboro Vol. Fire Dept., and is a
McClure. "We recommend that par- PV2 Christopher Dean Look, son of member of Strike Team III, located in
ents discourage their children from Timothy and Nancy Look of Jones- Washington County. Strike Team III is
wearing these products and that boro, graduated boot camp on March a decontamination strike team and
schools limit the display of alcohol- 19 at the United States Army Training part of the Maine Emergency Man-
branded items among students." The Center, Fort Jackson, South Carolina. agement Agency s Response Plan to
study, which involved students ages Christopher is enlisted in the Maine hazardous materials accidents within
10 to 14, was published in the April Army National Guard and started boot the State of Maine.
2006 issue of the "American Journal camp on Jan. 6 2006. Training
of Preventive Medicine". McClure, A. learned at the Machias Valley Squad-
C., Dal Cin, S., Gibson, J., and Ser- ron of the Civil Air Patrol earned him
geant, J. D. (2006) Ownership of Al- the respect of his sergeants and his
cohol-Branded Merchandise and Ini- piers. His knowledge of firearms and
function earned him a range officer s
aide position during firearms qualifica-
Maine Wing Over tion. He earned his sharpshooters pin
Wing Commander during his first qualification trial with
Col Chris Hayden the M16 rifle. He is one of a total of
630 graduating recruits for this cycle.
Vice Commander
Newsletter Editor CYCLE
Maj Dennis Murray Each platoon of the graduating
Headquarters company nominates one individual
Maine Wing, Civil Air Patrol to appear before a board of cadre.
PO Box 5006 Bangor-Brewer s C/2Lt Chris Slin-
Augusta Maine, 04332-5006 Nominees are questioned on mili- inger receiving the General Billy
tary subjects and current events. Mitchell Award from Lt. Col. James
Editorial Office: 207/427-3421
Headquarters: 207/626-7830
They are also judged on personal Jordan. (story page four)
appearance and general knowl-
The Maine Wing Over is an unofficial newsletter edge. The Board selects the one Freedom is still expensive. It still costs
published quarterly in the interest of members of the money. It still costs blood. It still calls
Maine Wing of the Civil Air Patrol. Any opinions soldier who has outstanding quali-
ties of leadership, competence and for courage and endurance, not only in
either expressed or inferred by the writers herein are
their own and are not to be considered official expres- soldiers, but in every man and woman
discipline. who is free and who is determined to
sion by the Civil Air Patrol or the Department of the
Air Force. F3-13 INF BN PV2 CHRISTOPHER remain free. -Harry S. Truman

(Continued from page 1) 2006 Wing Conference Senior Member of the Year: 1st LT the founder and owner of Millennium
last presentation of the afternoon, Steve Higgins. Squadron of Merit of Television, a documentary production
was given by Capt Dan Gagnon and the Year: County Composite Squad- company originally based in Califor-
Lt Robert Baker, of the Cumberland ron. Sustained Excellence Award: nia. Each year Maine Wing presents
County Composite Squadron. Their Lt Col Pearl Bender. Gifts of Appre- the Guy P. Gannett Public Affairs
topic was the Archer Program. They ciation and Esteem: Wayne McKin- Award to the outstanding PAO in the
did a great job at explaining the latest ney, and Cadet 1st LT Steven Lin- Wing. Throughout the period of Lt Col
high-tech tool in CAP s arsenal. coln. Meritorious Service Awards: Gannett s command, the Maine Wing
The cadets traveled to the YWCA for Lt Col Rich Grover, Maj Chris Hay- Headquarters was based at Fort Wil-
an afternoon of swimming in the pool. den, Maj Wayne Merritt, Maj Dennis liam, Cape Elizabeth. During the pe-
The evening session got under way Murray, Capt Merrie Knightly, Capt riod 1942-1943 the newly formed Civil
with the introduction of the head table Peter Goss, Capt Ted Kryzak. The Air Patrol squadrons based in Port-
by Maj Hayden. The head table Eagle Award: Capt Ted Kryzak. The land and Trenton, Maine held back
guests included Col Sammons and conference ended with Col Sammons the German attacks on allied shipping
Bonnie Sammons, BG Don Reynolds turning over command of the Wing to by searching out and destroying their
and Pattie Reynolds, Chaplain Rich- Maj Chris Hayden. Col Jim Linker submarines off the coast of Maine.
ard Dickinson, Col, MEANG. Col presided and presented Col Mitch Thereafter the local squadrons pro-
Robert Diduch, Col Robert Bernard, Sammons the Distinguished Service vided the Department of Defense with
Lt Col John O Connell, Capt Andrea Medal. pilot training and aircrew screening,
Hayden and Ms. Bobbi Tourville. Ca- Thanks to all of the Bangor-Brewer anti-aircraft searchlight and gunnery
det MSgt Alex Parks explained the Squadron members who contributed aerial target towing, transportation,
significance of the POW/MIA table to the success of this conference. communications and search and res-
followed by the banquet. Chaplain James R. Jordan, Lt Col cue. Following the end of the war, the
Dickinson gave the keynote address. Commander Bangor-Brewer United States Congress honored the
His topic was self-control. A topic that Civil Air Patrol by making the organi-
was timely and well received by the zation a Congressionally Chartered
audience. BG Reynolds spoke briefly On April 22nd, 2006 the Maine Wing Corporation with three missions:
about the future role of the Civil Air held a Change-of-Command cere- emergency services, aerospace edu-
Patrol in the arena of homeland secu- mony at the Sheraton Hotel at Bangor cation and the cadet program. Then in
rity. International Airport. 1948, with the formation of the United
The ceremony States Air Force, the Civil Air Patrol
Receiving the awards for their accom- marked the moment was officially designated the civilian
plishments during the previous year Colonel Mitchell auxiliary of the United States Air
were. Commander s Commenda- Sammons of Wa- Force. Today the Maine Wing Head-
tion Award: Lt Col Jim Jordan, Maj terville handed over quarters is located at Camp Keyes in
Ed Lower, Capt Gary Partnow, 1LT command of the Augusta. The volunteers of Maine
Edward Hukki and 2LT Cathy Wing to Colonel Wing s nine squadrons operate eight
Spaulding. Lt Gerald Folster Model Christopher Hay- aircraft and provide the State and
Rocketry Award: Cadet Amn Mike den of Cape Eliza- Federal Government with homeland
Lane. Major Calvin W Maddox Com- beth. After the ceremony, Colonel security, disaster relief, and search
municator of the Year Award: Maj Hayden stated that thanks to the su- and rescue and counter drug support
Mike Pellerin. Guy P Gannett Public perb leadership of Colonel Sammons missions. Over the past year the Wing
Affairs Officer: Capt Daniel LeClair. over the past four years the Wing is in has flown escort for frigates heading
Safety Officer of the Year: Lt Col such good shape there is only one for sea trials out of BIW, anti-terrorist
James Greenlaw. Professional De- direction to take and that is onward reconnaissance flight long the borders
velopment Officer of the Year: Capt and upward . Colonel Hayden is the and search and rescue missions look-
Dick Jackson. Richard A Mac- first new Wing Commander from ing for overdue aircraft and missing
Donald Emergency Services Cape Elizabeth since Lieutenant personnel. The Maine Wing Cadet
Award: Capt Merrie Knightly. M Colonel Guy P Gannett held the po- Program turns out high-end candi-
Robert Cantor Service Award: 1LT sition from 1942 until 1955. Gannett dates for the military academies each
Joshua Cutara. Wing Staff Member was one of the three original founders year and provides a flow of candi-
of the Year: Capt Mark Brunelle. of the Civil Air Patrol and was the dates heading for careers in the aero-
Squadron Commander of the Year: founder and owner of the Portland space and airline industries.
Lt Col Scott Higgins. Cadet of the Press Herald and WGME-TV in Port- Maj Dennis Murray, PA
Year: Cadet/1st Lt Katherine Knight. land. By coincidence, Colonel Hayden Maine Wing, CAP
is also in the media business and is

nounce a record-breaking amount of
Downeast Patrol promotions. Cadet Jeremy Pillsbury Bangor Brewer
has been promoted to Airman First Composite Squadron
Since the last update, Downeast has Class, Jonathan Kuhl to Senior Air-
been active at both the squadron and man, Brennan Kroger to Staff Ser-
wing levels. In April, we participated in geant and Meg Arsenault to Master The Bangor/Brewer Squadron is
the Maine Wing Airman's Academy. Sergeant. Congratulations! In the pleased to announce that C/2Lt Chris
spirit of cooperation Dixfield Congre- Slininger received his General Billy
C/CMSgt Elise Pusey was Cadet
Commander, and C/SMSgt Tina gational church joined the American Mitchell Award on June 7th from Lt.
Davis and C/MSgt Stefan Blanchard Legion and Sundown for a benefit Col. James Jordan during a regular
supper for Homes for Our meeting with friends and family in at-
were flight commanders. Two Cadets
from Downeast attended as basics, C/ Troops. Homes for our Troops reha- tendance. The following also pro-
Amn Ben Souders, and C/Amn Han- bilitates homes for our wounded sol- moted to C/AMN: Victoria Boyle,
diers so the homes can be handi- Brook Pacholski and Valene
nah Pusey, who received the out-
standing cadet award for her exem- capped accessible. All three groups Whitty. Amanda Rector and Keith
plary conduct at the academy. We worked together for the logistics, food Larby promoted to C/A1C.
and publicity. The Grover s get the Lt. Col. James Jordan and Maj.
have had several promotions in the
last few months, the most exciting dedication award. They were on their Richard Hunter chaired and co-
being C/CMSgt Elise Pusey's promo- way to the high brow Bethel Inn to chaired the Squadron Leadership
celebrate Captain Grover s birthday, School in March. This years format
tion to C/2Lt upon receiving her
Mitchell award. Lieutenant Pusey has remembered the fundraiser and did a required the twelve attendees to com-
worked tirelessly in her capacity as U turn to Rumford to enjoy Chili at the plete approximately three hours of
American Legion! They enjoyed talk- course work at home allowing the
Cadet Commander to raise the stan-
dards for Downeast. Not only has she ing with Leslie Skibitsky, the chief or- staff to complete the SLS in one
raised the standards, but also by pro- ganizer of the event, whose son Scott day. In April the Bangor/Brewer
viding training and leading by exam- recently got his pilot assignment for Squadron hosted the 2006 Maine
ple, she has ensured that the cadets the Air Force Academy. Cadets were Wing Conference at the Four Point
busy before Memorial Day putting Sheraton in Bangor. The Bangor/
can meet them. In the same cere-
mony, C/Amn Steven Ashcroft re- flags at veteran s graves. We also Brewer Squadron wishes to recognize
ceived his Arnold achievement and marched in the parade on Memorial C/Maj. Scott Knightly on receiving a
Day. Cadets participating received $500 undergrad scholarship. C/
was promoted to C/A1C. C/A1C Ben
Souders received a community ser- certificates of appreciation from the Knightly attends Lyndon State Col-
vice ribbon for completing 260 hours American Legion. Randy Autry did an lege in Lyndonville, Vermont and
excellent presentation on Angel hopes to commission in the Air Force
of community service as a volunteer
fire fighter in his town. Other recent Flights. The volunteer pilots transport as an officer and train as a naviga-
promotions include C/SMSgt Tina people needing medical care. The tor. Also to be recognized is C/2Lt.
video focused on a little girl from rural Chris Slininger on being selected to
Davis to C/CMSgt, and C/SAmn Matt
Williams to C/SSgt. Our squadron Maine who goes to Shriner's Hospital attend the National Flight Academy.
has recently begun to choose a cadet in Massachusetts. Randy left with a Cadets and Seniors alike have also
CAP application in his hand!! Toes in been very busy with recruiting and
each month to be recognized as
Cadet of the Month. In considering the water, lying on the dock, enjoying fund-raising this quarter. The Cadets
cadets for this award, we look at their ice cream at a local store this de- sponsored a spaghetti dinner in May,
scribes our wonderful assignment at with a live radio remote with 104.7
dedication to the program, atten-
dance, uniform, attitude, and motiva- the last SAREX. Sundown s respon- The Bear, to benefit the Maine Wing
tion. So far, C/Amn Alex Deprenger, sibility was to show up at the public Cadet Programs. We have also at-
C/SSgt Matt Williams, C/A1C Hannah beach at Bryant Pond, and call in to tended several events involving the
Pusey, and C/Amn Ben Souders have Waterville ICP when we saw a CAP Harley Fat Boy.
plane. With suntan lotion, a cell Please join us in congratulating all
been recognized.
phone, legal pad of paper, and pen those that have shown their motiva-
C/CMSgt Tina Davis. DCC
we were successful with our part of tion in advancing in Civil Air Pa-
Downeast Patrol Composite Sq.
our mission! Thank you Major Merritt trol. Your hard work and dedication
for this assignment. reflects well for you personally as well
Sundown Composite as your squadron and Maine Wing.
1Lt Barbara Arsenault Cathie Spaulding, Lt. PAO

Sundown Squadron is proud to an-

Stephen Lincoln with this year s Air (Continued from page 8) Commander s Corner
Cumberland County Force Association Award (AFA). of this very special Wing. You all put
Composite Squadron in many hours and much effort to run
In the senior member area we had and support our organization. It is my
1Lt Maurice Boisvert earn his objective to make you proud of being
Cumberland County Cadets visit Certificate of Proficiency and Lt a member on the Maine Wing, Civil
Togus and take part in the Col James Greenlaw has earned Air Patrol and for you to get the maxi-
Memorial Day Exercises his Senior Level Rating in Aero- mum satisfaction from the areas of
Cumberland County Cadets and space Education. our operation that best suit you.
Color Guard took part in the annual Col Chris Hayden,
Memorial Day Ceremonies at the East Congradulations to all of these Maine Wing Commander
and West Cemeteries. After the Lay- members on your promotions and
ing of Wreaths at three memorials, awards. The squadron continues to
the Memorial Salute was given by the learn with the monthly training mis-
Maine State Select Honor Guard fol- sions and our participation levels
lowed by Three Volleys of Musketry are high at most events. In June we
by the Maine National Guard. Taps had a Cadet Change of Command
were played by a bugler from the where C/2nd Lt Derek Farquharson
Maine National Guard. After the cere- turned over the Cadet Commander
monies, the cadets were given a tour position to C/1st Lt John Cham-
of the Togus VA facility along with a bers. Cadet Farquharson will still be
walking history lesson of the first fed- involved with the squadron as he
eral facility for injured veterans. Fol- heads off to college this fall. We all
lowing that, the cadets visited the vet- wish him the best of luck.
erans at the hospital and then the vet- Capt Judy Murray, PAO
erans nursing home. Cadets taking
part were Katherine Knight, William
Thibeault, Nail Belcher, Andrew
Rodgers, Benjamin St John, Chris
Drouin, Eric Madore, Christina Has-
sett, Julian Kingsley, Micah Get-
son, Steven Speckin, Alanna Smith
and Travis Smith. Lts Savage and
Higgins represented the senior mem-
Lt Steve Higgins

St Croix C/Capt Stephen Lincoln, Jr. Shown

receiving the Air force Association
Composite Squadron Award from Lt Col Rich Grover,

This last quarter has been busy for

the squadron as usual. Promotions
included the following: Todd Clark to
C/CMSgt, Cadet Robert Oliver to C/
A1C, Kira Lane to C/A1C, Cadet
Kimberly Lane to C/Amn, Cadet
John Chambers to C/1st Lt, Cadet
Esther Oliver to C/TSgt, Cadet
Felicia Vincent to C/MSgt, Cadet
Chris Barbuto to C/MSgt and Cadet
Michael Lane to C/Amn. In addition
to promotions, we were fortunate to
have Lt Col Rich Grover at one of Airman Academy Photos
our meetings to present C/Capt By Maj Doug Grosso. Photo by Maj Doug Grosso

mail me or call my cell phone. If I am
Model Rocketry atwillwork and busy with a customer I
not be able to answer my cell
A "make-up" date has been set phone, please leave me a voice mail
and I will return your call as quickly as
for Sunday, 13 August 2006 in I can.
Bangor/Hermon at Bouchard Thanks,
Field. This latest date change Scientists have solved the 35-year-
Lt Col K. Goldstein
old mystery of the origin of powerful,
was prompted by the split-second flashes of light known as
"International Parade" being short gamma-ray bursts. These
held in Calais at 11:00 am on
Emergency flashes, brighter than a billion suns,
August 12th. All squadrons Services Missions yet lasting only a few milliseconds,
through out the state are invited have been simply too fast to catch --
Thanks to all that responded to the until now. Through the unprecedented
to attend the model rocketry call to assist the USCG in locating a coordination of observations from
contest and the International 406-ELT that was registered to a Pan several ground-based telescopes and
Parade. Squadron command- America company. The device which NASA satellites, scientists determined
ers and Squadron AEO's sends a data burst with Lat/Log infor- the flashes arise from violent colli-
mation was found in a metal transfer sions in space. The clashes are either
please respond to LTC station located in S. Portland. Need- between a black hole and a neutron
Christie's email on your partici- less to say with yard filled with canis- star or between two neutron stars. In
pation in the rocketry contest. ters of scrap metal it was not an easy either scenario, the impact creates a
More information on the Inter- find. With great determination our new black hole. In at least one burst,
national Parade will be coming ground team was successful in finding scientists saw tantalizing, first-time
and silencing the locator. evidence of a black hole eating a neu-
soon. Aircrew--- Dan Gagnon & Michael tron star. The neutron star was first
-Editor Coyne stretched into a crescent, then swal-
Ground team James Connors & lowed by the black hole. Two recently
"Sentimental Journey" to Joe Washuk detected bursts are featured in four
Base staff Steve Higgins & An- papers in this week's Nature maga-
Visit Bar Harbor Again drew Rogers zine. These observations could en-
Just a heads up to Civil Air Patrol Donald Saucier Maj. CAP able direct detection of exotic gravita-
members for planning purposes only. MEWG DOV tional waves that have never before
The B17G "Sentimental Journey" been seen. "Gamma-ray bursts in
will be visiting the Bar Harbor (BHB) At 0110L I received a call from general are notoriously difficult to
airport from 30 June through 27 July. AFRCC to support NHWG with a GT study, but the shortest ones have
Those of you who had the opportunity to locate and silence an ELT believed been next to impossible to pin down,"
to visit/tour this aircraft last year can to be at the Bethel airport. NHWG said Dr. Neil Gehrels, principal inves-
attest to the opportunity to touch initiated the mission since the first tigator for the Swift satellite at NASA's
"living history". This is a fantastic op- SarSat merges were near Berlin, NH. Goddard Space Flight Center, Green-
portunity for our cadets to see, first Lt Col Scott Higgins and Cadet belt, Md. "All that has changed. We
hand, how much aviation has ad- Cory Higgins deployed to Bethel to now have the tools in place to study
vanced since 1939 and the war years assist, reporting an audible signal at these events," he said. Gamma-ray
(WWII). 0310L. By 0340 our GT had disabled bursts, first detected in the 1960s, are
I will be assisting the CAF the offending ELT on a transient C150 the most powerful explosions known.
(Commemorative Air Force) with parked on the ramp. Thank you to They are random, fleeting and can
ground operations, I get to be a "tour Scott and Cory for answering the call occur from any region of the sky. Two
guide" through the airplane as well as and doing a great job! years ago, scientists discovered
assisting with making the airplane Capt M Brunelle longer bursts, lasting more than two
ready for take off and landing for the CAP MEWG seconds, arise from the explosion of
tourist flights. If anyone is interested a Director of Operations very massive stars. About 30 percent
flight in Sentimental Journey will cost of bursts are short and under two sec-
(according to the latest information I By a stroke of the Delete button at onds. The Swift satellite detected a
have) $450.00 a person. the wrong time other missions short burst on May 9, and NASA's
For additional information please e- were lost. Sorry. Editor (Continued on page 7)

the data with a precise time and loca-
(Continued from page 6)
High-Energy Transient Explorer tion.
New Cessna 182T
(HETE) detected another on July 9. "This is good news for LIGO," said Dr. Arrives in Maine
The May 9 event marked the first time Albert Lazzarini, Data & Computing
scientists identified an afterglow for a group leader at the California Institute
short gamma-ray burst, something of Technology LIGO Lab, Pasadena.
commonly seen after long bursts. "We "The connection between short bursts
had a hunch that short gamma-ray and mergers firms up projected rates
bursts came from a neutron star for LIGO, and they appear to be at the
crashing into a black hole or another high end of previous estimates. Also,
neutron star, but these new detec- observations provide tantalizing hints
tions leave no doubt," said Dr. Derek of black hole-neutron star mergers,
Fox, assistant professor of Astronomy which have not been detected be-
& Astrophysics at Penn State Univer- fore," he said.
sity, State College, Pa. Fox is lead
author of one Nature report detailing a Be advised that following the arrival in
multi-wavelength observation. Fox's the Wing of the new Cessna 182T
team discovered the X-ray afterglow aircraft, tail number N740CP the CAP
of the July 9 burst with NASA's radio Call Sign for same aircraft has
Chandra X-ray Observatory. A team been designated to be Cap Flight
led by Jens Hjorth, a professor at the 1740.
University of Copenhagen identified
the optical afterglow using the Danish
1.5-meter telescope at the La Silla
Observatory in Chile. Fox's team con-
tinued studying the afterglow with
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and
ground-based telescopes of the Car-
negie Institution, the National Astro-
nomical Observatory of Japan, and Above image: Hubble Space Tele-
the National Radio Astronomy Obser- scope image of the sky surrounding
vatory. "The July 9 burst was like the the afterglow and host galaxy of the
dog that didn't bark," said Dr. George HETE short burst of July 9, 2005. The
Ricker, HETE principal investigator at circle indicates the region of sky that We made it back from KS and I did
the Massachusetts Institute of Tech- HETE saw the burst from; according take few pictures. Cessna had a great
nology, Cambridge, and co-author of to the HETE team we would find the training program in place for us we
another Nature article. "Powerful tele- burst within this region. The box, in- started each day at 0800 and didn t
scopes detected no supernova as the set, indicates where the X-ray and finish most nights until 2000. Some
gamma-ray burst faded, arguing optical afterglow of the burst was ulti- long 12 hour days, we started with 4
against the explosion of a massive mately found. The colors indicate the hours of ground school each day then
star. Also, the July 9 burst, and proba- intensity of red light (814 nm) as seen the flight training in the afternoon.
bly the May 9 burst, are located in the by the Advanced Camera for Surveys They wouldn t let me take pictures
outskirts of their host galaxies, just instrument on HST. inside the factory but it was pretty
where old merging binaries are ex- Credit: Derek Fox/Penn State Univer- cool to see the line of Cessna s being
pected," he added. Mergers create sity built. They say they are sold out for
gravitational waves, ripples in space- the rest of the year. See you soon.
time predicted by Einstein but never Donald Saucier, FRO
directly detected. The July 9 burst
was about 2 billion light-years away.
Pictured left is the new cockpit that
The National Science Foundation s
hopefully all pilots will become skilled
Laser Interferometer Gravitational-
at using in the near future. Training
Wave Observatory (LIGO) could de-
funds are available to the Wing to help
tect a big merger closer to the Earth.
train all interested pilots. Cadets
If Swift detects a nearby short burst,
should try and get up close when CAP
scientists could go back and check
Flight 1740 in in the area.

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

next few months, now the weather is During my recent meetings

Commander s Corner improved, to meet you and get to with State officials, I have empha-
know you all. I wish to share my vi- sized the value of our ground teams
sion of Maine Wing and learn how and aircrews as trained volunteers
Our Wing conference in
you want the Wing to shape over the operating under a professional com-
April marked a change of
next four years. mand structure. This quickly sepa-
command for Maine
It is now two months since rates us from just volunteers and
Wing. Col Mitchell
our change of command and several makes us valuable trained assets
Sammons, who has com-
of the initiatives taken by Col ready to serve. With a 7% chance of a
manded our Wing so ad-
Sammons have come to fruition. In hurricane hitting the Northeast this
mirably for the past four years,
May we took possession of the first of summer, we all need to prepare to be
passed the Wing flag to me as
two brand new Cessna 182T NavIII called. Now is the time to check
your new commander. Under Col
aircraft. These aircraft are classified ground team kit and/or your aircrew
Sammons command, the Wing has
as Advanced Technology Aircraft. In kit. Take advantage of the SAREX s
flourished and built depth into our pro-
other words, the old steam gauges of over the next months and volunteer to
fessionalism. This is evident at meet-
the past been replaced by two elec- participate in the many Rapid Re-
ings, exercises and especially during
tronic display panels, a 2 axis autopi- sponse exercises being planned.
live missions. Col Sammons has set
lot and twin GPS. In June we received Your taking advantage of our training
this Wing on a course that has only
word of proposed Maine Wing crew is also essential if we are to continue
one direction for me take: onward and
training for the new ARCHER system to find new missions such as our re-
continue upward.
and the Gippsland GA8 aircraft. His connaissance work for the US Navy,
As your new commander I am
month we received word that we will intercept and time-on-target missions
honored to serve you. During the nine
be receiving additional funds for train- for the 1st Air Force and our participa-
years I have been a member of Maine
ing. So be prepared to participate in tion in numerous Homeland Security
Wing I have meet and worked with
SAREX s in July, August and Sep- exercises for MEMA and several
most of you. However, there are still
tember. Also we will be holding Rapid county EMA s.
many I have not yet had the pleasure
Response exercises throughout the Thank you all for being a part
of meeting. I intend to correct this by
same period. (Continued on page 5)
visiting all of the squadron over the