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Maine Wing Wingover Newsletter Back in Print
Maine Wing Commanders Message The best way to describe the Civil Air Patrol is simply a great “Band of Brothers.” As your Wing Commander I have the great pleasure of not only working with you, but with all the regional staff, the national staff and all the other wing commanders. When dealing with each, I realize we all have the same goals and vision for our future. Our National Commander, Maj Gen Amy Courter is right on track with her vision statement (see page 3) and building a closer more professional relationship with our parent, the United Stated Air Force. Our goal and vision starts with the squadrons and squadron members. During these past few months I have seen a renewed enthusiasm among everyone and a pride in being a member of the USAF Auxiliary. recognized volunteer organization. At the last Summer Boards we all pledged to never refer to the Civil Air Patrol as the “world’s best kept secret”, rather we are making it the world’s best recognized volunteer organization. The best way to do this is to make sure your meetings are exciting and you all have that “Band of Brothers” feeling. Maine Wing WWII SubChaser Recognized Prentiss Godfrey receives Distinguished Service Medal and promotion to Colonel. Prentiss Godfrey was honored by Maine Wing Commander, Colonel Chris Hayden in a ceremony attended by family and friends and graduates of the Civil Air Patrol Airman Academy. Thanks to the recruiting efforts of the Wing staff and nearly every squadron, we can already see an increase in our officer and cadet membership. The next task for everyone is maintaining those new officers and cadets as well as maintaining their enthusiasm. Colonel Hayden First presented Mr. Godfrey with his membership card and promoted him to the rank of Colonel. Col Hayden presented Col Prentiss with the Distinguished Service Medal with the following citation. (continued next page)


(continued from previous page) Colonel Prentiss Godfrey, CAP, distinguished himself by outstanding performance of duty during the period of 1 August 1942 through 18 April 2008. As a young pilot with a commercial license with a 225 hp power rating, and an instructor s rating through the Civilian Pilot Training Program, Colonel Godfrey was one of the first members to join when Civil Air Patrol Costal Patrol Base 19 was established in Portland, Maine. Training at this time was minimal, and crews learned their patrol skills by flying actual missions. Colonel Godfrey went on the fly numerous costal patrol missions as well as served as a check pilot for other CAP pilots.

He left Costal Patrol Base 19 to continue the war effort as an Army glider flight instructor and tow pilot as well as a Navy flight instructor. His support to Civil Air Patrol in the early years contributed greatly to the establishment of a strong foundation that enabled Civil Air Patrol to become an outstanding humanitarian organization supporting the United States and the United States Air Force. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of Colonel Godfrey reflect great credit upon himself, the Maine Wing and civil Air Patrol. Civil Air Patrol was founded in December 1941, one week before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, by more than 150,000 citizens who were concerned about the defense of America’s coastline. Under the jurisdiction of the Army Air Forces, CAP pilots flew more than one-half million hours, were credited with sinking two enemy submarines and rescued hundreds of crash survivors during World War II.

On July 1, 1946, President Harry Truman established CAP as a federally chartered benevolent civilian corporation and Congress passed Public Law 557 on May 26, 1948, making CAP the auxiliary of the new U.S. Air force. CAP was charged with three primary missions- aerospace education, cadet programs and emergency services.

Maine Wing Over
Wing Commander Col Chris Hayden Vice Commander, North Lt Col Jim Jordan Vice Commander, South Maj Dan Leclair Newsletter Editor 1Lt Mary Story MEWG PAO Headquarters Maine Wing, Civil Air Patrol PO Box 5006 Augusta Maine, 04332-5006 Editorial Office: 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.

Colonel Prentiss Godfrey, Son, Major Donald Godfrey and Maine Wing Commander, Colonel Chris Hayden proudly help to show the Awards Presented at the special ceremony. (Photo by 1st Lt Cathie Spaulding)




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Change of Command 36th Squadron
I had the pleasure of presiding over the change-of-command at the 36th Squadron in their new classrooms at Camp Keyes. I wish to thank Capt Mark Seitz for taking command of the squadron and I wish to thank Maj Dale Fellows for all the work he accomplished during his two years as commander. Maj Fellows will be moving up to Wing and has accepted the position of Wing SAR Officer under Operations. He has some great training plans in the works which we will be announcing later. Capt Seitz has taken on command with great enthusiasm and is already organizing his staff and working to provide a full course of training for the members of the 36th. As a result of this change of command, the squadron has moved to a new location at Hawthorne Hall on Camp Keyes and the hangar is now a Wing asset for flight operations and communications only. This comes at a time when the TSA is increasing the security at the airport and thus restricting the movement of personnel on the field. Col (Chris) Hayden CAP Commander Maine Wing, Civil Air Patrol

Change of Command 33rd Squadron
With all the SAREX participants and members of the 33th Squadron in formation on the ramp, I had the distinct pleasure in performing the change of command whereby Maj Richard Saucier concluded his team of commander and handed command to Capt David Barbosa. I wish to thank Maj Saucier for his great service to Civil Air Patrol as the commander of the 33th Squadron for the past two years. He has accomplished many things for the squadron including raising good size sums of money for the squadron and reaching out to community in Caribou. Luckily for us, Maj Saucier is not going into retirement, rather he will be continuing as the squadron DCC. I wish to congratulate and thank Capt Barbosa for stepping up to the plate and taking command of the squadron. I know we can expect further great accomplishment and innovations under his command. I look forward to working with Capt Barbosa and giving him the support he deserves. Col (Chris) Hayden CAP Commander Maine Wing, Civil Air Patrol


Outstanding July SAREX
The weekend of July 18, Maine Wing held a top quality SAREX hosted by the 33rd Squadron in Caribou. Over 30 members of the wing participated in this two day summer SAREX which included camping overnight on the air field. The 33rd Squadron provided outstanding logistics and support for the event. Three aircraft made it through the IMC with two (77th & 58th) arriving Friday and the other (36th) on Saturday. Two full vans endured the 6 hour drive on Friday from Lewiston and Portland and the CCT from Augusta pulled by our new Ford F250 Heavy Duty truck. Having pitched tents on the field on Friday afternoon, a visit to the NOAA office in Caribou revealed strong storms with heavy rain, hail and thunder for that night. On top of the weather the campers had to contend with the possibility of visiting black bears. By the morning only a few showers damped the happy campers; however by breakfast with everyone inside the terminal building, the heavens opened with pelting heavy rain for just over an hour. Them IC soon organized and the 36th Squadron aircrew began a route search enroute to CAR and two ground teams set out in the direction of the target. By 1400 the exercise closed and attention turned to the change of command. Finally, I wish to thank the key IC staff for the very successful execution of the SAREX. They were: Maj Brunelle, Maj Leclair, Lt Col Goetz, Lt Col Pellerin, Lt Col Grosso, Capt Kilcollins, Maj Saucier, Capt Burby, Capt Drake, Maj Lower, Capt Small, SM Welch, 1Lt Giles, Capt Furlong, 1Lt Higgins, Maj Gamache. I also wish to thank the aircrews: Capt Barker, SM Richardson, Capt King and Capt. Seitz. At the conclusion of the SAREX, Maj Leclair completed his IC3 training and is now a qualified Incident Commander. I believed we proved that two day SAREX’s in the summer can be great fun and a very important learning experience. Col (Chris) Hayden CAP Commander Maine Wing, Civil Air Patrol


33rd Composite Squadron
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35th Composite Squadron


36th Composite Squadron
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37th Composite Squadron
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38th Composite Squadron
“ Congratulations and well done!” are in order for Cadet Master Sergeant Stephen Ashcroft and Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Dean Donovan of the 38th Composite Squadron in Trenton. Both of these gentlemen are active members of the cadet programs of Civil Air Patrol. C/MSgt Stephen Ashcroft of Blue Hill is currently a junior in college at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine. Though he is very busy with school and work, he still finds time to serve his community actively through this program. Truly he is an exception through his service and dedication. Ashcroft joined CAP in 2005, and now, at nearly 21, continues to demonstrate a faithful, fresh, and positive attitude that never ceases to encourage the cadet body and promote team work. Ashcroft has attended 1 Maine Wing Airman’s Academy, 2 Winter Survival Training courses, and multiple service oriented squadron events. Though his time as a cadet is nearly through, he is determined to push hard to the end and advance as much as he can until his 21st birthday. His avid determination is paying off. On Tuesday, June 9th , 2009, he was promoted from the grade of Cadet Technical Sergeant to Cadet Master Sergeant. To the further credit of his character, this past May he was honored as the Outstanding Cadet of the Month. This is a squadron level recognition that evaluates the performance of all the cadets, and looks to praise the cadet who demonstrates the highest level of attendance, participation, motivation, and over-all service and expertise. Cadet Ashcroft has exceeded our standards, and we congratulate him on his success. Another important promotion was presented to Cadet Master Sergeant Dean Donovan of Ellsworth, who now holds the well earned grade of Cadet Senior Master Sergeant. This cadet, like Ashcroft, is the picture of dedication. During the fall of 2007, at the age of 13, he joined CAP, and since then has attended 1 Maine Wing Airman’s Academy and the 2008 Northeast Region Cadet Academy in Massachusetts. He has soared through the Airman and NCO grades with humble determination and zeal. From the beginning his earnest pursuit of betterment and knowledge has set him apart as a loyal follower, who is budding into a reliable leader. He embraces his responsibilities vigilantly, hence proving himself to be a valuable and trustworthy asset to CAP and his community. Again, “congratulations and way to go!” C/MSgt Ashcroft and C/SMSgt Donovan. You have made CAP proud. Civil Air Patrol is the Auxiliary of the Air Force. Our three primary missions include Aerospace Education, Emergency Services, and the Cadet Programs, which participate in both the former components. As always, we welcome and encourage visitors of all ages to come learn more about our mission. Please join us at 84 Caruso Drive at the Trenton Airport on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30.

C/1Lt Hannah Pusey Cadet Commander 38th Composite Squadron Maine Wing, CAP


56th Composite Squadron
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58th Composite Squadron
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75th Composite Squadron
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77th Composite Squadron
77th Cadets at North East Region Cadet Academy


Tech Notes
CAP and Personal Emergency Communications The CAP communications mission is to organize and maintain a reliable nationwide point-to-point, air-toground, and ground-mobile capability for use in search and rescue, civil defense, and disaster relief missions. It is also used to augment other existing communications services in the event of floods, fire, tornado, and similar natural disasters and to support the US Air Force Survival Recovery program. CAP communicators have a great responsibility. They provide one of the most essential activities to civilization, communications. Without communicators, the Civil Air Patrol could not fulfill their “Missions for America” and the success of the CAP depends on the strength of its communications. CAP cadet and senior members get involved in CAP communications through their Squadron/Wing Communications Officer during CAP meetings, SAREX, and Encampments. CAP Seniors can also study for and earn a specialty rating in the Communications Field. In our personal lives, we do not have a CAP network to utilize, so we usually use wired telephones, cell phones, and data networks like the Internet to communicate to other people. During times of emergency, like hurricanes, do you know which method to use that will get a message to someone that you are ok or need help? Typically, wired telephones are the first to fail as well as wired data networks. Local law enforcement and other emergency services, like CAP, may be used when available. Cell phone coverage may be spotty and if you see some “bars” on your cell phone screen, you may be able to communicate with it. Making a call with your cell phone in a disaster area is usually impossible because a telephone call requires that various equipments in different locations be available continuously and simultaneously. However, you still have a secret weapon that you can use to communicate, text messaging. Text messaging uses very little bandwidth and it is an “on demand” and “as bandwidth is available” service. You may not be able to use your cell phone to talk but you can usually send a text message as long as your phone has at least sporadic cell phone service. Text messaging allows you to send a message even though you cannot use the phone to talk. Messages can get through when a network is damaged or overloaded because they can wait and keep trying, then transmitting the data quickly when a connection becomes available. You may want to learn how to use wireless email or short messages on your cell phones before a disaster. Clearly, you should consider text messaging for future disaster communication. Major Dan Leclair MEWG, CV


Editor’s Corner
Welcome to the Maine Wing “Wingover” newsletter. This newsletter was published for many years by my predecessor Major Dennis Murray and I look forward to continuing what he started. We are looking to publish this newsletter quarterly and will ask all squadrons and wing staff to provide information for this YOUR newsletter. 1Lt Mary Story Maine Wing PAO