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October 2009 THE NEWSLETTER OF MAINE WING, CIVIL AIR PATROL, UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AUXILIARY

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Maine Wing Commanders Message
This newsletter is my first since I assumed command of the Maine Wing and I am very pleased to be your wing commander. I follow in the footsteps of a long line of great persons who have served as Maine Wing Commanders going back to Guy Gannett who started CAP here in Maine and for our country. We have lots of good things going here with the Civil Air Patrol and much of it due to all the efforts of our previous commanders and their staff. I’m well aware of the great gift that has been given to me when I assumed command. Command is always a privilege. Command in these difficult times is a distinct honor. Part of the honor for me today is that I follow in command one of the CAP officers I have admired most during my volunteer service, Colonel Chris Hayden. Col Hayden’s list of protégés is as long as his list of accomplishments and I’ve been proud to count myself among those who have tried to emulate him. Sir, I wish you all of the success and happiness possible in your new role as the Northeast Region Commander. Thank you for everything you’ve done for us and for this command. We will work to build on your legacy. From my experience of the past I know that your support to our three missions has been outstanding. Moreover, I’ve seen the service that CAP has provided to our state and to our nation as we seek to balance current and future requirements. That work must continue. But beyond that, as we have come to understand the implications of our volunteer service in an era of persistent cutbacks, we now confront an imperative to refine our systems and processes to support a CAP that deploys often and routinely. We must ensure that we have an adequate number of resources and people to get the mission accomplished. For CAP that means we must produce the right members with the right skills at the right time for a growing and transforming mission on the move with the goal of making our organization even more effective. The challenges are and will continue to be significant and the task is daunting – even for those of us that have been serving our nation for many years. But it is our solemn duty and our sacred trust and our country is counting on us. Our motto is, Semper Vigilant Always Ready. I truly believe in that and I’m proud to be serving with you. Thank you very much for serving your state and nation and for your volunteer service.

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NORTHEAST REGION COMMANDER
With the passing of the Maine Wing Conference in March I entered the fourth and final year of my term as your wing commander. Just as I was beginning to lament the end of one of the most fulfilling periods of my life, I received the invitation to submit my application for Region Commander. The timing was extremely short and within a week of my formal interview I received the call congratulating me on my new position. From that moment forward it has been a whirlwind as you can imagine. The weekend following the change of command saw the Maine Wing Compliance Inspection, the next weekend a region staff meeting and then the Summer Boards in San Antonio. But more importantly, I wish to congratulate Col Daniel Leclair on his selection as your new wing commander and I wish to thank every member of Maine Wing for your support throughout my tenure as your wing commander. Over the years we were fortunate to maintain and further develop a very professional and effective wing staff. Through their effort and focus on our mission, Maine Wing has become a national example of how to do it right. Now I am the Region Commander I am discovering how Maine is looked up to due to both the US Navy missions and the full state fire patrols being flown. I know Col Leclair will continue the same tradition and take the wing up yet another notch.

Col. Chris Hayden NER Commander

Maine Wing Over
Wing Commander Col Dan Leclair Vice Commander, North Lt Col Jim Jordan 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.

REMINDER
Red Ribbon Week Oct 17—25 Wreaths Across America Last year 240 CAP Units sold 15,000 wreaths. Can we top that this year. Go to www.WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA.ORG Questions call: 207-483-2039

Dinning Out Maine Wing Nov.21, 2009 Green Ladle Lewiston 5:30pm—10:00pm

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NATIONAL COMMANDER

SINCE CIVIL AIR PATROL GOT INVOLVED IN THE WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA THREE YEARS AGO, THE PROGRAM HAS GROWN EXPONENTIALLY AND CAP HAS BECOME A MAJOR PARTNER. TENS OF THOUSANDS OF WREATHS ARE PLACED ON VETERANS’ GRAVES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY AND BEYOND IN MID-DECEMBER. JUST LIKE THE MARINES ARE ASSOCIATED WITH TOYS FOR TOTS, CAP IS BEGINNING TO GET A REPUTATION FOR ITS ASSOCIATION WITH WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA. THIS IS A GOOD THING. ITS OUR NAME IN FRONT OF THE PUBLIC ON A ROUTINE BASIS AND TIES US TO A PATRIOTIC CAUSE. THIS YEAR, HOWEVER, FOR THE FIRST TIME WE ARE NOTICING A DECLINE IN CAP UNIT PARTICIPATION. THIS IS A TREND WE WANT TO REVERSE WHILE THERE IS STILL TIME. I URGE YOU TO INVESTIGATE HOW YOUR UNIT CAN BE A PART OF THIS YEAR’S WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA PROGRAM. THIS YEAR, WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA HAS HEIGHTENED SIGNIFICANCE FOR CAP AS OUR ORGANIZATION HONORS THE MEMORY OF THE MAINE WING’S MAJ DENNIS W. MURRAY, WHO PASSED AWAY EARLIER THIS MONTH AND WHOSE DEVOTION TO THE WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA PROGRAM IS HIS LEGACY. LAYING THE WREATHS IS AN HONOR TO VETERANS, A SERVICE TO YOUR COMMUNITY AND A LEARNING EXPERIENCE FOR YOUR MEMBERS. IT CAN ALSO BE A SOURCE OF POSITIVE PUBLICITY YOUR CAP UNIT.

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THOUGHTS ON SAFETY
Beauty is as beauty does’ an old saying. What is the meaning? It is that if one does beautiful things, then that is beautiful. Can we say “Safety is as Safety Does” ? Sure, and the meaning would be that to be safe we must do safe things. What things do we need to do to be safe? First we must be situational aware of what is going on and how we fit into the picture. Situational awareness is key to following the next step to help prevent the chain of events that create mishaps and accidents. If we are aware of our surroundings and what’s happening at the moment or what we foresee, then we can apply the next step’ Operational Risk Management (ORM) practices, effectively. If we’re not situational aware, then performing the six steps of ORM may not be so effective. For instance, the first step of ORM is to identify the hazards. Without being aware of the situation totally, we are unable to assess the risks meaningfully. So as a message this month, be safe;; do safe things. A SAFETY DOWN DAY in the month of October can be an excellent time to concentrate on developing a keen sense of situational awareness to use when risk and hazards need to be controlled. Think safe, act safe, be safe! 1LT Gary Brearley Maine Wing Safety Officer 2009 Northeast Region Safety Officer of the Year

SUCCESSFUL SHIP ESCORT
I am pleased to report MEWG supported the USN and BIW this past Thursday in the safe transit of DDG108 USS Meyer down river to open ocean on her delivery to the US Navy. Weather was beautiful for our late day mission with great coordination from all agencies involved. I would like to thank each member who served as aircrew of CAPF1724 and CAPF1770 as well as those manning the CCT (Command and Communications Trailer) for an outstanding effort! These missions are most rewarding as MEWG provides a valuable contribution to America!

Maj Marc Brunelle CAP Maine Wing Director of Operations

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MILESTONES IN CIVIL AIR PATROL MEMBERSHIP
Col Prentiss Godfrey, ME058, joined 1942 Col Joseph Melrose Jr, ME001, joined Mar 1953 Lt Col Miles Brookes, ME036, joined Apr 1953 Lt Col Charles Picard, ME036, joined Mar 1955 Maj Joel Look, ME058, joined Dec 1959 Maj Anne Melrose, ME001, joined Sep 1964 Lt Col Helen Cantor, ME038, joined Oct 1964 Lt Col Lindon Christie Jr, ME001, joined Mar 1968 1st Lt Leo Dyer, ME036, joined Mar 1968 Col Robert Bender Sr, ME036, joined Apr 1968 Maj James Wood, ME035, joined Jun 1969 1st Lt Don Sanborn, ME035, joined Sep 1969 Lt Col Robert Asselin, ME999, joined Feb 1971 Capt Ralph Howard, ME036, joined Apr 1971 Lt Col Pearl Bender, ME036, joined Mar 1973 Maj Ralph Gamache, ME058, joined Aug 1975 Maj George Rubly, ME077, joined Nov 1975 1st Lt Marilyn Melrose, ME077, joined Sep 1976 Maj Michael Povich, ME038, joined Mar 1977 Capt Stephen Swan, ME058, joined Apr 1977 Capt Kenneth Nagel, ME000, joined Nov 1978 Lt Col Earl Edgerly Jr, ME075, joined Aug 1979 Maj Joseph Quinn, ME035, joined Oct 1981 Maj Sandra Woodcock, ME036, joined Feb 1982 Lt Col Lance Lobo, ME035, joined Mar 1983 Lt Col Kay Brown, ME035, joined Apr 1983 Lt Col larry Brown, ME035, joined Apr 1983 Lt Col Edward Vajda, ME058, joined Jul 1983 Capt Dennis Bosley Sr, ME035, joined Jul 1984 Lt Col Stanley Look, ME075, joined Dec 1984 Lt Col Michael Lamontagne, ME056, joined May 1985 1st Lt Merry Lackey, ME000, joined Sep 1985 Lt Col Kenneth Goldstein, ME038, joined Feb 1987 Lt Col William Ricker, ME001, joined Dec 1987 SM Eugene Richardson, ME036, joined Jun 1988 Maj Robert Preti, ME058, joined Aug 1988 Lt Col William Hawksley, ME036, joined Apr 1989 Lt Col Harris Hinckley, ME 058, joined Apr 1989 Lt Col Michael Pellerin, ME001, joined Aug 1989

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SUMMER 2009

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SUMMER 2009

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33rd Composite Squadron
CARIBOU CADET AWARD ACE CAMP AWARD WINNER: Cadet 2nd Lt Levi Swan attended the Aviation Career Education Camp the week of August 2nd at the Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor. C/2Lt Swan is the recipient of the Ron Curtis award.. This is the second year that C/2Lt Swan has attended the ACE camp. Over the one week camp all careers in aviation were studied, from Civilian to military aviation to the theory of flight, Air Traffic control and aviation history. The students flew everyday in aircraft from a 1948 Hobe Swift, Beechcraft Baron and DeHavilland Beaver float plane. The campers also received tours in a Maine Air National guard Blackhawk helicopter. C/2Lt Swan of Charles and Sandy Swan of Woodland. Swan is the Cadet Commander of the 33rd Squadron. Pictured below is Captain Jerry Drake who was the commander of the Squadron from 1968-1971. Drake is pictured on the wing of the Beechcraft T-34 trainer from the Loring Air Force Base Aero Club November 2, 1970. One trainer went to New Hampshire and the second plane remained in Caribou this happened in the 60’s and 70’s.

35th Composite Squadron
On September 9th Vice-Commander Col. Jordan presided over the Change of Command Ceremony at the Bangor-Brewer Composite Squadron. Maj. Hunter relinquished command to Capt. Cathie Spaulding during a regular meeting with friends and family present. Maj. Hunter has been a member of Civil Air Patrol since Sept. of 1999. He has held the positions of finance, vice-commander and Commander for the past two years. Maj. Hunter will continue to be an active and valuable member of ME035. He has graciously accepted the position of finance office. The Bangor-Brewer Squadron wishes to thank Maj. Hunter for his leadership and service for the past 10 years. Capt. Spaulding has been a member since Sept. of 2004 and has held the position of Public Affairs and Finance Officer for the unit and has been the Wing Director of Finance for a little over a year. She is looking forward to the opportunity to lead her unit. The Officers of ME035 have recently been working on UDF training and will soon be working on Mission Radio Operator Training. The Cadets have been working on several things and will soon be working on Ground School training. The Cadets will be starting their semi-annual fundraiser. This is always a great event as it allows the cadets to set goals, potentially recruit new members and earn money to support their programs!! Capt. Cathie Spaulding Commander—ME035
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36th Composite Squadron
It has been an exciting and educational couple of months for myself and everyone and the 36th Squadron. We have finally settled into our new location at Camp Keyes and enjoying the much updated and warmer facility then the last location. We now have two large rooms with big screen televisions and plenty of seating capacity for all the cadets and Senior Members. We hope to fully utilize all the new space and equipment for more classes and to expedite training for our new members. During the past two months the Augusta Squadron Cadets traveled to Greenville to participate in the International Fly-In event and also to St. Albans to partake in Military Appreciation Day with members of the Waterville Squadron. Cadets drove in the motorcar race at Thundering Valley Raceway and spent a long day having fun while promoting the CAP. I am grateful to the Waterville Squadron and Capt. Berryman for organizing the event and assisting with transportation while I was away on vacation. Next month we look forward to resuming O flights and get all our Cadets and others from nearby squadrons flying during the next quarter. Finally we welcomed new Senior Member Fred Barnum to our Squadron. Fred has some experience with Model Rocketry which we hope to utilize in the future. Capt. Mark Seitz 36th Squadron Commander

37th Composite Squadron
SUNDOWN SQUADRON Participate in River Valley Business EXPO Three members of the 37th Composite Squadron, the sundown Squadron, in Rumford, participated in the annual River Valley Business Expo sponsored by the River Valley Chamber of Commerce. In exchange for squadron members volunteering their time in helping put on the Expo, the Squadron was given a free booth to promote the Wreaths Across America Program and for recruiting. It was a busy weekend with many of the Squadron members scattered in many other activities, but three along with some friends of the Squadron, were able to help out. Many Wreaths Across America sponsor sheets were handed out, many opportunities to tell people about the Civil Air Patrol and the privilege of meeting several who in years past were member of the Civil Air Patrol. There were some prospects for membership acquired during the Expo and follow up will be made to recruit these prospects. Radio Station WOXO was broadcasting live from the event and Lt. Roberts, the Commander, was interviewed for the live broadcast. He was able to explain a little about the Civil Air Patrol and the 37th and the Wreaths Across America Program. A lot of hard work, but a fun time sharing with members of the public was had. Lt Joe Roberts 37th Squadron Commander
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38th Composite Squadron
The 38th Composite Squadron has had several changes in the Cadet program this month. C/1Lt Hannah Pusey has passed the position of Cadet Commander to C/SMSgt. Stephen Ashcroft . Ashcroft has faithfully served CAP for 5 years and is soon going to be transferring to the Officer Member program when he turns 21 in Oct. Though his term as Cadet Commander will be short, he is “very excited about this new position and hopes to prove himself a good leader”. On behalf of the 38th Composite Squadron, we wish him luck and best wishes for the future. On August 11, C/1Lt Pusey was promoted to the grade of Cadet Captain. Cadet Captain is a mile stone award recognizing Amelia Earhart, the first woman passenger to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. Earhart became the greatest female pilot during her time in the 1920’s and also was the first president of the “Ninety Nines”, an international female flying organization. Since the Change of Command, C/Capt. Pusey has taken the responsibility of Cadet PAO for her squadron until she reaches the grade of C/Major. At which time, she will be focusing her priorities more toward her continuing education and greater life responsibilities. CAP has been a huge benefit in her life towards the maturing and shaping of her personality and character. Pusey states, “I am so grateful for the opportunities I have had as a Cadet in CAP. Probably the most valuable lesson I have learned has involved cooperation and communication while working with others. I accredit much of my personal development to the experiences I have gained though this program, and thank you who have taught and mentored me though this faze of my life.” We are also glad to have C/Capt. Stefan Blanchard back from his stay in Latvia. Blanchard spent his senior year of High School in Latvia in the AFS program. He has taken on the role of Emergency Services Training Officer and Assistant Emergency Services Officer. Capt. Bearscove, our squadron ES Officer, said :it is refreshing to have such a great assistant who I can rely on to get things done.” C/1Lt Hannah Pusey Cadet Commander 38th Composite Squadron Maine Wing, CAP

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77th Composite Squadron
The last couple of months have been busy at the 77th squadron starting with the SAREX in Bar Harbor on August the 8th. Lt Giles and SM Weeman loaded up the squadron van Friday afternoon for the trip over to Capt. Gaddis’s home to set up camp in the back yard. Cadets Herbert, Christakis, Wardwell and Kirby went along to help and ensure the senior members behaved. Everyone was up early Saturday morning and headed over to mission base where Maj. Leclair, Capt. Furlong, Capt. King, Lt Brearley and Lt Story arrived in two aircraft from Auburn. Everyone got quality training on the ground teams and aircrew finding the target in the process. After the debriefing, loaded up in the van and aircraft and headed home or at least tried to head home. Halfway home Lt Giles in the van got a call to turn around and rescue the crew of the broken C-182. Capt. King enjoyed the ride back in the van. On Saturday August 22, the clouds parted for long enough to have the “The Great Falls Balloon Festival Parade” in Auburn and Lewiston. Cadets Wardwell, Hebert were part of the Color Guard while SM Weeman, Capt. King and Cadet Thibault marched in the formation. Lt Giles drove the Auburn van while Lt Story enjoyed the air conditioning as it got quite warm CAP was honored to be the second unit in the parade. On Sept. 10th the squadron again loaded up the van to head north to the Greenville SAREX and Seaplane Fly In. Cadets Herbert, Plummer, Plummer and Plummer along with SM Weeman, Lt Edwards and SM Horn left Auburn and after stopping in Augusta to pick up another van with the Augusta Cadets made it to Greenville Friday evening. After spending the night on cots in the snowmobile club that hosted CAP everyone eat a hearty breakfast. Everyone met at the seaplane ramp to get the briefing and job assignments. All Cadets either manned the rope line or pushed seaplanes around. Everyone spent the entire Saturday and Sunday morning pushing seaplanes back and forth as the seaplanes came and went for competitions. It always seemed that the next plane that need to leave was the third one back behind others. During the Thursday night meeting the squadron DDR Officer, Lt Arnold, demonstrated the “Foggles” that allowed the Cadets to experience what impairment occur from drinking alcohol. Trying to walk or catch a ball became very difficult when simulating being drunk with the Foggles. There were a lot of laughs from those watching. Capt. Ray Hanson 077 Squadron Commander

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56th Composite Squadron
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58th Composite Squadron
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75th Composite Squadron
No Submission

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DEDICATED TO MAJOR DENNIS MURRAY
Dennis was born April 3, 1948, to the late Donald and Mary Murray. He was a graduate of Tipton High School in Indiana. Dennis Joined the Marine Corp and served two tours of duty in Vietnam. Dennis hitchhiked across the country and then enrolls in Indiana University where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in business and a minor in psychology. He lived in Florida, and later moved to Maine and worked for several businesses, until health issues forced him to retire. He belonged to many organizations, Veterans groups, church and the Masons. Dennis spent 11 years of service with the Civil Air Patrol, he served as Commander of Maine 76th Composite Squadron, Public Affairs Officer Maine Wing, and Northeast Region Newsletter which led to his becoming the founder and co-director of Wreaths Across America. His greatest pride was transporting the wreaths and laying the thousands of wreaths on veterans graves at Arlington. This was a proud American man. He will be remembered for his love of his wife, his children, his friends in the town of Baileyville and his CAP families, his years of volunteering and his legacy the Wreaths Across America program. We the Maine Wing will honor him and his many contributions, that will follow his name though the years with the Civil Air Patrol and the Maine Wing. SEMPER FI

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Editor’s Corner
WHEN YOU VOLUNTEER
I thought for days what the “Wing Over”, editorial should be about. Then it came to me, what are we??? We are volunteers, in a terrific program that gives all Civil Air Patrol members an opportunity to serve this country. As civilian volunteers we can join our fellow CAP members who share their expertise in so many fields— teaching, leadership, emergency services, law. The list is numerous. What a wonderful opportunity has been given us We all have felt the urge to make a difference in other people’s lives. There is something for every one’s taste and talent. America is a land of amazing abundance, but there are so many unmet needs in our midst. That is especially true today. State and local governments budgets are extremely tight and many of our Mainers have been hit hard by the recent economic downturn. We know what we do in the Civil Air Patrol, our humanitarian and educational nonprofit organization have performed remarkable efforts especially during disasters and national emergencies. We certainly assist local, state and federal agencies. I want all of you to remember to save a little of your self for a senior who might need a little help or a veteran who has special needs, collecting food for those in need, calling a shut-in what a list there is, you know this is gigantic, but just s little bit more, especially as the weather gets colder and the holidays are just around the corner. When you volunteer everybody wins! There is an old saying that, “ we make a living by what we make, but we make a life by what we give. Thought for the day Friends are flowers in a life's garden The flowers of all tomorrow are the seeds of today 1Lt Mary Story Maine Wing PAO 2009 Northeast Region PAO of the Year

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