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December 2006 THE NEWSLETTER OF MAINE WING, CIVIL AIR PATROL, UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AUXILIARY

Smooth Sailing With Maine Wing
Maine Wing ship watch earns award By: Mr. Neil Probst, CAP Staff Writer CAP s efforts have not gone unnoticed. Recently Maine Wing, as part of the whole Force Protection The October 2000 bombing of the Team, earned the Aegis Destroyer USS Cole, a U.S. Navy destroyer, Excellence Award from SEANAV s brought renewed attention to the SUPSHIP, the Navy s Ship Building safety of our nation s military vessels. Supervision arm, for helping guard Today, Civil Air Patrol volun- the USS Gridley, also a destroyer, on teers are assuring the well-being of its way to and from sea trials. numerous U.S. Navy ships in Maine Maine Wing Commander Col. as part of an ongoing security effort Chris Hayden accepted the award on with the Army National Guard, U.S. the wing s behalf at a recent cereNavy and the U.S. Coast Guard. mony. For a year now, CAP aircraft Our acceptance as a major have escorted Navy frigates during team player is the result of our traintheir movements along the Kennebec ing and professional attitude said Hayden. Thanks to members efforts, Maine Wing public affairs officer Maj. Dennis Murray says CAP could see more such missions, based on the positive relationship established with SUPSHIP and with Robert Russell, the U.S. Navy Supervisor of Shipbuilding at BIW. I m so impressed with the professionalism of the Civil Air Patrol in assisting SUPSHIP that I m recommending their use to SUPSHIP offices A CAP aircrew flies above a Navy around the country, Russell said reship sailing back to Bath Iron cently. Works following sea exercises. Murray says CAP s watchful River between the Bath Iron Works, in eyes are especially important on the Bath, Maine, and the Atlantic Ocean. Kennebec, a river that twists like a As ships from the Iron Works serpent. wind their way to and from the AtlanA lot of times the ships are tic, CAP helps ensure that unknown going around the corner not knowing vessels remain outside the ship s se- what s on the other side, said curity zone. Murray. Murray said for each mission, a CAP Cessna C-182 launches and flies high while a Maine Army National Guard helicopter soars just above the ship. If the CAP aircrew sees a potential threat, it informs the Army Guard crew, and if the threat seems especially prominent, it notifies the Navy security boats and the United States Coast Guard. During this process, the CAP aircrew uses SDIS (satellitetransmitted digital imaging) and slow-scan technology to photograph any potential threat and the movements of the ships. They then send the images to a Navy intelligence officer aboard the Maine Wing s mobile communications vehicle for scrutiny. There s a real good bond coming together with the U.S. Navy, the Army National Guard and the U.S. Coast Guard, said Murray. Missions assisting the launch of a ship out to sea take from 6 to 10 hours for CAP and require at least 10 CAP volunteers three aircrew flying the mission, three aircrew manning a backup aircraft, three communications specialists operating the communications vehicle and one director overseeing the entire mission. However, when CAP assists with sea trials, which involve ships traveling to the ocean but then re(Continued on page 2)

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turning a few days later, up to 15 volunteers may participate. Murray said members of the wing enjoy the relationship with all the military agencies, not just the Navy, but also the Coast Guard and Air National Guard. I think it makes us all proud. I m a former veteran and a lot of us are, and this is the way we give back to our country for the freedoms we enjoy. Being able to help even in a small way makes us feel good, said Murray. And I know the wing s proud of the fact that we were asked and that we were so well-trained that we

Family Assistance Project
I wanted to follow up on our Family Assistance project recently. I left Portland with cadets, William Thibeault, Christina Hassett, Adam Madore, and Nick Woodman to help the family of the deployed Guardsman that was assigned to us. I spoke with the wife before we left Portland and she said her seven year old son was very excited about us coming to his house. We arrived to find him standing in the driveway waiting for us.

jor string of bad luck around the house. She still needs to have the driveway rebuilt and this is a major

Job Well Done Cadets!

Maine Wing s Eyes in the Sky help to see around corners so the Captain of the ship encounters no surprises.

undertaking because the house is built on the side of a hill. She also told me that she may have to have a major operation to her foot which will put her out of action for some time. She also has a seven month old baby, so that will have a big impact on things. On the way back to Portland I sugIsaac and Cadets relax after the gested that maybe we should "adopt" project was finished. this family as a squadron project. The I met the wife and found out just what cadets thought that was a good idea. I'll bring that up with Lt. Baker this she would like to have done, so we week. started with the raking. The lawn I've attached some before and after mower, that was out of service, was photos. started with very little trouble by the Thank you for the chance to do a little cadets. The son pitched right in and something for our Guard members! worked along with the cadets. He seemed to attach himself to Adam Steve Higgins and after a couple of hours we had To Maine Wing, I am sorry to report that LtCol Viola Sergeant is a patient at Colliers Nursing Home in Ellsworth, Maine, recovering after a stay in the MDI hospital in Bar Harbor. LtCol Sergeant has been active in Civil Air Patrol, especially in the Cadet Program, since the 1950's and has direct input at the national level. LtCol Sergeant will be Lots of work to be done. celebrating her 96th birthday on January 14th, 2007. I know that cards and most of the raking done and all of the letters will definitely make her feel mowing. better. Cards and letters may be adWe will have to make a second trip to dressed to either: finish the raking and weedwacking LtCol Viola Sergeant over the leech field area. Two more PO Box 13 hours should finish up. Ellsworth, ME 04605 As you know this lady has had a ma-

Maine Wing Over
Wing Commander Col Chris Hayden Vice Commander Vacant Newsletter Editor Maj Dennis Murray dmurray@mewg.cap.gov 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.

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Maine Wing Travels to Arlington National Cemetery
For the sixth year in a row, members from Maine wing, CAP traveled to Arlington National Cemetery to lay holiday wreaths on over 5,000 gravesites. What started 6 years ago from an invitation of CAP member Corey Worcester to Maj Wayne Merritt has now become an annual project with no end in site. When Majors Merritt and Murray teamed up to guide this project, little did they know that they would become involved in a nationwide project called Wreaths Across America, that would help to spread the word to Remember the fallen, Honor those who serve and Teach our children the value of freedom. up the assignment of Lead Groups. Here are a few photos from Arlington The end results were that out of 245 National Cemetery taken by C/1st Lt potential areas to participate 10.2% Joseph Martorano. Enjoy. were not covered for the first year of the project. Civil Air Patrol Squadrons did cover 51.43% with the Patriot Guard Riders (PGR) covering 23.67%. The other groups covered 14.1% and included DAR, VFW, American Legion, Scouts, Sea Cadets, Viet Nam MC groups, DAV, US Vet MC Clubs, Blue Star Mothers and others. After the wreaths were placed, Col Chris Hayden, Maj Wayne Merritt, Maj General Tony Pineda and Maj Dennis Murray took time for a photo.

What started out as a CAP Project, truly became a TEAM effort nationwide. The Co-Directors of Merritt and Murray were able to have all 50 states Starting in the middle of August, the participating along with Puerto Rico. Majors have spent almost everyday CAP National Public Affairs team of and evening on the phone or the com- Julie DeBardelaben, James Tynan, puters contacting CAP squadrons Susan Robertson, and others made throughout the United States and sure that CAP was in the limelight Puerto Rico to invite them to particinationwide. pate in this nationwide project. There were a total of 245 National and State Interviews from the major network TV Veterans Cemeteries plus Major Vet- stations, Newspapers, Radio, Magaerans Memorials to cover all over the zines were shown telling the story of nation. Wreaths Across America to a wide audience. Local Lead Groups Working with a committee of Morrill throughout the Nation also received and Karen Worcester and family, quite a bit of coverage of this event on Tobin Slaven, and others, the ideas the local level as well. flowed as to how this project would be handled. How are you going to make this project better next year? Maj Wayne Merritt was assigned to handle the phones and General InWhen asked this question, the Majors quiries regarding the Wreath Project. just smiled and said Wait until you Maj Dennis Murray was assigned to see what is going to happen in Deall CAP inquiries and the Logistics of cember of 2007. Inside information assigning the Lead Groups to hantells me that many suggestions have dle the Cemeteries and Memorials. been coming in for all over the nation from Lead Groups and the committee After three months of offering this pro- is considering all of these. It is not ject exclusively to CAP Squadrons, it official as of now but looks like the became apparent that more help was ceremonies will be held on Saturday needed nationwide. On November 1, instead of Thursday so more Children the committed made the decision to can participate in 2007. This keeps in open up the project to all interested the fore front to Teach our children groups. This action helped to speed the value of freedom.

Even in the thick fog, these cadets from Maine Wing and Maryland s Easton Composite Squadron, were ready to help on the project.

Individual ceremonies were held throughout the morning as here is the Maryland Wing Honor Guard participating with a wreath laying by the National Commander Maj Gen Pineda, on a former CAP National Commanders gravesite. Cadets played a major part in answering questions and helping the public.

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Nationwide moment of silence held Dec. 1, to honor Civil Air Patrol s 65th Anniversary MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. In honor of Civil Air Patrol s 65th anniversary, CAP National Headquarters joined wings and squadrons nationwide in a moment of silence on Dec. 1. The ceremony was held at 11 a.m. CT at the L-19 "Bird Dog" aircraft on display outside CAP s National Headquarters building at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. The moment of silence is one of numerous events to be held throughout the year at the national and local levels in celebration of CAP s anniversary. A time capsule dedication in which each of the organization s 52 wing commanders will contribute an item of significance to their wing will be held in March in Washington, D.C. CAP was founded on Dec. 1, 1941, less than a week before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor led to America's involvement in World War II. Its members soon proved their worth by conducting aerial patrols, vigilance that discouraged and eventually stopped deadly German U-boat attacks on shipping in American waterways. Sixty-four members died while carrying out CAP missions during the war. CAP, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with nearly 57,000 members nationwide. CAP performs 95 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions, as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 73 lives in 2005. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and Counterdrug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to the more than 22,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program.

St Croix Composite Squadron

Cadet Stephen Lincoln, Jr. receives his promotion orders for Cadet Major. Joseph Martorano was promoted to C/1st Lt and accepted the Cadet Commander s position from C/Capt John Chambers.

C/1st Lt Joseph Martorano assumes the Cadet Commander PosiC/Capt John Chambers and C/1st tion for St Croix Composite SquadLt Joseph Martorano pin on Steven ron Martorano' s rank of C/2nd Lt. Congradulations to all who have been promoted and/or have taken on new positions in the squadron this last quarter. December, as you know, has been used almost entirely on working towards the Arlington trip and Wreaths Across America. All of you have made us proud to be part of this great team across the nation. You have shown us that we are part of a Cadet Kimberly Lane receives her family bigger than ourselves. GOD Bless you all and have a safe and promotion to C/SSgt happy holiday. Maj Dennis Murray, Commander St Croix Composite Squadron, ME076 We will not Ever Forget you!

Happy Birthday CAP

Cadet Anthony Dileo received his promotion to Cadet Airman.

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No Reports From the following
Most local squadron information can be found on their websites under Public Affairs/Squadron Newsletters on the Maine Wing Website.

NER Conference Results November 12, 2006: I have just returned home from the Northeast Region Conference in Mansfield MA and I m pleases to announce that Maine Wing was well represented by: Lt Col Michael Pellerin, Chaplain (Lt Col) Stuart Price, Maj Douglas Grosso, Maj Dennis Murray, Capt Marc Brunelle, Capt Andrea Hayden, 2Lt Laura Minoty, Cadet Stephen Lincoln and myself. Apart from being a very enjoyable and informative conference, Maine Wing also took home four major awards. Lt Col Michael Pellerin was recognized as the Northeast Region Communicator (Director of Communications) of the Year, Maj Dennis Murray was recognized as the Northeast Region Public Affairs Officer of the Year and both C/Capt Stephen Lincoln of St Croix Squadron and Maine s Owls Head Transportation Museum received the converted Brewer Award for Aerospace Excellence. Congratulation to these Maine Wing members and thank you to those who attended. Go Maine!! I would also like to thank Maj Merrie Knightly for taking command of Maine Wing in my absence. Col (Chris) Hayden CAP Commander Maine Wing, Civil Air Patrol

SDIS support, and the acquisition and maintenance of a mobile command post and its communications equip-

Bangor Brewer Composite Squadron

Cumberland County Composite Squadron

Downeast Patrol
Sundown Composite Squadron

Machias Valley Composite Squadron Augusta-Gardiner Composite Squadron

Maj Dennis Murray...ME076 NER Joseph Mixer Award (PAO) For outstanding performance as the Maine Wing Public Affairs Officer including the publishing of several high quality newsletters at squadron, wing and region levels. Major Murray s articles have been published in state and local media. His workshops at wing and region levels have inspired many Public Affairs Officers to increase their effectiveness.

Pinetree Senior squadron
Waterville Composite Squadron Lewiston-Auburn Composite Squadron

Maine Legislative Squadron
County Composite Squadron

C/Maj Stephen Lincoln, Jr .ME076 NER Brewer I Award Outstanding contributions in Aerospace Education by a Cadet. Lincoln has actively promoted AE in his unit, wing and community. He has published many articles on AE, mentored cadets, officers, school students and Lt Col Mike Pellerin .ME001 adults. He has been a key participant NER Communicator of the Year For steadfast and longtime support of in the AEX I program at the Frank Beckett Center in Maine, the annual communications for the Maine Wing Sea Plane Pilot s Association Fly-In, including SLO SCAN transmissions, and the Model Rocketry Program.

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Wreaths Across America
In addition to the Arlington Project, Wreaths Across America was started this year. Here are just a few of the ceremonies that took place around the country. For more information on the pictures and ceremonies please visit: http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org Capt Judy Murray, PAO

To all of our Lead Groups, we thank you for your dedication and support of our project. Next year will be even bigger and better. Maj Wayne Merritt & Maj Dennis Murray, Co-Directors, WAA

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Emergency Services Missions
MEWG: I had just commented to someone how successful COWG and AKWG had been in locating downed aircraft recently when my phone rang announcing a search was requested for a missing GA aircraft. As is protocol, we were tasked by AFRCC at the request of the ME State Police. The mission was opened at 1218L and closed at 1301L with no action taken.? Within those 45 minutes I learned of a German pilot who was piloting his newly purchased experimental EZ type aircraft home having left BGR on Sunday (17 Sep).? His last known position stateside was 12 miles this side of the border on a route to Goose Bay, Labrador. ? Canadian SAR launched a C130 to perform a route search, and shortly thereafter, reported that the missing aircraft was most likely in Canadian territory. At this point AFRCC closed the mission with MEWG standing down.? This experience reminds us of the inherent dangers of flight as well as our responsibility to train and remain qualified.? Thank you to everyone who were willing to assist and? our thoughts should be with the pilot's family. Capt M Brunelle CAP MEWG Director of Operations

the "on" position. The C172B was parked approximately 50' from the Downeast Squadron's front door at BHB and likely was activated inadvertently by a careless owner. The USCG was first tasked to locate the signal around dinner time last night, however, at 0115L this morning I was called when they determined "it wasn't in the water". Fortunately, a brave crew from Machias consisting of Maj Merritt, Maj Raymond, and 1Lt Hukki responded to my plea for help and did an outstanding job of finding and silencing the offending ELT. My efforts to find qualified UDF folks last night was not as easy as usual. This points to the need to train more people in UDF skills and ensure each squadron has a DF unit that is functional.

currently awaiting their arrivals home before closing the mission, but AFRCC was pleased we had successfully completed the mission. Great work, considering they only used a handheld aircraft radio with a removable antenna. Capt M Brunelle CAP MEWG Director of Operations The tasking came at 0400L today from AFRCC to locate an EPIRB broadcasting a 406 signal, however, since it was "unregistered", no one could contact the owner.

A UDF team of Maj Knightly and Lt Col Lobo of Bangor drove to Orrington to begin the search and arrived on station at approximately the same time the signal went Neg 2. As a result the expert ground team listened Thank you to all who helped. The without success with the Tracker but AFRCC knows MEWG always comes soon the EPIRB went Neg 3 to close through! the mission. Capt Marc Brunelle CAP/USAF Aux MEWG Director of Operations The frustration with this mission is that the USCG had in fact tracked it to a specific location on land last evening, however, AFRCC first contacted the local law enforcement authorities to assist in finding the owner since they had a fairly good address. Overnight they were unsuccessful in turning up the owner after knocking on several doors and finally gave up. AFRCC then contacted MEWG and my suspicion is that the owner may have turned it off having been tipped by the commotion. I would like to thank Merrie and Lance for helping and they saw a beautiful sunrise so all was not lost.

MEWG: Thank you to 1Lt Baker and 2Lt Savage for answering the call this evening as the Lewiston/Auburn Squadron was unavailable. As usual, our mission opened just about the time most people hit the sack at 2200 hours. The search was localized to the Aub/ Lew airport and our UDF members met the airport maintenance manager there for assistance. The signal went negative 1, but, the audible was very strong upon arrival. The activated ELT was found in a 1941 J-3 inside a metal "T" hangar with the switch in the "armed" position. 2Lt Savage contacted the owner and our team proceeded to silence the device. I am

Good morning MEWG: It has been a long night for several of us who worked on an ELT ultimately found in an aircraft with the switch in

Capt Marc Brunelle CAP/USAF Aux MEWG Director of Operations
These missions have been posted for the general knowledge of the MEWG members.

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Commander s Corner

Early this morning 52 members of Maine Wing arrived home safely from laying wreaths at the Arlington Cemetery in Virginia on Thursday. This was a very proud day for Maine Wing and especially for both me as your Wing Commander and for Major General Antonio Pineda, our National Commander, who flew in especially to join us and to assist with the wreath laying. We are very grateful to Maryland Wing and especially Easton Squadron of MDWG who provided a pizza supper, accommodations at the Armory, a Grand slam Col (Chris) Hayden CAP breakfast at Denny s on Thursday Commander morning and assisted us with the Maine Wing, Civil Air Patrol wreath laying. MDWG also provide their highly talented and professional honor guard. Watching the news this morning I see we were well seen both

as part of the preparation in Machias and at the wreath laying Arlington. Our cadets and officers first unloaded and distributed 5,000 wreaths from the truck to the families and friends who came to lay wreaths and then laid wreaths for those not represented. At noon, we all moved to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and there our National Commander, Maj Gen Pineda laid a wreath while we looked on. On the way out of the cemetery, we all stopped to locate the small memorial dedicated to the members of the Civil Air Patrol who gave their lives during WWII and laid a wreath. I personally wish to thank the all officers and cadets who volunteered to make the long trek to Arlington to remember, honor and teach.

Even with the thick morning fog the spirits were high for those attending and placing wreaths on gravesites in Arlington National Cemetery. Maine Wing Commander, Col Chris Hayden and CAP National Commander Maj General Tony Pineda take a moment to reflect on the day s activities. (Photo by C/1Lt Joseph Martorano) Over 1500 volunteers from all over the country came to help with the wreath laying Project.

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