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July 2013

What a very busy and exciting quarter it has been

not only for the 35th Composite Squadron but for
Maine Wing as well. I would like to begin by
congratulating the following Officers for receiving Wing awards at the 2013 Maine Wing Conference: Maj. Curt Slininger-Aerospace Education Officer, Capt. Alex Hall-Cadet Programs Officer, Maj. Susan Hall- Public Affairs Officer, Lt.
Jon Clapp-Safety Officer, and myself for Director of Finance. Your recognition is certainly deserving.
Although most of you have already met him, it is
my pleasure to announce that we now have a
Squadron Chaplain. Chaplain Soucy was a former CAP member in another Wing and now resides in Lee Maine (Please read Chaplains article
to learn more about Chaplain Soucy). We are
very fortunate that he has joined our Squadron.
Chaplain Soucy will be taking over the Character
Development program with the cadets and will
be meeting with the Officers over the next few
months. Chaplain Soucy is available to assist
any member that may need his services and can
be contacted at
Recently the Squadron hosted the Cadet Summit
which myself and Capt. Hall attended. This was
a strategic planning meeting to develop goals and
plans for Wing Cadet Programs. Some very exciting things are in the works for the upcoming
year. Please stay tuned for updates.
Respectfully submitted,
Maj. Cathie Spaulding, Commander


Just recently I became

the new Cadet Commander of the BangorBrewer Composite
Squadron. I have enjoyed
the program as I have
gone up through the
ranks and I plan to keep
the Cadet Program running in such an order that
others can too. The Color
Guard is still running
strong and looking for
new members for those
of you who are interested. We were able to
march in the Memorial
Day Parade, along with a
Drill team, where we did
a wonderful job. I would
like to thank all the staff I
have worked with for
making this possible and
look forward to working
with you in my new position.
C/CMSgt Dow,
Cadet Commander

Major Bruce Wiersma joined CAP in 2002 after hearing about how the organization uses pilots in so many of its missions. Being a pilot himself, Maj Wiersma
thought that CAP would be the perfect way to serve his community with his skills
as a pilot.
Twelve years later, he serves as the assistant to ME035's Safety and Aerospace
Education officers. He also participates in real and practice missions as a certified
Mission Pilot, and provides check rides for other pilots in the wing, plus is a CFI
(certified flight instructor).
Maj Wiersma obtained a Bachelor's degree in forestry and a Doctorate in ecology,
and served in the Army (two years on active duty, six on reserve). He is now retired, having been a dean at the University of Maine at Orono for years. He spends
his time golfing, editing a science journal, participating in activities at his church
(All Souls Congregational), and helping out as one of the flight instructors at
CAP's National Flight Academy every year, among other things. He has four children and five grandchildren.
~~Captain Alex Hall~~

Final Note From Cadet Poland:

It has been a while since I took command of our squadron in 2010. I am
very proud of the staff that helped me run it. I have come to realize that every
staff position is as valuable as the next; no one person can command a squadron
effectively. I am happy to be relieved of command by Cadet Dow, I know he
will do a better job than I have and accomplish the goals of the squadron.
Thank you,
C/2Lt. Poland

Hello, everyone! Major Spaulding and I have decided that this first letter from the
Chaplains office be an introduction rather than the regular letter of information,
challenge, and encouragement that will normally come from my office for inclusion in the squadron newsletter.
I have very much appreciated our Squadron Commanders support and encouragement to me. We first met toward the end of January, earlier this year. Since
then she has, along with the Wing Chaplain, guided me through the steps necessary to receive the appointment as a Chaplain with CAP and assigned primarily to
serve you here in the Bangor Squadron and the Maine Wing.
I enlisted in the United States Navy at a time during the Viet Nam war was escalating early in 1969. I served as an enlisted man in VF-84 (F4J Phantom) and
sailed on the Rusty Rosie (USS Franklin Delano Roosevelt). My rating and
training was as an Aviation Electronics Technician, but I ended up serving as a
plane captain. I was seriously injured in a line-of-duty combat related incident in
1971. Following many surgeries and a long period of hospitalization I was retired
with full benefits in 1975.
Etta and I married in November of 1972. We now have 4 children and 9 grandchildren spread from here in Maine down to the southern part of South Carolina. I
earned by Bachelor of Arts in Theology degree from Berkshire Christian College
in Lenox, MA in 1979; A Master of Arts in Religious Studies from Hartford Seminary in 1984; A Master of Divinity from Bangor Theological Seminary in 1993; A
Doctor of Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary outside Boston,
Massachusetts in 1996. I began my pastoral ministry in Augusta, Maine as a student pastor in 1975 and have remained in ministry since that time. I served for a
time as the President of Oro Bible College in Cagayan de Oro, Mindanao, Philippines. We left the country in 1996 under the threat of death from the rebel communists (the New Peoples Army) because of my association with the U.S. Navy.
While I was working on a one year residency program in 2001 earning the required Clinical Pastoral Education units for appointment and assignment as a
United States Veterans Administration hospital Chaplain I experienced problems
with my health. My passion and hearts desire was to serve my country and her
brave soldiers, airmen, and sailors. It seems that the Lord has answered my
prayers and led me here, back home in Maine, to work alongside the officers and
cadets of the 35th Composite Squadron in Bangor.
I am very proud of you: What you stand for and what you do. I count it a privilege
and a great honor that you have accepted me among you. I am committed to honoring our God, our country, and our fine organization, the United States Air Force
Auxiliary, the Civil Air Patrol.
I hope to see you at a Squadron meeting soon!
Chaplain Soucy

Flag Etiquette
The Flag Code, which formalizes and unifies the traditional ways in which we give respect to the flag, also contains specific instructions on how the flag is not to be used. They are:
The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing. It is flown upside down only as a distress signal.
The flag should not be used as a drapery, or for covering a speakers desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration in general. Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the bunting should be on the top.
The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered, printed or otherwise
impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after
temporary use. Advertising signs should not be attached to the staff or halyard
The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on
the uniform of military personnel, fireman, policeman and members of patriotic organizations.
The flag should never have placed on it, or attached to it, any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure, or
drawing of any kind.
The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.
When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms. To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously.
The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary.
Raising and Lowering the Flag
The flag should be raised briskly and lowered slowly and ceremoniously. Ordinarily it should be displayed only
between sunrise and sunset. It should be illuminated if displayed at night.
The flag of the United States of America is saluted as it is hoisted and lowered. The salute is held until the flag is
unsnapped from the halyard or through the last note of music, whichever is the longest.
Parading and Saluting the Flag
When carried in a procession, the flag should be to the right of the marchers. When other flags are carried, the flag
of the United States may be centered in front of the others or carried to their right. When the flag passes in a procession, or when it is hoisted or lowered, all should face the flag and salute.
The Salute
To salute, all persons come to attention. Those in uniform give the appropriate formal salute. Citizens not in uniform salute by placing their right hand over the heart and men with head cover should remove it and hold it to left
shoulder, hand over the heart. Members of organizations in formation salute upon command of the person in
The Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem
The pledge of allegiance should be rendered by standing at attention, facing the flag, and saluting.
When the national anthem is played or sung, citizens should stand at attention and salute at the first note and hold
the salute through the last note. The salute is directed to the flag, if displayed, otherwise to the music.

Maine Wing Conference ~~March, 2013

The annual Maine Wing Conference was held on March 23, 2013 at the Green Ladle Culinary
Center in Lewiston-Auburn. The Conference allows the Maine Wing members to network,
learn from the seminars, and make new acquaintancesor reconnect with old ones. It is also a
venue where time is taken to recognize the MGWG members who have performed outstandingly in their chosen specialty track. ME035 members garnered a fair share of the coveted
awards. The following members took home beautifully framed certificates, plus a MEWG
Challenge Coin from the Wing Commander, Col Dan Leclair:
Maj. Spaulding Finance Officer of the Year
Maj. Hall Public Affairs Officer of the Year
Capt Hall Cadet Programs Officer of the Year
Lt. Clapp Safety Officer of the Year
Maj. Slininger -Aerospace Officer of the Year
The following have received the Northeast Region Award and their packets have now
been sent to National for consideration of the National Award:
Lt. Clapp Northeast Region Safety Officer of the Year
Maj. Spaulding Northeast Region Director of Finance of the Year