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Content Manager Mark Hyland, Major



Maine Wing – US Air Force Auxiliary / Civil Air Patrol Transports Vaccine for Operation Warp Speed



CAP aircraft unloading vaccine at the Frenchville Airport, Maine

The Civil Air Patrol in Maine delivered a special cooler of Janssen Vaccine to the Frenchville Airport in support of Maine Center for Disease Control (MECDC) and the Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent. The vaccine made the trip in a CAP Cessna 172 piloted by Col James Jordan and Major Mark Hyland from Augusta to Frenchville. The vaccine has to stay cold and a 2.5 hour trip (189 miles) in the CAP plane keeps the vaccine cold and saves many hours of driving. The drive is 241 miles and more than 5 hours each direction. In previous weeks, Maine Wing delivered PPE via van to first responders in Alfred, Bath, Caribou, Rockland, Dover-Foxcroft, Farmington, Oquossoc, Paris, Presque Isle, and Lincoln. In all, Maine Wing has made over 50 ground sorties to deliver PPE and has more scheduled.

Lt Col Roger Plant, CAP’s Flight Release Officer monitored the mission, and said “At the request of the MECDC, CAP delivered the shipment of vaccine, syringes, and PPE to the Frenchville Airport Monday night for a clinic to be held on Tuesday morning”. Major Scott Higgins the CAP Incident Commander said “Civil Air Patrol charges only an hourly rate for aircraft fuel and maintenance to state and local government for missions like this”.

A nurse from the Medical Center picked up the vaccine at the airport with her sons, they enjoyed seeing the CAP airplane up close. CAP was supported by the airport manager, who stayed late to provide fuel for the CAP aircraft. Small rural airports across the state provide easy access to drop off supplies during a pandemic.


Airport manager refueling the CAP airplane.

CAP is delivering PPE and vaccine in its role as the US Air Force Auxiliary– part of the Air Force program to save lives, relieve suffering, prevent property damage and provide humanitarian assistance.

The Maine Wing has aircraft and aircrews in Augusta, Bangor, Sanford, Lewiston/Auburn, and Portland. The wing can deploy its five aircraft, and ground teams to assist in emergency response and other support to local, state, tribal and federal agencies. The wing has more than 330 members in squadrons in Sanford, Portland, Brunswick, Lewiston/Auburn, Augusta, Waterville, Bar Harbor, Machias, Bangor and Caribou.





General Carl “Tooey” Spaatz Award



The 58th Composite Squadron of Portland will host the presentation of the General Carl “Tooey” Spaatz Award to Cadet Colonel Andrew Butsch from the 58th Composite Squadron of Portland of the Maine Wing of Civil Air Patrol on Thursday April 15, 2021 at 7:00 P.M.

The invitation only ceremony will be located at the Portland Maine Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6859.

Named after General Carl “Tooey” Spaatz, the first chief of staff of the Air Force, the award is the highest achievement a cadet is eligible to attain in the CAP cadet program.
After rigorous testing throughout the 16 achievements and four milestones, a cadet has the opportunity to demonstrate their proficiency with successful cumulative examinations in the areas of Leadership, Aerospace and Physical Fitness.

Since its inception in 1964, C/Col. Butsch is the 2311th individual to obtain this prestigious accomplishment in Civil Air Patrol and the 15th individual to obtain this in the Maine Wing.

Media interested in attending the ceremony with intent to cover should RSVP to the 58th Composite Squadron of Portland via enearle@nerme058.org or jeffery.pierce@mewg.cap.gov by April 8, 2021.

Due to the current pandemic and having to limit the number of people able to attend indoor ceremonies, we will be offering a live viewing on Zoom.

If you would attend the Zoom meeting, please email Capt. Pierce for a Zoom link at jeffery.pierce@mewg.cap.gov.

To find out more information on the 58th Portland Composite Squadron, visit https://www.facebook.com/058capmaine.

For additional information regarding CAP, please contact CAP 1st Lt Emily Earle and CAP Capt. Jeffery Pierce, the Public Affairs representatives for the 58th Composite Squadron of Portland of the Maine Wing CAP at enearle@nerme058.org or jeffery.pierce@mewg.cap.gov.


Civil Air Patrol’s Maine Wing Assists in COVID-19 PPE Distribution




AUGUSTA, Maine (Jan. 15, 2021) – Civil Air Patrol’s Maine Wing delivered another round of COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE) this week to religious centers in Portland, Mexico, Oquossoc, Augusta, Waterville, Skowhegan and Bangor.



Wing members had previously delivered PPE to first responders in Alfred, Brownfield, Gilead, Norway, Otisfield, Denmark, Paris, West Paris, Fryeburg, Kezar Falls, Oxford, Sumner, Saco, Rumford, Mexico, Brunswick, Woodstock and Lincoln.



In all, the Maine Wing has carried out 11 sorties delivering PPE, with more scheduled for next week.



Capt. Scott Higgins, the wing’s incident commander for the mission, said the deliveries have been made at the request of the Maine Emergency Management Agency.



The wing is also assisting the Penobscot County Emergency Management Agency by providing emergency operations center staff to assist with logistics and resource requests.



Civil Air Patrol is delivering PPE in numerous states in its role as the U.S. Air Force auxiliary. CAP is aligned with First Air Force to rapidly respond to nonmilitary threats domestically when tasked in a Defense Support of Civil Authorities capacity to save lives, relieve suffering, prevent property damage, and provide humanitarian assistance.



The Maine Wing has aircraft and aircrews in Augusta, Bangor, Sanford, Lewiston/Auburn and Portland. The wing can deploy its five aircraft and ground teams to assist in emergency response and other support to local, state, tribal and federal agencies. The wing has more than 330 members in squadrons in Sanford, Portland, Brunswick, Lewiston/Auburn, Augusta, Waterville, Bar Harbor, Machias, Bangor and Caribou.



Civil Air Patrol is the longtime auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and as such is a valued member of its Total




Force. In its auxiliary role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 single-engine aircraft and 1,994 small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS). It performs about 90% of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 82 lives annually. CAP’s 56,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Operating as a nonprofit organization, CAP also plays a leading role in STEM/aerospace education, and its members serve as mentors to nearly 21,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs.



Visit www.CAP.News or www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com for more information.


CAP Contact Info
Maj. Mark Hyland
Public Affairs Officer Maine Wing

207-515-5959

Mark.Hyland@MEWG.CAP.gov














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