Ladies and gentlemen,
Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday Season with family and friends and that this new year will be the very best. As far as your Chapter goes the Board has hit the deck running and we look forward to a fruitful year.
Our first event for the membership will be March 9th for our annual luncheon at the Woodlands Club in Falmouth. Our guest speaker is a former Commanding Officer of Patrol Squadron 10 in Brunswick. He is now the Vice President of Council/Chapter and Member Support at MOAA national. His talk should not only be interesting but also helpful as we continue to work on making our Chapter even stronger. Last year we were successful with our application for funding for MOAA’s Community Out Reach Grant to the tune of $5,000.00 for Veterans No Boundaries. This is a Maine-based program for disabled veterans and their families from all over the
March Program Announcement, Capt. Jim Carman, USN (Ret)
We trust you are all coping with another of our famous winters here in Maine. It won’t be too long, however, before our thoughts will turn to spring and that will bring our March Quarterly Meeting to be held at the lovely Woodlands Club in Falmouth. We will have a full luncheon this quarter with a choice of three entrees, complete with dessert. We have reserved the Club for Saturday, March 9th. We’re hoping to see some new members this quarter for this special meeting, so please make a special effort to attend.
We are indeed honored to have one of the MOAA staff with us for our meeting who will be sharing MOAA’s current efforts to support both currently serving and retired members of the military. Capt. Jim Carman, USN (Ret.) joined MOAA in 2012 and serves as Vice President of Council/Chapter and Member Support. Under his leadership MOAA earned the 2012 and 2015 Summit Award from the American Society of Association Executives, recognizing impactful community service initiatives among their 9,300 member organizations.
Jim served as a Navy pilot for nearly 25 years. His military career was highlighted by command of a maritime patrol and reconnaissance squadron deployed to the Mediterranean Sea and command of a maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft wing deployed throughout the Pacific Rim, Indian Ocean, and Persian Gulf.
His service in Washington, D.C., includes three years in the Executive Office of the President as Assistant National Security Advisor to the Vice President, initially serving Vice President Dan Quayle and later reappointed by Vice President Al Gore. In this assignment, he planned and participated in significant bilateral discussions with Argentina, Brazil, Chile, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, South Africa and Canada.
After leaving active duty, Jim initially served as an Airline Transport Pilot with American Airlines where he qualified in the Boeing 737-800 and later as a Career and Talent Consultant with Right Management, the talent management element of the Manpower Group. He also founded and led a career management consulting practice based in Washington, D.C. where he mentored hundreds of clients through career transition and professional development.
Mark your calendars for March 9th. See you at the Woodlands!
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I just wanted the members to be aware of the Junior and Senior ROTC programs that we support throughout Maine. There are a total of 8 Junior Programs and 3 Senior Programs. I have listed them below broken down by Military Branch. For the programs that we have dates of their awards presentation, they have been listed along with the phone number of the school. Any member who wishes to represent the Chapter by presenting the award should contact the school.
Bangor High School 207-992-5570 (April 27, 2019)
Hermon High School 207-848-5436 (May 03, 2019)
Nokomis Regional High School 207-368-5239 (April 2019, TBD)
Old Town High School 207-827-3910, ext 309 (March 30, 2019)
Sacopee Valley High School 207-625-2303 (May 22, 2019)
Brewer High School 207-989-4140 (May 2019, TBD)
Lewiston High School 207-795-4190, ext 5246 (May 10, 2019)
Massabesic High School 207-247-5011 (May 19, 2019)
University of Maine, Orono 207-581-1121
Awards Ceremony (April 2019, TBD) Commissioning (May 13, 2019)
University of Maine, Orono 207-581-1551 Commissioning (May 11, 2019)
Maine Maritime Academy, Castine 207-326-2356 Awards Ceremony (April 10, 2018) Commissioning (May 05, 2018)
Presently, we support them by providing annual awards and a gift for deserving cadets in both the JROTC and the Senior ROTC programs. The Chapter also provides a $500 scholarship for the Senior ROTC Detachments, one for the Army program and one each for the two Navy programs.
(COL Frank Toderico, ROTC Chair
United States. They come to Maine both in the summer and winter for a little R&R and some serious pampering and wonderful activities. One of the requirements to be successful in selection for the grant, members must be involved directly in the organization.
This year we are going after another grant, and we are very hopeful to have the same results. In this installment of our Newsletter, please take time to read the reports by our other contributors. Our Chapter does wonderful things for the Military community and their families and the more you are aware and share in our activities the more you can help us recruit more to our ranks and help us help others who serve and have served.
CDR, USN (Ret.)
The Chapter has traditionally saved a section of the Newsletter to extend a welcome to our newest members. Through an oversight on my part, I stopped providing that input over a year ago. I apologize to our new members that were not properly recognized. We would like to take this opportunity to extend a warm Welcome Aboard to the following members:
Commander Robert Bachus, USCG and his wife Elizabeth from Scarborough
Captain Alan Johnston, USN from Windsor
Lieutenant Colonel Linda Fontaine-Farris, USAF and her husband Doug from Orrs Island
Lieutenant Colonel Brenda Pennels, USA from Scarborough
Lieutenant Commander Ervin Deck, USN and his wife Ellen from Wiscasset
Chief Warrant Officer-4 Robert Jaffin, USN and his wife Elaine from Sanford
Captain Thomas McDevitt, USCG and his wife Amylynn from Wells
Commander Nate Cagel, USN and his wife Linda from East Boothbay
Major Keith Craig and his wife Alexa from Cumberland Foreside.
Major Craig, our newest member, is retired from HM Forces, British Army, Royal Regiment of Artillery and was approved by the Board of Directors as an Honorary Member. (Col Rob McAleer, Membership Chair)
Southern Maine Chapter Supporters (2018)
The Chapter is able to continue its annual operations because of the year in and year out support provided by our members through their annual dues. In many cases, members are able to provide additional assistance through their voluntary contributions to the General Fund and the ROTC/JROTC programs. In order to appropriately recognize their support and generosity, the Chapter has established four categories of supporters. The Standard Bearers are those members who have paid their dues for the current year. Bronze Star members have donated up to $24.00 extra to the Chapter. Silver Star members have donated up to $49.00 extra. And, Gold Star members have donated $50.00 or more. Last year we collected $2,170 in dues, $1,624 in General Fund donations and $875 in ROTC donations. Regardless of the level of contribution, the Chapter is sincerely grateful for their continuing support. Here is a link to our Members that went above and beyond:
(Col Rob McAleer, Membership Chair)
Annual Dues Drive
It is time once again for our annual dues drive. Dues for the coming year will remain at $20.00 per Regular Member. Auxiliary Members (Surviving Spouse) and Emeritus Members (90+ years experience) are not required to pay dues, but any donations will be gladly accepted. Also, because we offer one year of free membership to new members, any member that joined the Chapter after October 1, 2018, is considered to be paid in full for 2019. Click on the link below to print and fill out the form. Return this form with your check to the address provided. Please complete this action by March 15, 2019.
Thank you in advance for your continuing support. (Col Rob McAleer, Membership Chair)
TRICARE Update, Storm Clouds on the Horizon
We are in the usual winter cycle when the bean-counters emerge from the ice to begin gnawing at the edges of TRICARE. This time the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is sharpening its teeth more vigorously than usual on TRICARE For Life (TFL). To save the Defense Department from what they consider an overly generous benefit, OMB wants the administration and Congress to consider charging military retirees who use TFL an enrollment fee (i.e., a premium in addition to the Medicare premium), a deductible (an amount paid out of pocket before insurance coverage begins), and copayments for medical services. These new costs would start in 2020 and increase perhaps yearly after that. Needless to say, that would amount to quite an increase to the price of health care for us retirees who are 65 and older and in Medicare with TRICARE acting as a free supplement. The increase would apply as well to Martin’s Point members who are 65 and older and enrolled in Medicare. Over the last several years, the bean-counters, with help from the Defense Health Agency, have managed to trim the TRICARE benefit for almost everyone, whether younger or older than 65, even active-duty families. Whether these latest proposals will survive as they move from the planning through the political process is uncertain. It’s a good idea for us to stay in touch with our national MOAA - and not to hesitate to let our congressional representatives know how we feel about preserving the benefits we thought we earned from serving our country. (Col Bill Hall)