Media and Public Affairs

Media & Public Affairs

Content Manager Mark Hyland, Captainajor

Maine Wing – US Air Force Auxiliary / Civil Air Patrol Assists in Fall Windstorm Relief Efforts

The devastation caused by a large coastal wind and rain storm, called a “Bomb Cyclone” by meteorologists, continues to challenge the people and resources of Maine. Nearly 550,000 Maine homes and businesses were without power in southern and central Maine, more outages than the infamous Ice Storm of 1998. Nearly 70,000 homes are still without power five days after the storm. Winds in excess of 90 mph were recorded along coastal Maine, with winds inland over 60 mph. Downed trees have demolished the Maine electric grid, and even with help from outside contractors, repair of the system has been slow. Many roads are closed due to fallen trees, bridge wash outs, and hanging power lines. Amtrak is only partly operational because of lack of power at road crossings along the rail line north of Portland. On the coast, a number of boats at anchor were smashed, sunk, or thrown up on shore in the Belfast area.

The Maine Wing of the US Air Force Auxiliary / Civil Air Patrol (USAF-Aux / CAP) has been tasked with damage assessment of rail and roadways by the Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Maine Department of Transportation (MEDoT).

MEDoT has requested CAP’s Maine Wing fly a number of railroad lines and roadways to pinpoint downed trees, flooded structures and barriers to transportation. Rail lines from Auburn to Portland and Westbrook to Fryeburg were inspected and photographed on Wednesday. Additional flights are planned for Friday and Saturday, weather permitting. According to LT COL Greg Curtis, Maine Wing Chief of Staff, the organization has a numerous of highly trained individuals who can assist in both air and ground operations. Assets available include sophisticated aircraft, which can provide high-resolution reconnaissance photography and infra-red detection equipment.

Maine Wing Commander Col. James Jordan was one of the first pilots into the air to record the damage along rail lines. Jordan said, “I was surprised by how widespread the fallen trees and power lines were, from the coast to far inland Maine”. The digital images recorded by CAP Aerial Photographers will be downloaded and provided to MEDoT for damage assessment and estimates. The damage assessments allow MEDoT to receive funding for repairs from FEMA and US DoT. Additionally, several personnel are fully qualified for participation in multi-agency Incident Command Centers and have volunteered to assist in the state Emergency Operations Center.

Civil Air Patrol- National Powered Flight Academy

Dewitt Field, Old Town, Maine

CAP National Flight Academy Teaches Young Cadets to Fly!

Contact: Capt. Mark Hyland, (207) 515-3959


Old Town- 18 Civil Air Patrol cadets will learn to fly this week at the National Powered Flight Academy held at Dewitt Field in Old Town.  The cadets, 16-19 years old from as far away as California, Michigan, and Georgia, will learn to fly, instructed by ten CAP certified flight instructors.  The flight instructors and staff are volunteering their time during the week of July 1-8th to help instruct and expose these young cadets to aviation.  The academy has been held in Old Town the last five years, hosted by the City of Old Town and the airport staff.  Cadets will receive 10 hours of flight instruction and approximately 25 hours of ground school about flight rules and aerodynamics.  Several of the cadets will solo by the end of the week.   Cadet Connor Sobolewski, from Pennsylvania, said “ I love seeing guys come back from what Colonel Vallillo did in the Air Force and commercial with as much experience as he has give back.  It's something I would like to strive for one day.”  Cadets will stay at the Bangor Air National Guard facility for the week.  CAP has brought 10 Cessna 172 aircraft from several states to support this activity and to provide the flight instruction.  Cadets will learn on various models of the Cessna 172 including the latest computer equipped Garmin G-1000 glass cockpit found in many commercial aircraft.  Lieutenant Colonel Cathie Spaulding, Director of this year’s flight academy, stated, “Cadets really benefit from the concentrated instruction from CAPs experienced flight instructors.  The cadets are excited to learn during a week of all aviation”.

Aircrews will use various airfields in the Bangor area for takeoff and landing practice, including Dover-Foxcroft, Old Town, Lincoln, Pittsfield, and the Bangor Airports.


Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 90 percent 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 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit for more information

Volunteers Give Their Time to Teach Cadets


Contact: Capt. Mark Hyland for more information  or 207 515-3959.

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Civil Air Patrol promotes Greg Curtis of Raymond

February 8, 2017

Photo by Capt. Mark Hyland


Auburn, Maine -- Major Greg Curtis, center, of Raymond is promoted to lieutenant colonel at the Civil Air Patrol. LTC Curtis is the squadron commander of the 77th Squadron, the local Lewiston-Auburn Composite Squadron, composed of senior members and cadets. LTC Curtis is a U.S. Air Force veteran and B-52 command pilot, as well as certified flight instructor.  He was stationed at Loring Air Force Base and a number of other locations around the country during his Air Force career.  LTC Curtis is also a Mission SAR Pilot, flight instructor and check pilot for the Maine Wing.  He frequently volunteers a week each year to instruct cadets at the National Flight Academy held in Old Town, Maine.  The local CAP Squadron has more than 30 members and meets at 6 p.m. Thursday nights at the municipal airport in Auburn. Colonel James Jordan, left, Maine wing commander, and Colonel Daniel Leclair, Northeast Region commander, present his new rank.

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