Hello everyone! Happy Summer! It took a while to get here (Spring was pretty awful, right?) but the season we wait all year for is finally here! I’ve been really busy since our last newsletter – I’ve made several trips to Fort Drum for my work (one where I met in person with the Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth), attended ROTC commissioning ceremonies at USM and UMO and the Military Ball at UMO Army ROTC where I had the honor or being the guest speaker. I also got to meet Cadet Brett Brown, who is one of the recipients of our Chapter Scholarship. I also attended the Cohen Lecture series on April 4th at the University of Maine where I got to meet former Secretaries of Defense William Cohen (1997-2001) and General James Mattis (2017-2019). It’s certainly not every day that you get to meet and hear a very candid current events discussion with two former Secretaries of Defense!
We had a very successful luncheon at the Maine Military Museum on April 2nd with almost 50 attendees who came to hear our guest speaker, Special Agent Snowdon, from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). We hosted many special guests that day including Jennifer Bover, Executive Director, Veterans Benefits Administration, Ellie Espling from Senator Collins office, and CDR Kelly Kraft, Commander of the USS Carl M Levin https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Carl_M._Levin.
May was Advocacy in Action month where fellow Board members Bill Hall, Bob Jaffin and I met with Senator Susan Collins and Congresswoman Shelly Pingree to request support for three key issues: The Major Richard Star Act; TRICARE mental health copays; and the 4.6 percent military pay raise. In June we had an informal Board luncheon at Pepper’s Landing in Brunswick, hosted by Mark Patrick, our long-time Treasurer (thank you Mark!). It was so nice to connect socially without a formal agenda and just enjoy a good meal and great company!
Election of New Officers and Members of the Board of Directors
Our Chapter By-Laws require us to nominate a new slate of officers and members of the Board of Directors for consideration by our members in advance of the September quarterly meeting each year. The Nominating Committee has proposed the following, which will be voted upon at the September Quarterly Chapter Meeting this year at the Portsmouth Navy Shipyard on August 6th:
Proposed Officer Slate for 2023
President: LTC Brenda Pennels, USA 671-1262 Brenda.Pennels@martinspoint.org
1st Vice President: Vacant, pending nomination confirmation
2nd Vice President: CDR David A. Patch, USN 633-3659 firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary: LT(jg) John J. Fay, USN 883-644 email@example.com
Treasurer: LCDR Mark S. Patrick, USN 729-604 firstname.lastname@example.org
Immediate Past Pres.: CDR Richard H. Tetrev, USN 443-6645 email@example.com
Board of Directors for 2023-2025
LTC K. Scott Berry, USA 767-02369 firstname.lastname@example.org
LCDR Paul F. Loveless, USN 725-0946 email@example.com
Col Douglas Scott, USAFR/ANG 222-2225 firstname.lastname@example.org
Col William F. Hall, USAF 766-2514 email@example.com
President's Message (Cont)
As mentioned in our last Newsletter, we will again be joining the New Hampshire Chapter of MOAA for the Annual Lobsterbake at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard on August 6th. Please see the enclosed flyer for more information! (Note: Form no longer available.) The deadline to mail in your check is July 29th so don’t delay! Do it today. I will get down there early and secure a space in one of the pavilions so that we can all sit together and conduct a bit of Chapter business as well. I promise you that you will not find a better lobster dinner for $25 anywhere in Maine this summer! Hope to see you all on August 6th. We will be mailing checks directly in to the NH Chapter this year, but I would still like to have a headcount of those attending from our Chapter. If you can, please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or send me a text at 207-671-1262 if you will be attending!
I’m off to England and France July 15-26th but will be reachable by email or text if anyone needs to speak with me!
Yours in Service,
Southern Maine Chapter of MOAA Senior Award Recipients
CDT Brett Brown is a member of the Maine National Guard. He is currently in the 1136 Medium Transportation Company. He recently deployed to Washington D.C. in January 2022 through March 19, 2022. Upon completion of his deployment he returned to the University of Maine and continues to major in History. He is currently a MS III and will be attending Advance Camp in Kentucky this summer. He will be commissioned as a 2LT in May of 2023.
Hannah Ehlers is a junior at the University of New England, where she is studying Applied Exercise Science. She is a cadet in the Army ROTC program and the Wildcat Battalion of the University of New Hampshire. She has been an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for collegiate athletes all three years of school. Her family supports her from Clifton, Virginia, as she pursues a career as a U.S. Army Field Artillery Officer. Outside of school, she enjoys weightlifting and historic relic hunting with her dad and dogs in the woods.
University of Maine
My name is Mark Beauregard and I am a Midshipman 2/C from Avon, Connecticut. I am a Marine Science major with a concentration in oceanography at the University of Maine. I enjoy any outdoor activity such as hiking, backpacking or fishing. I was selected as an outstanding Midshipmen instructor at NSTC Sea Trials. Currently, I hold the billet of Midshipman Executive Officer at our UMaine NROTC Unit. Upon commissioning, I plan to be a Naval Aviator on either MH-60R or the P-8.
Maine Maritime Academy
My name is MIDN 2/C Cole Eddins. I am from Fort Smith, Arkansas. I am studying to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Transportation Operations with a U.S. Coast Guard Unlimited 3rd Mate License. While attending MMA, I have served in many capacities and leadership roles.
I am currently serving as:
- Cadet Coxswain on the Training Ship State of Maine
- Regimental Physical Traininig Instructor (Regimental Wedge Member)
- Command Fitness Leader for MMA NROTC
I am also an active member of the SSMP Program here at MMA. I am looking forward to finishing out the semester strong, completing a safe and successful Junior Cruise, and serving in leadership roles while maintaining academic excellence throughout the rest of my time at Maine Maritime Academy