Greetings everyone! Once again there is a lot to talk about his quarter. I’m writing this to you on Veteran’s Day, bursting with pride, gratitude and reverence for the hundreds of years (maybe thousands?) of military service by members of our organization. Whenever I am thanked for my service, I always respond that it was my honor to serve, and I know that by virtue of your membership in our organization that you feel the same.
I was so pleased to see many of you at the Clambake with the NH Chapter at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard on September 18th. It was a beautiful fall day and I think the delicious meal and fellowship was enjoyed by all. We had some special guests attend, the commander of the Maine Army Recruiting Company CPT Jamar Meadows, as well as the new Commander of the New England Recruiting Battalion, LTC Natasha Clark and her husband James. I know that they really enjoyed meeting our Chapter members!
In October I had the sobering task of driving to Bangor to meet with a board member (Peter Anderson) of the Pine Tree Chapter to receive the materials and records of their organization. I packed my little SUV with over 40 years of phots, records, awards and other items collected by this chapter over the years. The history and amazing work of this once large and vibrant chapter was extremely well documented! It made me realize how special and yet fragile our organization is. Our future is truly dependent on our ability to continue to recruit the next generation of former and retired military officers to join our ranks. We all know someone who is eligible to join MOAA, why not invite a guest to our next meeting?
And now speaking of our next meeting, it is going to be great! We will meet on Saturday, December 11th at the Maine Military Museum in South Portland to install our 2022 officers, and hear from a special guest speaker, Senior Chief (USN, Ret.) William Quintana. Senior Chief Quintana has a very interesting background and has come highly recommended by one of our Board members. We will also be awarding our 4th Annual Ann LePage Service to Veterans Award to Adria Horn. Former Maine First Lady Ann LePage will be attending to personally present Adria with the award. I know many of you know Adria and the heart she has for the Maine military community. I’m really excited for this meeting and hope that you will put it on your calendars to attend (and bring a guest!). Click here for a copy of the Reservations Form. We have a short deadline to get our headcount in to Black Tie catering, who will be preparing us a delicious hot buffet lunch!
In closing, please accept my heartfelt wishes for a happy, safe and healthy Thanksgiving, and a joyous holiday season! See you at the Maine Military Museum on December 11th!
Yours in Service
Brenda Pennels, President
Now is the time to renew expired ID Cards, according to the Department of Defense. All ID card-issuing offices are operating by appointment only. Also, the age for first issue for children is now 14. You will need to bring two unexpired forms of identification with you. One must be a government-issued picture ID. The second can be a Birth Certificate or an original SSIC Card.
TRICARE/VISION/Dental Open Season is now until December 13. If you wish to sign up or make changes go on line to BENEFEDS.com. (LCDR Paul Loveless, Personal Affairs)
Southern Maine Chapter ROTC Program
Every year at this time I have reported on my efforts to contact the Junior and Senior ROTC programs that we support throughout the state of Maine. Our Chapter supports a total of 8 Junior Programs and 3 Senior Programs. It is still very early in the school program year so we do not have graduation and awards data yet for these units. This will change over time and I will provide updates as I receive them. The programs listed below are broken down by Military Branch with a school phone number for contact purposes. I expect to have much more information on projected graduation and awards dates in our next Newsletter. We are hoping that members of the Chapter will volunteer to represent our Chapter at these graduations to be able to present our awards to the top graduates. This is especially important now that the Pine Tree Chapter no longer exists. (COL Frank Toderico, ROTC Chair)
Bangor High School 207-992-5570
Hermon High School 207-848-5436
Nokomis Regional High School 207-368-5239
Old Town High School 207-827-3910, ext 309
Sacopee Valley High School 207-625-2303
Brewer High School 207-989-4140
Lewiston High School 207-795-4190 ext 5246
Massabesic High School 207-247-5011
University of Maine, Orono 207-581-1121
University of Maine, Orono 207-581-1551
Maine Maritime Academy, Castine 207-326-2356
Adria Horn Biography
Adria Horn serves as the Executive VP of Workforce at Tilson Technology Management, a high growth, Maine-based National company on a mission to build America's information infrastructure. Adria graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York in 2001. She commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Military Police Corps and served in various positions as both a Military Police Officer and a Psychological Operations Officer. She deployed five times in support of the Global War on Terror. Still serving, Adria is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Reserves. She holds an MBA from Northeastern University. In her previous position, she worked for U.S. Senator Susan Collins. Appointed by Maine Governor, Paul LePage, she served as the Director of the Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services from 2015 to 2018. Adria is married to Lourens Horn, a South African native. Together, they have two young daughters, Ava and Juliette. They own Wooly & Grunts, a yak and sheep farm, in Pittston, Maine.
Military Health Care Update - Open Enrollment
Legislatively, the TRICARE front remains quiet. At the national level, the MOAA continues pushing Congress to reconsider the Defense Health Agency’s decision to cut staffing at military treatment facilities by 18,000 positions. The cut had been paused in response to the pandemic. And TRICARE fees for medical care (not including TRICARE for Life) and prescriptions continue to rise according to the 2018 plan adopted by Congress. We are currently in the annual open enrollment seasons for multiple federal programs, including Medicare, TRICARE, and FEDVIP. (FEDVIP provides dental and vision coverage.) Our Chapter members should review the health care plans they currently have and take a look at the changes, if any, coming to those plans in 2022. There might be better options to consider for the next year. The Medicare open enrollment period runs through December 7, TRICARE and FedVip through December 13. Finally, good news for our VA users in southern Maine, the new VA outpatient clinic in Portland is scheduled to open in January. (Col Bill Hall)
Annual Dues Drive
It is that time of year again when we commence our annual membership dues drive. The Board has voted to hold the dues at $20.00 for the year. Please complete the dues form included with the Newsletter and return your contribution to our South Portland address by January 2, 2022. Please remember that this is for your Chapter dues, not annual dues to National MOAA. Click here for a copy of the Dues Form.
Thank you for your continuing support of the Chapter. (Col Rob McAleer, Membership Chairman)
2022 Chapter Quarterly Meeting Dates
March 5, 2022
June 4, 2022
September 3, 2022
December 3, 2022
Induction of New Officers and Members of the Board of Directors
Our Chapter By-Laws require us to install the newly elected slate of officers and members of the Board of Directors at our December Quarterly Meeting. The officers for 2022 elected by our members at the September Quarterly Meeting include:
New Officer Slate for 2022
President: LTC Brenda Pennels, USA 671-1262 Brenda.Pennels@martinspoint.org
1st Vice President: vacant
2nd Vice President: CDR David A. Patch, USN 633-3659 email@example.com
Secretary: LT(jg) John J. Fay, USN 883-6447 firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: LCDR Mark S. Patrick, USN 729-6042 email@example.com
Immediate Past Pres.: CDR Richard H. Tetrev, USN
Directors 2020 – 2022
LTC K. Scott Berry, USA 767-0236 firstname.lastname@example.org
LCDR Paul F. Loveless, USN 725-0946 email@example.com
Col Douglas J. Scott, USAFR/ANG 222-2225 firstname.lastname@example.org
Col William E. Hall, USAF 766-2514 email@example.com
Directors 2021 – 2023
COL Arthur R. Wickham, USA 799-4115 firstname.lastname@example.org
LTC John T. Ham, USA 883-5982 email@example.com
Col Robert P. McAleer, USMC 833-5574 rmcaleer04079@gmailcom
CW4 Robert D. Jaffin, USA 850-1009 firstname.lastname@example.org
Directors 2022 – 2024
COL Frank Toderico, ARNG 799-8999 email@example.com
CPT Robert B. Wood, USA 846-5088 firstname.lastname@example.org
Col Michael D. Delia, USAF 967-4571 email@example.com
Budget: LCDR Mark S. Patrick, USN
Chaplain: CPT Robert B. Wood, USA
Health Care: Col William E. Hall, USAF
Membership: Col Robert P. McAleer, USMC
Veterans Assistance: CDR David A. Patch, USN
Newsletter: LTC K. Scott Berry, USA
Personal Affairs: LCDR Paul F. Loveless, USN
ROTC Awards: COL Frank Toderico, ARNG