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Southern Maine Chapter Newsletter

December 2021

Vol 36  No. 4
 

 

Index (Scroll down through the newsletter or click on a section to go directly there.)

President's Page
Adria Horn Biography
Military Health Care Update
ID Cards
Southern Maine Chapter ROTC Program
Induction of New Officers and BOD Members
 



Annual Dues Drive
2022 Chapter Quarterly Meeting Dates

Link to:  Luncheon Reservations Form

Link to:  Annual Dues Form

President’s Page

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

                  


ID Cards

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) 

Junior ROTC

ARMY

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 

AIR FORCE

Brewer High School   207-989-4140 

Lewiston High School   207-795-4190 ext 5246 

NAVY

Massabesic High School   207-247-5011 

Senior ROTC

ARMY

University of Maine, Orono   207-581-1121

NAVY

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          dapatch@maine.rr.com

Secretary:  LT(jg) John J. Fay, USN                      883-6447         jfay0001@maine.rr.com

Treasurer:  LCDR Mark S. Patrick, USN              729-6042          mpatricks@comcast.net

Immediate Past Pres.: CDR Richard H. Tetrev, USN

443-6645      oldrepme@comcast.net

Directors 2020 – 2022

LTC K. Scott Berry, USA                  767-0236         berryk419@live.com

LCDR Paul F. Loveless, USN            725-0946         paul.loveless@comcast.com

Col Douglas J. Scott, USAFR/ANG  222-2225         dscott2@maine.rr.com

Col William E. Hall, USAF              766-2514         wpeaks@earthlink.net

Directors 2021 – 2023

COL Arthur R. Wickham, USA         799-4115         arthur.wickham@yahoo.com

LTC John T. Ham, USA                     883-5982         johnandsueham@maine.rr.com          

Col Robert P. McAleer, USMC         833-5574         rmcaleer04079@gmailcom

CW4 Robert D. Jaffin, USA               850-1009         robertdjaffin@gmail.com

Directors 2022 – 2024

COL Frank Toderico, ARNG             799-8999         ftoderico@juno.com

CPT Robert B. Wood, USA               846-5088         mainerwoods@gmail.com

Col Michael D. Delia, USAF             967-4571         mbadelia@roadrunner.com

Committee Chairmen

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


In Memoriam

Colonel Henry C. Adams

Cape Elizabeth, Maine

August 13, 2021

Commander Gustav E. Karlsen, USN

Peaks Island, Maine

September 12, 2021

Colonel William K. Gearan, USA

Scarborough, Maine

March 25, 2019

Lieutenant Commander Joseph L. Welsh, USN

Bath, Maine

September 30,2021

"We are grateful for your loyal service to the Nation." 

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