Meet Fred Wiand
Starting in Springfield and Merion, two towns just outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania I attended school and graduated from Lower Merion High School. Then off to college. I graduated from Ursinus College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. The following summer I was off to Officers Training School at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. I ended up in Bangor, Maine for my first Air Force assignment after OTS and then a year in Navigation Training School. My career seemed to flash by as I was an air crew member, instructor, evaluator and staff member at bases in all corners of the United States, many countries and that included England, Spain, Saudi Arabia, Okinawa and a year in Thailand. During my career I received 19 honors which included a Meritorious Service Medal, an Air Medal, four Commendation Medals, three Combat Readiness Medals and several other awards.
After retirement I worked on building a home near Augusta, Maine. I drew up plans, coordinated and worked the next six years to complete the home where I continue to live. I attended Unity College where I completed 39 credits in a Forestry degree program. Also since retirement, I was employed as an adult education instructor, LL Bean customer service representative, carpenter, paralegal, substitute teacher and census taker.
I have also served on the town of China planning board, served as town meeting moderator and was chairman of the South China Fellowship Club. I joined the Albion Lions Club and South China American Legion 179, and in Albion was back stage manager for the plays, ‘Oklahoma’ and ‘Sound of Music.’ Other civic involvement included: candidate for state representative in Maine, area coordinator for the Concord Coalition and volunteer naturalist for the Appalachian Mountain Club.
Over the last 25 years I have written from time to time. Minor writings have been published in the ‘Town Line,’ ‘AMC Outdoors’ and the ‘Republican Journal’ (not political). I have published two short books, ‘between Venus and Mars’ and ‘Eights Are Wild.’
Needless to say our world has become increasingly challenging. With the complexities, both positive and negative, I need to reach out with progressive ideas and actions. As my message reaches across our (great, always has been) country, I ask you to join me in my campaign to become your next President.