Brian Spaulding is a Certified USCCA Instructor (one of two in Maine). He is a *Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL), a LIFE NRA member; and a member of the Western Maine Fish and Game Club (WMFG) in Harrison. Brian has held a State of Maine Concealed Weapons Permit for over twenty years. He and his wife, Ginnie, live in Harrison on the east side of Long Lake with their two cats, Black Barry and Hairy Harry. Brian has a son, David, and a grand-daughter, Ceili. Brian is a proud grandfather. Ceili is in her second year of study at the Berklee College of Music, Boston.
Brian was born February 6, 1939 in Augusta, ME and educated in that city's school system. His first school was grades K-5 in one room! Thereafter, it was off to "downtown" Augusta to schools with many more rooms.
In 1956, Brian joined Surface Division 1-29, U.S. Naval Reserve unit in Augusta. In September 1957, he enlisted in the regular Navy serving three years in USS Power DD-839, a Bath Iron Works built Gearing Class destroyer. In mid-1961, Brian volunteered for submarine duty, graduated from Submarine School, and reported to his one-and-only diesel "boat", the USS Sarda SS-488, a Tench Class submarine, in which he qualified (earned his dolphins for the first time). In Sarda, he was in charge of torpedo system fire control system maintenance and was also responsible for the armory and all small arms therein, including .45 caliber pistols, Thompson sub-Machine guns and Browning Automatic Rifles, all ammunition, and all pyrotechnic signal devices.
Brian later served in three Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM) nuclear powered submarines, in which he made nine patrols, most of them north of the Artic Circle. In his second "nuke boat", Brian qualified as Diving Officer, Assistant Weapons Officer and In-Port Weapons Duty Officer. During a tour of shore duty at the Polaris Missile Facility Atlantic, Naval Weapons Station, Charleston, SC, Brian joined the pistol team and soon advanced to shooting NRA Marksman, Sharpshooter and Master, and qualified Navy Expert Pistol. He became a member of the Sixth Naval District's rifle team in 1966 and that year fired qualifying scores for NRA Master Rifle during the All-Atlantic matches at Annapolis. In the mid-60s, Brian often competed in NRA matches at the Charleston Navy Base pistol range and other nearby military and civilian ranges in the Sixth Naval District. After participating in and “running” many matches, the Charleston Navy Base Small Arms Marksmanship Instructor (SAMI) qualified Brian as a Navy Range Officer.
During his nearly 24 years in the Navy, Brian trained in surface ship weapons systems, submarine weapons systems, and nuclear weapons systems. He was promoted to Missile Technician Chief Petty Officer in March 1969. Later, he was selected to serve as Chief Instructor of the 598-608 Class, Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM) Submarine, Polaris/Poseidon Missile School at the Fleet Anti-Air Warfare Training Center, Dam Neck, Virginia Beach, VA.
Before again returning to sub duty, Brian was selected for the Associates Degree Completion Program (ADCOP). He graduated from Tidewater Comm. College in July 1975 with an Associate’s Degree in English and another in Science.
Brian's “Twilight Tour” was as Security and Safety Officer and Transient Division Officer at Commander Submarine Group Two, Groton, CT. During this posting, he set up a Motorcycle Safety Course to train instructors from all service branches throughout New England, NY and NJ. As Chief Master-At-Arms, he designed closed circuit TV security systems for the FBM submarine crew barracks and the Admiral's Headquarters. Brian qualified as Submarine Group Two Duty Officer overseeing operations of the twelve FBM submarines assigned to the Group. Before being honorably discharged in June 1979, he was awarded his last of several decorations, the Navy Achievement Medal. After his naval service, Brian returned home to Maine.
After a week to adapt to civilian life (!), Brian began work in Bath (ME) as a Combat Weapons Specialist with John J. McMullen Associates (JJMA), supporting Supervisor of Shipbuilding Bath, ME. Brian retired from JJMA as a Sr. Marine Projects Engineer in 1995. He moved to Portland where he earned a Coast Guard "6-Pack" license and, later, his 50-ton Merchant Marine Masters license. Brian formed "7Cs", a Portland based charter sports fishing company and water taxi, plying the waters of Casco Bay in his boat, “Mary Free”. With his federal commercial license, he fished offshore for Atlantic Blue Fin Tuna. To keep occupied in the winter, he became a Prudential Financial Adviser and manned the L.L. Bean phones in Northport. In 1998, a mutual friend introduced Brian to Ginnie and they married in 1999.
Brian is a Past Commander of VFW Post 9328 in Harrison (ME); Past Adjutant of Harrison American Legion Post 139. He is a Life member and currently Junior Vice Commander of the USS Maine Base, United States Submarine Veterans, Inc. (USSVI). He is a 50+ year member of Bethlehem Lodge No. 35, Augusta, ME; a Life member of the: American Legion; VFW; Fleet Reserve Association; USSVI; Naval Submarine League; American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE); and American Mensa Ltd. He has served as Vice President and Treasurer of the Cape Monday Cove Road Association (CMCRA); is on its board of directors; and presently also serves as Webmaster.