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May 9, 2022

11th Civil Support Team Changes Hands [readMedia]

The 11th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team (CST) held a change of command ceremony on May 6, in which Lt. Col. Paul Bosse handed over command to incoming commander Maj. Ian Hepburn.

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May 6, 2022

Maine Soldier Makes Top Ten in National Marathon Qualifier [readMedia]

The All National Guard Marathon Team ran their annual qualifying race on May 2, concurrent with the 45th running of the Lincoln Marathon. Among the participants, and eager to improve on his scores from last year, was Maine's 1st Lt. Lucas Bourget, coming in 10th out of 308 competitors after finishing 75th just last year.

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April 6, 2022

Change of Command for Maine Air National Guard [readMedia]

Command of the Maine Air National Guard changed during a ceremony held at the 101st Air Refueling Wing on April 3. Outgoing commander Brig. Gen. Steven D. Michaud transferred command to Brig. Gen. Frank W. Roy. Maj. Gen. Douglas A. Farnham, Maine's Adjutant General, presided over the ceremony where a large crowd Airmen, and family and friends of both commanders watched. Symbolizing the transfer of the command, Michaud passed the organizational guidon of the Maine Air National Guard to Roy.

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133rd Engineer Battalion Holds Change of Command Ceremony [readMedia]

On April 3, 2022, the Maine Army National Guard's 133rd Engineer Battalion held a change of command ceremony at the Brunswick Armed Forces Reserve Center during which Lt. Col. Shanon Cotta turned over command to Lt. Col. Lisa Sessions.

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March 9, 2022

Change of Command for Maine Air National Guard Unit [readMedia]

The Maine Air National Guard's 265th Combat Communications Squadron held a change of command ceremony on March 6, 2022, where Maj. Brenden Westin assumed command from Lt. Col. Brian Camire at the South Portland Air National Guard Station.

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March 7, 2022

Searsport Soldier Promoted, Carries Family Legacy of Service [readMedia]

Windham Veevaert of Searsport was promoted to the rank of captain over the February drill period for Forward Support Company, 133rd Engineer Battalion. Veevaert has been a member of the Maine Army National Guard for seven years and is currently the commander of the Forward Support Company.

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Jefferson Soldier Carries on Family Legacy of Service [readMedia]

Pvt. Gavan Williams of Jefferson, Maine, graduated from initial active duty training in January after successful completion of Combat Engineer One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

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After Yearlong Deployment, 262nd Engineer Construction Company Changes Hands

The Maine Army National Guard's 262nd Engineer Construction Company held a change of command ceremony at the Sanford Armory March 6, 2022 during which Capt. Kody Peckham turned over command of the unit to Capt. Danielle Somma.

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February 28, 2022

Maine Receives Top Army Environmental Award for Woodville Training Site Development [readMedia]

The Maine Army National Guard was recently informed of its selection as the winner of the 2022 Secretary of the Army Environmental Award for Natural Resources Conservation in the under 10,000-acre installation award category.

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February 10, 2022

Maine Air National Guard Supporting Afghan Allies [readMedia]

For over five months members of the Maine Air National Guard have supported Operation Allies Welcome at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. The airmen are there as part of Task Force Liberty, which supports housing, medical, transportation, and logistical operations for vulnerable Afghans as they arrive in the United States. A number of these Afghans worked alongside U.S. forces in Afghanistan for the past 20 years.

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February 8, 2022

133rd Engineer Battalion Receives National Supply Award [readMedia]

On Jan. 9, 2022, Brig. Gen. Dean Preston, Maine's land component commander, presented the Army Chief of Staff's Supply Excellence Award (SEA) to Chief Warrant Officer 2 Peter Houghton, Sgt. 1st Class Shannon Trepanier and Staff Sgt. Patrick Purcell, all members of the133rd Engineer Battalion at the Brunswick Armed Forces Reserve Center.

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February 2, 2022

Headquarters Unit to Support European Operations in 2022 [readMedia]

The 120th Regional Support Group, one of two brigade-level headquarters units in Maine, will deploy to Poland in spring of 2022. The unit consists of approximately 80 soldiers from across Maine and will be deployed for approximately one year.

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January 23, 2022

Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 172nd Infantry Regiment Return

Maine National Guard Soldiers Return From Deployment to Africa [Stars and Stripes]

More than 100 soldiers from the Maine Army National Guard have returned home from a 10-month deployment to Africa. Senior leaders greeted the soldiers on the flight line Saturday before they marched inside to music played by the 195th Maine Army National Guard Band — and the waiting arms of family members, WABI-TV reported. The soldiers were from Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 172nd Infantry Regiment, according to a post on the Maine National Guard’s Facebook page.

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Maine National Guard Troops Return From Deployment to Africa [U.S. News]

More than 100 soldiers from the Maine Army National Guard’s B Company have returned home from a 10-month deployment to Africa. More than 100 soldiers from the Maine Army National Guard’s B Company have returned home from a 10-month deployment to Africa. Senior leaders greeted the soldiers on the flight line Saturday before they marched inside to music the 195th Maine Army National Guard Band — and the waiting arms of family members, WABI-TV reported.

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130 Maine Soldiers Return From Africa After 10-Month Deployment [Fox Bangor]

The Maine Army National Guard is celebrating some of their most beloved soldiers coming home. Approximately 130 soldiers were deployed 10 months ago as a task force to provide security and enhance partnerships in the Horn of Africa region. Family and friends welcomed them back home at Bangor’s Army Aviation Support Facility Saturday.

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Maine Army National Guard soldiers return home from a 10-month deployment in Africa [NEWS CENTER Maine]

130 soldiers in the Maine Army National Guard's "B" Company left in March of last year to complete a number of missions in the Horn of Africa region. Families and friends gathered at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Bangor Saturday to welcome home soldiers in the Maine Army National Guard's "B" Company. The 130 soldiers were deployed in March of last year to provide security and complete a number of other missions in several countries in the Horn of Africa region. They were part of the 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, a multi-state National Guard brigade headquartered in Vermont.

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130 Maine National Guardsmen Return From Deployment [WABI]

The Maine Army National Guard’s “B” Company deployed in March 2021. The Maine Army National Guard’s “B” company, approximately 130 soldiers, returned to Maine Saturday. Hundreds of families and friends were eager to welcome them home. The guardsmen are returning from a 10 month deployment in Africa where they’ve been working to provide security and enhance partnerships in the Horn of Africa region.

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January 20, 2022

Maine National Guard Supporting Maine Hospitals and Health Care Facilities

More National Guard Members Arrive to Help Maine Hospitals Handle Omicron Surge [Press Herald]

A total of 169 Guard members have been dispatched to health care facilities this week to help blunt the variant's impact on the state's health care system. Dozens of Maine Army National Guard members began arriving at hospitals across the state Thursday morning to assist in non-clinical roles as doctors and nurses continue to care for an unprecedented number of COVID-19 patients.

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Maine National Guard Members Arrive at Area Hospitals Ready to ‘help out where we can’ [Sun Journal]

Nearly 50 members of the Maine National Guard arrived at four area hospitals Thursday morning, joining the more than 200 members who were deployed to facilities across the state late last year on COVID-19 response orders.

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National Guard Arrives at Maine Health Care Facilities [NEWS CENTER Maine]

Over 160 Maine National Guard members arrived at facilities across the state on Thursday morning. More members of the Maine National Guard are now working at hospitals and other health care facilities across the state. Late last week, Gov. Janet Mills deployed 169 members of the Guard to 16 health care facilities. That includes Central Maine Medical Center, where 15 members of the Guard will be joining the others who are already making an impact and five guardsmen will be working in Central Maine Healthcare's long-term care facilities.

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National Guard Members Deploy to Maine Hospitals [WMTW]

Members of the Maine National Guard deployed to 16 health care facilities across the state on Thursday as hospitalization numbers remain high, putting a lot of stress on services and medical staff. A total of 169 Guard members are deploying, joining 202 members who have already been supporting the COVID-19 response in Maine.

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January 11, 2022

Governor Mills Announces Additional Maine National Guard Deployment to Support Hospitals In Responding to COVID-19 Surge [Maine.gov]

FEMA also approves Mills Administration’s request for two Federal COVID-19 Surge Response Teams for MaineHealth and Central Maine Medical Center.

Governor Janet Mills announced today that she will activate up to an additional 169 members of the Maine National Guard to help alleviate short-term capacity constraints at hospitals and maintain access to inpatient health care for Maine people amid record-high COVID-19 hospitalizations.

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December 27, 2021

Governor Mills Announces Maine Veterans’ Dental Network to Continue Services in New Year with $100,000 Grant from Northeast Delta Dental [Maine.gov]

Governor Janet Mills announced today that, due to a generous grant from Northeast Delta Dental, the Maine Veterans’ Dental Network (MVDN) will resume its dental services in the New Year for Maine veterans who otherwise cannot afford them.

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December 21, 2021

Army National Guard Hosts Black Bear Battalion Commissioning Ceremony [readMedia]

The Maine Army National Guard's 240th Regional Training Institute played host Dec. 16 for the University of Maine ROTC fall commissioning ceremony. 2nd Lt. Ryan Byers of Hermon and 2nd Lt. Caitlin Griffin of Jackman were pinned with their gold bars to become the newest second lieutenants in the U.S. Army family.

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December 13, 2021

Governor Mills Announces Deployment of National Guard Members to Ten Health Care Facilities Across Maine [Maine.gov]

Administration’s plan to expand hospital capacity is expected to open an estimated 80 additional inpatient hospitals beds to care for Maine people.

Governor Janet Mills announced today that members of the Maine National Guard will deploy to ten health care facilities across the state this week to help relieve hospitals experiencing capacity challenges and to maintain access to inpatient health care for Maine people amid a sustained surge of COVID-19. The Mills Administration anticipates that these actions, coupled with the other steps it has taken in partnership with the Federal government and Maine’s health care systems, will provide an estimated total of 80 additional inpatient hospital beds to care for Maine people.

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December 10, 2021

Army National Guard Holds Annual Senior Leader Training [readMedia]

Commanders, senior enlisted advisors and senior staff all gathered at Camp Chamberlain Dec. 4 for the Maine Army National Guard's annual senior leadership training. Approximately 90 leaders attended the event, with additional personnel joining via Microsoft Teams.

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December 9, 2021

Governor Mills Announces Federal COVID-19 Surge Response Team Coming to Maine [Maine.gov]

FEMA approves Mills Administration’s request for Federal health care workers at Maine Medical Center who are scheduled to arrive as early as this weekend.

Governor Janet Mills announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved her request for a Federal COVID-19 Surge Response Team on behalf of Maine Medical Center (MMC) in Portland.

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December 8, 2021

Governor Mills Activates Maine National Guard to Maintain Hospital Capacity & Ensure Care for Maine People Amid Increasing COVID-19 Hospitalizations [Maine.gov]

Mills Administration also requests Federal COVID-19 Response Teams from Biden Administration to supplement hospital staff and Maine National Guard.

Governor Janet Mills announced today that she has activated additional members of the Maine National Guard to help alleviate short-term capacity constraints at hospitals and maintain access to inpatient health care services for Maine people amid a sustained surge of COVID-19.

A copy of the directive from the Governor is attached.

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December 7, 2021

Mills Administration Opens COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at Augusta Armory [Maine.gov]

  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, Tuesday, December 7, and Wednesday, December 8
  • Noon to 7 p.m., Thursday, December 9, and
  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, December 11

  • Hours and dates of operation may vary from week to week, but vaccinations will be available at least three days per week through the end of the year. The updated schedule can be found on the Maine COVID-19 website.

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    December 3, 2021

    Equal Opportunity Leaders Course Graduates Nineteen [readMedia]

    On November 14-19, 2021, the Maine Army National Guard's 240th Regional Training Institute held a 60-hour equal opportunity training course, both to train new equal opportunity leaders (EOL), as well as provide refresher training for veteran EOLs.

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    October 13, 2021

    Brunswick Engineer Headquarters Company Has Changed Hands [readMedia]

    Following their unit annual training this summer, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 133rd Engineer Battalion held a change of command ceremony in which Capt. Christopher Lloyd relinquished command to Capt. Simon Hanson.

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    October 4, 2021

    Governor Mills Thanks Maine's 488th Military Police Company for Service, Wishes Them A Safe Deployment [readMedia]

    Governor Janet Mills and Commissioner of the Maine Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management Major General Douglas Farnham today thanked the 488th Military Police Company for their service and wished them a safe deployment to the Southwest border. The unit's approximately 120 service members, who are deploying under federal Title 10 mobilization orders, departed Maine today to provide support to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The Governor and Adjutant General saw them off at the Portland International Jetport.

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    September 14, 2021

    Experienced Engineer NCO Promoted; Selected for Top Recruiting Job [readMedia]

    Command Sgt. Maj. Kameel Farag was promoted to his current rank from master sergeant at the Brunswick armory on September 11, 2021, in front of an audience of family, friends, veterans and fellow soldiers. His parents Mo and Marge, his daughters Liv and Emma, and nephew Cameron were by his side to replace the pin on his patrol cap and rank patch on his uniform.

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    September 12, 2021

    Maine Army National Guard Opens New Readiness Center in The County [readMedia]

    The drizzle tapered out just in time for attendees to stay dry as the 185th Engineer Support Company cut the ribbon on their new home on September 10, a project nearly three years in the making.

    "Our thanks to Devoe Construction, WBRC, and all subcontractors involved," said Maj. Gen. Douglas Farnham, Maine's adjutant general. "We all recognize the challenges in a project like this, under normal circumstances. But with over 18 months of responding to COVID, my guess is the challenges were extraordinary. Thank you to our Congressional delegation. We are very lucky in Maine to have delegation willing to work together on issues related to the National Guard – their support is critical to making this type of project possible."

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    August 22, 2021

    Maine National Guard Bids Farewell To Trusted Advocate; Welcomes New One [readMedia]

    Ms. Christina Zabierek has taken the reins as the Joint Force Headquarters' sexual assault response coordinator (SARC), a position held for the past six years by Chief Warrant Officer 4 Kartika Wright, who officially retires this fall after over 30 years of service.

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    August 13, 2021

    Building Her Dream... One Soldier's Aspirations in and Out of Uniform [readMedia]

    Boards slide into place on top of the under decking, the hammering of nails echoes around her, and wood shavings fall through the air from the electric saw. Then when the work is done the satisfaction of a finished product. This is the dream in the Maine Army National Guard and in the civilian world for Pfc. Jillian Ross, a carpentry and masonry specialist with 185th Engineer Company in Houlton.

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    July 17, 2021

    Maine Air National Guard Supports NORAD Exercise [readMedia]

    Members of the Maine Air National Guard recently supported the North American Aerospace Defense Command's (NORAD) Exercise Amalgam Dart 21-1 to retain and improve readiness to defend North America across all approaches. To support this effort the 265th Combat Communications Squadron was tasked with supplying tactical communication networks at four geographically separated locations spanning the Arctic.

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    June 25, 2021

    Maine's Own 195th Army Band Embarks on Summer Tour [readMedia]

    The Maine National Guard's 195th Army Band will conduct a series of concerts across Maine from June 30 to July 12, 2021.

    "We in the Maine National Guard are proud to have been involved in the COVID-19 response in a number of ways - it's what we do, supporting our nation, state, and communities when they call," said Maj. Gen. Douglas Farnham, Maine's adjutant general. "But we're especially glad to be returning to this type of community support as well, providing an opportunity for family and friends to come out and enjoy some music with their neighbors. The 195th has been practicing hard, and we'd love to see you out at a concert near you."

    The 195th is comprised of approximately 40 musicians from across Maine. The unit performs in a variety of forms, to include marching and concert bands, and smaller pop/jazz ensembles. The unit is assigned to the 120th Regional Support Group in Bangor and has been in service since April of 1926. The 195th is led by Chief Warrant Officer 4 Brady Harris and 1st Sgt. Victoria Cox.

    Please see the attached schedule for performance times and locations.

    June 21, 2021

    Maine Army National Guard Counselors Receive Consecutive Military Entrance Awards [readMedia]

    The Maine Army National Guard (MEARNG) guidance counselors at the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) received the Army National Guard MEPS of the Year award for fiscal year 2020 and 2019 on Tuesday, June 8, 2021.

    Sgt. 1st Class Kimberly Richardson, one of the MEARNG MEPS guidance counselors who received the award said, "Receiving this award not once but twice is an honor. We are humbled by the praise we have received at the highest levels of the National Guard."

    MEPS around the country are where enlistees from all components go to process and qualify for accession into the military. Maj. Jeremy Allie is the Portland, Maine MEPS commander explained the role of MEPS.

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    June 7, 2021

    County National Guard Unit Gives Employers A Lift [readMedia]

    Several employers and supervisors were present on June 5 as the 185th Engineer Support Company hosted a "boss lift" supported by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) program and the Maine Army National Guard's Army Aviation Support Facility (AASF).

    Despite the name, the event was not limited to only a helicopter ride. In addition to viewing the northern Maine woods from a UH-60 Black Hawk, employers had the opportunity to meet unit and state level Maine Army National Guard leadership, take part in a virtual weapons training simulation, view equipment and training demonstrations, and tour the brand new Northern Maine Readiness Center (NMRC). The 185th is in the early stages of occupying the new headquarters building which began construction in 2018.

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    June 2, 2021

    Resource Roadshow... One Commander's Approach to Sexual Assault Prevention [readMedia]

    On May 2, 2021, Col. Aaron King stood in front of a group of soldiers from the 152nd Support Maintenance Company, one of many units that he oversees as the commander of the 120th Regional Support Group. Behind him stood four other key individuals – his command sergeant major, the provost marshal, the staff judge advocate and the sexual assault response coordinator.

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    April 27, 2021

    Maine General Officer Selected for National Assignment [Press Herald]

    The Maine National Guard announced that Brig. Gen. Diane L. Dunn of Newburgh has been selected for a six-month tour as a deputy commanding general for U.S. Army North at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Dunn’s new position is primarily focused on defense support to civil authorities, or DSCA, a type of military operations where warfighting capabilities and equipment are brought to bear to aid federal, state and local governments during domestic emergencies and disaster relief efforts. This is a temporary duty assignment in addition to her current position.

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    April 21, 2021

    Maine National Guard Holds "Purple Up Day" for Month of the Military Child [DVIDS]

    Soldiers, airmen and civilian employees stand outside Camp Chamberlain, the Maine National Guard's joint force headquarters in Augusta, Maine. Full time personnel had the option of donning purple April 21, 2021, in lieu of military uniform as a way of observing the Month of the Military Child. When any service member makes the decision to serve, so does that individual's family. Maine's Purple Up Day provided an opportunity to honor the sacrifices made by children in military families.

    March 10, 2020

    Governor Janet Mills Today Swore in Peter J. Rogers of Yarmouth as Director of the Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) [Maine.gov]

    Governor Janet Mills today swore in Peter J. Rogers of Yarmouth as Director of the Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). Rogers has served as Acting Director of MEMA since June 2019, his second stint as Acting Director, and as Deputy Director since 2014. His nomination was approved unanimously by the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety and the Maine Senate.

    “Peter Rogers’ skills and wealth of emergency management experience position him well to lead MEMA,” said Governor Mills. “I thank him for his willingness to serve in this important position and look forward to working with him to protect the safety of Maine people.”

    “It is an honor to serve the people of Maine and to lead MEMA, an agency that I am proud to have been part of since 2014,” said Director Rogers. “The talented staff at MEMA work hard day-in and day-out to protect our people and our state. I look forward to continuing that work with them and am grateful for the Governor’s confidence.”

    Rogers has also served as Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management after working in various roles within the Department for sixteen years. He also previously served as Communications Director in the Governor’s Office. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army, where he served for 22 years. Rogers, 57, is a graduate of Norwich University in Vermont. He lives in Yarmouth with his wife and has five children.

    February 18, 2020

    State of the National Guard Address

    General Farnham Addresses Military Funding, Veterans Assistance in Speech to Maine Legislature [Central Maine]

    The adjutant general of the Maine National Guard gave the State of the National Guard report Tuesday to a joint convention of the House and Senate in Augusta.

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    At State of the National Guard Speech, Farnham Praises Members of Maine Military [Maine Public]

    Major General Douglas Farnham used his annual state of the National Guard speech to lawmakers to praise past and current members of the Guard and its predecessor, the Maine Militia.

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    Maine Adjutant General Talks Recruiting in State of the National Guard Address [WABI]

    A joint convention of the House and Senate filled the House chamber Tuesday for the annual State of the National Guard address.

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    January 23, 2020

    Commissioner Douglas Farnham: Priorities for Department of Defense, Veterans & Emergency Management [Maine Public]

    Maj. Gen. Douglas A. Farnham has served as Commissioner for the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management since 2016, and was re-appointed by Gov. Janet Mills in 2019. Farnham also serves as the adjutant general, Maine National Guard. Farnham will discuss his priorities, from the National Guard to veterans issues to how to deal with weather emergencies and other crises facing Maine.

    Guests Gen. Farnham, pilot, joined the Maine Air National in 1991, commanded the 101st Air Refueling Wing in the Maine Air National Guard before being appointed as adjutant general. He lives in Bangor. Darren R. Woods (by phone), director, Aroostook County Emergency Management, fire chief, North Lakes Fire & Rescue

     

    Last Updated: May 12, 2022