AUGUSTA, Maine — In less than two weeks, Soldiers of the Maine Army National Guard completed more than 20 missions in support of Maine charitable organizations, local communities and schools, jobs that otherwise would have been left undone.
Winslow High School has a new announcer’s booth, Topsham’s Head of Tide Park has two new pavilions and restrooms, and Burke Park in Newport has a new lighted walking path.
The 133rd Engineer Battalion completed the projects with the help of support units 262nd and 136th Engineer Companies, and the 185th Engineer Support Company.
“We were able to train up some of our young soldiers who have never done something like this before, so it was a hand-in-hand mission. We got some training and they got the benefit of our labor,” said Capt. Steven Morin, commander of the 136th.
One of Morin’s soldiers, Pvt. 1st Class Timothy Read, a carpentry and masonry specialist with 2nd platoon 2nd squad, worked at Camp Sunshine in Casco repairing bridges, shingling a roof and helping to construct 2,200 feet of fencing for the camp. The camp is a retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.
The 133rd has conducted community outreach projects for decades. On June 26, during the annual training period, Camp Sunshine awarded the Engineer Battalion a plaque thanking them for the past 20 years of service to the camp.
Gov. Paul LePage was on hand to extend his gratitude for the work done at Camp Sunshine and around the state, and the ability of the engineers to assist Vermont during its state of emergency after a hurricane last year.
Other work the Guard has done this summer includes a new recreational football field in Skowhegan, a newly constructed access road in Ellsworth, and an expanded trail network at the Nordic Trails in Augusta.