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LePage cites jobs for women in Maine National Guard fight

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 31, 2015, at 8:54 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage is opposing a plan to convert a key component of the Maine National Guard from engineers to infantry in order to maintain construction capability if there is a disaster and preserve military jobs for women. The governor’s office explained LePage’s stance after a tumultuous …
Maine National Guard Adjutant Gen. James D. Campbell

‘I didn’t lie’: Fired Maine National Guard chief responds after documents released

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 25, 2015, at 9:06 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Information contained in emails and texts relating to Maine National Guard Adjutant Gen. James D. Campbell’s controversial plan to transform Maine’s 133rd Engineer Battalion into an infantry unit led to his being fired, a spokeswoman for Gov. Paul LePage said Wednesday. “There was a mischaracterization” about how …
Brig. Gen. James D. Campbell, adjutant general of the Maine National Guard, spoke at the July Bangor Foreign Policy Forum, held Wednesday at the Bangor Public Library.

Maine National Guard team focuses on protecting cyber networks

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 16, 2014, at 5:10 p.m.
BANGOR | As the Maine National Guard confronts a future likely to include significant budget cuts, it is taking on a new role protecting the state’s cyber network from attacks, according to the Guard’s top officer. “We have right now in the [Maine] National Guard an eight-person cyber network …

Dennysville board writes letter to LePage, delegation seeking to keep National Guard unit in Maine

By Tim Cox on June 07, 2014, at 6:25 a.m.
The little town of Dennysville wants Maine to keep the National Guard 133rd Engineer Battalion in the state. The town’s Board of Selectmen approved and signed a letter this week to Gov. Paul LePage in support of keeping the unit in Maine, with copies of the letter …
The main gate to Camp Keyes in Augusta.

What is the future of the Maine National Guard?

By Mario Moretto on June 04, 2014, at 1:02 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Recently revealed proposals to drastically change the Maine National Guard may be controversial, but they aren’t without precedent. Back in 1976, pilots in Bangor were chafing at the idea of trading in their fighter planes for flying fuel tankers. The 101st Fighter-Interceptor Group of the Maine Air …
Brig. Gen. James Campbell

LePage says Maine’s 133rd Engineer Battalion isn’t going anywhere

By Mario Moretto on May 02, 2014, at 5:52 p.m.
AUGUSTA | In an interview Friday, Gov. Paul LePage said reports that the Maine Army National Guard’s 133rd Engineer Battalion would be relocated to Pennsylvania had been “blown out of proportion.” As commander in chief of the state’s National Guard, LePage said he would fight to keep the 500-member …

Maine National Guard general stepping down after 32-year military career

The Associated Press on Nov. 06, 2012, at 5:34 a.m.
AUGUSTA | The Maine National Guard’s No. 2 commander is hanging up his uniform. Brig. Gen. Donald McCormack is stepping down as Maine’s Assistant Adjutant General, Air. His retirement marks the end of a 32-year military career that began after his 1980 graduation from the Air Force Academy. McCormack …

First lady Ann LePage to attend Operation Military Kids camp

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 03, 2012, at 11:08 p.m.
GILEAD | First lady Ann LePage will join 100 Maine military children at camp next week, Capt. Shanon Cotta, spokesman for the Maine Army National Guard, said in a press release. Operation Military Kids, for children of Maine National Guard members, will be held July 9 at the Bog …

South Portland-based airmen return from Afghanistan; 134 Guard members from Maine still deployed

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 17, 2012, at 5:08 p.m.
Members of the South Portland-based 243rd Engineering Installation Squadron returned home from Afghanistan on Wednesday, reducing the number of Maine National Guard members serving overseas, or soon to be overseas, to 134. “Everybody is home safe and sound,” Maj. Larry O’Connell of the 243rd said Thursday …
Drew Wing, the executive director of the Portland-based organization Boys to Men, speaks during a presentation at the Bangor Regional Training Institute on Monday, April 30, 2012. The Maine National Guard hosted the presentation which was attended by people from the Maine National Guard and civilian organizations.

Maine National Guard gets training in prevention of violence against women

By Nick McCrea on April 30, 2012, at 6:17 p.m.
BANGOR | Representatives of the Maine National Guard and the Navy, as well as officials from area domestic and sexual violence and prevention groups, learned more about how to stem sexism and the abuses that can stem from it during training sessions Monday. Drew Wing, executive director of Boys …
Maine-based members of various branches of the military near the end of a 26.2-mile march Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, during the annual Maine Marathon Tribute March in the Portland area.

26-mile military march honors fallen service members

By Christopher Cousins on Oct. 02, 2011, at 7:47 p.m.
PORTLAND | There are big sacrifices and little ones. A little sacrifice is giving up a Sunday to march more than 26 miles in the pouring rain carrying a pack that becomes heavier with every step. A big sacrifice is a member of the armed services giving his or …

91-year-old Rockland man receives WWII service medals

The Associated Press on Sept. 28, 2011, at 5:14 a.m.
AUGUSTA | A 91-year-old World War II veteran is getting some long-awaited service medals. Sen. Susan Collins said she and Maj. Gen. Bill Libby of the Maine National Guard will present Bernard Jackson, of Rockland, with more than half a dozen medals at a ceremony Wednesday at Camp Keyes …
Gov. Paul LePage and his wife, Ann, acknowledge well-wishers before voting in Waterville in November 2010. The couple has been invited as special guests at the Maine National Guard’s Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Prevention event, scheduled for Wednesday evening at the Waterville Grand Hotel.

LePage, first lady to attend Guard’s sexual assault, domestic violence prevention event

on Sept. 27, 2011, at 6:08 p.m.
WATERVILLE | Gov. Paul LePage and first lady Ann LePage have been invited as special guests at the Maine National Guard’s Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Prevention event, scheduled for Wednesday evening at the Waterville Grand Hotel. The Maine National Guard will sponsor a training session around the topics …

Maine National Guard to help Vt. flood recovery

The Associated Press on Sept. 02, 2011, at 9:18 a.m.
MONTPELIER, Vt. — Almost 200 National Guard soldiers from Maine and 50 from West Virginia are on their way to Vermont to help the state recover from flooding caused by Tropical Storm Irene. The Maine soldiers belong to the 262nd Engineers. The Vermont Guard is asking other states for dump …

Brunswick WWII veteran to be honored Wednesday in Augusta

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 26, 2011, at 6:23 p.m.
Command Sgt. Maj. Herman J. Boudreau of Brunswick began his long and distinguished military career during World War II, and has earned quite a few medals for his service over the years. Maine Veterans’ Services will present the 91-year-old with another medal on Wednesday when he is …
Jason Prosser, left ,and his girlfriend Jeannie DiMaio, center, and Jacob Pierce, right, listen as First Lady Anne LePage reads a proclamation during military appreciation day at Paul Bunyan Park in Bangor on Saturday, July 9, 2011. Prosser and Pierce are members of the Waterville National  Guard.

Maine’s part-time military personnel line up for free tickets to Toby Keith concert

By Judy Harrison on July 09, 2011, at 6:15 p.m.
BANGOR | Ashley Hebert is a big Toby Keith fan. So, when her boyfriend, a reservist in the U.S. Coast Guard, received an e-mail from the Maine Military Family Assistance Center about a concert ticket give-away, she made sure he entered. Ethan Chittim, 26, and Hebert, 20, both of …

Aroostook County military news, June 7

on June 07, 2011, at 6:11 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Maj. Gen. John W. Libby, adjutant general of the Maine National Guard, has announced promotions to the rank specified for the following Maine Army National Guard soldiers: Harold Maker, 1st Sgt., Houlton, 262nd Engineer Company; Steve Taggett, Sgt. 1st Class, Mars Hill, 120th Regional Support Group; Anthony …

Veterans group looking for 103rd Infantry members for recognition ceremony

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 07, 2011, at 6:02 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Maine Veterans’ Services is looking for old Army buddies from World War II who served with the 103rd Infantry Regiment and their surviving family members for a special recognition service next week. “The state of Maine wants you to attend a special recognition ceremony on Saturday, June …
Nelson Durgin (from Left),  along with Maine Troop Greeter Norman Rossignol, George Newhall and U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, listen as the National Anthem is sung during the 8th anniversary celebration of the Maine Troop Greeters at Bangor International Airport on Saturday, May 21, 2011.

Troop greeters honored at BIA ceremony on Armed Forces Day

By Andrew Neff on May 21, 2011, at 6:24 p.m.
BANGOR | Saturday’s joint open house-celebration honoring members of the military on Armed Forces Day and the Maine Troop Greeters who have sent them off and welcomed them back, no matter what the time or weather was, couldn’t have been scripted any better. In fact, the best part of …

Military news for May 16, 2011

on May 16, 2011, at 1:58 p.m.
Maj. Gen. John W. Libby, adjutant general of the Maine National Guard, has announced the promotion of Cyrus Brissette of Dennysville to sergeant, AST BN 224th Aviation (S&S) (OH-58).