AUGUSTA, Maine — Col. Donald L. McCormack will become a brigadier general at a noontime ceremony Friday at the Veterans Memorial Park on Main Street in Lewiston, Col. Eric Lind, chief of staff of the Maine Air National Guard, said Thursday.
In his new role, McCormack will be the new assistant adjutant general of the Maine Air National Guard.
“McCormack will serve as the principal advisor to Gov. Paul LePage and Maj. Gen. John W. Libby on a broad range of matters concerning the United States Air Force and the Maine Air National Guard,” Lind said in an email.
McCormack also will be responsible for the operations of plans and programs affecting more than 1,100 Maine Air National Guard personnel located in Augusta, Bangor and South Portland, he said.
“His broad range of responsibilities includes ensuring combat readiness and mission capability of a tanker wing and two geographically separated mission support units,” Lind said.
McCormack, who grew up in Lewiston, graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1980 and now lives in Windham with his wife, Diane.
“He flew search and rescue helicopters credited with saving 18 lives before being
assigned to fly presidential support helicopters from Andrews Air Force Base,” Lind said.
The promotion ceremony is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.