AUGUSTA, Maine — An Army reservist with five deployments under her belt has been selected as director of the Maine Bureau of Veterans Services.
Gov. Paul LePage swore in Adria O. Horn to replace Peter W. Ogden, who has served as the director for 11 years, on Friday at the State House, Capt. Norman Stickney, Maine National Guard spokesman, said in a press release.
“Having the right person to lead this organization and advocate for our veteran population is essential,” LePage said in the statement. “I have complete confidence that Adria will continue the selfless service that Peter has so faithfully discharged over his career.”
Horn, a West Point graduate, serves as a reservist with U.S. Pacific Command, and she is a state staff member for U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, a position she will be leaving, Stickney said.
“It is a privilege to become Maine’s next primary public advocate for veterans,” Horn said in the statement. “I am truly humbled to have been selected for this distinct opportunity. Peter Ogden selflessly served our veterans through unprecedented times, and it is an honor to be taking over from him.”
Ogden served both in the active Army and Maine Army National Guard over a span of 28 years. He retired as a lieutenant colonel from the Maine Army National Guard and served two combat tours in Vietnam. He was appointed as the director of the Maine Bureau of Veterans Services in 2004, Stickney said.
“It has been an honor and very humbling to serve Maine’s veterans and their families for the last 11 years,” Ogden said in the statement. “I have had the privilege to shake the hand of thousands of Maine’s veterans, to say ‘thank you’ to them for their service and sacrifice on behalf of a grateful state.”