Maj. Gen. Joseph Tinkham (right) gives Master Sgt. Alan L. Smith (left) receives the Maine Air National Guard Oustanding Airman of the Year award in this 2003 file photo. Credit: Courtesy of the Maine Air National Guard

Maine’s former adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Joseph E. Tinkham II, died Friday morning after a long battle with cancer, according to the Maine National Guard.

He was 73 years old.

Tinkham also served as the commissioner of the Maine Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management from 2000 to 2004.

He served 37 years in the Army and Maine Army National Guard.

According to his obituary, a military viewing for family and retirees will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Camp Chamberlain in Augusta.