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The 39th Adjutant General of Maine Address to a Joint Session of the 126th Maine Legislature
04 March 2014
The Adjutant General for Maine, Brig. Gen. James D. Campbell addressed the joint session of the 126th Maine Legislature March 4. Campbell highlighted what he views as the Guard's major accomplishments in 2013, which included the Maine Emergency Management Agency's response to the Christmas ice storm and missions in the Middle East. He also took the time to announce the upcoming promotion of Lt. Col. Diane Dunn to full colonel at the session. She will be the first woman in state history to command an Army Guard brigade.(U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Angela Parady.)
"President Alfond, Speaker Eves, members of the 126th Legislature, distinguished guests, and fellow officers, Soldiers and Airmen of the Maine National Guard: Thank you once again for the opportunity to address you today to update you on the status of your National Guard, Emergency Management Agency, Bureau of Veterans' Services, and the Maine Military Authority.
Since I last came before you we have had some tremendous successes in the Department, and we have begun to see some significant changes as well. Along with those successes and changes, we have also experienced some challenges; some of these challenges are not new, and some are emerging. I can start today by assuring you that your Soldiers, Airmen and the civilians of the Department are ready, highly trained, well-led and able to support the citizens of Maine and the nation to the high standards and in the dedicated and professional manner which we have all come to expect as ordinary, from these extra-ordinary people."
Maine National Guard Biathletes Compete in Vermont
18 February 2014 » By SGT Angela Parady
Maine Army National Guard Soldiers competed at the East Region Biathlon Races in Jericho, Vt. The soldiers had to ski a competitive 7.5-10km race, with 50 meter ranges set at intervals throughout.
The Vermont Army National Guard was tasked with taking over the Biathlon Training program in 1973. The first Chief of the National Guard Bureau Biathlon Championship was held in 1975, and seven states participated. Now, over 30 states participate, and the events are held at the Ethan Allen Firing Range, in Jericho, or in Camp Riley, Minnesota. The National Guard Biathlon program is the only Department of Defense organization that consistently sends soldiers to the Olympics according to their website.
Lt. Col. Aaron King, who lives in Augusta, was recruited to the team last year, and used his experience as a coach for the athletes this year
"Last year, they asked me if I had any interest in this program. Just so happened, that I didn't really have any other winter sports, so I said why not. And we got it started again. It spread through word of mouth; we got 6-7 people to join us. We had borrowed equipment from Pineland Farms to help us train once or twice."
The owner of Pineland Farms is a former biathlete, and his wife, a two time Olympic biathlete. They were excited to hear that Maine was trying to start this program up again, and helped get together space and training time for King and his team. The outpouring of support from within the biathlon community in Maine was overwhelming and helped King push for more support from within the Guard after that first year.
Last year, not one member of the team was an avid skier, and they had only tested out a biathlon course once or twice before. They had little experience with the weapons they were expected to use before they showed up at Camp Ethan Allen for the competition.
"It was tough," said King. "We had absolutely no experience whatsoever. The rifles we used were borrowed from the air guard, leftovers from the 1990's when the biathlon team went defunct. These rifles were 1970's antiques. When we brought them out to the equipment check they chuckled, because they were so vintage. But it's what we had and what we worked with."
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