(UPDATED x4) BREAKING: LePage Relieves Adjuntant General Brigadier General James D. Campbell of ME Nat’l Guard Command- On National Guard Day
UPDATE x4: The Legislature’s Veterans’ Caucus has released a statement about this morning in the State House (emphasis added):
“As veterans serving in the Maine Legislature, recognizing we do not have all the facts, we are profoundly concerned by the announcement about the Maine National Guard’s leadership. Today is National Guard Day at the State House, a day that drew many men and women in uniform to our Capitol. It is a time to honor the National Guard, all our servicemen and servicewomen and all our veterans. We, as the Veterans Caucus, salute them for their service and their achievements.”
UPDATE 3: Bolduc has been sworn in by Governor LePage.
UPDATE x2: Brigadier General James Campbell spoke before Appropriations and Criminal Justice Committees just last week regarding the budget. His portion starts at the 2:40 mark.
UPDATE: Governor LePage has now postponed a scheduled 12:30 press conference and BDN has more information on Campbell’s firing
- “Based on an internal review of General Campbell, I have lost faith in his ability to lead Maine’s soldiers and airmen who serve so proudly in the National Guard,” LePage wrote in a statement. “Effectively immediately, I have relieved him of his command.”
Adrienne Bennett, a spokeswoman for the governor, said the internal review had been happening for some time, but did not say who conducted it. She said the decision to fire Campbell came this morning.
Brigadier General Gerard Bolduc of Bangor has been named acting Adjuntant General.
Maine’s Adjuntant General Brigadier General James Campbell, who spoke recently before the Appropriations Committee, has apparently been shown the door by Governor Paul LePage this morning. This news comes as quite a surprise, given that Campbell was scheduled to address a joint convention of the 127th Maine Legislature this morning (PDF OF SPEECH).This via Rep. Matt Pouliot (R-Augusta), moments ago on FB:
“Gen. Campbell was relieved of his command this morning, so there will be no Joint Convention. Gen. Campbell, who also served as the commissioner of Maine’s Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management, was to brief lawmakers on the state of the Maine’s National Guard, Emergency Management Agency and Bureau of Veterans Services.”
Confirmation of the news has come by means of a short message to the media from Speaker Eves’ office:
“This morning the Legislature planned to hold a joint session to hear from the Adjutant General of the Maine National Guard. Given the breaking news that Governor Paul LePage relieved Brig. Gen. James Campbell this morning prior to the address, the Joint Session has been cancelled.”
No official word yet from the Governor’s office as to the reasons for the decision nor further information at this time.
From the House Calendar:
(4-1) On motion of Representative TEPLER of Topsham, the following Joint Resolution: (H.P. 741) (Cosponsored by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin and Representatives: ALLEY of Beals, BABBIDGE of Kennebunk, BEAVERS of South Berwick, BICKFORD of Auburn, BROOKS of Lewiston, BRYANT of Windham, BUCKLAND of Farmington, BURSTEIN of Lincolnville, CHACE of Durham, CHENETTE of Saco, COOPER of Yarmouth, DAUGHTRY of Brunswick, DAVITT of Hampden, DEVIN of Newcastle, DILLINGHAM of Oxford, DOORE of Augusta, DUCHESNE of Hudson, DUNPHY of Old Town, EVANGELOS of Friendship, FARNSWORTH of Portland, FARRIN of Norridgewock, FOLEY of Wells, FOWLE of Vassalboro, GERRISH of Lebanon, GILBERT of Jay, GINZLER of Bridgton, GOLDEN of Lewiston, GOODE of Bangor, GRANT of Gardiner, GROHMAN of Biddeford, HICKMAN of Winthrop, HOBBINS of Saco, HOGAN of Old Orchard Beach, HYMANSON of York, JORGENSEN of Portland, KINNEY of Limington, KORNFIELD of Bangor, KRUGER of Thomaston, LONG of Sherman, LONGSTAFF of Waterville, MALABY of Hancock, MARTIN of Eagle Lake, MARTIN of Sinclair, MASTRACCIO of Sanford, McCABE of Skowhegan, McCREIGHT of Harpswell, MELARAGNO of Auburn, MONAGHAN of Cape Elizabeth, NADEAU of Winslow, NOON of Sanford, PETERSON of Rumford, PICKETT of Dixfield, PIERCE of Dresden, ROTUNDO of Lewiston, SAUCIER of Presque Isle, SCHNECK of Bangor, SEAVEY of Kennebunkport, SKOLFIELD of Weld, STUCKEY of Portland, SUKEFORTH of Appleton, TIMMONS of Cumberland, TIPPING-SPITZ of Orono, TUCKER of Brunswick, TUELL of East Machias, TURNER of Burlington, VEROW of Brewer, WELSH of Rockport, Senators: ALFOND of Cumberland, BAKER of Sagadahoc, BRAKEY of Androscoggin, BURNS of Washington, CUSHING of Penobscot, DAVIS of Piscataquis, DIAMOND of Cumberland, GERZOFSKY of Cumberland, GRATWICK of Penobscot, HASKELL of Cumberland, JOHNSON of Lincoln, LANGLEY of Hancock, LIBBY of Androscoggin, McCORMICK of Kennebec, MILLETT of Cumberland, PATRICK of Oxford, VALENTINO of York, VOLK of Cumberland, WILLETTE of Aroostook)
JOINT RESOLUTION HONORING THE MAINE NATIONAL GUARD AND ALL ACTIVE DUTY PERSONNEL FOR THEIR SERVICE TO THE STATE AND NATION
WHEREAS, patriots from the District of Maine first mustered to form a militia to fight for the colonies in the Revolutionary War and for the nation during the War of 1812; and
WHEREAS, the Maine National Guard has proudly served the citizens of the State during natural disasters such as forest fires, floods and storms and has bravely defended the United States of America during times of war since Maine first entered the Union in 1820, and over the years the highest percentages of volunteers have been Maine people; and
WHEREAS, nearly 12,000 members of the Maine Army National Guard and the Maine Air National Guard have faithfully answered the call to duty in America’s Global War on Terror; at times the State has had a larger percentage of personnel mobilized in support of that mission than any other state in the Union; and
WHEREAS, members of the Maine Army National Guard and the Maine Air National Guard continue to defend freedom and democracy around the globe, including in Iraq and Afghanistan, where they are playing a vital role in protecting the safety and security of all Americans; and
WHEREAS, the people of Maine have the utmost respect for the members of the Maine Army National Guard and the Maine Air National Guard for putting their lives in danger for the sake of the freedoms enjoyed by all Americans; and
WHEREAS, the people of Maine are appreciative of the countless personal and professional sacrifices that the active volunteers of the Maine Army National Guard and the Maine Air National Guard and their families have made in order to protect our freedoms; and
WHEREAS, since the tragic events of 9/11, countless Maine citizens have made sacrifices to serve and defend our country through the National Guard and to fight for our freedom, and 55 brave Maine citizens have answered the final call; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED: That We, the Members of the One Hundred and Twenty-seventh Legislature now assembled in the First Regular Session, on behalf of the people we represent, take this opportunity to express our solidarity with the men and women on active duty in the Maine Army National Guard and the Maine Air National Guard and their families; and be it further
RESOLVED: That suitable copies of this resolution, duly authenticated by the Secretary of State, be transmitted to the Adjutant General of the Maine National Guard.