Although this is a Maine state matter, it relates to changes in the structure of the National Guard across the country, including Constitutional and statutory questions in regards to control of the various National Guard units.
LePage is expressing "confidence" in the General he appointed after firing the previous Commanding Officer, one month ago.LePage says Maine’s 133rd Engineer Battalion isn’t going anywhere
May 02, 2014, at 5:52 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — In an interview Friday, Gov. Paul LePage said reports that the Maine Army National Guard’s 133rd Engineer Battalion would be relocated to Pennsylvania had been “blown out of proportion.”
As commander in chief of the state’s National Guard, LePage said he would fight to keep the 500-member battalion in the Pine Tree State. He also expressed confidence in Brig. Gen. James Campbell, the adjutant general of the Maine National Guard.
“The general is doing his job, and he’s looking into all options, but there’s nothing there,” LePage said. “I make the final decision, and I’m telling you, there’s nothing there.”[/
‘I didn’t lie’: Fired Maine National Guard chief responds after documents released
The whole kerfuffle started several years ago when the Pentagon asked the various Guard administrations for ways in which money could be saved.
Last year, a briefing was held for Maine’s congressional delegation, a briefing to which LePage was not invited
Interesting, huh?In battle over Maine National Guard, history favors Pentagon, not LePage
March 31, 2015, at 6:52 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The National Guard is a servant of two masters. So what happens if the two masters disagree about fundamental plans for the service’s future?
As it turns out, it’s messy — really messy.
National Guard units, descended from the state militias you read about in high school while studying the Revolutionary War, take orders from their home state’s governor and the service branch to which they belong — the Army or Air Force, as the case may be. In Maine, questions over who “wins” disagreements about the Guard may be coming to a head. Gov. Paul LePage recently fired his Maine National Guard chief, Brig. Gen. James Campbell, over the general’s handling of plans to convert most of the 133rd Engineer Battalion into an infantry unit.