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Maine governor relieves adjutant general of command

March 25, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine — Governor Paul LePage has fired the officer who’s led the Maine National Guard for more than two years.

The governor announced Tuesday that he has relieved Brig. Gen. James Campbell of his command as adjutant general of the Maine National Guard and commissioner of the Department of Veterans and Emergency Management.

LePage said in a statement that he lost faith in the ability of the former Army Ranger and regular Army and National Guard officer to lead Maine soldiers and airmen following an internal review.

The governor’s announcement was made at the same time Campbell was to address the Legislature. The joint session was cancelled, and Campbell didn’t immediately return a message left at his office.

Brig. Gen. Gerard F. Bolduc will serve as acting adjutant general.

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