AUGUSTA — A legislative panel has voted unanimously to endorse Maine National Guard Col. James Campbell to serve as the state guard’s adjutant general and commissioner of the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management.

That and dozens of other nominations by Gov. Paul LePage face final confirmation votes Thursday by the Senate. But committee approvals are rarely overturned.

In his testimony before the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee’s 12-0 vote Wednesday, Campbell acknowledged that the roles and functions of the National Guard “have evolved tremendously over the past 20 years.”

Campbell joined the Maine Army National Guard in 1995, following nine years of active duty service. He’s held a number of positions in the Guard, including assistant professor of military science in the University of Maine Army Reserve Officer Training Corps.