• Air Force Maj. Dustin R. Ireland has completed a course in National Security Policy Information at U.S. Naval War College, Newport, R.I., along with other senior officers from all branches of service and civilian executives from various government agencies. Attendees were selected for their performance and future potential. Ireland is the son of Polly Murphy of Windham and Leroy Ireland of Farmington. He graduated from Mount Blue High School, Farmington, in 1997 and from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo., in 2001 and has served in the military for 12 years.
• Navy Seaman Apprentice Chelsee R. Champagne, daughter of Tuesday Smith of Casco, was recently promoted to her current rank at graduation from recruit training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. She received the early promotion for outstanding performance during training. Champagne is a 2009 graduate of Windham High School.
• Maine Army National Guard announces the July promotion to the rank specified below for the following area soldiers:
Maj. Peter Black, Cape Elizabeth, Joint Force Headquarters;
Cpt. Sheila Boese, Cumberland, MEARNG Medical Detachment;
Staff Sgt. Heather Braley, Livermore Falls, Joint Force Headquarters;
Pfc. Joshua Croswell, Lewiston, 251st Engineer Company (Sapper);
Pfc. Zachary Downing, South Paris, 251st Engineer Company (Sapper);
Spc. Shawn Grooms, Portland, Detachment 1, 136th Engineer Company;
Pfc. Nicholas Kauffman, Bridgton, 251st Engineer Company (Sapper);
Sgt. Brandon Keene, Limington, 133rd Engineer Battalion;
Sgt. Zachary Libby, Lewiston, 136th Engineer Company;
Sgt. Kevin Marcotte, Brunswick, 133rd Engineer Battalion;
Sgt. Todd Mills, Gorham, 133rd Engineer Battalion;
Spc. Theodore Phadungthin, Portland, 152nd Maintenance Company;
Warrant Officer One Mark Ray, New Gloucester, 52nd Troop Command;
Pfc. Jake Roberts, Farmington, 133rd Engineer Battalion;
Pfc. Jeffrey Taylor, Old Orchard Beach, 262nd Engineer Company.
• The Maine State Bar Association is joining with Army OneSource to recruit Maine attorneys to help service members, veterans and their families address legal challenges they face upon return home.
The association is asking its members to consider presenting a legal clinic or workshop at military events or to provide free or reduced-rate legal advice or representation to service members and veterans.
The campaign runs through Sept. 17. Attorneys who join will be contacted in September by members of the association’s newly formed veterans’ law section. Online legal education courses will be offered. For more information, contact Kathryn Holub at 622-7523 or [email protected]
• The Armed Forces Horse Shoe Tournament, sponsored by the American Legion and originally planned for Sept. 7, has been postponed due to a conflict with a visit by the National Commander of the American Legion who will be visiting American Legion Posts around the state on that day.
A new date for the tournament will be scheduled.