AUGUSTA –– Maine Air National Guard Col. Douglas A. Farnham received the unanimous endorsement Friday of the Legislature’s Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee to become the next adjutant general of the Maine National Guard.

Farnham, who was nominated by Gov. Paul LePage on Dec. 29, will go before the Senate for a final confirmation vote next week. The adjutant general is the state’s top military officer and also serves as commissioner of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management.

The nomination followed the surprise decision by Brig. Gen. Gerard Bolduc, who was serving as an interim leader of the Guard, to withdraw his name 24 hours after being nominated by LePage in December. The reasons for Bolduc’s withdrawal are still unknown.

Farnham has been the wing commander of the 101st Air Refueling Wing in Bangor for the past three years. He graduated from Brewer High School and the Air Force Academy and has served in the military for the past 31 years as a pilot, flight instructor and commanding officer. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration from Chapman University, and is the fourth-generation owner of Getchell Bros. Inc., a family-owned ice packaging company in Brewer.


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