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Augusta company teams up with Boeing | The Kennebec Journal, Augusta, ME

Augusta company teams up with Boeing | The Kennebec Journal, Augusta, ME.

Well, guys, look who’s on Page 1 | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Well, guys, look who’s on Page 1 | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Mainers in Afghanistan Mainers in Afghanistan | Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram

Mainers in Afghanistan Mainers in Afghanistan | Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram

Maine’s fallen: Iraq and Afghanistan | Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram

Maine’s fallen: Iraq and Afghanistan | Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram

Photographer captures National Guard soldiers in civilian workplaces | Lewiston Sun Journal

On a 4-degree January morning, Buddy Doyle pulled off the road to wish a random soldier luck in Iraq.

“We argue to this day who initiated the long, lingering hug,” said Doyle of Gardiner. “I told him, ‘Take care of yourself. Don’t do anything stupid.’”

A year and a half after that chance meeting near the National Guard armory in Gardiner, when the soldier had returned home, Doyle looked the guy up.

“I had told him I wanted to shake his hand,” he said. “I still did.”

He had another goal, too.

A photographer, writer and designer, Doyle had spent years creating glossy calenders of firefighters. Now he hatched a plan to take portraits of reservists guard members at their civilian jobs. He wanted the soldier’s help.

Click on the link for the rest of today’s story by Daniel Hartill in the Lewiston Sun Journal.

Veteran Affairs secretary visiting Maine vows changes coming | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Veteran Affairs secretary visiting Maine vows changes coming | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Airport honors Maine Troop Greeters’ service | Bangor Daily News

BANGOR, Maine — There is little to be said about the Maine Troop Greeters that hasn’t already been said, written about or immortalized in film.

The exploits of the volunteer group, which last week greeted its millionth troop at Bangor International Airport, have been well-established for years, but the group’s chairman said he remains awed by its continued evolution.

“It gets stronger every year. We’re recruiting new members. We’re getting donations all the time,” said Tom Kohl, a troop greeter since 2005 and a veteran of the Vietnam War. “The one constant is the consistent flow of troops coming through.”

Dozens of troop greeters filled seats on the second floor of BIA’s domestic terminal on Wednesday, but for a change they were not awaiting a flight full of soldiers. This day was for them.

Click on the link for the rest of today’s story by Eric Russell in the Bangor Daily News.

1 millionth soldier arrives at Bangor airport | Bangor Daily News

Maine Greeters regard

milestone with mixed feelings

BANGOR, Maine — Waving flags, cheering and shaking hands, the Maine Troop Greeters at Bangor International Airport hailed the 1 millionth service member to disembark at the airport shortly before 1 a.m., Monday.

The flight carrying the 1 millionth soldier to come through the Queen City was one of several originating from Fort Carson, Colo., carrying soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division, 3rd Brigade Combat Team.

The soldiers at the airport Sunday morning were part of that group of “Iron Strong” warriors who are destined for the wars in the Middle East.

The Maine Troop Greeters come to the airport from all over eastern Maine, day or night, to provide warm welcomes or supportive sendoffs to those who serve the United States in all branches of the military.

Many troop greeters at the airport Sunday morning said reaching the 1 million soldier milestone was something they hoped would never happen, but they will remain at their posts supporting the country’s soldiers for as long as necessary.

“We’re the mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and neighbors of these troops who can’t be here,” Tom Kohl, a Vietnam veteran and chairman of the Maine Troop Greeters, said while standing in the airport Sunday morning surrounded by soldiers. “We feel honored.”

The troop greeters began counting the servicemen and women who fly through BIA in 2003.

 Click on the link for the rest of this story by Nok-Noi Ricker in the Bangor Daily News.

Maine Congressional delegation sends off 1136th in crowded ceremony at UMaine | Bangor Daily News

Congressional delegation sends off 1136th in crowded ceremony at UMaine – Bangor Daily News.

More Maine Guard soldiers going to Afghanistan | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

More Maine Guard soldiers going to Afghanistan | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Maine troops likely to take on Taliban in the next month | Portland Press Herald

Maine troops likely to take on Taliban in the next month | Portland Press Herald.