133rd Engineer Battalion

AUGUSTA, Maine — Members of the Maine Army National Guard will continue in their role as military engineers.

An announcement by the Maine Army National Guard Friday put an end to speculation that the storied 133rd Engineer Battalion could be converted into an infantry unit.

The adjutant general of the Maine National Guard, Brig. Gen. Gerald Bolduc, made the announcement Friday afternoon, saying he's pleased that all plans to convert the 133rd into infantry battalion had been officially scrapped.

About 180 members of Maine Army National Guard were officially welcomed back home yesterday after a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan.

Members of the 133rd Engineer Battalion, along with the 1035th Survey and Design Team, were celebrated at a Freedom Salute reception at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston.

They were also welcomed home by the state's congressional delegation and Gov. Paul LePage, who said the unit made the state proud. They returned home about six weeks ago.

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Republican Senator Susan Collins and Democratic Representative Mike Michaud were among those in Lewiston this morning at a rally held in honor of the Maine Army National Guard's 133rd Engineer Battalion and 1035th Survey and Design Team.

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More than 150 members of the Maine Army National Guard’s 133rd Engineering Battalion returned home today to hundreds of family members and friends at the Augusta State Armory. After nearly a year in Afghanistan, soldiers wasted no time reuniting with family.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ All of the Maine Army National Guard members who deployed to Afghanistan in August are back home.
 
    About 1,000 family members and supporters welcomed more than 150 members of the 133rd Engineer Battalion back to U.S. soil at Augusta Armory Tuesday. Another 13 who deployed were greeted in a ceremony last week.
 
    The combat engineers were responsible for winding down America's longest war, dismantling forward operating bases and transporting heavy equipment.
 

Elated Families Welcome Soldiers Home to Maine

Jun 27, 2014

A dozen soldiers from the Maine Army National Guard's 133rd Engineer Battalion arrived home to their families today in Augusta. They are the first members of a survey and design team that's been serving in Afghanistan since last fall.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ A small group of soldiers from the Maine Army National Guard's 133rd Engineer Battalion that deployed to Afghanistan last fall is back home.

Family members and friends greeted the soldiers at the Augusta Armory on Friday. The 13 soldiers are members of the 1035th Survey and Design Team. The soldiers provided engineer surveys to every company in the 133rd.

Military officials say the members of the 133rd returned last weekend to Ford Dix, New Jersey. The rest of the battalion is expected to return to Maine early next week.

Gov. Paul LePage met today with Brig. Gen. James Campbell, the leader of the Maine National Guard, to discuss contingency plans to meet proposed cuts in the size of the National Guard across the country. LePage defends Campbell, and says the issue has, unfortunately, become politicized. But an email from Campbell to staff of Maine's congressional delegation indicates Campbell wants basic changes in the guard, whether or not those cuts come to fruition.

Responding to issues raised in a series of articles recently published in the Portland Press Herald, the head of Maine's National Guard today attempted to set the record straight in an email to soldiers and their families.  Brig. Gen. James Campbell said he would not address the specific allegations in the published reports except for one:  the possible relocation of the 133rd Engineer Battalion from Maine.  Susan Sharon reports.