Maine National Guard promotes new second-in-command

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Army National Guard held ceremonies Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2, to promote and install a new second-in-command.

Newly promoted Brig. Gen. Donald O. Lagace Jr. took over the position of assistant adjutant general under Maj. Gen. Douglas Farnham. He replaces retiring Brig. Gen. Hugh Corbett.

Lagace is a Gulf War veteran who enlisted in the Army in 1982 and commissioned as an officer through the ROTC program at the University of Southern Maine in 1984.

He comes to the assistant adjutant general-Army post from the position of U.S. property and fiscal officer for Maine, in which he was in charge of federal funding and property held by the National Guard here.

As assistant adjutant general-Army, Lagace will be in charge of training, manning and equipping the guardsmen in Maine.

Corbett retired after 33 years in the service, starting with the U.S. Marine Corps in 1986 and including a deployment to Afghanistan in 2006.

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