Maine National Guard battalion tapped for Poland deployment

Soldiers conduct trench warfare training in support of Operation Raider Thunder at Bemowo Piskie Training Area, Poland, Feb. 6, 2019.


By SETH KOENIG | The Bangor Daily News | Published: March 9, 2019

BANGOR, Maine (Tribune News Service) — Sixty-nine Bangor-based Maine National Guard soldiers will be deployed to Poland next month, the state’s adjutant general announced Friday.

The personnel from the 286th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion will be mobilizing in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve and won’t return to Maine until early 2020, Maj. Gen. Douglas A. Farnham announced.

U.S. units have been supporting the operation in nine-month rotations since 2014, according to a Maine Army National Guard news release.

“I am more than confident in the skills and professionalism of these soldiers,” said Lt. Col. John Wilmot, commander of the 286th, in a statement. “This is one of the best collections of soldiers I’ve seen in my 22-plus years in the Army.

“The unit is made up largely of soldiers that have specifically volunteered for this mission and they have an authentic commitment to each other, the mission, and their country,” Wilmot continued, in part. “The 286 Combat Sustainment Support Battalion has a long history of excellence and achieving superior results, and I believe that the training we have conducted puts us in line to continue that tradition.”

Atlantic Resolve is an operation that features regular multinational training events aimed at building bonds and working relationships between military allies in Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania.

A send-off event is being planned to take place in Bangor, with details to be released in the coming days.

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