Pa. will be new home of Maine National Guard battalion

Written by The Associated Press | May 1, 2014 2:33 AM
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(Portland, ME) -- The National Guard plans to reassign the Maine National Guard's 133rd Engineer Battalion to Pennsylvania, replacing it with an infantry unit.

There's no word on where the battalion would be based in the commonwealth.

Michel Steinbuchel, spokesman for the 133rd Engineer Battalion, says introducing an infantry to Maine's Army National Guard has been part of the statewide plan since 2008.

There are 160 soldiers in the battalion and Steinbuchel said 120 engineer-capable soldiers would remain -- enough to address needs during emergencies or natural disasters.

The reorganization would reduce the overall number of soldiers, but he did not know by how many.

About 2,100 soldiers currently serve in the Maine National Guard.

Soldiers from the 133rd deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan and also participated in relief operations after Hurricanes Katrina and Irene and Superstorm Sandy.

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