BRUNSWICK, Maine — First Lt. James Zimmerman, a Marine from Aroostook County who was killed in action in 2010, was honored Sunday during a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for a new Marine Corps Reserve Training Center in Brunswick.

Zimmerman, at the age of 25, was killed on November 2, 2010, by small-arms fire while serving in Afghanistan. According to a press release from Gov. Paul LePage, who attended Sunday’s event, the new training center at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station will be named after Zimmerman.

Zimmerman was born in Presque Isle and graduated from Houlton Christian Academy in 2003. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps that same year, according to the press release. After his recruit training, Zimmerman joined Company A, 1st Battalion, 25th Marine in Topsham and was eventually assigned as platoon commander for the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine regiment of Camp Lejeune, N.C. He reached the rank of first lieutenant in May 2010 and was deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom in June of that year.

“First Lt. Zimmerman was an exemplary soldier and Mainer,” said LePage in a press release. “It is fitting that Alpha Company, the unit with whom he began his military career, honor his sacrifice for our country.”

Christopher Cousins

Christopher Cousins has worked as a journalist in Maine for more than 15 years and covered state government for numerous media organizations before joining the Bangor Daily News in 2009.