PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Air Guard has selected a local Guardsman with more than two decades of experience as the new commander for the 265th Combat Communications Squadron.
Lt. Col. Robert Scott, commander 265th, will relinquish command of the unit to Maj. Brian Camire at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the South Portland Air National Guard Station, located at 50 Western Ave.
“Camire enlisted in the Maine Air National Guard as a member of the 243rd [Engineering Installation Squadron] in December 1994 and was assigned as an antenna specialist,” Maj. Devin T. Robinson, Maine Air Guard spokesman, said in a Thursday press release. “In June 2004, he was commissioned as an officer and served as a communications installations officer with the squadron. As an officer in the 243rd, he deployed twice to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.”
Camire currently serves as the detachment commander for the 265th. Scott served as the commander of the 243rd from March 2007 to November 2009, when he was appointed commander of the 265th.
When deployed on a mission, the 265th sets up secure communications — phones, radios, computers — that are key to protecting men and women in uniform, Robinson said. The unit has earned a number of accolades over the years, including the Air Force Outstanding Unit award six times, “in recognition of their superior accomplishments,” he said.
Brig. Gen. Doug Farnham, who is adjutant general of the Maine National Guard, and Brig. Gen. Gerard Bolduc, Maine Air National Guard commander, will be on hand for the change in command ceremony.