BREWER, Maine — The school board hired a new commander for Brewer High School’s Air Force Junior ROTC program.

Retired Lt. Col. Scott Magnan will replace retired Lt. Col. Jay Winslow, who was fired on July 7 for reasons that have not been made public.

“Brewer School Department is very excited to have [Magnan] as our new AFJROTC Senior Instructor,” Superintendent Cheri Towle said in a Monday email. “His nomination was approved unanimously 4-0 by the school committee.”

Magnan was recently featured in a story about Mason’s Brewery, which is owned by his brother-in-law Chris Morley.

“[Magnan] was working there. He resigned after accepting this position but will help out the family business on the weekends if needed,” Towle said.

Magnan came to Maine from Alaska with his fiancee, now wife, Leigh, who was hired in 2015 as the principal of Hampden Academy.

“Scott started an AFJROTC program in Wasilla, Alaska, with over 120 cadets,” Towle said. “His

unit was evaluated as an Outstanding Unit his last year there.”

He also ran an after-school program in Alaska to help children get assistance with school work, Brewer’s superintendent said.

“He has strengths in meteorology and aerodynamics education,” Towle said. “He also received

multiple medals for two tours in Iraq.”

Meanwhile, Winslow, who appealed his firing to the Air Force, was informed last week that he can apply for other Jr. ROTC teaching jobs. Brewer High was in jeopardy of losing its Junior ROTC program until Winslow and retired Senior Master Sgt. Anthony “Tony” Campbell took command in 2014. Within a year of their arrival, Brewer’s program was ranked in the top 2 percent nationally.

Campbell will remain as the second senior officer for the Brewer program, one of two Air Force Junior ROTC programs in the state. Brewer’s program started in 2007.