Spc. Josh Sennett of Linneus hugs his son Austin Sennett, then 9, during the Homecoming Ceremony of the Maine Army National Guard 286th Combat Sustainment Support Batallion in Bangor in this 2010 BDN file photo. Credit: Gabor Degre | BDN

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.

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“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.”

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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.

Seth Koenig

Seth has nearly a decade of professional journalism experience and writes about the greater Portland region.