In this day of downsizing and budget cuts facing our military, we have been fortunate that the National Guard of this state has managed to keep and upgrade its current level of strength. This does not happen without strong leadership at the top.
Maj. Gen. Nelson Durgin is the man mostly responsible for this outstanding achievement. His rapport with the leadership in Washington and his constant concern for the welfare of the guard members and other reservists have endeared him to all those who know him.
As the interim state command sergeant major during Operation Desert Storm, I had the great privilege to work closely with Gen. Durgin and found him to be a great leader and willing listener to the concerns of the officers and enlisted members under his command.
On behalf of the more than 4,000 Air and Army National Guard enlisted personnel which my association represents, I highly endorse Maj. Gen. Nelson Durgin as the commissioner of Defense and Veterans Services and the adjutant general for the Maine National Guard. Edward L. Davis Sergeant Major (retired) President Maine Enlisted Association of the National Guard Bangor