UPDATE: Retired Army Brigadier General Diane Dunn has been confirmed by the Maine Senate to become the first woman to serve as the state’s adjutant general, leader of the Maine National Guard.

December 15, 2023

Governor Janet Mills will nominate retired U.S. Army Brigadier General Diane Dunn to become first woman to lead Maine National Guard and serve as Commissioner of the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management.

Major General Douglas Farnham, Maine’s Adjutant General and Commissioner of the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management (DVEM), will retire after nearly 40 years of dedicated service in the United States military.

General Dunn is a former Assistant Adjutant General and Chief of Staff of the Maine Army National Guard with 33 years of distinguished military service. In 2014, she became the first woman to command a brigade in the Maine Army National Guard. Upon her promotion to Brigadier General in 2020, she became the first female general officer in the 200-year history of the Maine Army National Guard.

From Gov. Mills:

General Dunn has served at the highest levels of the Maine National Guard. She is uniquely and highly qualified to serve as Adjutant General and Commissioner, and she is deeply respected by the men and women of the department who have served with her. She is the right person to take on these immense responsibilities, and I am grateful that she is once again willing to answer the call to serve Maine and the nation.

From Maine.gov:

General Dunn, 57, lives in Rome with her husband. She was born in Farmington and grew up in Jay and Lewiston – one of four children – and has French-Canadian, Irish and Penobscot ancestry. She was the first in her family to go on to attain higher education. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Houghton University, a Master’s Degree in public administration from the University of Maine, and a Master’s Degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College. She is a proud mother and grandmother.

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