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1035th unit, part of the 133rd Engineer Battalion, to return to Maine …

AUGUSTA, Maine A part of the Maine Army National Guard s 133rd Engineering Battalion the 1035th Survey and Design Team will be home on Friday, and a warm welcome is planned at the Augusta Armory, Maj. Michael Steinbuchel said Wednesday.

Maine State Police will meet them in Kittery, right at the bridge, and escort them to Augusta, he said.

The 133rd returned stateside on Saturday1 from a yearlong deployment in Afghanistan and are being debriefed at Fort Dix in New Jersey. The 13 members of the 1035th arrived early and therefore are returning home early, Steinbuchel said.

The soldiers are expected to arrive by bus at the Augusta Armory on 179 Western Avenue from approximately noon to 1 p.m.

Friday, the major said in an email. They will be welcomed by friends and family at a public ceremony.

The unit will be riding in a commercial bus for their return trip, Steinbuchel said.

During the deployment, the 1035th team provided engineer surveys of job sites and detailed drawings for both vertical, horizontal and geospatial engineer missions to every company in the 133rd Engineer Battalion, according to Steinbuchel s email.

Before any project is done, you need to bring in a survey team to draft up the plans, he said, explaining the unit role. They make the blueprints and pass those plans on to the engineers.

This unit provided survey support to the largest Air Force construction project ever undertaken on Bagram Airfield, the major said.

When the 1035th arrives, their family and friends will be in the armory s drill hall.

They ll march in, there will be a couple minutes of presentations and then chaos as they re released, Steinbuchel said.

A total of 178 members of the 133rd left on its third overseas deployment in August 20132 and served in Afghanistan working to downsize and consolidate the bases there as the United States prepares to withdraw its remaining military forces from the country.

The 133rd, with about 560 soldiers, is made up of soldiers from the 136th Engineering Company in Skowhegan and Lewiston, 185th Engineering Support Company from Caribou, 251st Engineering Company SAPPER of Norway, the Forward Support Company in Portland, Headquarters Support Company, the 262nd Engineering Company based in Belfast and Westbrook, and the 1035th Survey and Design Team of Gardiner.

The Maine soldiers who were deployed overseas are part of the Headquarters Company, Forward Support Company and the 1035th, Steinbuchel said.

One of the 1035th soldiers, Sgt.

Ryan Kelly of Lewiston, along with fellow 133rd member Sgt.

Dana Gross of Levant, had their flat daddy images carried to the Brad Paisley3 concert in Bangor and were the subject of a search by the superstar.

Gross and the rest of the deployed 133rd, a group of nearly 160 soldiers, are expected to return early next week, Steinbuchel said.


  1. ^ 133rd returned stateside on Saturday (
  2. ^ 133rd left on its third overseas deployment in August 2013 (
  3. ^ flat daddy images carried to the Brad Paisley (

12 officers exchanged gunfire with driver on I-90

UPDATE: A dozen law enforcement officers who exchanged gunfire with an Arizona man during a chase on Interstate 90 in northern Idaho over the weekend have been placed on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated. Kootenai County officials say Marcus A. Rael of Glendale, Arizona, was shot at around 2 a.m.

Sunday and remained hospitalized Monday in stable condition. Officials say Rael was first pulled over in Coeur d’Alene, but fled in his pickup truck. Kootenai County Sheriff’s Lt.

Stu Miller says officers pursued him to Post Falls, where he stopped and began to shoot at officers. Kootenai County officials say six Coeur d’Alene police officers, three Post Falls police officers, two Kootenai County sheriff’s deputies and an Idaho State Police trooper exchanged gunfire with Rael. The names of the officers haven’t been released.


POST FALLS, Idaho – The Kootenai County Sheriff s Office is releasing further details in the officer involved shooting that occurred Sunday, June 22nd, on I-90. The incident began as a traffic stop in the City of Coeur d Alene, where the driver fled the scene in his pickup. A subsequent pursuit was initiated from Sherman St and Interstate 90, westbound to milepost 5, in the City of Post Falls.

The driver, for reasons yet to be determined, stopped his vehicle and began to exchange gunfire with multiple law enforcement personnel from four agencies. The driver was later transported to Kootenai Health and was initially listed in critical condition. The driver of the vehicle has been identified as Marcus A.

Rael of Glendale, Arizona. He is currently listed in stable condition at Kootenai Health. The involved law enforcement personnel that exchanged gunfire with Rael included six officers from the Coeur d Alene Police Department, three officers from the Post Falls Police Department, two deputies from the Kootenai County Sheriff s Office and one trooper from the Idaho State Police.

All the involved officers, deputies and trooper are currently on paid administrative leave. Their names will be made available in the future. The Critical Incident Task Force, with oversight from the Bonner County Sheriff s Office is continuing to process evidence from the scene.

Due to the large, complex nature of the incident and to ensure the integrity of the investigation, further details are not currently available. PREVIOUS COVERAGE: POST FALLS, Idaho – Early Sunday morning authorities were involved in a shooting that has shut down part of I-90 near Spokane Street to Highway 41. Around 2:00 a.m.

on Sunday, officers and deputies from CdA Police, Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office, ISP and Post Falls Police were involved in the incident.

The lone suspect involved in this case was transported to Kootenai Health and is listed in critical condition.The westbound lanes of Interstate 90 from Highway 41 to Spokane Street were closed through Sunday afternoon.

At this time, public information regarding the investigation will be handled by the Kootenai County Sheriff s Office.

NewsDaily: Correction: Armed School Guards story

WANTAGE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) In a story June 22 about a New Jersey high school hiring an armed security officer, The Associated Press erroneously attributed a comment about it possibly being the first district in the state to have an armed officer on the payroll.

High Point Regional High School Superintendent Scott Ripley said it, not the New Jersey School Boards Association.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Armed guard to patrol New Jersey high school

Armed guard to patrol New Jersey high school

WANTAGE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) Officials at a high school in northwestern New Jersey are trying to add a gun-carrying security officer to the payroll.

High Point Regional High School in Wantage Township plans to allow the district’s security officer, who is a retired State Police trooper, to carry a handgun on school property.

High Point Regional High School Superintendent Scott Ripley tells The Star-Ledger ( it could be the first district to have an armed officer on the payroll.

Other New Jersey school districts have armed security officers, but they generally work under the local police.

School officials say the position is needed because the largely rural community doesn’t have a police force.

The nearest State Police barracks is nearly 8 miles away.

High Point receives 1,110 students from Branchville, Frankford, Lafayette, Sussex borough and Wantage.