AUGUSTA – Chief Master Sergeant Denis E. Fortier recently retired from the Maine Air National Guard. As the state command chief, Fortier was responsible for the well being of the entire enlisted force in the Maine Air National Guard.

Fortier’s military career began in 1969 when he enlisted in the Air Force, remaining on active duty for four years. In June 1977 he joined the Maine Air National Guard and was assigned to the 265th Combat Communications Squadron in South Portland.

Prior to his selection as the state command chief in 2001, he was the manager of the Mobile Communications Branch at the 265th. He was also a military instructor for those wishing to gain more knowledge through professional military education opportunities.

Fortier’s educational background includes a bachelor of arts degree in government from Bates College in Lewiston and a master of arts in higher education from Columbia University in New York.

Fortier also completed a number of military courses during his more than 30 years of service. His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Air Force Professional Military Education Ribbon, Small Arms Expert Ribbon, Vietnam Service Medal and Maine Commander’s Award as well as other awards and decorations.

Fortier is a program manager with the Department of Labor in Augusta. He and his wife, Pauline, reside in Lewiston.

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