AUGUSTA — The adjutant general of the Maine National Guard, Brig. Gen. Gerald Bolduc, says plans to convert the 133rd Engineer Battalion into an infantry battalion have officially been scrapped.

The Maine National Guard confirmed Friday that the National Guard Bureau command plan retains existing Maine Army National Guard units and that none would convert to an infantry unit. Bolduc said he’s happy to retain the combat engineers, saying their capabilities and expertise “are second to none.”

The former adjutant general, James Campbell, said Maine was being forced to consider replacing the engineering battalion due to the possible federal cuts.

He characterized the possible move of the 133rd as a worst-case scenario. Gov. Paul LePage eventually fired Campbell, saying he’d lost faith in him.

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