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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 30, 2011
Contact: Caitlin E. Chamberlain
(207) 441-0501 

Secretary of State Charles E. Summers, Jr. to Speak at Hometown Heroes Salute Hosted by the South Portland Air National Guard Station

SOUTH PORTLAND – Secretary of State Charlie Summers will be speaking at the Hometown Heroes Salute recognizing Air National Guard members for their commitment to serving our nation.  The South Portland Air National Guard Station will be hosting the event from 9:00 -10:30 AM, followed by an open house, on Saturday, October 1, 2011. 

The Hometown Heroes Salute is a nationwide campaign organized by the Air National Guard to recognize Airmen who were deployed for more than 30 consecutive days as part of Operation Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, Hurricane Katrina and all other contingency operations. The Hometown Heroes in Salute in South Portland will be in honor of 17 Airmen who recently returned from serving in Iraq and 8 Airmen who provided communications support to Tropical Storm Irene recovery operations in Vermont. 

Also in attendance will be Major General Bill Libby; Master Sergeant (Ret.) James Sheppard of the Tuskegee Airman; Lieutenant Colonel Robert Scott, 265th CBCS Commander; senior officers from the Air National Guard and Coast Guard; and representatives from Senator Snowe and Senator Collins’ offices.