Maj. Gen. Douglas A. Farnham, the adjutant general for Maine, promoted Frank W. Roy from the rank of colonel to brigadier general during a ceremony held on Aug. 2. With his promotion, Roy assumes the duties of the chief of staff for the Maine Air National Guard in Augusta, where he will serve as a strategic advisor for the Maine National Guard.

The event at the Regional Training Institute in Bangor was both a socially distanced in-person ceremony and a live-streamed broadcast. Roy, of T1R9, was joined by his wife, Joy, and daughter, Mollie, and other family and friends at the event, while his son, Jake, watched the broadcast live from Texas, as did other family members and friends who could not attend.

“I would not be where I am today without the amazing support of so many people, including my family, and the members of the entire Maine National Guard, who collectively exemplify selfless service like no other organization can,” said Roy. “My promotion is a direct reflection of this support network and I am incredibly thankful to everyone who I have had the privilege of working with throughout my career.”

Roy, 51, enlisted in the Maine Army National Guard in 1986 as a combat medic during his senior year at Lee Academy. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1990 through the Maine Military Academy in Augusta.