"Maine's Top Soldier Stepping Down
02/08/2010 12:15 PM ET
Maj. Gen. John "Bill" Libby, 66, says he'll leave his post at the end of this year.
Maine's top soldier says he plans to step down at the end of the year. Maine Army National Guard head, Maj. Gen. John "Bill" Libby, 66, told the Lewiston Sun Journal that he was supposed to retire when he turned 65, but he says the Pentagon gave him permission to continue on the job until Gov. John Baldacci leaves office. Baldacci is reaching the end of his second term, and is barred by term limits from running for governor again.
Libby has overseen the Maine Army National Guard's more than 2,000 soldiers through nearly seven years of wartime service. A veteran of Vietnam, Libby began his career at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. After a year, he transferred to the University of Maine, where he majored in education and enrolled in ROTC.
Libby was commissioned after graduating in 1965 and volunteered for service in Vietnam, where he fought near the border between North and South Vietnam, the paper reports. Libby was appointed to his current position in 2004. Libby says the National Guard is currently playing its biggest role since World War II."