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Department of Defense, Veterans, and Emergency Management

 Record Group
Identifier: US-MeSA-15

Scope and Contents

The Maine State Archives (MSA) collects and holds the permanent historical records of the Maine State Government. MSA was created in 1965. By 1971, MSA housed the historical records that had been held by the Secretary of State, Legislature, Courts and Executive Departments. This included records from defunct agencies.

With the implementation of a records management system, groups of records were identified as having permanent historical value and were sent to the Archives after a designated period of time. These included Commissioner/Executive correspondence, meeting minutes from Boards and Commissions, as well as department-specific records.


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PURPOSE: The Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management is responsible for all military, veterans and emergency management related operations within the State of Maine. National Guard personnel and units have recently transitioned from a strategic to an operational force mobilizing in support of Operations Iraqis and Enduring Freedom. Our Soldiers and Airmen are also readily available to respond to the Governor during emergencies or disasters in Maine. The Bureau of Veterans' Services provides numerous support services to Maine's 150,000 veterans and manages Maine's Veterans' Memorial Cemeteries. The Maine Emergency Management Agency is charged with all disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery and Homeland Security operations within the State of Maine.

ORGANIZATION: The Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management was created by legislation in 1972 under the original name of Department of Military, Civil Defense and Veterans Services. In this legislation, the administrative offices of the Adjutant General became the Military Bureau; the former Civil Defense and Public Safety Agency became the Bureau of Civil Defense; and the former Department of Veterans Services became the Bureau of Veterans Services; with the Adjutant General designated as both Commissioner of the new department and Director of the Military Bureau.

Effective in June 1974, the 106th Legislature revised the law to direct the appointment of the Deputy Adjutant General as Director of the Military Bureau, thus freeing the Adjutant General to function solely as Commissioner of the Department. This revision also renamed the Bureau of Civil Defense as the Bureau of Civil Emergency Preparedness. Subsequently the Department was re-designated as the Department of Defense and Veterans Services.

During the 113th Legislature the Bureau of Civil Emergency Preparedness was renamed the Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). At the direction of the 115th Legislature, the Bureau of Veterans Services was changed to the Division of Veterans Services. In 1995, the 117th Legislature added the requirement that the Adjutant General/Commissioner's appointment be subject to Legislative confirmation. In 1997, the 118th Legislature re-designated the department as the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management, re-designated the Division of Veterans' Services as the Bureau of Maine Veterans Services and designated its leader as the Bureau Director. In October 2001, the Department was assigned responsibility for coordinating the homeland security activities of the State, to include interface in such matters with federal, county, and local government. The Commissioner was assigned the additional duty of directing these activities. In 2007, the position of Maine Emergency Management Agency Director was changed to become a gubernatorial appointment, recommended by the Commissioner, and subject to confirmation by the State Senate. The Adjutant General was also designated as the Governor's Homeland Security Advisor (HSA) at this time.

Maine State Government Annual Report 2013-2014


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Repository Details

Part of the Maine State Archives Repository

84 State House Station
Augusta Maine 04333