BANGOR, Maine — The Maine Air National Guard’s 101st Air Refueling Wing is in high demand, which is why the unit has more than six dozen personnel currently deployed and has its busiest schedule ever, according to the head of the state’s military forces.
"Our flying hours will be the highest ever in 2016," Brig. Gen. Douglas Farnham told members of the Disabled American Veterans of Maine at the organization’s convention Friday about the 101st — known as the MAINEiacs. Farnham told the group four aircraft from the 101st are deployed to U.S. Central Command, which covers Afghanistan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Kazakhstan and a dozen other neighboring countries.
"There are 76 [personnel] from the 101st that are working over there now, as of today," Devin Robinson, Air Guard spokesman, said Monday. "That number changes day to day."
The 101st has 875 personnel, the spokesman said. The deployments started earlier this year in small groups, said Farnham, who is adjutant general for the Maine National Guard.
"It’s basically for 120 days," he said. "Some are going over for 60, some are going for 120 and some are going for 30. They get…