Colonel Douglas Farnham won approval from the Senate yesterday and will be sworn in as the state's new leader of the Maine National Guard.

Farnham is a native of Brewer and co-owner of Getchell Bros., Inc. He has 31 years military experience and has spent the last several years as the wing-commander of the 101st Air Refueling Wing in Bangor, also known as the MAINEiacs.

Governor Paul LePage originally nominated General Gerard Bolduc for the post. However, Bolduc withdrew his name from the running less than 24 hours later. That's when the governor submitted Farnham's name.

The vote was unanimous on Tuesday to promote Farnham to the state's Adjutant General and Commissioner of Defense, Veterans, and Emergency Management. He will be sworn into office by Governor Paul LePage at a later date, that has yet to be determined.