Family & Friends

Family Greetings

Maine Patriot

The Maine Troop Greeters welcome the opportunity to help military families and friends connect with their troops. Military flights can be difficult to track due to a variety of reasons and can be a challenge.

Military flights do not publish a manifest (list of all troops on board) and flights can be diverted at a moment's notice. This may leave many families at a loss when trying to meet their troop's flight.

For assistance in locating your troop's flight, please contact Bangor International Airport or the Military Family Assistance Center. Their contact information may be found on our Family Greetings  page.

Group Greetings

Many groups and organizations, such as the Girl Scouts/Boy Scouts, College Sororities and Fraternities, military organizations, etc. would like the opportunity to experience greeting the troops at the airport as a group. It is important for both the Airport and the Greeters to be aware if such groups plan on greeting a particular flight to ensure safety, logistics and a pleasant experience for all concerned. If you would like to arrange a troop greeting for your group, please click on Group Greetings for further information.

Bangor, Maine is home to the Maine Air National Guard base and may see huge numbers of family members at the airport to see their troops off or to greet them when they come home. For that reason, a member of the Maine Troop Greeters has been selected to serve as liaison between the airport and the Military Family Group organizations to facilitate the process. Your contact for this service is Clayton Dodge.

Greeting Protocol

To make your greeting experience as pleasant as possible, please note that certain protocols have been instituted at all commercial airports to ensure the safety of all passengers, including our troops.

If you would like to provide home-baked treats for your troop, we encourage you to do so, but you are requested to refrain from providing home-baked treats for anyone other than your troop.

No home-baked goods may be distributed in the airport. You may seek permission from your troop's commander to have such goods distributed on their flight, once they have boarded.

No tables are to be set up in the airport terminal for the distribution of baked goods or beverages. Baked goods and candies are provided for the troops in the Troop Greeter room and beverages may be purchased for the troops in the airport cafeteria.

Bangor International Airport provides parking validations for two members of a troop's family when greeting your troop. Signed members of the Maine Troop Greeters may have their parking validated when greeting troops.

If you would like to donate commercially prepared foods or other products for the troops, please check out the lists of preferred donations found on this site. Please click here for donation information.

Letters from Our Troops

It is with much gratitude and humility that we share these wonderful letters with you. Thousands of troops have been welcomed to Bangor over the years, but each one touches us in a special way and serves as a constant reminder of why we do what we do.

Letters from our Troops

Links

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