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New Service to The Armed Forces manager named

Red Cross - Maine - Eric Gates SAF Manager - Headshot
Eric Gates is a 27-year veteran of the Air Force.

Eric Gates has joined the American Red Cross in Maine as its Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) Manager.  Gates, a retired Air Force colonel, is responsible for developing and implementing the Red Cross’ program for service members, veterans and their families throughout the state — building relationships and collaborations with government and community organizations that focus on military and veteran affairs, public outreach, volunteer engagement, and emergency services to military families. 

Gates joins the Red Cross after 27 years in the Air Force, serving in Germany, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Korea, Iraq, and Turkey, as well as in South Dakota, North Dakota, Rhode Island, and Washington, DC.  In his final assignment, he served as the 39th Maintenance Group Commander, leading a staff of 100 men and women who maintained the safety, security, and reliability of high value resources, and prepared for a wide array of contingency operations.

Prior to joining the Red Cross, Gates developed the City of Saco’s fleet and facility management programs; responsible for 185 vehicles and 5 facilities.

Gates is a graduate of the University of Maryland College Park where he received a B.A. in Government and Politics. He received an M.S. in International Relations from Troy University and an M.A. in National Security & Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters, supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood, teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid, and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. Learn more at, on Twitter (ARC_Maine), or Facebook (American Red Cross of Maine).