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United States National Guard

Following World War II, National Guard aviation units became the Air National Guard. The Guard has participated in each conflict since, including the Korean War, the Berlin Crisis of 1961-1962, and the Vietnam Wars where over 23,000 Army and Air Guardsmen were called up for a year of active duty. In Operation Desert Storm in 1991, over 75,000 Army and Air Guardsmen were called upon. The federal mission of the National Guard has shifted since the 1990s, with the new focus on responding to humanitarian crises and peacekeeping missions. In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, States and the Federal government to combat terrorism domestically and abroad have called up over 650,000 Guardmemebers.

Domestically, the Guard has used their unique and special skills to respond to natural disasters, including the huge response to Hurricane Katrina. In this operation, over 50,000 troops deployed to the Gulf States within 2 weeks of the storm. The National Guard’s historic mission of providing trained and equipped units to the states to protect life and property and to the nation to defend American interests globally are continuing to be served.

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Brigadier General Roma J. Amundson

Brigadier General Roma J. Amundson serves as the Assistant Adjutant General-Army for the Nebraska National Guard in Lincoln, NE. In this assignment, General Amundson is responsible for the overall supervision of the 3,800 Nebraska Army National Guard Soldiers to include strength management, officer assignment, training oversight, readiness, and family support concerns. She also chairs the Special Emphasis Program Group, Ground Safety and Aviation Safety Committees, and is president of the Senior Service School selection boards and promotion boards. She advises the Adjutant General on issues pertaining to education, training, and utilization of Nebraska Army National Guard forces and represents him and the command group when necessary.

General Amundson received her commission from the Nebraska State Officer Candidate School program at Camp Ashland, Ashland, NE on 30 May 1980. She has commanded at the Detachment, Battalion, and Brigade levels. General Amundson commanded the 67th Signal Detachment, 67th Infantry Brigade (M), Selective Service Detachment (NE STARC), 2nd Battalion, 209th Regional Training Institute, and the 92nd Troop Command.


Brigadier General Patricia M. Anslow

Brigadier General Patricia M. Anslow is Assistant Adjutant General - Army, Arkansas National Guard and also serves as Commander, Joint Force Headquarters. As Commander, General Anslow supervises the Joint Staff for Arkansas National Guard and provides command and control for the 233rd Regional Training Institute, National Guard Marksmanship Training Center, the Fort Chaffee Maneuver Training Center and Camp Robinson Maneuver Training Center. She provides the vision and direction for all aspects of personnel, operations, logistics and strength maintenance for the units and the staff. She prepares the training and infrastructure strategic plans that ensure sustainable training opportunities for state, regional and national customers of the two installations and training centers. As Assistant Adjutant General, General Anslow manages the organizational structure to support joint operations for defense support of civil authority activities. This position is the TAG's primary designee for dual-status commander in the event of a national response for defense support of civil authorities.

General Anslow was commissioned in the Corps of Engineers at West Point, New York in 1989. She deployed as a platoon leader with the 100th Engineer Company during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. In 1993 she became a member of the Arkansas Army National Guard. General Anslow was Commander, 875th Engineer Battalion, Arkansas Army National Guard, and deployed the unit in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from September 2006 to September 2007. During the Surge Operations the Battalion also served as the Task Force Engineers for the 3rd Infantry Division. She served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Engineering during the design and construction of several Armed Forces Readiness Centers throughout the state. General Anslow commanded the 87th Troop Command from July 2010 to June 2012 mobilizing several of her subordinate units in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom prior to her promotion.


Major General Larita A. Aragon

Major General LaRita A. Aragon is the Air National Guard assistant to the deputy chief of staff of Staff Manpower and Personnel. She serves as the senior Air National Guard officer responsible for comprehensive plans and policies covering all life cycles of military and civilian personnel management, which includes military and civilian end strength management, education and training, and compensation and resource allocation. General Aragon serves on the Air Force Personnel Board of Directors for personnel integration matters.

Major General Aragon enlisted in the Oklahoma Air National Guard on September 9, 1979 as an Airman Basic in the 219th Engineering Installation Squadron, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She received her commission through the Academy of Military Science at Knoxville, Tennessee in October 1981. She returned to the 219th EIS as an administrative officer. In February 1989 General Aragon became the first female commander in the Oklahoma Air National Guard when she assumed command of the 137th Services Flight at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base. She became the first female to hold the rank of Brigadier General in Oklahoma National Guard and the first female commander of the Oklahoma Air National Guard in March 2003.


Major General Deborah A. Ashenhurst

Major General Deborah A. Ashenhurst assumed the duties as The Adjutant General, Ohio, Ohio Joint Force Headquarters on 10 January 2011. She is a member of the Governor's cabinet and is responsible for the command of the Ohio National Guard and the military readiness of the Ohio Militia. The Ohio National Guard consists of the Ohio Army National Guard, Ohio Air National Guard, Ohio Military Reserve and Ohio Naval Militia; totaling more than 17,000 personnel. General Ashenhurst supervises four flag officer heads of these components and four deputy directors in the day-to-day operation and management of the readiness, fiscal, personnel, equipment and real property resources of the agency.

General Ashenhurst's career began in 1978 when she enlisted in the Ohio Army National Guard. She was commissioned an Engineer Officer in 1980 through the Ohio Army National Guard's Officer Candidate School. After completion of the Engineer Basic Course at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, General Ashenhurst served as a reconnaissance officer with the 54th Support Center. She has commanded and held staff officer assignments at all levels from Company, Battalion, Brigade and Joint Force Headquarters. Recent assignments include Commanding General, 73rd Troop Command (Brigade), Commander, 237th Personnel Services Battalion and Director, Property and Fiscal Operations, United States Property and Fiscal Office for Ohio.


Brigadier General Frances M. Auclair

Brigadier General Frances M. Auclair is the Assistant Adjutant General - Air, Maine and also serves as Commander, Maine Air National Guard. General Auclair is the principal advisor to the Governor and The Adjutant General on matters pertaining to the Maine Air National Guard. She is responsible for the command, control and operations of plans and programs affecting more than 1,100 Maine Air National Guard personnel located in Augusta, Bangor, and South Portland. Her broad range of responsibilities includes ensuring combat readiness and mission capability of a tanker wing and two geographically separated mission support units. She assumed this position October 2, 2008.

General Auclair enlisted in the United States Navy in 1972 as a Hospital Corpsman. She joined the Maine Air National Guard as an Administrative Clerk in December 1979 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant after completing Officer Training School in 1981. General Auclair has served in various operations and command positions and in 2000 was selected as the Vice Commander, 101st Air Refueling Wing. General Auclair was the first non-rated Vice Wing Commander in the Air National Guard.


Brigadier General Elizabeth D. Austin

Brigadier General Elizabeth D. Austin assumed duties as the Commanding General Army Materiel Command - Southwest Asia/G4 United States Army Central, on 1 September 2012. In this capacity, she is a principal advisor to the Army Material Command and US Army Central Commanders for theater sustainment operations. She also oversees deployment, redeployment, staging, and movement for all personnel into and out of the US Central Command Area of Responsibility.

General Austin was commissioned in 1980 through the Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia. Her previous military assignments include Maintenance Company, Brigade Support Battalion, and Sustainment Brigade Command, as well as various staff positions at all levels. General Austin's most recent assignments include J4, North Carolina Joint Force Headquarters and the Assistant Adjutant General - Army, North Carolina National Guard.

Brigadier General Margaret H. Bair

Brigadier General Margaret H. Bair is the Chief of Staff, Wisconsin Air National Guard. She also serves as Commander, Headquarters Air Staff and principal advisor to the Assistant Adjutant General-Air, Wisconsin regarding the administration, operation, training, tactical employment, maintenance and supply of all Air National Guard units within the state.

General Bair was commissioned in 1976 through direct appointment as a Registered Nurse on Active Duty in the United States Air Force. She served on Active Duty for 5 years.


Major General Julie A. Bentz

Major General Julie A. Bentz is the Director, Strategic Capabilities Policy on the National Security Staff within the Executive Office of the President. She is responsible for writing presidential policy, coordinating interagency dialogue, informing presidential budgetary decisions and building consensus on interagency initiatives in programs that develop United States strategic capabilities to meet 21st century requirements.

General Bentz has served in a variety of active, reserve and National Guard assignments revolving around nuclear defense, homeland security, health physics, environmental sciences and traditional nuclear, biological and chemical officer assignments. She served as the Principal Deputy for Nuclear Defense within the Office of the Deputy Assistant to the Secretary for Nuclear Matters. Previously, General Bentz worked with the Homeland Security Council where she helped to establish a joint domestic nuclear detection office within the Department of Homeland Security. She played a key role in developing a whole of government approach to nuclear forensics including the creation of the National Technical Nuclear Forensics Center. General Bentz also performed within the Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System process as the combat developer for the National Guard Bureau.


Brigadier General Kathleen F. Berg

Brigadier General Kathleen F. Berg is currently assigned as the Mobility Assistant to the Director, J8, United States Pacific Command at Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii. She assumed her current assignment in November 2008.

General Berg has served as a traditional guard member since August 1977, when she received her commission as a distinguished graduate of the Air National Guard Academy of Military Science. For seven years she served as the Commander of the 293rd Combat Communications Squadron at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. From 2000 to 2006, she held various positions at Headquarters, Hawaii Air National Guard, including the Director of Communications and Information. General Berg previously served as the Assistant Adjutant General-Air, Hawaii National Guard and Acting Chief of Staff, Headquarters, Hawaii Air National Guard at Fort Ruger in Honolulu, Hawaii.


Brigadier General Barbaranette T. Bolden

Brigadier General Barbaranette T. Bolden is the J8, Mobility Assistant for United States Pacific Command. She is responsible for assisting the Director for the Resources and Assessment Directorate (J-8) by advocating for future capabilities and forces to accomplish the United States Pacific Command's mission, oversee joint experimentation and studies and analyses to fill United States Pacific Command's capability gaps, and assist with the command's planning and programming efforts.

General Bolden received her commission in 1978 from the District of Columbia Army National Guard Officer Candidate School. Prior to receiving her commission, she served as an enlisted member of the 567th Engineer Battalion of the Arkansas Army National Guard. After moving to Washington, District of Columbia to attend law school, she joined the District of Columbia Army National Guard. She has served in numerous positions of increased authority and responsibility to include: Company Commander, Battalion S-1 and S-3, Brigade S-1, Personnel Management Officer, Battalion Commander, Director of Personnel, Director of Plans, Operations, Training and Military Support, the Joint Chief of Staff for the District of Columbia National Guard, J3, Director of Operations for the Joint Task Force - Armed Forces Inaugural Committee, Commander, 260th Military Police command and, most recently, Commander, Land Component Command and Commander, Joint Task Force for the District of Columbia.

Brigadier General Carole A. Briscoe

Brigadier General Carole A. Briscoe is the Deputy Assistant Adjutant General for the Maryland Army National Guard, Baltimore, Maryland. She is responsible for oversight of the operations of the 70th Regiment (Leadership) at the Camp Fretterd Military Reservation, which conducts the Officer Candidate Program, trains new recruits in the 581st Readiness Battalion, conducts ANCOC, BNCOC, Pre-Command Courses and other special training courses as required. She was a founder for the Statewide Education Program and the development of the partnerships with state community colleges and universities. She grew the Distributive Training Technology Program from two distance learning centers to fifteen centers, strategically placed across the State to be available for emergency support if needed.

She has served over 25 years in the Maryland National Guard, sixteen of those years were in an active duty status as the S2/3 of the 104th Medical Battalion, 29th ID (L), S1 Division Support Command, 29th ID (L), Active Guard/Reserve Manager, Director of Personnel and Administration (DPA), Director of Human Resources, MDNG; which included the Family Readiness Program, EO, Employer Support to the Guard and Reserve, Occupational Health Program, Total Quality Leadership Program, State Education Program and the Distributive Training Technology Program, and Commander, 70th Regiment (Leadership). Her career began with the Guard as a Clinical Nurse in the 136th Combat Support Hospital. She is branch qualified in the Army Nurse Corps and the Medical Service Corps.

Major General Maria L. Britt

Major General Maria L. Britt is Assistant Adjutant General - Army, Georgia National Guard, she also serves as Commanding General, Georgia Army National Guard. General Britt is responsible for directing, coordinating, organizing, and stationing the Georgia Army National Guard to ensure readiness to perform state and national missions.

General Britt's military career began in June 1979 when she entered into the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. She was commissioned a Second Lieutenant, Military Police Branch, upon graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, on May 1983. After completion of the Military Police Officer Basic Course at Fort McClellan, Alabama; General Britt served on active duty in various assignments until she relocated to Georgia where she joined the Georgia Army National Guard in September 1991.


Brigadier General Dana M. Capozzella

Brigadier General Dana M. Capozzella assumed duties as the Assistant Adjutant General - Army, Colorado National Guard in October 2009 where she supports The Adjutant General as a primary advisor on all Army National Guard matters. She also serves as Commander, Colorado National Guard and is responsible for the readiness, training, and policies for the Colorado Army National Guard to support its State and Federal Mission.

General Capozzella was commissioned in 1987 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Saint Lawrence University. After commissioning, she served in various assignments on active duty and the Army Reserves; transferring to the Colorado Army National Guard in January 2000.

Brigadier General Deborah L. Carter

Brigadier General Deborah L. Carter is the Chief of Staff, New Hampshire Air National Guard, New Hampshire Joint Force Headquarters, State Military Reservation, Concord, New Hampshire. General Carter is a principal advisor to the New Hampshire Adjutant General and Air National Guard Commander on trends and strategic issues affecting the New Hampshire National Guard, and is responsible for long range planning, budget execution, force management, recruiting and retention. She is involved in program development to support both federal and state missions including Homeland Defense and the Global War on Terrorism. General Carter is also responsible for educating the New Hampshire Congressional delegation on current issues, readiness and needs of the Army, Air Force, National Guard and New Hampshire National Guard.

General Carter was commissioned in the United States Air Force through the New Hampshire Air National Guard in 1986. Prior to receiving her commission, she served as an enlisted member of the 380th Medical Squadron in Plattsburg Air Force Base, New York and in the 157th Medical Squadron, New Hampshire Air National Guard. General Carter deployed to Afghanistan from September 2009 through April 2010, serving as the Deputy Director in the Military Liaison Office, United States Embassy in Kabul. In this assignment, she was involved in civilian-military integration efforts as well as other North Atlantic Treaty Organization related issues.


Brigadier General Julia J. Cleckley

Brigadier General Julia J. Cleckley assumed duties as Special Assistant to the Director, Army National Guard, National Guard Bureau, Washington, D.C. on July 1, 2002. As the Special Assistant to the Director for Human Resource Readiness, she assists the Director with Human Resources programs and policies affecting the Army National Guard and its more than 350,000 citizen soldiers.

Brigadier General Julia J. Cleckley began her military career in the Women's Army Corps (WAC). She resumed her military service by joining the New York Army National Guard in 1976. In April 2001, she became the first woman to be assigned as the Chief, Human Resources Officer (G-1) for Army National Guard, where she was responsible for providing personnel, manpower, health programs, policy guidance and resources to enable the 54 States and Territories to achieve optimum levels of personnel readiness.

Brigadier General Sylvia R. Crockett

General Sylvia R. Crockett was assigned as Assistant Division Commander, 40th Infantry Division (Support) in August 2011. In this capacity, she provides oversight of administration, personnel, logistics, medical, operational readiness, rear area security, terrain management and movement control.

General Crockett enlisted in the California Air National Guard as a supply technician in 1982. After serving two years with the 129th Rescue Wing, she transferred to the California Army National Guard to attend the California Military Academy. She was commissioned in 1985 as an Adjutant Corps Officer and subsequently became branch qualified as a Military Intelligence Officer. General Crockett has served in command positions from company through brigade.


Brigadier General Annette M. Deener

Brigadier General Annette M. Deener is Director, Joint Staff, Maryland Joint Force Headquarters. As a senior level assistant to the Adjutant General, she is responsible for developing plans and policies and executing the Adjutant General's command directives pertaining to defense support of civil authorities in Maryland. She oversees the military function of the Maryland Joint Operations Center, the Civil Support Team, the Counter Drug Program and the State Partnership Program.

General Deener was commissioned through the Maryland Army National Guard Officer Candidate School as a second lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps branch and assigned as a platoon leader to B Company, 58th Support Battalion. Prior to receiving her commission, she served as an enlisted member of the 698th Supply Company, United States Army Reserve. General Deener began working full-time for the Maryland Army National Guard in 1984 as the Management Information Systems Officer. She went on to serve as the Director of Information Systems Management, the Director of Military Personnel, and the Director of Human Resources. As an additional duty, General Deener served as the Army National Guard representative to the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS) from 1999-2001. She was Commander, State Area Regional Command and J1 for the Maryland National Guard. Her career would then progress to the position of Chief of Staff of the Maryland National Guard in 2005.

Brigadier General Sharon S. Dieffenderfer

Brigadier General Sharon S. Dieffenderfer is Chief of the Joint Staff for the Alaska National Guard. She serves as the principal executive assistant and advisor to the Adjutant General, overseeing a variety of joint staff programs which include the development, execution and evaluation of programs and policies pertaining to the command, control, operation and management of the Joint functions at State headquarters level.

Previously, she served as the J-1/ Human Resources Officer for the Alaska National Guard. Brigadier General Dieffenderfer entered the Air Force and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant through Officer Training School in November 1979. She is a distinguished graduate of the Aircraft Maintenance Officer Course at Chanute AFB, IL and served as an academic advisor to two allied officers while in training.


Brigadier General Sandra W. Dittig

Brigadier General Sandra W. Dittig is Director, Office of Legislative Liaison, National Guard Bureau.

General Dittig served as an enlisted Soldier and warrant officer prior to her 1987 commission via direct appointment. Prior to her current appointment, General Dittig served in a variety of aviation positions within the District of Columbia National Guard, as Congressional Liaison, National Guard Bureau, Executive Officer to the Director, Army National Guard, and as Deputy Assistant to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Brigadier General Gretchen S. Dunkelberger

Brigadier General Gretchen S. Dunkelberger is the Air National Guard Assistant to the Assistant Surgeon General, Medical Force Development and Nursing Services. In this capacity, she advises on plans, policies and standards as they relate to Air National Guard members assigned to Nursing Services. General Dunkelberger provides professional advice for the training and personnel utilization in peacetime and wartime. Her responsibilities also include advising in the establishment and coordination of all major policies related to the integration of Air National Guard Nursing Services members upon mobilization.

General Dunkelberger received a direct commission in 1983. Her military experience includes serving as Chief Nurse Executive and commanding seven consecutive years at the squadron and group level. She served as the Vice President and President of the Association of Air National Guard Nurses. General Dunkelberger has deployed as part of the 363rd Air Expeditionary Medical Group, Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia.


Brigadier General Mary A. Epps

Brigadier General Mary A. Epps is the assistant adjutant general-air who also serves as the commander of the Connecticut Air National Guard. She is responsible for formulating, developing, and coordinating all policies, plans, and programs affecting over 1,100 members of the Connecticut Air National Guard and is tasked with ensuring their ability to respond to peacetime contingencies while maintaining readiness to accomplish their war missions.

General Epps started her military career by enlisting in the Connecticut Air National Guard in June 1976 and received a commission as a first lieutenant in 1977. She was a member of the 103rd Fighter Wing, Connecticut Air National Guard for 23 years, becoming the first African American and the first female to achieve the rank of colonel in the history of the Connecticut Air National Guard. Prior to this position, she was the Air National Guard Advisor to the Commandant of the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI), Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. For the six years immediately prior to her DEOMI assignment General Epps functioned as the 103rd Medical Squadron Commander.

Major General Maria A. Falca-Dodson

Major General Maria Falca-Dodson was Assistant Adjutant General - Air, New Jersey National Guard. She also served as Commander, New Jersey Air National Guard which includes the 108th Wing at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and the 177th Fighter Wing in Egg Harbor Township. General Falca-Dodson had direct responsibility for New Jersey Air National Guard full time operations.

General Falca-Dodson began her military career in 1980 when she was directly commissioned as a first lieutenant in the 108th Tactical Fighter Wing, New Jersey Air National Guard. In 1993, she received her Chief Nurse Badge. In 1998, she was appointed to the position of Commander, 108th Air Refueling Wing Medical Group.


Major General Verna D. Fairchild

Major General Verna Dean Fairchild is the Air National Guard (ANG) assistant to the director, Air National Guard for Base Operational Support Readiness. She is responsible for assisting and advising the director on support readiness issues that are or will be impacting the Air National Guard. She also serves in an advisory capacity to the ANG Committee of Advisors.

The general has the distinction of recording several firsts in Air Force and Air National Guard history. She was the first member of the Nursing Corps to become a commander of an Air National Guard Tactical Hospital in June 1986. In June of 1990 she became the first Air National Guard assistant for nursing to the surgeon general of the Air Combat Command, and on October 16, 1993, she became the first nurse and the first female to be appointed as assistant adjutant general for air in Air National Guard history. The general was also the first female appointed as an ANG representative to the Air Reserve Forces Policy Committee.


Brigadier General Carol Ann Fausone

Brigadier General Carol Ann Fausone is the assistant for mobilization and reserve affairs working directly with the deputy assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, force health protection and readiness. Serving in this capacity, she assists in developing and implementing programs, policy, and operations for reserve affairs.

General Fausone graduated from college in 1975 and in 1977 received her commission in the United States Air Force as a medical officer. She served on active duty in various nursing staff positions. In late 1981 she transferred to the Michigan Air National Guard and served at Selfridge Air National Guard Base in various staff and command positions. In 1995, Fausone transferred to the 110th Medical Squadron, Battle Creek Air National Guard Base, Mich. and was assigned as the medical squadron commander. In January 1998, Fausone was selected as the Air National Guard assistant to the Air Combat Command nurse at Langley Air Force Base, Va., and served as liaison between the Air National Guard and the Air Combat Command providing guidance for medical training, policies and programs.

Major General Kathleen E. Fick

Major General Kathleen E. Fick currently serves as the Director of Intelligence (J2), National Guard Bureau. She was previously assigned as the Assistant Adjutant General for Air, Hawaii Air National Guard.

General Fick received her commission in 1976 through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. She began her military career as a training officer at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas and later became a Department of Defense Schools Officer and the Headquarters Squadron Section Commander at the 52nd Tactical Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. She then served as a Squadron Section Commander within the 4th Tactical Fighter Wing, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. In 1981, General Fick transitioned to the Missouri Air National Guard and served as the Wing Intelligence Officer in the 131st Fighter Wing supporting fighter operations. After graduating from the Post Graduate Intelligence Program at the Joint Military Intelligence College at Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, District of Columbia in 1994, General Fick served as the Air National Guard Advisor to the Air Force Director for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance while also serving as the program element monitor and functional manager for Air National Guard intelligence programs.


Major General Darlene M. Goff

Brigadier General Darlene M. Goff assumed duties as Director, Joint Staff, South Carolina National Guard on 1 November 2012.

General Goff enlisted in 1977. She earned her commission in 1981 through the Palmetto Military Academy. General Goff has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology from Lander University and a Master of Arts Degree in Computer & Information Resource Management from Webster University. She also holds a Master of Science in Strategic Studies Degree from the United States Army War College.


Major General Sheryl E. Gordon

Major General Sheryl E. Gordon is Assistant Adjutant General - Army, Alabama Army National Guard. In this role, she serves as the primary advisor to the Adjutant General on all matters pertaining to the Alabama Army National Guard. She is responsible to develop, implement, and administer procedures and policies that support the Adjutant General's strategic vision, mission, and for the Alabama Army National Guard. General Gordon is responsible for command and control of the Alabama Army National Guard's Direct Reporting and separate units, to include the 142nd Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, Alabama National Guard Training Sites at Fort McClellan and Eglin Air Force Base, the 200th Regiment (Leadership), the 131st Mobile Public Affairs Detachment and the 46th Civil Support Team. General Gordon monitors strength management, Soldier morale and welfare, and deployment status, providing command emphasis and targeted staff assistance. She works with Joint Force Headquarters primary staff officers to ensure that supporting and facilitating unit readiness is the focus for all staff activities. General Gordon serves as the senior Army Officer on the Alabama Armory Commission and represents the Adjutant General and the Alabama National Guard at local, state, and national functions.

General Gordon was commissioned in 1981 through the Alabama Military Academy. She has served in numerous command and staff positions including Maintenance, Logistical and Personnel Staff Officer, Chemical Battalion Commander, Commander, Detachment 1, 200th Theater Support Command, Materiel Management Center, Assistant Chief of Staff, G-4, 167th Theater Support Command, Commander, 200th Regiment (Leadership), and Garrison Commander, Fort McClellan Training Center. She also served as Commander, 62nd Troop Command, the largest Major Command in the Alabama Army National Guard with over 5,000 Soldiers. General Gordon is the first female general officer in Alabama National Guard history.


Brigadier General Ann M. Greenlee

Brigadier General Ann M. Greenlee is the Director of Joint Staff - Joint Force Headquarters, Hawaii National Guard. Her responsibilities include serving as the principle advisor to the Adjutant General managing the development, execution, and evaluation of programs and policies pertaining to the command, control, operation and management of the Joint functions at State Headquarters. Supervising the Hawaii Joint Staff, she ensures readiness of forces to support federal missions and executes homeland defense, defense support to civilian authorities and other domestic emergency missions within the State of Hawaii.

General Greenlee received her commission in April 1981 as an honor graduate from the Air Force Officer Training School. She has had active duty tours as a personnel officer at a major command level, as a base level services and personnel officer and as a Reserve Officer Training Corps assistant professor of aerospace science. General Greenlee joined the Hawaii Air National Guard in 1992 and has served in various positions at wing and state headquarters levels including personnel officer, executive officer, Director of Staff Headquarters Hawaii Air National Guard, Chief of Staff, Hawaii Joint Force Headquarters, and as Assistant Adjutant General - Air. She has commanded at detachment, group, and state headquarters levels. She serves on the Air National Guard Strategic Planning System Executive Council and on the National Guard Joint Diversity Executive Council.


Brigadier General Allison A. Hickey

Brigadier General Allison A. Hickey is the director for the Directorate of Total Force Integration, deputy chief of staff for Plans and Programs, Headquarters United States Air Force. She oversees the development, advocacy and leadership of the implementation of Total Force Integration concepts, initiatives, and polices for the Air Force. She is responsible for the day-to-day staff operations, personnel actions, and policies of the Directorate of Total Force Integration.

General Hickey is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Class of 1980, with the first class to admit women, as well as the National War College in 1999. She has served in all three of the Air Force components - Active Duty, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard - at the unit, state, National Guard Bureau and Air Staff levels. She has logged more than 1500 hours in the KC-135A and KC-10A as an aircraft commander and pilot and more than 13 years in Washington DC in the field of Strategic Planning.


Brigadier General Janice G. Igou

Brigadier General Janice G. Igou is Assistant Adjutant General-Army, Virginia National Guard. She also serves as Director of Interagency Operations. As the Director of Interagency Operations, General Igou provides oversight for all programs, policies, and procedures regarding Defense Support to Civil Authority. She serves as the lead general officer for outreach to state and local leaders, organizations, and communities, as well as officials at the National Guard Bureau, the Virginia Secretary of Public Safety, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security.

General Igou's previous assignments include J8, Joint Force Headquarters Virginia, Sandston, Virginia; G4, Virginia Army National Guard, Fort Pickett, Virginia; Commander, 329th Regional Support Group, Virginia Beach, Virginia and G4, 29th Infantry Division (Light), Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

Brigadier General Catherine F. Jorgensen

Brigadier General Catherine F. Jorgensen is currently serving as Commander, Land Component Command, Alaska Army National Guard.

General Jorgensen received her commission in 1985 after graduating as a Distinguished Military Graduate from the University of Alabama, Reserve Officers Training Corps Program. She served on active duty and in the Army Reserves prior to joining the Alaska Army National Guard in September 2000. General Jorgensen is Dual Staff Command qualified and designated as the Joint Task Force - 49 Commander for Domestic Operations.

Brigadier General Maria E. Kelly

Brigadier General Maria E. Kelly is Assistant Adjutant General - Army, Ohio National Guard, and also serves as the Commander, Special Troops Command, Ohio Army National Guard. General Kelly assumed these duties on October 1, 2011, and commands many of the units responsible for enabling readiness in the Ohio Army National Guard.

General Kelly was commissioned in 1988 through the Reserve Officers' Training Corps program at Ohio University. She has commanded at the detachment, battalion, garrison, and brigade levels. General Kelly currently commands six force generating elements under the Ohio Special Troops Command. These organizations include the 147th Regional Training Institute, Recruiting and Retention Battalion, Fort Ohio with three garrison commands, Detachment 21 (Operational Support Airlift), Medical Detachment, and Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, Joint Force Headquarters.


Major General Mary J. Kight

Major General Mary J. Kight is Assistant Adjutant General - Air, California National Guard. As a member of the Governors Cabinet, she is responsible for the operation of the State Military Department which consists of the California Army and Air National Guard, State Military Reserve, and California Cadet Corps; totaling more than 23,000 personnel. The California National Guard has four flag officer heads of these components.

After graduating from California State University, Chico, General Kight enlisted in the active duty Air Force and received her commission in 1974. She had a successful career as a Personnel Officer at Fairchild Air Force Base, Spokane, Washington, followed by an assignment with the Department of the Army. In November 2004, General Kight accepted the position as the Assistant Adjutant General, Air Division, California Air National Guard, and in 2006 was assigned as the Assistant Adjutant General for the California Army and Air National Guard, Joint Force Headquarters, Sacramento.


Major General Cynthia N. Kirkland

Major General Cynthia N. Kirkland is the Adjutant General for the State of Nevada. As Adjutant General, she is the military Chief of Staff to the Governor and is responsible for both the federal and state missions of the Nevada National Guard. General Kirkland now commands more than 3,000 members of the Nevada Air and Army National Guard, including the Nevada Air National Guard's 152nd Airlift Wing and 152nd Intelligence Squadron and the Nevada Army Guard's armor, aviation and signal battalions, a medical detachment, a medium truck company, a heavy equipment maintenance company and the 72nd Military Police Company.

Prior to her current assignment, General Kirkland served as Standing Joint Force Headquarters Chief of Staff. As the Chief of Staff she was the principle management liaison between the National Guard Bureau, Adjutant General and all assigned Nevada National Guard components and units. Directed by the Chief, National Guard Bureau, in 2003, she oversaw and ensured the installation of the Nevada National Guard Joint Force Headquarters structure. She was also responsible for all Air Guard participation in the Determined Promise 2003 exercise that tested the National Guard's ability to respond to a state emergency. General Kirkland was also the co-chairman of the National Guard Association of the United States conference in Las Vegas in 2004 and was responsible for the overall plan and security of the event.

Major General Catherine S. Lutz

Major General Catherine S. Lutz is the Assistant Adjutant General - Air, Mississippi National Guard. She also serves as Commander, Mississippi Air National Guard. General Lutz is responsible to the Adjutant General for directing Air National Guard operations and establishing policy to ensure mission readiness of two airlift wings, combat readiness training center, air support operations squadron, air control squadron and civil engineer squadron.

General Lutz was commissioned in the Mississippi Air National Guard in 1982 as a Flight Nurse; and in 1987 she was re-commissioned as a Medical Service Corps Officer. As a member of the Air National Guard, General Lutz commanded three units: an Air Expeditionary medical unit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, an aeromedical evacuation squadron and a medical squadron. In 2004, she transferred to the Air Force Reserve Individual Mobilization Augmentee program after serving over 21 years in the Mississippi Air National Guard. During her Air Force Reserve tour she served as the Health Services Administrator to the 81st Medical Group at Keesler Air Force Base. In October 2005 she returned to the Air National Guard as Special Assistant to the Mississippi Adjutant General. In March 2006, she was assigned as the Air National Guard Assistant to the 59th Medical Wing at Lackland Air Force Base. On 1 Dec 2008, she began her current tour at Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, District of Columbia as the Air National Guard Assistant to the Chief Nurse of the Air Force. General Lutz was appointed to her current position in December 2011.

Major General Marianne Mathewson-Chapman

Major General Marianne Mathewson-Chapman assumed the duties as Deputy Surgeon General/Special Assistant, Army National Guard on 1 October 1998. As Deputy Surgeon General, she advises the Surgeon General-Army and Director ARNG on medical care, policies, and health standards in the ARNG. She guides the development and implementation of medical initiatives on health and wellness, immunization issues and health policies impacting mobilization readiness and post-deployment of ARNG citizen soldiers in 54 states and territories.

The General's active military service began in 1970. She was commissioned in the Navy Nurse Corps, USN and served on active duty. She has served as battalion surgeon in combat units in California, Pennsylvania and Florida. She deployed to Desert Storm as Chief Nurse, FLARNG, in the 202nd Medical Group and Deputy Chief Nurse for the 3rd Medical Command. Following her return she was selected as the State Chief Nurse, FL-ARNG. Prior to this assignment, Major General Mathewson-Chapman served as the Special Assistant to the Chief, ANC for Mobilization and ARNG Affairs. In this position, she was responsible for policies to enhance the health and readiness of the ARNG, ARNG Equal Opportunity, AC/RC integration, and RC issues impacting recruitment, training and retention of ARNG Army Nurse Corps officers.


Brigadier General Deborah C. McManus

Brigadier General Deborah C. McManus is the Assistant Adjutant General - Air, Alaska, and also serves as the Commander, Alaska Air National Guard. Her responsibilities include commanding over 2000 Alaska National Guard members who support airlift, rescue, aerial refueling, air control, and space warning and surveillance missions as well as deploy within the state and worldwide in support of humanitarian emergencies and national defense.

General McManus was commissioned in 1985 through the Academy of Military Science in Knoxville, Tennessee. Prior to receiving her commission, General McManus served as an enlisted member of the Washington District of Columbia and Maryland Air National Guard. General McManus has served in various command positions while assigned to Alaska. Prior to her appointment as the Assistant Adjutant General, General McManus served as the Director of the Joint Staff, providing command and control of National Guard forces in executing homeland defense, defense support to civilian authorities and other domestic emergency missions within the State of Alaska.


Brigadier General Linda K. McTague

Brigadier General Linda K. McTague was the Deputy Commanding General - Air, Joint Force Headquarters, District of Columbia National Guard, Washington, District of Columbia. She was responsible for the command and control and operational readiness of the headquarters element, 121st Weather Flight, Detachment 1, and 113th Wing which provides expeditionary combat forces, homeland air sovereignty, and world-wide transport in F-16 (Air Combat Command) fighter and C-38/C-40 airlift (Air Mobility Command) aircraft. General McTague also served as the Commander of the Joint Task Force - District of Columbia.

General McTague was commissioned through Officer Training School after completing both a Master of Science degree in Adult Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from Florida International University, Miami, Florida. Upon graduation from pilot training, her flying assignments included a special duty assignment to the United States Air Force Academy as a motor-glider and sailplane instructor and pilot for the Wings of Blue Air Force Parachute Team. In 1988, she joined the District of Columbia Air National Guard, where she commanded at the squadron, group, and wing levels. She also filled a special tour of duty as the Acting Vice Commander, Air Mobility Operations Control Center, Ramstein Air Base, Germany and served as the Air National Guard advisor to the Director of Operations, Air Education and Training Command, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. Prior to this assignment, she was the Commander, 113th Wing.

Brigadier General Charlotte L. Miller

Brigadier General Charlotte L. Miller is Assistant Adjutant General - Army, California National Guard in September 2008. In this capacity, General Miller provides current and future operational oversight in the Logistical, Administrative and Strength arena's for the California Army National Guard. She is responsible for implementing changes in these critical readiness areas relating to the Deputy Adjutant General-Army initiatives.

General Miller earned her commission as a Quartermaster Officer after graduating from the California Military Academy in 1983. She has served in numerous positions to include most recently Commander, Accession Task Force and Commander, 115th Area Support Group.


Brigadier General Edith P. Mitchell

Brigadier General Edith P. Mitchell is the Missouri National Guard’s assistant adjutant General-Air, also serving as deputy commander, Missouri Joint Force Headquarters, located in Jefferson City. She is responsible for exercising command and control over all assigned, attached or operationally aligned forces within the Missouri National Guard, and ensuring trained and equipped forces are ready to support federal, state, and homeland defense missions.

General Mitchell entered the Air Force in 1973 while attending medical school at the Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, and began her military career by receiving a commission through the Health Professions Scholarship Program. She was graduated in 1974 in the Accelerated Graduation Program and entered active duty in 1978 after completion of her residency in Internal Medicine at Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tenn. She completed a fellowship in Medical Oncology at Georgetown University. General Mitchell is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology. Prior to assuming her current position, she served as the state air surgeon of Missouri and director of diversity, Headquarters Missouri Air National Guard.


Brigadier General Mandi A. Murray

Brigadier General Mandi A. Murray served as Commander, 46th Military Police Command, Michigan Army National Guard in January 2010. She was responsible for all activities in the command to include facilitating strategic objectives and policies to ensure effective and efficient accomplishment of command missions. Additionally, she enhanced the development of the command into a cohesive, effective, combat ready unit, capable of being deployed on short notice. General Murray was responsible for training, administration, supply, maintenance, transportation and security of the organization and for maintaining command strength at a high level through recruiting and retention.

General Murray began her military career when she enlisted in the Michigan Army National Guard in 1981. She received a commission as a Second Lieutenant from Northern Michigan University through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program in 1984. Prior to her current assignment, General Murray served as a Maintenance Platoon Leader, Auditing Officer, Disbursing Officer, Personnel Service Company Executive Officer and Commander, Battalion S1, Personnel Service Battalion Commander, State Headquarters Human Resource/Equal Opportunity Officer and Troop Command Brigade Commander. Prior to this assignment, General Murray served as Deputy Commander, 46th Military Police Command.

Brigadier General Janet E. Phipps

Brigadier General Janet E. Phipps assumed duties as Commander, Land Component Command, Iowa National Guard, Camp Dodge, Iowa on 31 January 2008. As the commander, she is responsible for supporting the command guidance and representing the Iowa National Guard in the community and the state.

General Phipps active military service began in 1985 when she received a direct commission in the United States Army Reserve as a Specialty Corps officer. She joined the Iowa National Guard in 1996 and branch transferred as a logistics officer. General Phipps transferred to the Michigan National Guard for three years and returned to the Iowa National Guard in 2001. She has commanded at the unit and battalion levels. Prior to this assignment, General Phipps served as Deputy Chief of Staff Operations and J3 at Joint Forces Headquarters, Iowa National Guard.


Brigadier General Carolyn J. Protzmann

Brigadier General Carolyn J. Protzmann is Assistant Adjutant General - Air, New Hampshire National Guard. She also serves Commander, New Hampshire Air National Guard. General Protzmann is responsible for the command, control and operations of plans and programs of over 1000 New Hampshire Air National Guard personnel located at Pease Air National Guard Base, New Hampshire. She is responsible to the Adjutant General for the combat and operational readiness of the New Hampshire Air National Guard and the ability of the 157th Air Refueling Wing to perform its federal and state mission. In addition, she is appointed as a dual-status commander, which authorizes control of active-duty troops as well as National Guard troops during state emergencies.

General Protzmann joined the United States Air Force in 1978, receiving her commission through Officer Training School in February 1979. She served as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer for two years, working with both transport and fighter aircraft and was a Wing Plans Officer for a tactical fighter wing in the Air Force at Royal Air Force Bentwaters, England for three years. General Protzmann has been a member of the New Hampshire Air National Guard since 1984.


Brigadier General Esther A. Rada

Brigadier General Esther A. Rada is the assistant adjutant general for Air for New York State. She is the senior Air National Guard advisor to the adjutant general, and is responsible for the coordination of all Air National Guard staff activities in the State. Brigadier General Rada also works with senior leadership of the Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, across the nation and the National Guard Bureau.

General Rada received her commission by direct appointment and began her active duty career with the Air Force in June 1980. During her six-year active duty tour, she served as the Chief of Military Justice at Grand Forks Air Force Base, ND, and Chief of Labor Law for Strategic Air Command at Offutt Air Force Base, NE. There she functioned as the Executive Officer to Generals Norris, Nelson and Morehouse as well. In 1986, Brigadier General Rada transferred to the Air Force Reserve as a Catorgory A reservist and was assigned to the 514 Military Airlift Wing legal office, Maguire Air Force Base, NJ. In 1987, she moved to the New York Air National Guard as a traditional Guardsperson serving first as the deputy staff judge advocate and then the staff judge advocate for the 105 Airlift Wing, Stewart Air National Guard Base, Newburgh, New York.

Major General Martha T. Rainville

Major General Martha T. Rainville was the adjutant general of the State of Vermont. She is the first woman in the 367-year history of the National Guard to serve as a State Adjutant General. As adjutant general, she served as the inspector general and quartermaster general of the 4,000 members of the Vermont Army and Air National Guard. As the head of the State Military Department, General Rainville managed five divisions within that Department. They include the Executive and Administrative; Property and Installations; Budget and Accounting; Air and Army Maintenance, and Veterans Affairs. As the head of these Departments, she managed a state appropriation of $2.9 million and a federal budget of $90 million.


Brigadier General Deborah S. Rose

Brigadier General Deborah S. Rose was the Director, Joint Staff, Kansas Joint Force Headquarters.

General Rose entered military service with a direct commission into the Nurse Corps in March 1983, where she remained until 1994 when the wing leadership requested she leave the Nurse Corps to take on a crucial leadership role. She was moved to a line officer position where she became the 190th Service Flight Commander, transforming the organization to one of the finest in the Air National Guard. She has served in assignments with progressively more responsibility in the 190th Air Refueling Wing, first at a squadron level, then at a group level, and finally at the wing level. During Desert Shield, she deployed to Saudi Arabia where she served as a nurse. Pre-Operation Iraqi Freedom, she deployed to Turkey as the leader of an aerial refueling base bed-down team. She became the highest-ranking female in the Kansas National Guard when she was promoted to the rank of colonel in 2002, and upon her promotion to brigadier general in 2007 was also the first female to achieve that rank in the Kansas National Guard.


Major General Terry L. Scherling

Major General Terry L. Scherling served as Special Assistant to the Chief, National Guard Bureau, Arlington, Virginia acting on his behalf to direct Army and Air resources, plans and programs for more than 460,000 personnel, across 54 States and Territories with an annual budget in excess of $22 billion. Prior to this assignment, General Scherling served as the Director, Joint Staff, National Guard Bureau, responsible for coordination and communication of all National Guard support for domestic military operations with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, combatant commands and Interagency/Intergovernmental partners.

General Scherling is a graduate of North Dakota State University and was commissioned in 1975. She is a career logistician and has served as Chief, Supply Division, Air National Guard; United States Property and Fiscal Officer; and Chief Support Officer for the Air National Guard. After Sept. 11, 2001, General Scherling led the standup of the Directorate of Homeland Security, Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations, Headquarters United States Air Force, providing total force support to operations Noble Eagle and Enduring Freedom.

As the Deputy Director for Antiterrorism/Homeland Defense, General Scherling served as the military adviser to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of Defense for all domestic military operations and provided support to operations Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and Winter Freeze as well as Hurricane Katrina.


Brigadier General Joanne F. Sheridan

Brigadier General Joanne F. Sheridan is Assistant Adjutant General - Army, Louisiana National Guard. She guides the formulation, development and implementation of all programs and policies affecting the Louisiana Army National Guard and its 9,500 Citizen Soldiers.

General Sheridan graduated from Northeast Louisiana University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology in 1983. She received her commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1983. Her military career began on active duty from February 1984 through September 1988. General Sheridan was appointed in the Louisiana Army National Guard in October 1988 serving in various command and staff positions throughout her career. General Sheridan deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2008 where she served as the Director of the Project Management Office on the Task Force to Improve Business and Stability Operations in Iraq.


Brigadier General Linda L. Singh

Brigadier General Linda L. Singh serves as Assistant Adjutant General - Army, Maryland National Guard and is the primary advisor to the Adjutant General on Maryland Army Guard issues. She is responsible for supporting the formulation, development and coordination of all programs, policies and plans affecting the Maryland Army National Guard, a force of over 4,600 Soldiers. General Singh also provides guidance and supervision of all training, personnel, logistics and other matters in relation to the Maryland Army National Guard.

General Singh received her commission in 1991 through the Maryland Military Academy's Officer Candidate School in Reisterstown, Maryland. Prior to this assignment, she served as the Chief of the Afghanistan National Security Force Development Current Operations Cross Functional Team integrated into the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command Operations Support Center. She was responsible for developing processes and systems to track Afghanistan National Security Force growth, development and fielding in support of Commander, International Security Assistance Force established priorities for operations in a counter-insurgency environment. She provided situational awareness products to cover the day to day activities related to the growth and development of the Afghanistan National Security Forces in order to establish a common operation picture through partnered relationships with Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Defense, National Military Coordination Center, National Police Coordination Center and the Regional Commands.

Brigadier General Allyson R. Solomon

Brigadier General Allyson R. Solomon is Assistant Adjutant General - Air, Maryland National Guard, Baltimore, Maryland. She is also dual-hatted as Air National Guard Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Manpower and Reserve Affairs and she continues to serve on the board of the Air Reserve Forces Policy Committee. As Assistant Adjutant General - Air, she serves as the principal advisor to both the Governor and the Adjutant General of Maryland on matters pertaining to the Maryland Air National Guard. General Solomon also serves as the Commander of the Maryland Air National Guard, commanding an authorized strength of 1,539 officers and airmen with 21 A-10 and 3 C27J aircraft. She is responsible to the Adjutant General for the overall management of the flying program and ensuring the units of the Maryland Air National Guard are organized, equipped, and trained to support federal and state missions.

General Solomon was commissioned in 1986 through the Academy of Military Science, McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base in Knoxville, Tennessee. Prior to receiving her commission, General Solomon served as an enlisted member in the Maryland Air National Guard for seven years.

Major General Joyce L. Stevens

Major General Joyce L. Stevens is Assistant Adjutant General - Army, Texas National Guard. She also serves as Commander, Texas Army National Guard. The Texas Army National Guard is the largest Army Guard Force in the Nation. General Stevens serves as the principal advisor for all Army matters to The Adjutant General, Texas.

General Stevens began her military service in April 1979. Her assignments included various command and staff positions within the 49th Armored Division, 36th Infantry Division (Light) and the 71st Troop Command. She served as the Commander of the 536th Forward Support Battalion where she was also the full-time Battalion Administrative Officer; the Assistant Chief of Staff, G4 for the 49th Armored Division (Rear); the 71st Troop Command Assistant Chief of Staff, G3; and the Commander of the 111th Area Support Group. She deployed to combat as a brigade level Task Force Commander in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Her unit was responsible for Base Operations, which included the management and security of Bagram Air Field (the largest US Base in Afghanistan). Additionally, General Stevens was responsible for security and reconstruction projects in the adjacent Kapisa, Parwan and Panjshir Provinces of Afghanistan.


Brigadier General Cassie A. Strom

Brigadier General Cassie A. Strom is Air National Guard Assistant to The Judge Advocate General of the Air Force, Washington, District of Columbia. In this position she is the principal adviser and liaison to The Judge Advocate General on Air National Guard legal matters. In addition, she serves as a senior representative on The Judge Advocate General's Air National Guard Council, providing leadership, strategic planning and management of the entire Air National Guard Judge Advocate General program, encompassing 440 judge advocates and paralegals at Air National Guard legal offices throughout the United States.

General Strom received her commission by direct appointment and began her active duty career with the Air Force in February 1984. She has served at all levels - Department of Defense, Combatant Command, Headquarters United States Air Force, Major Command, wing and base legal offices. She previously served on active duty for six years at the base legal offices at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, Osan Air Base, Korea and Torrejon Air Base, Spain. General Strom is admitted to practice law in the State of Missouri and the State of Nebraska.


Brigadier General Carol A. Timmons

Brigadier General Carol A. Timmons is Assistant Adjutant General - Air, Delaware National Guard and also serves as Commander, Delaware Air National Guard. She is responsible for providing trained, equipped and mission ready forces in support of federal mobilization requirements and state emergency operations. General Timmons develops plans, programs and policies in support of Delaware's C-130 Wing and maintains liaison with major commands and the National Guard Bureau.

In 1980, General Timmons earned her commission through Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia, where she was an honor graduate. In 1981, she earned her Army pilot wings from Fort Rucker, Alabama and in 1984, she was awarded her Air Force pilot wings from Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Prior to earning her commission, General Timmons served in the rank of airman basic as a Law Enforcement Apprentice for the Delaware Air National Guard's 166th Security Forces Squadron. General Timmons is a veteran of numerous contingencies to include Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Joint Guard, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Her deployed command experience includes 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron Commander and 455th Deputy Operations Group Commander.

Brigadier General Jodi S. Tymeson

Brigadier General Jodi Tymeson assumed duties as Deputy Commander, Iowa Army National Guard, Camp Dodge, Johnston, Iowa on 24 September 2002. As Deputy Commander, she is responsible for supporting the command guidance and to represent the Iowa National Guard in the community.

The General’s active military service began in 1974 when she enlisted in the Iowa Army National Guard. She attended the Iowa Military Academy, Officer Candidate School. She was Commissioned in1982 and qualified in Signal Corps and commanded at the unit and battalion levels. Prior to this assignment BG Tymeson served as Commander 67th Troop Command and most recently as Special Projects Officer and Inspector General.


Brigadier General Margaret S. Washburn

Brigadier General Margaret S. Washburn is the Assistant Adjutant General - Army, Indiana National Guard. As the Assistant Adjutant General she serves as the Chairman of the Joint Forces Headquarters Indiana Facilities Utilization Committee, Appointing Authority and Resolution for Property Management and Reports of Survey, assists the Director of J1, as needed, in the accomplishment of objectives in accession and retention of quality soldiers in the Indiana National Guard, serves as coordinating official between The Adjutant General and the Indiana Guard Reserve. General Washburn also performs duties of Administrative and Operational functions in absence of The Adjutant General. Brigadier General Washburn began her military career on April 26, 1978 as direct appointment to the rank of Second Lieutenant.

Major General Deborah C. Wheeling

Major General Deborah C. Wheeling assumed duties as Deputy Surgeon General for the Army National Guard, Office of the Surgeon General on 1 November 2005. As Deputy Surgeon General, General Wheeling provides consultative services and strategic planning in all aspects of medical readiness, health care, medical personnel, medical operational and training issues that comprise the critical medical readiness indicator’s pertaining to the Army National Guard and its more than 340,000 Citizen Soldiers.

Major General Wheeling began her military service in September 1975 with a direct appointment to the Army Nurse Corps. Her experiences have encompassed a myriad of assignments within both Active and Reserve Components, serving as the Assistant Surgeon General for Mobilization, Readiness and Army National Guard Affairs prior to assuming the Deputy Surgeon General position in 2005.


Brigadier General Martha N. Wong

Brigadier General Martha N. Wong is the Mobility Assistant, Director, Logistics, Engineering and Security Assistance (J4), United States Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii. General Wong assumed her current assignment in November 2010, assisting the J4 in the planning, coordinating and integrating of reserve forces into the strategic logistics, engineering and security assistance for United States Pacific Command. General Wong served on the Joint Staff at the National Guard Bureau in Arlington, Virginia just prior to her selection as brigadier general.

General Wong was commissioned in 1982 through the University of Texas Reserve Officer Training Corps as a Distinguished Military Graduate. Prior to commissioning, General Wong served as an enlisted member of the 49th Armor Division Support Command of the Texas Army National Guard. After completing the Quartermaster Officer Basic Course as a Distinguished Graduate at Fort Lee, Virginia, she was selected to the first one year assignment of the Logistical Support Unit, Multinational Forces and Observers, Sinai, Egypt. She has held numerous leadership positions in the Hawaii National Guard including Commander, Headquarters, Hawaii State Area Command; Deputy Chief of Staff, Hawaii Army National Guard; Commander, 298th Regiment, Regional Training Institute and Director of Manpower and Personnel, Hawaii Joint Force Headquarters.

Brigadier General Ruth A. Wong

Brigadier General Ruth A. Wong is the Air National Guard Assistant to the Director of Medical Readiness and Nursing Services, United States Air Force, The Surgeon General's Office, Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, District of Columbia. She is responsible for assisting the Director of Medical Readiness and Nursing Services in developing policies and procedures which enable total force resources to be mobilized and deployed in support of the United States Air Force medical operations. She also monitors the readiness status, force structure changes and training of more than 7,000 Air National Guard medical and air evacuation unit personnel at 98 units and analyzes issues of mutual interest to assist in identifying and developing wartime requirements.

The general was commissioned in the United States Air Force as a Second Lieutenant in 1967 after she graduated from St. Mary's School of Nursing in Chicago, Illinois. In 1991, General Wong deployed in support of Operation Desert Shield/Storm as Aeromedical Evacuation Flight Commander at Sharjah Air Base, United Arab Emirates. She was selected as the ANG Assistant to USAF Director of Medical Readiness and Nursing Services in September of 1998.

Major General Delilah R. Works

Major General Delilah R. Works is the Chief of Staff, Tennessee Air National Guard, Nashville, Tennessee. General Works is responsible for organizing, training and equipping of approximately 3600 Air National Guardsmen in Tennessee's three flying wings (C-5A, KC-135R, and C-130H) and three mission support units. She serves as principal advisor to the Assistant Adjutant General-Air, Tennessee on matters pertaining to the Tennessee Air National Guard and also serves as the Deputy Joint Chief of Staff, Joint Force Headquarters - Tennessee.

General Works was commissioned in 1980 as a graduate of the Air Force Officer Training School at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Upon leaving active duty in 1986, she joined the 164th Airlift Wing, Tennessee Air National Guard, serving in a variety of assignments including Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and Group Commander, Executive Officer (Wing and Squadron level), and Personnel Officer. In April 2004, she moved to the Tennessee Joint Force Headquarters, where she served as Director of Staff. She assumed her current position in September 2007.


Brigadier General Kathy J. Wright

Brigadier General Kathy J. Wright is Assistant Adjutant General - Army, Wyoming National Guard Headquartered in Cheyenne, Wyoming. She is also serves as Commander, Wyoming National Guard. General Wright is responsible for unit readiness, leadership and strategic planning to support all State and Federal mission requirements assigned to the Army Guard, which includes units located throughout Wyoming with more than 1,700 Soldiers. Units of the Wyoming Army National Guard include field artillery, engineer, maintenance, aviation, command and control, signal, medical, logistics, a training school and an Army band. Major commands include the 115th Fires Brigade, 94th Troop Command, Camp Guernsey Joint Training Center, 213th Regiment-Regional Training Institute and the Wyoming Joint Force Headquarters. General Wright is currently serving as a member of the Joint Diversity Executive Council.

General Wright began her military career with the Army National Guard in 1973. She received her commission from the Wyoming Officer Candidate Program on April 21, 1978, where she was awarded the Junior Candidate Leadership Award. Prior to receiving her commission, she served as an enlisted member in the 67th Army Band. She served on a number of national level advisory council positions to include Chair of the Joint Personnel, Manpower and Personnel Functional Advisory Council and a member of the National Guard Bureau Joint Advisory Council.

Major General Jessica L. Wright

Major General Jessica L. Wright assumed duties as The Adjutant General, Pennsylvania National Guard in February 2004. In this State cabinet-level position, Major General Wright, headquartered at Fort Indiantown Gap, is responsible for command, control, and supervision of all Air and Army National guard units allocated to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She is also responsible for six (6) state-owned veterans' homes and programs for Pennsylvania's one million veterans.

General Wright was commissioned through the Women's Army Corps Orientation, Officer Candidate School at Fort McClellan, Alabama in 1975. Prior to her commissioning, General Wright enlisted into the Pennsylvania National Guard in 1975. She attended the Rotary Wing Aviator Course at Fort Rucker, Alabama and became the Army National Guard's first female aviator. General Wright was assigned as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia for three years ending in 1989. General Wright became the first female maneuver brigade commander in the United States Army as she took command of the 28h Combat Aviation Brigade, 28th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Pennsylvania Army National Guard. In October 2000, General Wright was assigned as the Deputy Adjutant General - Army, Pennsylvania National Guard and served in this capacity until being sworn in as Pennsylvania's first female Adjutant General in 2004.


Major General Jannette Young

Major General Jannette Young serves as the Air National Guard Assistant to the Commander, Air Education Training Command. General Young is responsible for advising and assisting the Commander and staff on formulating, developing, and coordinating policies and programs impacting more than 106,000 Air National Guard members. She ensures mission requirements of the 88 Flying Wings and 88 Support Units are considered in the planning and execution phases of the Air Education Training Command.

General Young received her commission through a direct commission for health professionals in February 1984 in the United States Army Reserves, transferring to the Air National Guard in 1988. She has served as a Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Health Promotion Coordinator and Chief Nurse Executive of the 164th Airlift Wing in the Medical Squadron in Memphis. Appointed as a State Headquarters staff officer in 2000, she was appointed to the role of Chief of Staff in April 2004 and also served as the Air Deputy Commander, Joint Forces Headquarters, Tennessee National Guard. In June 2005, she served as the Air National Guard Assistant to the Air Force Assistant Surgeon General, Medical Force Development and Nursing Services. General Young assumed her current position in April 2009.


Major General Rosetta Y. Burke
Major General Rosetta Y. Burke was the first female general in New York's Army National Guard and the first female in the nation to be promoted to Major General.

She retired from service in 1997 after serving in the Army reserve and New York Army National Guard for a combined total of 35 years. Starting in 1997, she acted as the state director of the Selective Service System for New York. As a former nurse, Burke attended Harlem Hospital School of Nursing, Adelphi University, and the C.W. Post Center, Long Island University.

Brigadier General Marianne E. Watson
Brigadier General Marianne E. Watson serves as the Director of Manpower and Personnel, (J-1), at the National Guard Bureau in Arlington, Virginia. She has the primary responsibility to a National Guard Joint Manpower, Personnel, and Services Team leveraging a network of strategic partners, fostering and enabling a resilient operational reserve and to advocate for National Guard Service Members, Families and Veterans by leveraging resources and programs across the spectrum of stakeholders.

General Watson has served at the National Guard Bureau since 1987. She served as the Officer Management Branch Chief, Personnel
Division and later as the Chief, Army National Guard Personnel Division. General Watson deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan as the Chief, National Guard Affairs. Upon her return she served as the Army National Guard G1 for approximately three years.

Major General Irene Trowell-Harris 
Major General Irene Trowell-Harris is assigned as the Air National Guard (ANG) assistant to the director, Air National Guard, for human resources readiness, Washington, D.C. She is responsible for assisting and advising the director on all human resource issues. In this capacity, she serves as the chair of the Human Relations Quality Board, and advisor to the ANG Committee of Advisors. The input has major impact on force preparedness and meeting the defense challenges of tomorrow.

General Trowell-Harris was commissioned in the New York Air National Guard in April 1963 where she held the positions of chief nurse, nurse administrator, flight nurse instructor and flight nurse examiner. She was appointed commander of the 105th USAF Clinic, Newburgh, N.Y., in March 1986, becoming the first nurse in Air National Guard history to command a medical clinic. She subsequently served on active duty as ANG advisor to the chief, Air Force Nurse Corps, and as ANG assistant to the director, medical readiness and nursing services, Office of the Surgeon General, Headquarters United States Air Force, Washington, D.C. In August 1998, General Trowell-Harris became the first female in history to have a Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. Chapter named in her honor, the Major General Trowell-Harris Chapter, Newburgh, New York.

Brigadier General Alicia A. Tate-Nadeau
Brigadier General Alicia A. Tate-Nadeau assumed duties as the Assistant Adjutant General/Director of the Joint Staff, Illinois National Guard in February 2015. Prior to her current assignment, she served as the National Guard Bureau’s Liaison Officer to the Israeli Home Front Command, in Ramla, Israel.

General Tate-Nadeau has deployed to Iraq and has commanded many units in the Illinois
National Guard. General Tate-Nadeau also served as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs’ designee as an ex-officio member of the Defense Department Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS). She also played a pivotal role serving as the Chief, Weapons of Mass Destruction Domestic Preparedness Division, Army Reserve Command, Fort McPherson, GA, as well as a core member of the Secretary of Defense’s “Tiger Team,” and the Concept Analysis Agency, where she co-authored Defense Reform Initiative 25, giving the Reserve Components the primary mission to train and respond to WMD incidents; emerging WMD response doctrine; and evaluating what are known today as National Guard Civil Support Teams (WMD). 

Brigadier General Laurie Hummel
Brig. Gen. Laurie Hummel is the Adjutant General of the Alaska National Guard, and the Commissioner, Alaska Department of Military & Veterans Affairs. In 2012, she retired from a 30 year active duty Army career at the rank of colonel. For over 20 years she worked in the fields of tactical, operational, and strategic intelligence.
 
She returned to Alaska to research the effects of military investments made throughout Alaska during the Cold War era.
She was a tenured professor by the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering and a geographer with expertise in political demography and the geographical roots of terrorism, she was also a policy consultant to government agencies and other organizations. She joined several missions in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

Brigadier General Jill K. Faris 
Jill K. Faris is a member of the Ohio Army National Guard. She assumed her duties as the Assistant Surgeon General for Mobilization, Readiness and National Guard Affairs on June 23 2014. As Assistant Surgeon General, she assists the Deputy Surgeon General in providing consultative services and strategic planning in all aspects of medical readiness, health care, medical personnel, medical operational and training issues that comprise the critical medical readiness indicators pertaining to the Army National Guard. She began her military service as a Private in the South Dakota Army National Guard, and upon graduation from South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota, in 1987 received her commission. She has served as a member of the South Dakota, Minnesota and Ohio Army National Guard, respectively, during her 33 years of service.

She served in all medical operations positions from, company through Division and Joint Force Headquarters. Recent assignments include Deputy State Surgeon for Minnesota and Ohio, Division Medical Operations Center Chief, Deputy Commander Medical Detachment, Deputy J-1 Mobilization Readiness, and Deputy Surgeon for the Army National Guard.