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.