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Deputy Director of the Air National Guard

Major General Duke A. Pirak

Maj. Gen. Duke A. Pirak serves as the Deputy Director, Air National Guard, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia. In this capacity, he assists the Air National Guard Director in formulating, developing and coordinating all policies, plans and programs affecting more than 108,300 Air National Guard members and civilians in more than 90 wings and 175 geographically-separated units across 213 locations throughout the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

A graduate of the University of Washington, Maj. Gen. Pirak was commissioned at the Academy of Military Science in 1996. He has served in multiple worldwide combat and contingency deployments as an F-15C Mission Commander, Instructor Pilot, and Weapons Officer. Prior to his current position, he was Deputy Director, Politico-Military Affairs (Africa), Strategy, Plans, and Policy Directorate (J5), on the Joint Staff.

Maj. Gen. Pirak is a Top Academic Graduate of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School, Distinguished Graduate of the National War College, and a joint qualified officer. He has commanded at the squadron, group, and wing level in both the Pacific Air Forces and Air Combat Command. Maj. Gen. Pirak has also led a variety of headquarters staff positions, including as the Senior Military Adviser in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy, Director of Operations for the Combined Joint Operations Center and Army Forces in Jordan, and Director, Chief of the National Guard Bureau Action Group. He is a command pilot with more than 2,700 flying hours.

 

EDUCATION

  • 1994 Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration, University of Washington, Seattle
  • 2002 U.S. Air Force Weapons School, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.
  • 2004 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
  • 2009 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
  • 2011 Aircraft Maintenance and Munitions Officer Course, Sheppard AFB, Texas
  • 2012 Master of Science, National Security Strategy, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
  • 2017 U.S. Air Force Safety and Accident Investigation Board President Course, Joint Base Andrews, Md.
  • 2019 Defense Institute of Security Cooperation Executive Course, Arlington, Va.
  • 2020 National Security Management Course, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, N.Y.
  • 2020 Regional Seminar-Transnational Issues, Alan L. Freed Associates, Washington, D.C.
  • 2021 National and International Security Leadership Seminar, Alan L. Freed Associates, Washington, D.C.
  • 2021 Regional Seminar-Middle East/Southwest Asia, Alan L. Freed Associates, Washington, D.C.
  • 2021 Senior Executives in National and International Security Course, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 2021 U.S. Air Force Senior Leader Orientation Course, Arlington, Va.
  • 2021 U.S. Air Force Advanced Senior Leader Development Seminar, Arlie Center, Warrenton, Va.
  • 2021 Regional Seminar-Africa, Alan L. Freed Associates, Washington, D.C.

 

ASSIGNMENTS

  1. November 1996 - December 1997, Student, Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training, 80th Flying Training Wing, Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas
  2. January 1998 - March 1998, Student, Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals, 49th Flying Training Wing, Columbus AFB, Miss.
  3. April 1998 - November 1998, Student, F-15 Training, 1st Fighter Squadron, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
  4. December 1998 - December 2001, F-15 Flight Lead, Mission Commander, Instructor Pilot, 123rd Fighter Squadron, Oregon Air National Guard, Portland, Ore.
  5. January 2002 - June 2002, Student, U.S. Air Force Weapons Instructor Course, 433rd Weapons Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nev.
  6. July 2002 - February 2005, Weapons Officer, 123rd Fighter Squadron, Oregon ANG, Portland, Ore.
  7. March 2005 - April 2007, Squadron and Wing Training Officer, 123rd Fighter Squadron, Oregon ANG, Portland, Ore.
  8. May 2007 - December 2007, Wing Project Officer, 142nd Fighter Wing, Oregon ANG, Portland, Ore.
  9. January 2008 - November 2008, Branch Chief, Combat Forces and Strategic Planning, National Guard Bureau, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
  10. December 2008 - September 2009, Chief, Air National Guard Strategic Studies Group, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
  11. October 2009 - March 2011, Commander, 142nd Maintenance Squadron, Oregon ANG, Portland, Ore.
  12. April 2011 - July 2011, Director of Strategic Plans and Programs (A8), Oregon ANG, Salem, Ore.
  13. August 2011 - June 2012, Student, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
  14. July 2012 - June 2013, Senior Military Adviser to Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Development, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
  15. July 2013 - December 2014, Commander, 154th Operations Group, Hawaii ANG, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii
  16. January 2015 - May 2015, Vice Commander, 154th Wing, Hawaii ANG, JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii
  17. June 2015 - January 2016, Director of Logistics (A4), Air National Guard Readiness Center, JB Andrews, Md.
  18. February 2016 - July 2016, Director of Operations (J3), Combined Joint Operations Center, King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center, Amman, Jordan
  19. August 2016 - October 2016, Special Assistant to the Commander, Air National Guard Readiness Center, JB Andrews, Md.
  20. November 2016 - August 2018, Commander, 142nd Fighter Wing, Oregon ANG, Portland, Ore.
  21. September 2018 - May 2019, Director, Chief of the National Guard Bureau Action Group, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
  22. May 2019 - June 2019, Special Assistant to the Chief, National Guard Bureau, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
  23. July 2019 - June 2021, Deputy Director, Strategy, Plans, and Policy Directorate (J5), U.S. Central Command, MacDill AFB, Fla.
  24. July 2021 - February 2022, Deputy Director, Politico-Military Affairs (Africa), Strategy, Plans, and Policy Directorate (J5), the Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
  25. February 2022 - present, Deputy Director, Air National Guard, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.

 

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS

  1. July 2012 - June 2013, Senior Military Adviser to Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Development, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., as a colonel
  2. February 2016 - July 2016, Director of Operations (J3), Combined Joint Operations Center, King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center, Amman, Jordan, as a colonel
  3. September 2018 - May 2019, Director, Chief of the National Guard Bureau Action Group, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., as a colonel
  4. July 2019 - June 2021, Deputy Director, Strategy, Plans, and Policy Directorate (J5), U.S. Central Command, MacDill AFB, Fla., as a brigadier general
  5. July 2021 - February 2022, Deputy Director, Politico-Military Affairs (Africa), Strategy, Plans, and Policy Directorate (J5), the Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., as a brigadier general

 

FLIGHT INFORMATION

  • Rating: command pilot
  • Flight hours: more than 2,700
  • Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38, AT-38B, F-15 A/B/C/D, KC-135R and F-22A

 

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

  • Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
  • Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
  • Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
  • Joint Commendation Medal
  • Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
  • Joint Meritorious Unit Award
  • Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with valor and three oak leaf clusters
  • Combat Readiness Medal with five oak leaf clusters
  • National Defense Service Medal with bronze service star
  • Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

 

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

  • Second Lieutenant Sept. 19, 1996
  • First Lieutenant Sept. 19, 1998
  • Captain Sept. 28, 2000
  • Major Oct. 25, 2004
  • Lieutenant Colonel Jan. 29, 2009
  • Colonel Jan. 1, 2013
  • Brigadier General May 15, 2019
  • Major General Feb. 1, 2022

 

(Current as of March 2022)