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Brigadier General Ronald W Wilson (Retired)



Brigadier General Ronald W. Wilson served as the Director of the Joint Staff for the Michigan National Guard, based at the Joint Forces Headquarters in Lansing. In this role, General Wilson oversaw the coordination and integration of Army and Air assets to support  Michigan in the domestic operations enterprise. As Director of the Joint Staff, he oversees the coordination and integration of Army and Air Force forces in supporting Michigan’s role in protecting the homeland. He also assists the Michigan Air National Guard Commander in the administration of units located at Selfridge ANG Base, Battle Creek Air National Guard Base and the Combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena, Michigan.

General Wilson received his commission as a second lieutenant in 1983 through the University of Wisconsin-Superior Reserve Officer Training Corps program. He served eight years on active duty primarily as an A-10 pilot before joining the Michigan Air National Guard. He has served in numerous assignments in flying and operations, as well as command positions from the squadron through wing level. General Wilson is a command pilot with more than 4,000 hours in the A-10.  General Wilson has deployed in support of numerous operations including OPERATIONS SOUTHERN WATCH, ALLIED FORCE, IRAQI FREEDOM, and ENDURING FREEDOM. Prior to assuming his current position, General Wilson was Commander, 110th Attack Wing, Battle Creek Air National Guard Base, Michigan.

1982 Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, University of Wisconsin - Superior
1987 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2002 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
2007 Air War College, by correspondence
2016 Dual Status Commanders Course (USNORTHCOM), in residence

1. April 1983 - June 1984, Pilot Trainee, 64th Training Squadron, Reese AFB, Lubbock, Texas
2. August 1984 - January 1985, A-10 Trainee, 355th Wing, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
3. January 1985 - March 1988, Aircraft Commander, A-10, 74th Tactical Fighter Squadron, England AFB, Alexandria, La.
4. March 1988 - September 1990, Instructor Pilot, 436th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, Holloman AFB, N.M.
5. September 1990 - December 1991, Inactive Ready Reserve, HQ ARPC, Denver, Colo.
6. December 1991 - December 1993, Plans Officer, 110th Fighter Wing, Group Battle Creek ANGB, Mich.
7. December 1993 - December 1995, Operations Plans Officer, 172nd Fighter Squadron, Battle Creek, ANGB, Mich.
8. December 1995 - December 1996, Fighter Pilot, 172nd Fighter Squadron, Battle Creek ANGB, Mich.
9. December 1996 - October 1999, Flight Commander, 172nd Fighter Squadron, Battle Creek ANGB, Mich.
10. October 1999 - October 2000, Operations Support Flight Commander, 172nd Fighter Squadron, Battle Creek ANGB, Mich.
11. October 2000 - October 2004, Operations Group Commander, 110th Fighter Wing, Battle Creek ANGB, Mich.
12. October 2004 - October 2005, Deputy Operations Group Commander, 110th Operations Support Flight, Battle Creek ANGB, Mich.
13. October 2005 - October 2009, Operations Group Commander, 110th Airlift Wing, Battle Creek ANGB, Mich.
14. October 2009 - May 2012, Vice Commander, 110th Airlift Wing, Battle Creek ANGB, Mich.
15. June 2012 - December 2015, Commander, 110th Attack Wing, Battle Creek ANGB, Mich.
16. December 2015 - January 2019, Chief of Staff, Lansing, MI

Rating: Command Pilot
Flight hours: More than 4,000
Aircraft flown: A-10, AT-38, C-21, T-37, T-38

Distinguished Flying Cross
Meritorious Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Combat Action Medal
Meritorious Unit Award with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with valor device and seven oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal with nine oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service medal with bronze star
Armed Forces Expeditionary medal with bronze star
Kosovo Campaign Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with bronze star
Iraq Campaign Medal with bronze star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Air Force Overseas Ribbon-Short
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold border
Air Force Longevity Service with four bronze oak leaf clusters
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with two meritorious devices and a silver hourglass
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon Pistol
Air Force Training Ribbon
NATO Medal
Michigan Legion of Merit Medal
Michigan Broadsword Service Medal with four gold stars
Michigan State Global War on Terrorism Ribbon with M device
Michigan OCONUS Ribbon with seven oak leaf clusters

National Guard Association of Michigan
National Guard Association of the United States
Order of Daedalians
Michigan Air Guard Historical Association

Second Lieutenant Dec. 11, 1982
First Lieutenant Dec. 11, 1984
Captain Dec. 11, 1986
Major Aug. 6, 1996
Lieutenant Colonel Oct. 3, 2002
Colonel June 20, 2008
Brigadier General Dec. 2, 2015

(Current as of April 2019)