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Major General Glen W Van dyke (Retired)

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Major General Glen W Van dyke (Retired)


Retired effective Jun 1, 1999

Major General Glen W. Van Dyke was the adjutant general for the Arizona Air National Guard, Phoenix, Ariz. He was responsible for both the federal and state missions of the Arizona Army and Air National Guard.

General Van Dyke graduated from Tucson High School in 1957 and from the University of Arizona in 1965 with a bachelor's degree in architecture. His military education includes Air Command and Staff College, 1973; Air War College, 1976; and the National Security Management Course, 1978.

General Van Dyke began his military career by enlisting with the 162nd Tactical Fighter Group, Arizona Air National Guard, Tucson, Ariz., as an aircraft refueler in 1961. He received his commission as a second lieutenant and entered pilot training in May 1965. He graduated from pilot training (T-33), Craig Air Force Base, Ala., in June 1966. He completed F-102 interceptor pilot training, Perrin AFB, Texas in December 1966. Upon his return from training, he was reassigned to the 162nd TFG as an F-102 squadron pilot from December 1966 until April 1968. From May 1968 until April 1969, he attended advanced gunnery training and instructor pilot training (F-100), Luke AFB, Ariz. In May 1969, he was reassigned to the 162nd FG as an F-100 instructor pilot until July 1972. In August 1972, he was assigned to the position of air operations plans officer until July 1973. He held the position of assistant air operations officer from August 1973 until January 1975. At that time, he transferred to the position of air operations and training officer and in July 1976, held the position of air operations officer. In January 1979, he was selected as the deputy commander for operations, where he remained until December 1982. He held the position of vice commander from December 1982 until December 1984 and air commander from December 1984 until September 1990. He assumed the position of commander, Arizona Air National Guard on Oct. 1, 1990 and assumed his present position as the adjutant general in April 1994.

General Van Dyke is a command pilot with more than 4,900 flying hours in the T-33, F-100, F-102, A-7 and the F-16 aircraft. His military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with four bronze oak leaf clusters, Combat Readiness Medal, National Defense Medal with one bronze service star, Air Force Overseas Ribbon - Short, Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with one silver and one bronze oak leaf cluster, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with two hourglass devices, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Air Force Training Ribbon, Arizona Distinguished Service Medal, Arizona Southwest Asia Service Support Ribbon, Arizona Exceptional Long Service Medal with two service stars, Arizona Long Service Medal with three service stars, Arizona Service Ribbon with two service stars, Arizona Overseas Ribbon, Arizona Re-enlistment Ribbon, Arizona Active Duty Training Ribbon and Arizona Honor Attendance Ribbon. On March 3, 1990, he was honored with the Order of the Sword Award by the Enlisted Association National Guard of Arizona.

His civic affiliations include being a member of the American Institute of Architects and the National Guard Association.

General Van Dyke was promoted to and federally recognized as a major general on Oct.25, 1993.

(Current as of February 2001)