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Major General Francis D. Vavala (Retired)



Brigadier General Joseph B. Veillon is the Assistant Adjutant General for Air in Louisiana. He formulates policy pertaining to the administration and training of over 1,500 Louisiana Air National Guardsmen and causes plans and directives to be issued to assure uniform application and compliance throughout all Louisiana Air National Guard units. Brigadier General Veillon serves as principal advisor to the Adjutant General on matters pertaining to the Louisiana Air National Guard.

General Veillon began his military career with the United States Air Force in 1974. He has served as F-4 Instructor Pilot, F-16 Flight Commander and Instructor Pilot, Tactical Air Command Inspector General Team, Commander of the 122nd Air Support Operations Squadron, 159th Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Commander, 159th Logistics Group Commander, Vice Commander and Commander 159th Fighter Wing. In 1992 Brigadier General Veillon joined the Louisiana Air National Guard. He was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General on March 30, 2001.


1974 - Bachelor of Arts degree, University of Southwestern Louisiana
1983 - Squadron Officer School
1986 - Air Command & Staff College
1996 - Air War College


1. November 1974 - October 1975, undergraduate pilot trainee, Laughlin AFB, Texas
2. October 1975 - October 1976, F-4 transition student, MacDill AFB, Florida
3. October 1976 - October 1980, F-4 pilot, Spangdahlem AB, Germany
4. October 1980 - May 1982, Inactive Reserves
5. May 1982 - February 1987, F-16 RTU instructor pilot, Homestead AFB, Florida
6. February 1987 - February 1988, F-16 flight commander, instructor pilot, Kunsan Air Base, Korea
7. February 1988 - February 1989, F-16 operations inspector, Langley AFB, Virginia
8. February 1989 - May 1991, Inactive Reserves, Air Reserve Personnel Center, Denver, Colorado
9. May 1991 - October 1991, air liaison officer, Headquarters Louisiana Air National Guard, New Orleans, Louisiana
10. October 1991 - October 1993, commander, 122nd Air Support and Operations Squadron, Camp Beauregard, Louisiana
11. October 1993 -, May 1995, commander, 159th Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Louisiana Air National Guard, New Orleans, Louisiana
12. May 1995 - March 1997, commander, 159th Logistics Group, Louisiana Air National Guard, New Orleans, Louisiana
13. March 1997 - October 1997, vice commander, 159th Fighter Wing, Louisiana Air National Guard, New Orleans, Louisiana
14. October 1997 - May 2000, commander, 159th Fighter Wing, Louisiana Air National Guard, New Orleans, Louisiana
15. May 2000 to present, assistant adjutant general, Louisiana Air National Guard, New Orleans, Louisiana


Rating: Command Pilot
Flight hours: 3000
Aircraft Flown: F4, F15, F16
Pilot Wings from Laughlin AFB, Texas


Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal, with 1 device
Air Force Commendation Medal with 2 devices
Army Commendation Medal
Combat Readiness Medal with 4 devices
Air Force Overseas Short Tour and Long Tour Service Ribbons
Southwest Asia Service Medal
Louisiana Legion of Merit
Louisiana Cross of Merit
Louisiana War Cross
Louisiana Emergency Service Medal


Director of Pelican State STARBASE and Director of the Youth Challenge Program - Camp Beauregard, Pineville, Louisiana


Served as President of the Louisiana National Guard's Officer Association
Chairman of the Louisiana National Guard Joint Venture Committee
Air National Guard Area IV Representative to the National Guard Association, Washington D.C.


Second Lieutenant May 10, 1974
First Lieutenant Nov 25, 1976
Captain Nov 25, 1978
Major May 4, 1991
Lieutenant Colonel Dec 6, 1993
Colonel April 6, 1997
Brigadier General March 30, 2001

(Current as of May 2002)