General Officer Biography

Major General Michael T. McGuire

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Maj. Gen. Michael T. McGuire is The Adjutant General for Arizona and concurrently serves as the Director of the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs. He is responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of Arizona's Army and Air National Guard, Joint Programs, and the Division of Emergency Management. He leads an 8,000-member department, of which 2,400 are full-time Federal military and civilian personnel, and 600 are full-time State employees.

General McGuire received his commission from the United States Air Force Academy in 1987. He attended undergraduate pilot training at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, followed by several operational, combat and training assignments in the F-16 Fighting Falcon. He joined the Arizona Air National Guard's 162nd Fighter Wing, Tucson International Airport, in 2001 as an F-16 instructor pilot. In 2010, he commanded the 214th Reconnaissance Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, where he flew the MQ-1B Predator and led the unit in combat operations in support of overseas contingencies. Prior to assuming his current duties, he served as the Commander, 162nd Fighter Wing.  General McGuire is a Fighter Weapons School Graduate and a command pilot with more than 4,000 flying hours, and 250 combat and combat-support flying hours.

1987 Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, United States Air Force Academy
1995 Squadron Officer School (SOS), by correspondence
2001 Air Command and Staff College (ACSC), by correspondence
2008 Air War College (AWC), by correspondence
2011 Joint Task Force Commanders Course (NORTHCOM), in residence
2012 Contingency Dual Status Command program, in residence
2014 Senior Leadership Officer Course (SLOC), in residence
2015 CAPSTONE, in residence
2016 Harvard University, Senior Executives in National and International Security (SENIS), in residence
2017 Advanced Senior Leader Development Program-Strategic Engagement Seminar (ASLDP-SES), in residence

1. May 1987 - October 1988, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, 80th Flying Training Wing, Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas.
2. October 1988 - September 1989, Student, F-16C, 56th Tactical Training Wing, MacDill AFB, Fla.
3. September 1989 - September 1992, F-16 Pilot, 4th Fighter Squadron, Hill AFB, Utah, deployment; August 1990 - March 1991, Pilot, Desert Storm/Desert Watch, United Arab Emirates
4. September 1992 - September 1993, F-16C Instructor Pilot/Programmer, 314th Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz.
5. September 1993 - September 1994, F-16C/D Instructor Pilot, 61st Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz.
6. September 1994 - March 1996, Flight Commander, 61st Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz.
7. March 1996 - October 1997, Weapons and Tactics Flight Commander, 354th Operations Support Squadron, Eielson AFB, Alaska.
8. October 1997 - May 2001, F-16 Instructor Pilot, 18th Fighter Squadron, Eielson AFB, Alaska, deployment; April 1998 - July 1998, Pilot, Southern Watch, Saudi Arabia; September 2000 - October 2000, Pilot, Northern Watch, Turkey
9. May 2001 - May 2005, Assistant Director of Operations, F-16 Instructor Pilot, 148th Fighter Squadron, Air National Guard, Ariz.
10. May 2005 - May 2006, Vice Commander, Operation Snowbird, F-16 A/C Instructor Pilot, 162nd Fighter Wing Detachment, ANG, Ariz.
11. May 2007 - May 2008, Director of Operations, 148th Fighter Squadron, Tucson, ANG, Ariz.
12. May 2008 - January 2010, Commander, 148th Fighter Squadron, ANG, Ariz.
13. February 2010 - January 2011, Commander, 214th Reconnaissance Group, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., deployment; April 2010 - December 2010, Pilot, Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
14. February 2011 - September 2013, Commander, 162nd Fighter Wing, ANG, Ariz.
15. September 2013 - Present, The Adjutant General, Arizona, Phoenix, Arizona

Rating: Command Pilot
Flight Hours: More than 4,000
Aircraft Flown: F-16 A/C/E, MQ-1B

Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal three bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Medal
Aerial Achievement Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement medal bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Outstanding Unit Citation "V" device and oak leaf cluster
Combat Readiness Medal
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
Southwest Asia Campaign with two bronze stars
Global War on Terror Service Medal
Air Force Overseas Ribbon - Short Tour
Air Force Overseas Ribbon - Long Tour
Air Force Longevity Service Medal with silver oak leaf cluster
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with hourglass
Air Force Training Ribbon
Kuwait Liberation Medal - Saudi Arabia
Kuwait Liberation Medal - Kuwait

Second Lieutenant May 27, 1987
First Lieutenant May 27, 1989
Captain May 27, 1991
Major Nov. 1, 1998
Lieutenant Colonel Nov. 1, 2005
Colonel Aug. 12, 2010
Brigadier General Dec. 20, 2013
Major General Mar. 27, 2015



(Current as of February 2018)


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