General Officer Biography

Brigadier General David D. Hamlar Jr

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Brig. Gen. David D. Hamlar is Assistant Adjutant General - Air, Minnesota National Guard. He assists in the oversight and leadership of Minnesota Air National Guard units and in deploying specific strategic themes relevant to external audiences, with a primary strategic objective to maintain two high-quality Air National Guard Wings assigned to the State of Minnesota. The secondary strategic objective is to sustain and acquire relevant missions for the Minnesota Air National Guard. General Hamlar provides service component leadership and policy advice to the Adjutant General and enforces the policies of the Adjutant General in the Minnesota Air National Guard as the senior Air Force Officer.

General Hamlar graduated from Tufts University, Boston, MA, with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He then attended Howard University College of Dentistry as a National Health Service Corps scholarship recipient, gaining a commission at the equivalent Naval rank of Lieutenant.  While practicing dentistry in Columbus, he entered medical school at the Ohio State University in 1985. After completing his studies in three years, he spent his fourth year as a basic research scientist. This led to one year of post-graduate training in general surgery and four years in otolaryngology. Finally, a fellowship in Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery led him to Minnesota in 1994, where he attended the University of Minnesota.

General Hamlar continued his military career by joining the 121st Tactical Fighter Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard in 1989. He joined the 133rd Airlift Wing as a traditional guardsman and general practice physician in 1995. General Hamlar has served in support of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and numerous military humanitarian efforts around the world.

1977 Bachelor of Science in Biology, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts
1981 Doctor of Dental Surgery in Dental, Howard University, Washington, District of Columbia
2012 Air War College (AirWC), by correspondence
2015 Senior Leadership Officer Course (SLOC), by in residence

1. February 1989 - June 1990, Health Services Administrator, 121st Tactical Hospital, Rickenbacker Air Force Base, Ohio
2. July 1990 - October 1995, Emergency Medicine Services, 121st Tactical Hospital, Rickenbacker Air Force Base, Ohio
3. November 1995 - February 2000, General Practice Physician, 133rd Medical Group, Minnesota Air National Guard, Saint Paul, Minnesota
4. March 2000 - March 2003, Chief Aerospace Medicine, 133rd Medical Group, Minnesota Air National Guard, Saint Paul, Minnesota
5. April 2003 - December 2012, Commander, 133rd Medical Group, Minnesota Air National Guard, Saint Paul, Minnesota
6. January 2013 - June 2014, State Air Surgeon, Minnesota National Guard, Minnesota Joint Force Headquarters, Saint Paul, Minnesota
7. June 2014 - Present, Assistant Adjutant General, Veterans Service Building, St Paul, Minnesota

Rating: Chief Flight Surgeon
Flight Hours: 860
Aircraft Flown: C-130H, KC135R, C017A, UH060A, C130J, C17A, C130E, F16C

Meritorious Service Medal with four bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with silver oak leaf cluster and two oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with bronze service star
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with bronze service star
Iraqi Campaign Medal with bronze service star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Air Force Overseas Ribbon with "A" device and bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold border and three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon with two oak leaf clusters
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Silver Hourglass
Armed Force Training Ribbon
Minnesota Distinguished Service Medal
Minnesota State Service Medal


Assistant Professor Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery University of Minnesota School of Medicine, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Associate Clinical Professor Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland

Staff Physician Regions Hospital, St Paul, Minnesota

Section Chair, Surgical Subspecialties, HealthPartners Medical Group, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Staff Physician, Minneapolis VA Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Aerospace Medical Association 1988-present
Society of USAF Flight Surgeons 1988-present
Association of Military Surgeons of the United States 1988-present
American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery Fellow 1995-present
American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstruction Surgery Fellow 1998-present
Fellow of the American College of Surgeons 1998-present
Ambassadors Lions Club 1998-present
Minnesota Wild Team Physician 2004-present
Consultant Physician Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Timberwolves 2004-present
University of Minnesota Rotary Club 2006-present
Minneapolis Rotary Club. Member 2007-present
National Guard Association of the United States Lifetime Member
Reserve Officers Association Lifetime Member

1983 Outstanding Big Brother of the Year Southeastern Ohio Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America
2005 Community Service Award (AAFPRS Foundation)
2005 Minneapolis Rotary Citizen of the Year (University of Minnesota)
2006 American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Citizen of the Year
2007 State of Minnesota Distinguished Service Award
2007 Minneapolis Rotary Club Service Above Self Award
2007 Air National Guard Flight Surgeon of the Year
2015 Air National Guard Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA)
2016 Minnesota African American Heritage Calendar Award
2016 State of Minnesota Humanities Veterans Voices Award

Second Lieutenant Feb. 11, 1989
Captain Jun. 1, 1990
Major Aug. 29, 1990
Lieutenant Colonel Sep. 8, 1997
Colonel Mar. 21, 2002
Brigadier General Jun. 25, 2014



(Current as of June 2017)


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