General Officer Biography



Official PhotoAssistant Adjutant General - Army, Vermont Army National Guard

Brigadier General Michael T. Heston serves as Assistant Adjutant General - Army, Vermont National Guard. In this assignment he is responsible to provide leadership, mentoring, oversight and evaluation to Vermont's brigade-level commands. In addition, General Heston provides advice and feedback to Vermont's Adjutant General on readiness issues including unit status reports, annual training inspections and other internal and external reviews.

General Heston received his commission from Vermont's Officer Candidate School in 1990. Prior to attending OCS he served as an enlisted member of the United States Marine Corps Reserve and Vermont Army National Guard. He commanded at all levels from platoon to brigade, and is a veteran of three deployments to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom. Prior to his assignment as Assistant Adjutant General he served as commander of Vermont's Garrison Support Command. He is qualified in the Infantry and Military Police branches, and is a graduate of the following courses: Reserve Component National Security; Infantry Brigade and Battalion Command; Command and General Staff Officer; Antiterrorism Officer; Combined Arms and Services Staff School; Military Police Officer Advanced; Master Fitness Trainer; Basic and Small Group Instructor Training; and Military Police Officer Basic.


1982 Roger Williams University, Bachelor of Science, Administration of Justice, Bristol, Rhode Island
2009 United States Navy College of Naval Warfare, Master of Science, National Security and Strategic Studies, Newport, Rhode Island
2012 Joint Task Force Commander Training Course, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado
2014 Dual Status Commander Qualification Course, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado


1. August 1990 - March 1991, Armor Platoon Leader, Company C, 1st battalion, 172nd Armor, Morrisville, Vermont
2. March 1991 - February 1994, Commander, Detachment 2, Military Police Company, 26th Infantry Division, Montpelier, Vermont
3. February 1994 - November 1994, Liaison Officer, Headquarters, 86th Armored Brigade, Montpelier, Vermont
4. November 1994 - June 1998, Tactical Officer, Company B (Officer Candidate School), 2nd Battalion (General Studies), 124th Regiment (Regional Training Institute), Colchester, Vermont
5. June 1998 - November 2000, Commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 172nd Armor, St. Albans, Vermont.
6. November 2000 - May 2003, Commander/Senior Tactical Officer, Company H, 2nd Battalion, 124th Regiment, Colchester, Vermont
7. May 2003 - January 2004, Officer Basic Course Officer in Charge and Force Protection Officer, Afghan National Army, Kabul, Afghanistan.
8. January 2004 - April, 2005, Commander/Senior Tactical Officer, Company H (OCS), 2nd Battalion (General Studies), 124th Regiment (Regional Training Institute), Colchester, Vermont
9. April 2005 - October 2006, Commander, 2nd Battalion (General Studies), 124th Regiment (Regional Training Institute), Colchester, Vermont
10. October 2006 - April 2008, Executive Officer, Regional Police Advisory Command (RPAC), Kabul, Afghanistan
11. April 2008 - June 2009, Student, United States Navy College of Naval Warfare, Master of Science, National Security and Strategic Studies, Newport, Rhode Island
12. June 2009 - March 2011, Detachment Commander, Headquarters, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Rear), Williston, Vermont
13. March 2011 - June 2012, Deputy Commander, 43rd Military Police Brigade, Parwan Province, Afghanistan
14. June 2012 - August 2012, Assistant Chief of Staff for Personnel (G-1), Joint Force Headquarters - Vermont, Colchester, Vermont
15. August 2012 - August 2014, Commander, Vermont National Guard Garrison Support Command, Jericho, Vermont
16. August 2014 - September 2014, Chief Facility Management Officer, Joint Force Headquarters - Vermont, Camp Johnson, Vermont
17. September 2014 - Present, Assistant Adjutant General - Army, Joint Force Headquarters - Vermont, Camp Johnson, Vermont


Bronze Star Medal (With Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
Meritorious Service Medal (With 3 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Army Commendation Medal (With 3 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (With Silver Oak Leaf Cluster and 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
National Defense Service Medal (With Bronze Service Star)
Afghanistan Campaign Medal (With 3 Bronze Service Stars)
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Reserve Medal (With Silver Hourglass and "M" Device)
Army Service Ribbon
Overseas Service Ribbon
Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon (With Numeral 2)
NATO Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge
Vermont Career Service Award
Vermont Service Ribbon (With 4 Bronze Service Stars)
Vermont Duty Ribbon (With Silver Service Star and 3 Bronze Service Stars)
Vermont State Special Duty Ribbon


General Heston has been the fulltime Deputy Adjutant General of the Vermont National Guard since June, 2013. He was employed by the Vermont State Police from 1983 until retiring in 2009.


National Guard Association of Vermont, National Guard Association of the United States.


Second Lieutenant 18 August 1990
First Lieutenant 17 August 1993
Captain 3 March 1995
Major 10 December 2000
Lieutenant Colonel 24 May 2005
Colonel 26 May 2011
Brigadier General 11 December 2014



(Current as of November 2015)


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