General Officer Biography



Major General Gregory B. Gardner assumed the duties of the adjutant general of Kansas on February 10, 1999. As the adjutant general, he guides the preparation of 8,500 Kansas Army and Air National Guard citizen soldiers and airmen to respond in times of state or national emergency. As Director of the Division of Emergency Management for Kansas, he directs and coordinates state and local government agencies when emergencies and natural disasters strike in the state. General Gardner also serves as the Director of Homeland Security for the State. In this capacity, he is responsible for deterring and, if necessary, responding to a terrorist attack.

The General entered the Air National Guard as a distinguished graduate of Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1976. Prior to his present assignment, Brigadier General Gardner served as Commander of the 184th Bomb Wing, the first B-1B Bomber unit in the Air National Guard. 


1976 BBA degree in business management, University of Hawaii, Honolulu
1982 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1985 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
1989 Master of arts degree in human resources development, Webster University, St. Louis, Mo.
1994 Air War College, by correspondence
2000 Capstone, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.


1. January 1977 - December 1977, student, undergraduate pilot training, 64th Flying Training Wing, Reese Air Force Base, Texas 
2. December 1977 - May 1978, student, 479th Tactical Training Wing, Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. 
3. May 78 - October 1978, student, F-4D Operational Training, 62nd Fighter Squadron, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.
4. November 1978 - December 1982, F-4C interceptor pilot and instructor pilot, 199th Fighter Squadron, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii
5. December 1982 - April 1984, chief, fighter exercises & deployments, Air National Guard Readiness Center, Andrews Air Force Base, Md.
6. April 1984 - June 1987, plans & readiness staff officer, National Guard Bureau, Pentagon, Washington D.C.
7. June 1987 - May 1991, flight commander, flight examiner, F-16 & F-4 instructor pilot, air-to-air phase manager, range control officer, supervisor of flying, 184th Fighter Group, McConnell Air Force Base, Kan.
8. May 1991 - April 1994, Air National Guard advisor plans & operations, Headquarters, Tactical Air Command and later Headquarters, Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, Va.
9. April 1994 - July 1997, vice commander, 184th Bomb Wing, McConnell Air Force Base, Kan.
10. July 1997 - February 1999, commander, 184th Bomb Wing, McConnell Air Force Base, Kan.
11. February 1999 - present, the adjutant general of Kansas, Topeka, Kan.


Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 4,000 hours
Aircraft flown: B-1B, F-16A/B/C/D, F-4C/D/E, T33, and 20 other military and civilian aircraft
Pilot wings from: Reese Air Force Base, Texas


Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Army Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with one oak leaf cluster
Combat Readiness Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with four oak leaf clusters
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with one hourglass
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Air Force Training Ribbon
Kansas National Guard Meritorious Service Ribbon
Kansas National Guard Service Medal with one device


Member, Kansas Emergency Management Association, 2002
Henry Toll Fellowship, Council of State Governments, 2000
Board Member, American Red Cross, Topeka, Kan., 1999-present
Past President, Board of Trustees, Kansas Aviation Museum, Wichita, Kan., 1995 - 2001 
Chairman of Board, Freedom First Federal Credit Union, McConnell AFB, Kan., 1995 - 2001
Advisory Board, South Branch YMCA, Wichita, Kan., 1997 - 1999
Past Secretary, Board of Directors, Kansas Starbase Inc, Wichita, Kan., 1997 - 1999 
Board of Directors, Wichita Chamber of Commerce, Wichita, Kan., 1997 - 1999 
Board of Directors, Kansas National Guard Association, Topeka, Kan., 1997 - 1998 
Leadership Kansas, 1998


Second Lieutenant Jun 1, 1976
First Lieutenant Mar 2, 1979
Captain Nov 19, 1982
Major Nov 19, 1986
Lieutenant Colonel Feb 7, 1991
Colonel Jun 15, 1994 
Brigadier General Mar 30, 2000
Major General May 24, 2001



(Current as of September 2002)


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