Assistant Adjutant General - Michigan Air National Guard

Picture of MG Leonard W. Isabelle Jr.

Major General Leonard Isabelle is the assistant adjutant general and commander of the Michigan Air National Guard. He is the principal air advisor to the adjutant general and is responsible for command and control of personnel, equipment and resources for two flying wings (KC-135R, A-10C, MQ-9), an air operations group, a cyber operations squadron and a combat readiness training center.

General Isabelle received his commission in 1987 as a graduate of the Academy of Military Science. He graduated from undergraduate pilot training at Reese Air Force Base in 1988. He has held numerous positions in operations and maintenance and has commanded at the flight, squadron, group and state air component levels. His five operational deployments include Operation Northern Watch, Operation Southern Watch and Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2015, General Isabelle participated in exercise Judicious Response as a joint air component coordination element director to US Africa Command. In 2016, General Isabelle served as the deputy commanding general for U.S. Northern Command Joint Task Force - X and commander of Joint Task Force – Search and Rescue for the Ardent Sentry Exercise. A command pilot, he has logged 2,950 flying hours including 260 combat hours, primarily in the A-10 and F-16 aircraft.

EDUCATION:

1984 Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, Kettering University, Flint, Michigan
1985 Master of Science, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
1997 Squadron Officer School by correspondence
2004 Air Command and Staff College by correspondence
2008 Air War College by correspondence
2012 Air Force Smart Operations Senior Leader Course, University of Tennessee Center for Executive Education
2013 Air Force Combined Air and Space Operations Senior Staff Course
2016 Advanced Senior Leader Development Program, Strategic Engagement Seminar

ASSIGNMENTS:

1. December 1987 - December 1988, Undergraduate Pilot Training, 64th Flying Training Wing, Reese Air Force Base, Texas                      

2. December 1988 - October 1989, Operational Training Course, A-7D, 162nd Fighter Wing, Tucson Air National Guard Base, Arizona

3. October 1989 - May 1990, Operational Training Course, F-16A, 162nd Fighter Wing, Tucson Air National Guard Base, Arizona

4. May 1990 - May 1995, Pilot, F-16A, 107th Fighter Squadron, Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Michigan

5. May 1995 - August 1995, F-16C Instructor Course, 62nd Fighter Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Arizona

6. August 1995 - November 1998, Instructor Pilot, F-16C, 107th Fighter Squadron, Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Michigan

7. November 1998 - June 2002, Commander, 127th Operations Support Flight, Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Michigan

8. June 2002 - December 2004, Instructor Pilot, 107th Fighter Squadron, Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Michigan

9. December 2004 - April 2007, Flight Commander, 107th Fighter Squadron, Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Michigan

10. April 2007 - November 2008, Commander, 127th Maintenance Squadron, Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Michigan

11. November 2008 - March 2012, Commander, 127th Operations Group, Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Michigan

12. March 2012 - August 2012, Vice Chief of Staff, Michigan Air National Guard, Joint Forces Headquarters, Lansing, Michigan

13. September 2012 - December 2015, Chief of Staff, Michigan Air National Guard, Joint Forces Headquarters, Lansing, Michigan

14. September 2012 - Present, Commander, Michigan Air National Guard, Lansing, Michigan

15. December 2015- Present, Assistant Adjutant General for Air, Joint Forces Headquarters, Michigan National Guard, Lansing, Michigan

AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:

Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters

Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters

Air Force Commendation medal with oak leaf cluster

Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster

Joint Meritorious Unit Award with gold border

Meritorious Unit Award with oak leaf cluster

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award

Combat Readiness Medal with two oak leaf clusters

Air Force Recognition Ribbon

National Defense Service Medal with bronze star

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with bronze star

Iraq Campaign Medal with bronze star

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal with oak leaf cluster

Air Force Overseas Ribbon Short Tour

Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold border and oak leaf cluster

Air Force Longevity Service Award with three oak leaf clusters

Armed Forces Reserve Medal with silver hourglass, 'M’ device and numeral 2

Air Force Training Ribbon

Michigan Legion of Merit Medal

Michigan Broadsword Service Medal with gold oak leaf cluster

Michigan State War on Terrorism Ribbon

Michigan Outside United States Service Ribbon with eight device

Michigan State Partnership Ribbon

 
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:

Second Lieutenant 5 November 1987
First Lieutenant 17 August 1990
Captain 23 October 1992
Major 22 January 1998
Lieutenant Colonel 2 June 2004
Colonel 19 June 2009
Brigadier General 15 September 2012
Major General 26 August 2016