Director of the Joint Staff - Michigan Air National Guard

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Brigadier General Ronald W. Wilson is the Director of the Joint Staff for the Michigan National Guard, based at the Joint Forces Headquarters in Lansing. As Director of the Joint Staff, he oversees the coordination and integration of Army and Air Force forces in supporting Michigan’s role in protecting the homeland. He also assists the Michigan Air National Guard Commander in the administration of units located at Selfridge ANG Base, Battle Creek Air National Guard Base and the Combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena, Michigan.

General Wilson received his commission as a second lieutenant in 1983 through the University of Wisconsin-Superior Reserve Officer Training Corps program. He served eight years on active duty primarily as an A-10 pilot before joining the Michigan Air National Guard. He has served in numerous assignments in flying and operations, as well as command positions from the squadron through wing level. General Wilson is a command pilot with more than 4,000 hours in the A-10. General Wilson has deployed in support of numerous operations including OPERATIONS SOUTHERN WATCH, ALLIED FORCE, IRAQI FREEDOM, and ENDURING FREEDOM. Prior to assuming his current position, General Wilson was Commander, 110th Attack Wing, Battle Creek Air National Guard Base, Michigan.

EDUCATION:
1982 Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, University of Wisconsin, Superior, Wisconsin
1987 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
2001 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
2007 Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
2016 Joint Task Force Commander's Course, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado
2016 Dual Status Commander Orientation Course, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado

ASSIGNMENTS:
1. April 1983 – June 1984, Pilot Trainee, 64th Training Squadron, Reese Air Force Base, Lubbock, Texas
2. August 1984 – January 1985, A-10 Trainee, 355th Wing, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona
3. January 1985 – March 1988, Aircraft Commander, A-10, 74th Tactical Fighter Squadron, England Air Force Base, Alexandria, Louisiana
4. March 1988 – September 1990, Fighter Lead Instructor, 436th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico
5. December 1991 – February 1993, Plans Officer, 110th Fighter Wing, W.K. Kellogg Air National Guard Base, Battle Creek, Michigan
6. February 1993 – May 1995, Assistant Flight Commander, 172nd Fighter Squadron, W.K. Kellogg Air National Guard Base, Battle Creek, Michigan
7. May 1995 – August 1998, Flight Commander, 172nd Fighter Squadron, W.K. Kellogg Air National Guard Base, Battle Creek, Michigan
8. August 1998 – July 2000, Assistant Deputy of Operations, 172nd Fighter Squadron, W.K. Kellogg Air National Guard Base, Battle Creek, Michigan
9. July 2000 – August 2003, Operations Support Flight Commander, 172nd Fighter Squadron, W.K. Kellogg Air National Guard Base, Battle Creek, Michigan
10. August 2003 – March 2007, Deputy Operations Group Commander, 110th Fighter Wing, W.K. Kellogg Air National Guard Base, Battle Creek, Michigan
11. March 2007 – April 2010, Operations Group Commander, 110th Airlift Wing, W.K. Kellogg Air National Guard Base, Battle Creek, Michigan
12. April 2010 – June 2012, Vice Commander, 110th Airlift Wing, W.K. Kellogg Air National Guard Base, Battle Creek, Michigan
13. June 2012 – Present, Commander, 110th Attack Wing, W.K. Kellogg Air National Guard Base, Battle Creek, Michigan
14. December 2015 – March 2016 Chief of Staff, Michigan Air National Guard, Lansing, Michigan
15. March 2016 - Present, Director of the Joint Staff, Joint Forces Headquarters, Michigan National Guard, Lansing, Michigan

AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:
Distinguished Flying Cross
Meritorious Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Combat Action Medal
Meritorious Unit Award with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with valor device and seven oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal with nine oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service medal with bronze star
Armed Forces Expeditionary medal with bronze star
Kosovo Campaign Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with bronze star
Iraq Campaign Medal with bronze star
GlobalWar on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
GlobalWar on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Air Force Overseas Ribbon-Short
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold border
Air Force Longevity Service with four bronze oak leaf clusters
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with two meritorious devices and silver hourglass
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon Pistol
Air Force Training Ribbon
NATO Medal
Michigan Legion of Merit Medal
Michigan Broadsword Service Medal with four gold stars
Michigan State Global War on Terrorism Ribbon with M device
Michigan OCONUS Ribbon with seven oak leaf clusters

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:
Second Lieutenant, December 1982
First Lieutenant, December 1984
Captain, December 1986
Major, August 1996
Lieutenant Colonel, September 2002
Colonel, June 2008
Brigadier General, December 2015