Director of Staff - Michigan Air National Guard

Photo of Lieutenant Colonel Vernetta Hughes

Colonel Vernetta P. Hughes is a 1985 graduate of Michigan State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Systems Economics & Management.  She became a member of the Michigan Air National Guard in January 1986 and received her commission through the Academy of Military Science in December 1987.

Colonel Hughes has served the Michigan Air National Guard in a variety of Mission Support Group and headquarters-staff positions.  She began her military career at Battle Creek Air National Guard Base where she served for eight years as the Personnel Utilization OIC and Social Actions Officer.  After a seven-year break in service, she returned to active service at Selfridge Air National Guard Base where she served for nine years in several key positions such as Director of Personnel, Mission Support Flight Commander, Mission Support Group Executive Officer, and Force Support Squadron Commander.  After completing a two-year statutory tour at Air National Guard Readiness Center serving as the 201st Mission Support Squadron Special Assistant to the Commander, she returned to Selfridge Air National Guard base and assumed the duties as the Mission Support Group Deputy Commander and also served as interim Mission Support Group Commander.  In August 2015, she began her most recent assignment as the Director of Staff – Air for the Michigan Air National Guard, Joint Force Headquarters, Lansing, MI.

1985 Michigan State University, Bachelor of Science, East Lansing, MI
2004 Squadron Officer School, (in-residence), Maxwell AFB, AL
2008 Air Command and Staff College (Correspondence)
2014 Air War College (Correspondence)


  1. Jan 1988 - Apr 1992, Personnel Utilization Officer, 110 MSF, Battle Creek ANGB, MI
  2. Apr 1992 - Jan 1994, Social Actions Officer, 110 MSF, Battle Creek ANGB, MI
  3. Aug 2001 - Jan 2005, Customer Support OIC, 127 MSF, Selfridge ANGB, MI
  4. Jan 2005 - Mar 2007, Commander/Director of Personnel, 127 MSF, Selfridge ANGB, MI
  5. Mar 2007 - Apr 2009, Manpower-Personnel, 127 MSG, Selfridge ANGB, MI
  6. Apr 2009 - Jul 2010, Commander/Force Support Officer, 127 FSS, Selfridge ANGB, MI
  7. Aug 2010 – Aug 2012, Special Assistant to Commander, 201 MSS, Joint Base Andrews, MD
  8. Jan 2014 – Mar 2014, Commander, Mission Support Group, 127 MSG, Selfridge ANGB, MI
  9. Aug 2012 – Aug 2015, Deputy Commander, 127 MSG, Selfridge ANGB, MI
  10. Aug 2015 – present, Director of Staff – Air, Joint Force Headquarters, Lansing, MI

Meritorious Service Medal with device
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
AF Outstanding Unit Award with device
National Defense Service Medal with device
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
AF Longevity Service with 2 devices
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
AF Training Ribbon
Michigan Broadsword Service Medal with 3 devices

Second Lieutenant, December 17, 1987
First Lieutenant, April 7, 1990
Captain, June 6, 1992
Major, February 22, 2004
Lieutenant Colonel, September 3, 2009
Colonel, January 5, 2016