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BRIGADIER GENERAL ANDREW J. MACDONALD

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Brigadier General Andrew J. MacDonald is the 162d Commander, 162d Wing, Arizona Air National Guard base located at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona. The 162d Wing is the largest Air National Guard fighter wing with 1,600 military members and 74 F-16s. The wing consists of three flying squadrons and provides maintenance support for the Air National Guard/Air Force Reserve Command Test Center. Detachments under the 162d Wing include the 214th Reconnaissance Group, the Total Force Training Center (Operation SNOWBIRD) and Aerospace Control Alert, located at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona. He assumed the position in November 05, 2016.

Brigadier General MacDonald received his Bachelor of Science degree in computer science in 1987 from the State University of New York at Binghamton and was commissioned in 1988 through the Platoon Leaders Course with the Marine Corps at Quantico, Virginia. He attended primary flight school at Pensacola, Florida, then Advanced Jet training at Meridian Mississippi Naval Air Station in Oct 1990 where he earned Naval Aviator wings of gold. In the United States Marine Corps, he served in numerous training and operational assignments in the EA-6B Prowler and as a TA-4 Skyhawk advanced jet training instructor before joining the Arizona Air National Guard in 1998. He became a qualified F-16 instructor pilot June of 1999. Brigadier General MacDonald commanded the 148th Fighter Squadron, 162d Operations Support Flight, and 162d Operations Group prior to assuming his present duties. He is a command pilot with more than 4,400 flying hours.

EDUCATION:
1987 Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, University of New York at Binghamton
1988 The Basic Course, United States Marine Corps, Quantico, Virginia
1993 Naval Post Graduate School, Monterrey, California
1996 Amphibious Warfare School (Correspondence), United States Marine Corps.
2002 Air Command and Staff College (Correspondence), Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
2008 Air War College (Correspondence), Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
ASSIGNMENTS:
1. Jan 88 – Jun 88, TBS, Quantico, VA: Basic Marine Platoon Commander School
2. Jul 88 – Jun 89, VT-3, NAS Pensacola, FL: Primary Flight Training Student
3. Jul 89 – Oct 90, VT-7, NAS Meridian, MS: Advanced Jet Training Student
4. Nov 90 – Oct 91, VAQ 129, NAS Whidbey Island, WA: Fleet Replacement Training Student, EA-6B Qual, Day & Night Carrier Landing
5. Nov 9 – Nov 92, VMAQ-2, MCAS Cherry Point, NC: Legal Officer
6. Dec 92 – May 95, VMAQ-1, MCAS Cherry Point, NC: Aviation Safety Officer, Pilot Training Officer, Assistant Operations Officer
7. Jun 95 – Sep 98, VT-7, NAS Meridian, MS: TA-4 Instructor Pilot, Legal Officer, Assistant Operations Officer
8. Oct 98 – Jun 99, 195th FS, AZ ANG: Instructor Pilot Undergraduate Student
9. Jul 99 – Jun 00, 162d OG OSK: Electronic Combat Pilot
10. Jul 00 – May 03, 148th FS, AZ ANG: Scheduler/Flight Commander
11. Jun 03 – Dec 05, 148th FS, AZ ANG: Assistant Director of Operations
12. Jan 06 – Mar 08, 162d OG OSF, AZ ANG: Director of Operations
13. Apr 08 – May 09, 148th FS, AZ ANG: Director of Operations
14. Jun 09 – Jan 10, 162d OG OSF, AZ ANG: Commander
15. Feb 10 – Jan 11, 148th FS, AZ ANG: Commander
16. Feb 11 – Jan 13, 162d Operations Group Commander
17. Feb 13 – Mar 15, 162d Maintenance Group Commander
18. Apr 15 – Sep 16, Executive Officer to Chief, National Guard Bureau
19. Oct 16 – Nov 16 , Vice Commander, 162d Wing
20. Nov 16-Present, Commander, 162d Wing

FLIGHT INFORMATION:
Rating: Command Pilot
Flight hours: More than 4,400 flying hours
Aircraft flown: F-16 A/C/E, TA-4, T-34C, EA-6B
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Navy Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Navy Achievement Medal (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
Air Force Outstanding Unit Citation with Valor (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
National Defense Service Medal (with 1 Bronze Service Star)
Global War on Terror Service Medal
Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (with 2 Bronze Service Stars)
Air Force Longevity Service Medal (with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with 1 Bronze Hourglass Device)
Air Force Training Ribbon

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:
Second Lieutenant - Jan 1988
First Lieutenant - Jan 1990
Captain - Jul 1992
Major - Oct 1999
Lieutenant Colonel - Oct 2006
Colonel - Dec 2011
Brigadier General-Nov 2016