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MAJOR GENERAL BRIAN G. NEAL

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Major General Brian G. Neal is Deputy Director, Air National Guard, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. He assists the Air National Guard Director in formulating, developing and coordinating all policies, plans and programs affecting more than 107,000 Air National Guard members and civilians in more than 1,800 units throughout the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands. In support of the Director, he also leads the development and integration of the Air National Guard's long range plans and approximately $70 billion Future Years Defense Program to ensure the ANG's ability to maintain both combat and homeland defense capabilities.

Gen. Neal received his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado, in 1982. After completion of pilot training, General Neal served in operational C-130 assignments at Rhein-Main Air Base, Germany, and Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina, prior to joining National Guard in 1989. General Neal has since served as a traditional Guardsman and with the Active Guard Reserve in a variety of operational, Air Staff, command, and joint positions. 
Gen. Neal has served as the Commander, Air National Guard Readiness Center and the Deputy Director for Nuclear, Homeland Defense and Current Operations on The Joint Staff. Prior to assuming his current duties, he was the Special Assistant to the Director, ANG for International Affairs and Director of Strategy, Operations, and Resources, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force (International Affairs).

Gen. Neal is a command pilot with more than 5,000 flying hours, primarily in the C-130. In addition to numerous deployed operational experiences, Gen. Neal served as Commander, 447th Air Expeditionary Group, Baghdad International Airport, Iraq, from January to June 2007.

EDUCATION
1982 U.S. Air Force Academy, Bachelor of Science, Aeronautical Engineering, Colorado Springs, Colo.
2003 Air War College, by correspondence
2008 Master of Business Administration, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
2011 Seminar XXI, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
2011 Senior Executive Seminar, George C. Marshall Center, Garmisch, Germany 
2012 National Security Studies Program, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
2013 Joint Flag Officer Warfighting Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

ASSIGNMENTS
1. June 1982 - June 1983, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, 64th Student Squadron, Reese Air Force Base, Texas
2. June 1983 - November 1983, Student, C-130 Pilot Initial Qualification, 34th Tactical Air Training Group, Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas
3. November 1983 - January 1985, Pilot, C-130E/Adverse Weather Air Delivery System, 37th Tactical Airlift Squadron, Rhein-Main Air Base, Germany
4. January 1985 - January 1986, Aircraft Commander, C-130/Adverse Weather Air Delivery System, 37th Tactical Airlift Squadron, Rhein-Main Air Base, Germany
5. January 1986 - December 1986, Wing Operations Scheduler, C-130E/Adverse Adverse Weather Air Delivery System, 37th Tactical Airlift Squadron, Rhein-Main Air Base, Germany
6. January 1987 - March 1988, Instructor Aircraft Commander, C-130E, 41st Tactical Aircraft Squadron, Pope Air Force Base, N.C.
7. March 1988 - June 1989, Flight Examiner Aircraft Commander, C-130E, 41st Tactical Squadron, Pope Air Force Base, N.C.
8. June 1989 - December 1989, Non-affiliated Reserve Section, Lowery Air Force Base, Colo.
9. December 1989 - February 1990, Pilot, C-130H, 130th Tactical Airlift Wing, Charleston, W. Va.
10. February 1990 - December 1994, Pilot, C-130, 156th Tactical Airlift Squadron, Charlotte, N.C.
11. December 1994 - December 1996, Instructor Pilot, C-130, 156th Tactical Airlift Squadron, Charlotte, N.C.
12. December 1996 - June 2003, Evaluator Pilot, C-130, 156th Tactical Airlift Squadron, Charlotte, N.C.
13. June 2003 - June 2004, Deputy Director, Air and Space Operations, Air National Guard Directorate, Arlington, Va.
14. June 2004 - June 2005, Director, Air Operations, Air National Guard Directorate, Arlington, Va.

15. June 2005 - December 2006, Commander, 135th Airlift Group, 175th Wing, Baltimore, Md.

16. January 2007 – June 2007, Commander, 447th Air Expeditionary Group, Sather AB, Iraq

17. July 2007 – May 2009, Commander, 135th Airlift Group, 175th Wing, Baltimore, Md
18. May 2009 - August 2010, Chief of Staff, National Guard Bureau Joint Staff, Arlington, Va.
19. August 2010 - June 2012, Commander, Air National Guard Readiness Center, Joint Base Andrews, Md.
20. June 2012 - June 2014, Deputy Director for Nuclear, Homeland Defense, and Current Operations, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. 
21. June 2014 – Aug 2015, Special Assistant to the Director, ANG for International Affairs.
22. August 2014- Aug 2015, Director of Strategy, Operations and Resources, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force (International Affairs), Washington, D.C.

23. August 2015 – December 2015, Deputy Director, Air National Guard, the Pentagon, Washington D.C.

24. January 2016 – May 2016, Director (Acting), Air National Guard, Washington D.C.

25. May 2015 – present, Deputy Director, Air National Guard, the Pentagon, Washington D.C.


SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. May 2009 – August 2010, Chief of Staff, National Guard Bureau Joint Staff, Arlington, Va., as a colonel
2. June 2012 – August 2015, Deputy Director for Nuclear, Homeland Defense and Current Operations, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., as a brigadier general and major general 

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Rating: Command pilot
Flight Hours: More than 5,000
Aircraft flown: C-130E, C-130H, C-130J, T-37, T-38
Pilot wings from: Reese Air Force Base, Texas

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Bronze Star
Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Combat Readiness Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with bronze service star
Southwest Asia Service Medal with bronze service star
Iraq Campaign Medal with bronze service star

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant June 2, 1982
First Lieutenant June 2, 1984
Captain June 2, 1986
Major Dec. 11, 1995
Lieutenant Colonel March 5, 2000
Colonel Feb. 27, 2004
Brigadier General April 1, 2011
Major General Jan. 1, 2013

(Current as of October 2016)

 



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