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Kathy Wirtanen
Administrative, Facility
& Conference Assistant

P:  (540) 464-7361
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Center for Leadership & Ethics
VMI, Marshall Hall
500 Anderson Drive
Lexington, VA  24450

Brigadier General Donald P. Dunbar

Brigadier General Donald P. Dunbar is the adjutant general of Wisconsin. He is responsible for the federal and state missions of the Wisconsin Army and Air National Guard and the Wisconsin Division of Emergency Management.  He is also the governor’s Homeland Security Advisor and chairs the governor’s Homeland Security Council.

Gen. Dunbar holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of Insurance, New York, N.Y.; an M.B.A. from City University, Bellevue, Wash.; and a J.D. from the University of Maryland Law School in Baltimore.  He is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College and a distinguished graduate of Squadron Officer School and the National War College, and he holds a master’s degree in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University.

Gen. Dunbar joined the Air Force in August 1983 and completed pilot training at Reese AFB, Texas.  He flew B-52s and held leadership positions at the 325th Bomb Squadron from 1985 to 1990.  He joined the Air National Guard in 1991 and flew KC-135s at the 141st Air Refueling Wing, Fairchild AFB, Wash.  In 1995, he was assigned to the National Guard Bureau, Washington, D.C., as the KC-135 functional manager for 19 Air National Guard refueling wings.  From 1998 to 2003, he served on the staff of the assistant secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs and as executive officer to the director of the Air National Guard.  In 2003, he returned to the Washington Air Guard as commander of the 141st Operations Group.  He came to Wisconsin in March 2005 to command Milwaukee’s 128th Air Refueling Wing.  Also in 2005, he deployed overseas and commanded the 385th Expeditionary Operations Group, supporting Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom with C-17 and KC-135 operations.  He was named to his present position, effective Sept. 1, 2007, by Gov. Jim Doyle. 

Gen. Dunbar’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Air Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Air Force Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with two bronze service stars, and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with bronze hourglass device and M7 device.

He is a command pilot with over 3,000 flying hours, principally in B-52 and KC-135 aircraft.

4 September 2007