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MAJOR GENERAL DOUGLAS A. FARNHAM
Commissioner and Adjutant General

Major General Douglas A. Farnham assumed his duties as the Adjutant General, Maine National Guard in January 2016 and also serves as Commissioner for the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management. He is responsible for managing the activities of Maine's Army and Air National Guard, Maine Veterans' Services and Maine Emergency Management Agency.

General Farnham is a 1984 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. As an instructor pilot and flight examiner in the C-21A Learjet, he served as the primary pilot for Commander, United States Space Command and later taught at the C-21 formal training school. General Farnham joined the Maine Air National Guard in 1991. He has served in various operations and command positions in the 101st Air Refueling Wing. He also deployed as United States Central Command Deputy Director of Mobility Forces. Prior to assuming his current position, General Farnham commanded the 101st Air Refueling Wing in the Maine Air National Guard.

EDUCATION

1984 Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado

1988 Master’s degree in Business Administration and Management, Chapman University, Orange, California

1989 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama

2006 Air War College, by correspondence

2012 Director of Mobility Forces, Hurlburt Field, Florida

2016 Senior Leader Orientation Course, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland

2017 Advanced Senior Leader Development Program-Strategic Engagement Seminar, Warrenton, Virginia

2018 National Defense University, CAPSTONE, Fort Lesley McNair, Washington, D.C.

ASSIGNMENTS

1. June 1984 - August 1985, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma

2. August 1985 - June 1989, C-21 Evaluator Pilot, Chief of Aircrew Scheduling, Detachment 4, 1401st Military Airlift Squadron, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado

3. June 1989 - June 1991, C-21 Evaluator Pilot, Schoolhouse Cadre, 1375th Flying Training Squadron, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois

4. June 1991 - May 2002, Squadron Pilot, Instructor Pilot, 132nd Air Refueling Squadron, Bangor, Maine

5. May 2002 - May 2004, Operations Officer, 132nd Air Refueling Squadron, Bangor, Maine

6. May 2004 - April 2005, Operations Officer, 101st Air Refueling Wing, Bangor, Maine

7. April 2005 - June 2006, Commander, 132nd Air Refueling Squadron, Bangor, Maine

8. June 2006 - October 2012, Operations Group Commander, 101st Operations Group, Bangor, Maine

9. October 2012 - February 2016, Wing Commander, 101st Air Refueling Wing, Bangor, Maine

10. November 2013 - March 2014, United States Central Command Deputy Director of Mobility Forces, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar

11. January 2016 - Present, The Adjutant General, Joint Force Headquarters, Augusta, Maine

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Rating: Command Pilot

Flight Hours: More than 5,700

Aircraft Flown: T-37, T-38, C-21, and KC-135

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Legion of Merit

Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters

Aerial Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster

Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster

Air Force Achievement Medal

Meritorious Unit Award with oak leaf cluster

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters

Combat Readiness Medal with two oak leaf clusters

National Defense Service Medal with bronze star

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Armed Forces Service Medal

Humanitarian Service Medal

Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal

Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal

Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold border and oak leaf cluster

Air Force Longevity Service with two oak leaf clusters

Armed Forces Reserve Medal with silver hourglass and 2 “M” devices

Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (Rifle)

Air Force Training Ribbon

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

Second Lieutenant May 30, 1984

First Lieutenant May 30, 1986

Captain May 30, 1988

Major October 18, 1994

Lieutenant Colonel October 17, 2002

Colonel April 26, 2007

Brigadier General January 21, 2016

Major General December 2, 2017

 

Last Updated: September 11, 2020

 

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