Brigadier General Diane Dunn

Brigadier General Dunn

Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management

Brigadier General Dunn assumed her duties as the Adjutant General of the Maine National Guard and Commissioner of the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management (DVEM) in February 2024. She is responsible for managing the activities of Maine’s Army and Air National Guard, Maine Veterans’ Services and Maine Emergency Management Agency. She is the first woman to serve as Adjutant General and DVEM Commissioner.

General Dunn is a former Assistant Adjutant General and Chief of Staff of the Maine Army National Guard with 33 years of distinguished military service. Throughout her career, General Dunn has held many leadership positions. She has served as company commander of the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 286th Supply Services Battalion in Bangor, battalion commander of the 240th Regional Training Institute while it was in Augusta, battalion commander of the 286th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion in both Bangor and Afghanistan, and brigade commander of the 120th Regional Support Group in Bangor. In 2014, she became the first woman to command a brigade in the Maine Army National Guard. Upon her promotion to Brigadier General in 2020, she became the first female general officer in the 200-year history of the Maine Army National Guard.

She is the recipient of the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with 4 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, the National Defense Service Medal with 1 Bronze Service Star, the Global War on Terrorism-Service Medal, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal, among several other distinguished decorations and badges. General Dunn commissioned in the Maine Army National Guard in 1988 after graduating from Houghton University in New York, where she participated in the school’s Army Reserve Officers’ Training Course (ROTC) program.