Governor Jan Brewer today announced that she is appointing Colonel Michael T. McGuire as the next Adjutant General of the Arizona National Guard, a role in which he will serve concurrently as the Director of the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA).
“Colonel McGuire brings to this position three decades of active military experience, including more than ten years with the Arizona National Guard. A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Col. McGuire has proven himself a candidate worthy of this title,” said Governor Brewer. “Additionally, as a highly-decorated and respected commander with a proven track record, Col. McGuire demonstrates the commitment and integrity becoming of the Adjutant General. He has served his country in wartime, carried out his duties with distinction and led by example. I’m confident he will be a tremendous asset to the people of Arizona as Arizona’s Adjutant General and DEMA Director.”
As Adjutant General and Director of DEMA, Col. McGuire will report to Governor Brewer as the senior military officer for the Arizona National Guard. Among his duties, he will be responsible for overseeing an agency of approximately 8,000 personnel; certifying the training and readiness of all branches of Arizona militia for various state and federal missions or combat deployments; managing DEMA’s operations; and managing and maintaining more than 1,200 facilities and four training sites throughout Arizona.
Col. McGuire’s duties also include the supervision and administration of the Army National Guard, including six major military organizations with 60 subordinate commands; the Air National Guard, consisting of three flying units with 42 subordinate commands; the Emergency Management Division; the State Activities Division; and Joint Forces Headquarters, which manages the counterdrug program, southwest border operations and federal emergency response planning.
“I thank Governor Brewer for entrusting me with the opportunity and honor of a lifetime. I have dedicated my adult life to serving the greatest country in the world and I pledge to Governor Brewer, the people of Arizona and the greatest soldiers and airmen in the world – the fine men and women of the Arizona National Guard – that I will continue serving with passion and integrity,” said Col. McGuire. “My thirty-year military career has taught me that firm but fair leadership creates and sustains a professional, healthy and effective team. I stand ready to help lead the Arizona National Guard and DEMA to its greatest heights.”
Since 2011, Col. McGuire has been Commander of the 162nd Fighter Wing for the Arizona Air National Guard, in Tucson. In this role, he commands the largest Air National Guard fighter wing, including more than 1,500 military members and four flying squadrons totaling 78 aircraft.
In 2010, Col. McGuire commanded the 214th Reconnaissance Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, where he flew the MQ-1B Predator and commanded an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance unit in direct support of Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn. A Fighter Weapons School Graduate, Col. McGuire has achieved more than 4,000 flying hours and earned multiple honors and decorations for his service. He received his Bachelor of Science degree and commission from the United States Air Force Academy in 1987.
The Governor’s appointment of Col. Michael T. McGuire was made due to the retirement of current Adjutant General, MG Hugo Salazar, effective September 9, 2013.
MG Salazar has served as Adjutant General and DEMA Director since 2008. Under his command, the Arizona National Guard has responded to more than 22 state emergencies; deployed more than 5,200 military personnel in support of federal contingency operations overseas; conducted the largest statewide emergency exercise – “Vigilant Guard” – in Arizona history; and created a national model for suicide prevention, bringing the number of suicides from a total of sixteen to zero in the past two years.
“MG Salazar has devoted more than three decades of service to our state and our nation, including more than 24 years with the Arizona National Guard,” said Governor Brewer. “I am particularly grateful for the work he has done as Adjutant General to make our Guard one of the most capable and prepared in the nation in responding to state and federal missions. It takes a true leader to serve in this capacity and undertake such an immense and critical responsibility, and MG Salazar has done so with dedication and dignity. I thank him for his service, and I wish him all the best.”