Assistant Adjutant General - Air

​​​Brigadier General Drew Dougherty

General Dougherty is the  Assistant Adjutant General - Air responsible for ensuring that over 1,300 personnel of the MDANG are organized, trained and equipped to execute federal and state missions. He also is responsible for leading the Air Staff, directing and resourcing this team during all operations and contingencies. Additionally, he is the principle advisor and primary advocate for strategic initiatives.​

General Dougherty was commissioned upon graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1998. He earned his aeronautical rating at Joint Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training in May of 2000. He has held a variety of positions, serving as a Flight Examiner, an Instructor Pilot and as both an Operations Group Commander
and a Fighter Squadron Commander in the Maryland Air National Guard. He has served 10 years on Active Duty and 14 years in the Guard.

In his civilian capacity, General Dougherty is pilot with Southwest Airlines. He has more than 4,900 military flying hours, including over 900 combat hours on 6 contingency deployments in the A-10A and A-10C, supporting Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, ENDURING FREEDOM, INHERENT RESOLVE and FREEDOM’S SENTINEL.

1998 Bachelor of Science in Business Management, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
2006 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2013 Intermediate Development Course, Air National Guard Readiness Center, Joint Base Andrews, Md.
2013 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
2018 Air War College, by correspondence
2020 Commander Development Course, Air National Guard Readiness Center, Joint Base Andrews, Md.
2020 Safety & Accident Investigation Board President Course, Air National Guard Readiness Center, Joint Base Andrews, Md.
2022 Senior Leaders Course, Baltic Defense College, Riga, Latvia.
2022 Joint Task Force Commander Training Course, U.S. Northern Command, Colorado Springs, Colo.

1. May 1998 – May 1999, Instructor/Assistant Program Manager, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
2. May 1999 – May 2000, Student, Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, Vance AFB, Okla.
3. Jun 2000 – August 2000, Student, Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals, Columbus AFB, Miss.
4. August 2000 – March 2001, Student, A/OA-10 Pilot Initial Qualification Training Course, 357th Fighter Squadron, Davis Monthan AFB, Ariz.
5. April 2001 – April 2004, A-10/OA-10 Flight Lead, Forward Air Controller, Battalion Air Liaison Officer, Combat Search and Rescue Liaison Officer, Scheduling Officer, 354th Fighter Squadron, Davis Monthan AFB, Ariz.
6. April 2004 – April 2005, Instructor Pilot, Flight Commander, 25th Fighter Squadron, Osan AB, Korea
7. April 2005 – April 2008, Instructor Pilot, Course Commander, 19 Squadron, Royal Air Force, Valley, UK.
8. April 2008 – August 2013, Chief of Training, Flight Commander, Assistant Director of Operations, 104th Fighter Squadron, Warfield ANGB, Md.
9. August 2013– August 2016, Director of Operations, 104th Fighter Squadron, Warfield ANGB, Md.
10. June 2016 – June 2018, Commander, 104th Fighter Squadron, Warfield ANGB, Md. (October 2016 – January 2017, Commander, 104 Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, Incirlik AB, Turkey)
11. June 2018 – May 2019, Deputy Commander, 175th Operations Group, Warfield ANGB, Md. (January 2019 – April 2019, Deputy Commander, 451st Air Expeditionary Group, Kandahar AB, Afghanistan)
12. May 2019 – September 2020, Director of Operations, JFHQ, Maryland ANG
13. September 2020 – October 2021, Commander, 175th Operations Group, Warfield ANGB, Md.
14. October 2021 – June 2022, Director of Operations, JFHQ, Maryland ANG
15. June 2022 – Present, Chief of Staff, JFHQ, Maryland ANG

Rating: Command Pilot
Flight hours: more than 4,900 including over 900 combat hours
Aircraft flown: British Hawk, A-10A/A+, A-10C, OA-10, T-37, T-38A

Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with ten oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air and Space Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air and Space Achievement Medal
Meritorious Unit Award
Air and Space Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device
Air and Space Organizational Excellence Award
Combat Readiness Medal with three oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korean Defense Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Air and Space Overseas Ribbon Short
Air and Space Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border with two oak leaf clusters
Air and Space Longevity Service with five oak leaf clusters
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 1 'M' Devices
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Air and Space Training Ribbon
NATO Medal

Second Lieutenant May 27, 1998
First Lieutenant May 27, 2000
Captain May 27, 2002
Major January 1, 2008
Lieutenant Colonel June 28, 2012
Colonel July 31, 2019
Brigadier General Sept. 27, 2022​

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