Gen. Dunbar joined the Air Force in 1983 and, following pilot training, flew B-52s at the 325th Bomb Squadron. He joined
the Washington Air National Guard in 1991 and flew KC-135s at the 141st Air Refueling Wing. 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 Defense Department staff and as executive officer to the director of the Air National
Guard. In 2003, he returned to the Washington Air National Guard to command the 141st Operations Group. He mobilized and
commanded the 385th Air Expeditionary Group at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey from June to August 2004 and again from May to
August 2005, supporting Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom with KC-135 and C-17 operations. He came to Wisconsin
in March 2005 to command Milwaukee’s 128th Air Refueling Wing. He was appointed to his present position on Sept. 1, 2007.
Major General Donald P. Dunbar
Wisconsin National Guard
Major 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. He also
serves as the vice-chair on FEMA’s National Advisory Council.
Gen. Dunbar holds a B.B.A. from the College of Insurance in New York; an M.B.A. from City University in Washington;
and a J.D. from the University of Maryland Law School. 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 M.S. in National
Security Strategy from the National Defense University. He completed the Capstone joint service professional
military education course in 2008.
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As Adjutant General, he has mobilized over 6,000 Soldiers and Airmen for combat operations and led the state through five
declared Stafford Act emergencies.
Gen. Dunbar’s awards include the Legion of Merit, 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 Meritorious Unit Award,
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.