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Brigadier General Gary L. Ebben is Wisconsin’s interim adjutant general. He commands the Wisconsin National Guard and is responsible for Emergency Management. He also serves as Wisconsin’s Homeland Security Advisor, chairs the Homeland Security Council, and serves as the senior state official for cyber matters.

Gen. Ebben concurrently serves as deputy adjutant general for Air, responsible for all matters pertaining to Air National Guard programs, policies, operations, management and command and control of the Wisconsin Air National Guard. He also provides staff assistance guidance and direction concerning Air National Guard personnel, administration, training, recruiting and retention incentives, and budgetary matters. Gen. Ebben is responsible for more than 2,300 Wisconsin Air National Guard personnel serving in two flying wings and three geographically separated units including a Combat Readiness Training Center.

Gen. Ebben earned a bachelor’s degree of Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin in 1982. He completed Squadron Officers School, Air Command and Staff College, and Air War College. He attended Flight Safety Officer School at Norton Air Force Base in California in 1988, Aircraft Maintenance Officer School at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas in 1997, and the National Guard Joint Task Force Commander Course at U.S. Northern Command, Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado in 2011.

Gen. Ebben was commissioned as a second lieutenant on Aug. 19, 1982 and was promoted to first lieutenant two years later. He earned his pilot wings at Williams Air Force Base, Ariz., and was also stationed at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.; and Barksdale Air Force Base, La., before joining the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 176th Tactical Fighter Wing as an A-10 aircraft commander in August 1984. Promoted to captain in September 1986, he served as an A-10 instructor pilot from October 1988 to August 1991. He was promoted to major in August 1990 and became a Command and Control Center pilot with the 128th Tactical Fighter Wing in August 1991. Gen. Ebben became chief of operational support for aircraft with the 115th Operations Support Flight in March 1995, and was promoted to lieutenant colonel in April 1995. He became commander of the 115th Maintenance Squadron in April 1996 and served as vice commander of the 115th Fighter Wing from April 2000 to November 2001. Promoted to colonel in March 2001, he was named commander of the 115th Operations Group. In August 2002 he became vice commander of the 115th Fighter Wing. Gen. Ebben served as the Wisconsin Air National Guard director of staff from March 2008 to April 2009, and took command of Volk Field Air National Guard Base in April 2009. He served as chairman of the Air National Guard Combat Readiness Training Center Council in 2012, and assumed his current rank and duties in November 2012.

As a command pilot, Gen. Ebben has logged more than 3,000 flight hours in aircraft that include the T-41, T-37, T-38, A-10 and RC-26B.

Gen. Ebben’s military awards include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Air Force Achievement Medal, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with four oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with one oak leaf cluster, the Combat Readiness Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal with bronze service star, the Iraq Campaign Medal with one bronze service star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border.

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