Brig. Gen. Gent Welsh

Commander, Washington Air National Guard

Brig. Gen. Gent Welsh is Commander, Washington Air National Guard, at Camp Murray, Wash. He is responsible for the mission readiness and operational effectiveness of more than 2,100 military and civilian personnel assigned to the 141st Air Refueling Wing in Spokane, Wash., the 194th Wing at Camp Murray, the Western Air Defense Sector Headquarter located at Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM), Wash., and Headquarters, Washington Air National Guard, also at Camp Murray.


General Welsh began his military career by enlisting in the United States Air Force in 1988. He transferred to the Air National Guard in 1992 and was later commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1994. He has held a variety of positions in air support operations and combat communications units, including command positions at the squadron, group, and wing levels. He is an in-residence graduate of the Air War College, at Maxwell AFB, and commanded the 242nd Combat Communications Squadron, and the 252nd Combat Communications Group, and served as the Chief Information Officer, J6 and Chief of Staff for the Washington National Guard. Prior to his current position, General Welsh served as the 194th Wing Commander.

General Welsh has deployed on multiple occasions with the Washington Air National Guard in support of, operations Desert Shield, Southern Watch, Joint Forge and Iraqi Freedom. He first served as the Plans and Implementations Flight Commander for the 363rd Expeditionary Communications Squadron at Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia from October 1999 to December 1999. He later served as the Contingency Plans Officer, HQ USAFE/A6 at Ramstein AB, Germany from January 2001 to February 2001. General Welsh also served as the Chief of Network Systems and Contingency Communications, HQ ā€“ at Headquarters NATO Stabilization Force (SFOR), Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, from October 2003 to March 2004 from 2003 to 2004. During his latest deployment, he served as the Commander of the, 506th Expeditionary Communications Squadron, at Kirkuk Regional Air Base/Forward Operating Base Warrior, Iraq, from May 2007 to September 2007.


EDUCATION

1995 Bachelor of Arts, Eastern Washington University, Cheney Wash.

2001 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala. by correspondence

2003 Master of Science, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Wash.

2005 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala. by correspondence

2007 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala. by correspondence

2014 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

2014 Master of Strategic Studies, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.


ASSIGNMENTS

June 1988-March 1992: Security Policeman, RAF Lakenheath, U.K. and Fairchild AFB, WA

March 1992-February 1994: Intelligence Operations Specialist, 111th ASOC, Camp Murray, Wash

February 1994-December 1997: Communications Operations Officer, 111th ASOC, Camp Murray, Wash

December 1997-May 2005: Detachment Commander, 256th CBCS, Four Lakes, Wash

May 2005-September 2008: Commander, 242nd CBCS, Spokane International Airport ANG Base, Wash 

September 2008-December 2011: Deputy Commander, 252nd Combat Communications Group, Camp Murray, Wash

December 2010-August 2011: Commander (Interim), 252nd Combat Communications Group, Camp Murray, Wash

December 2011-June 2013: Chief Information Officer/J6, Washington National Guard, Camp Murray, Wash

June 2013-May 2014: Student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala

May 2014-April 2017: Chief of Staff, Washington National Guard, Camp Murray, Wash

September 2015-April 2017: Vice Commander, 194th Wing, Camp Murray, Wash

April 2017-Dec 2019: Commander, 194th Wing, Camp Murray, Wash

Jan 2020-Present: Commander, Washington Air National Guard, Camp Murray, Wash

 

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS 

Legion of Merit

Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters

Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Air Force Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters

Joint Meritorious Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters

Meritorious Unit Award

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with ā€œVā€ device and eight oak leaf clusters

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION 

Second Lieutenant           February 1994

First Lieutenant               February 1996 

Captain                           February 1998 

Major                              February 2002 

Lieutenant Colonel          March 2006

Colonel                           May 2013

Brig. Gen.                       Jun 2020

(Current as of Aug 2020)


Former Assistant Adjutants General and Commanders - Air National Guard

Brig. Gen. Robert King - Nov 1964-Jan 1978

Brig. Gen. Donald Richards - Feb 1978-May 1980

Col. Robert Ranzenbach - Aug 1980-Feb 1981

Brig. Gen. Milton H. Towne - Feb 1981-Aug 1983

Vacant - Sept 1983-Dec 1984

Brig. Gen. Milton H. Towne - Jan 1985-Jan 1988

Maj. Gen. Dennis B. Hague - Nov 1987-Apr 1989

Maj. Gen. Timothy J. Lowenberg - May 1989-Sep 1993

Maj. Gen. Frank Scoggins - Mar 1994-Feb 2007

Maj. Gen. Gary Magonigle - Feb 2007-November 2013

Brig. Gen. John Tuohy - December 2013 - August 2017

Brig. Gen. Jeremy "Java" Horn                                                             September 2017 - Jan 2020