Leadership

Assistant Adjutant General, Air
Major General Barry Blanchard is the Assistant Adjutant General and Commander, Mississippi Air National Guard. He is responsible to the Adjutant General for directing Air National Guard operations, formulating, developing, and coordinating all programs, policies, and plans ensuring the mission readiness of the 172d Airlift Wing, 186th Air Refueling Wing, and the Combat Readiness Training Center.
 
General Blanchard was commissioned through the United States Air Force Academy in May 1992. He attended Undergraduate Pilot Training at Columbus Air Force Base and received his wings in August 1993. He then attended Graduate School at Texas A&M University earning a Master of Science degree in December 1994. He served eleven years active duty as a C-17A Instructor/Evaluator, Air Mobility Command and Air Education and Training Command, before joining the Mississippi Air National Guard. He currently has 19 years in the MSANG and has held command at all levels of the 172 AW. A Command/Evaluator pilot with more than 4400 hours in the C-17A, General Blanchard has participated in Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, ALLIED FORCE, ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, NEW DAWN, served two tours as Director of Mobility Forces supporting domestic hurricane relief, and served as Dual Status Commander JTF-MS supporting COVID operations in Mississippi. Prior to assuming his current position, he was the Chief of Staff, Mississippi Air National Guard, Jackson, Miss.
 






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