General Michael E. Stencel is The Adjutant General, Oregon. He is responsible for providing the State of Oregon and the United States with a ready force of Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen, equipped and trained to respond to any contingency, natural or man-made. He directs, manages, and supervises the administration, discipline, organization, training and mobilization of the Oregon National Guard, Office of Oregon Emergency Management and the Oregon State Defense Force.  He is also assigned as the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisor.  General Stencel develops and coordinates all policies, plans and programs of the Oregon National Guard in concert with the Governor and legislature of the State.
General Stencel graduated from the University of Washington in 1983 with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. He joined the Oregon Air National Guard in April 1984 and received his commission through the Air National Guard Academy of Military Science in December 1984. Upon completion of Undergraduate Pilot Training in 1985, he completed F-4 upgrade training and was assigned to the 123rd Fighter Interceptor Squadron. In 1989 he completed F-15 transition training as part of the 142nd Fighter Wing’s conversion to the F-15. In 1998, General Stencel transferred to the 142nd Maintenance Group as a Maintenance Officer. After a brief period as the State Plans and Programs Officer at Oregon Air National Guard Headquarters, he assumed command of the 142nd Civil Engineering Squadron and followed that position as the Mission Support Group Commander, 142nd Fighter Wing. He next served as the State Director of Operations/A-3 Joint Force Headquarters. He returned to the 142nd Fighter Wing as the Vice Commander and as the Commander, executing Air Sovereignty Alert in defense of the Pacific Northwest, with an interim assignment as Battle Director in AFCENT’s 609th Air and Space Operations Center, Al Udeid AFB, Qatar. Prior to serving as The Adjutant General, he served as Commander, Oregon Air National Guard as well as the Air National Guard Assistant to the Commander, 11th Air Force.


1983 Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
1984 Air National Guard Academy of Military Science, McGhee-Tyson ANGB, Knoxville, Tennessee 1985 U.S. Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training, Columbus AFB, Mississippi
1986 Fighter Lead-in Training, Holloman AFB, New Mexico 1986 F-4 Replacement Training, Kingsley Field, Oregon 1987 Squadron Officer’s School (Correspondence)
1989 F-15 Replacement Training, Luke AFB, Arizona
1991 Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington 1993 Aircraft Mishap Investigation Course, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico
1995 Master of Business Administration, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon 2000 Air Command & Staff College (Correspondence)
2001 – Air Base Combat Engineering Course, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
2002 Air National Guard Squadron Commander’s Course, Hickam AFB, Hawaii 2002 Civil Engineering Officer’s Course, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
2005 Air War College (Correspondence)
2007 Commander Development Course, Andrews AFB, Maryland
2012 Joint Task Force Commander Training Course, Peterson AFB, Colorado
 2013 Dual Status Commander Training Qualification Program, Peterson AFB, Colorado
 2014 General and Flag Officer Homeland Security Executive Seminar, Harvard University, Massachusetts


1.       December 1984 November 1985, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Columbus AFB, Mississippi
2.       December 1985 March 1986, Lead-In Fighter Training, 434th TFTS, Holloman AFB, New Mexico
3.       May 1986 November 1986, F-4 Replacement Training, 114th TFTS, Kingsley Field, Oregon
4.       December 1986 June 1989, F-4 Pilot, 123rd FIS, Oregon ANG, Portland, Oregon
5.       July 1989 September 1989, F-15 Replacement Training, 555th TFTS, Luke AFB, Arizona
6.       October 1989 July 1998, F-15 Pilot, 123rd FS, Oregon ANG, Portland, Oregon
7.       August 1998 April 2000, Maintenance Officer, 142nd AGS Oregon ANG, Portland, Oregon
8.       May 2000 July 2001, State Plans & Programs Officer, JFHQ, Oregon ANG, Portland, Oregon
9.       August 2001 December 2004, Commander, 142nd CES, Oregon ANG, Portland, Oregon
10.    January 2005 September 2005, Deputy Commander, 142nd MSG, Oregon ANG, Portland, Oregon
11.    October 2005 July 2006, Commander, 142nd MSG, Oregon ANG, Portland, Oregon
12.    July 2006 June 2008, Director of Operations / A-3, JFHQ, Oregon ANG, Salem, Oregon
13.    June 2008 October 2009, Vice Commander, 142nd FW, Oregon ANG, Portland, Oregon
14.    October 2009 September 2010, Commander, 142nd FW, Oregon ANG, Portland, Oregon
15.    September 2010 February 2011, Battle Director, AFCENT 609th AOC, Al Udeid AFB, Qatar
16.    February 2011 December 2012, Commander, 142nd FW, Oregon ANG, Portland, Oregon
17.    December 2012 September 2013, Assistant Adjutant General Air, JFHQ, Oregon ANG, Salem, Oregon
18.    September 2013 September 2015, Commander, Oregon ANG, Joint Force Headquarters, Salem, Oregon
19.    April 2015 – September 2015, Air National Guard Assistant to the Commander, 11th Air Force, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska
20.    September 2015 – Present, The Adjutant General, Oregon, Joint Force Headquarters, Oregon National Guard, Salem, Oregon


Rating: Command Pilot
Military Flight Hours: More than 1,900
Military Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38, F-4C, F-15A/B/C/D


Air Force Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with five oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal with one silver oak leaf and two oak leaf clusters National Defense Service Medal with bronze star device
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border
Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon with five oak leaf clusters
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 'M' Device and silver hourglass device Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Air Force Training Ribbon
Oregon National Guard Exceptional Service Medal Oregon National Guard Emergency Service Ribbon Oregon National Guard Superior Unit Citation
Oregon National Guard Faithful Service Medal with silver hourglass, one bronze star, and ‘M’ device


As a civilian, General Stencel has worked in diverse facets of real estate management, finance, development, investment, and syndication. He is a member of the National Guard Association and Air Force Association.


Second Lieutenant, December 6, 1984
First Lieutenant, July 24, 1987
Captain, July 27, 1989
Major, October 1, 1997
Lieutenant Colonel, October 21, 2001
Colonel, April 27, 2006
Brigadier General, December 20, 2012
(Current as of October 2015)