General Michael E. Stencel is The Adjutant General, Oregon. He is responsible for providing the State of Oregon and the United Sates with a ready force of Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen, equipped and trained to respond to any contingency, natural or manmade. 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.
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