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Command Group

About Us

The Command Group consists of The Adjutant General of the Oregon National Guard, the Joint Force Headquarters, including the Assistant Adjutants Generals for the Air Guard Component and the Army Guard Component, the Deputy Chief of State Affairs Component and the Oregon State Defense Force.  The purpose of the Command Group is to administer all components of the Oregon National Guard.

Our Mission

The Oregon Military Department (OMD) is a Ready, Professional Organization of Soldiers, Airmen and Civilians dedicated to the highest quality service to our Communities, State and Nation.  The OMD provides the State of Oregon and the United States with a ready force of Citizen Soldiers, Airmen, and Civilians, trained and equipped to respond to any contingency, natural or man-made.  Always Ready, Always There!


The Adjutant General, Oregon

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 more than 8,100 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, and the Office of Oregon Emergency Management. 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 142nd 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 Air Base, 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.


Command Group Contact Us

Oregon Military Department 
Command Group 
PO Box 14350 
Salem, Oregon  97309-5047 

Hours of Operation:
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM +
Sat/Sun IDT

Deputy Chief's Office:
Phone: 971-355-3606 

Office of the Adjutant General:
Phone: 971-355-3602