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Major General Kerry Muehlenbeck is now the Arizona Adjutant General

Major General Kerry L. Muehlenbeck was appointed as the Adjutant General of the Arizona National Guard and Director of the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs by Governor Ducey on April 15, 2021.

Maj. Gen. Kerry L. Muehlenbeck is the Adjutant General of Arizona and Director of the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs, responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of Arizona’s Army and Air National Guard, Joint Programs, and the Division of Emergency Management. She leads an 8,300-member department, of which 2,400 are fulltime federal military and civilian personnel, and 600 are fulltime state employees.

Prior to this assignment, Maj. Gen. Muehlenbeck served as the Director, Joint Staff, Joint Force Headquarters, Arizona Air National Guard. She performed duties as Deputy Adjutant General and Commander, Joint Task Force Arizona, Joint Force Headquarters, Arizona National Guard.

General Muehlenbeck received her commission by direct appointment in 1993. She remained on active duty for four years where she served as an Assistant Staff Judge Advocate at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona until her separation in 1997. General Muehlenbeck then joined the Arizona Air National Guard in 1997 and served as both a wing-level and headquarters staff judge advocate. In addition, she held various national level judge advocate billets, to include Director of the Contemporary Base Issues Course, State Headquarters Liaison to The Judge Advocate General’s Air National Guard Council, and Air National Guard Assistant to the Command Staff Judge Advocate, Pacific Air Forces. She has contributed articles for the Air National Guard Commander’s Legal Deskbook and lectured at various Air Force and Air National Guard courses.


  • 1989 Bachelor of Science in Social Policy, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
  • 1992 Juris Doctorate, Law, Indiana University Bloomington
  • 1997 Master of Arts in Criminal Justice, University of San Diego, San Diego, California
  • 2000 Squadron Officer School (SOS), by correspondence
  • 2003 Air Command and Staff College (ACSC), by correspondence
  • 2004 Air War College (AWC), by seminar
  • 2010 Doctor of Philosophy, Justice Studies, University of Arizona, Tempe
  • 2015 Interim Guard Senior Leader Training (IGSLT), by in residence
  • 2015 Level IV AT/FP, by in residence


  1. January 1993 – January 1997, Assistant Staff Judge Advocate, 355th Wing, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, Arizona.
  2. January 1997 – September 1997, Obligated Reserve, Air Force Reserve Personnel Center, Lowry Air Force Base, Colorado
  3. October 1997 – September 2002, Deputy Staff Judge Advocate 161st Air Refueling Wing, Phoenix, Arizona
  4. September 2002 – January 2005, Staff Judge Advocate 161st Air Refueling Wing, Phoenix, Arizona
  5. January 2005 – July 2013, Staff Judge Advocate, Arizona Air National Guard, Joint Force Headquarters, Phoenix, Arizona
  6. July 2013 – December 2013, Special JAG Assistant, Air National Guard Assistant to the Pacific Air Forces Staff Judge Advocate, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii
  7. December 2013 – November 2015, Chief of Staff
  8. December 2015 – November 2017, Director, Joint Staff – (AZ) Joint Force Headquarters (JFHQ), Phoenix, Arizona
  9. April 2021 – Present, The Adjutant General, Arizona National Guard, Phoenix, Arizona


  • Legion of Merit
  • Meritorious Service Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters
  • Air Force Commendation Medal
  • Joint Meritorious Unit Award with Gold Border
  • Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
  • Combat Readiness Medal
  • Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with silver oak leaf cluster
  • National Defense Service Medal with bronze service star
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon
  • Air Force Longevity Service with four bronze oak leaf clusters
  • Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Bronze Hourglass
  • Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (Pistol)
  • Air Force Training Ribbon
  • Arizona Meritorious Service Ribbon
  • Arizona Long Service Medal with two bronze service stars
  • Arizona Service Ribbon with two bronze service stars
  • Arizona Overseas Ribbon


  • Major General Robert I. Gruber Excellence in Teaching Award


  • First Lieutenant Jul. 28, 1991
  • Captain Jul. 28, 1993
  • Major Oct. 25, 1998
  • Lieutenant Colonel Nov. 17, 2002
  • Colonel Apr. 29, 2008
  • Brigadier General May 10, 2014
  • Major General Jul. 23, 2021