Major General Steven R. Doohen was appointed by Governor M. Michael Rounds as South Dakota's 20th Adjutant General on Sept. 16, 2007. As The Adjutant General, he serves as the Commanding General of both the South Dakota Air and Army National Guard where he guides the preparation of the 4,400 Air and Army National Guard citizen Soldiers, Airmen, and 950 full-time federal and state employees to respond in times of state or national emergency. He is responsible for federal and state missions, assignment of leaders, recruiting, training, equipping, mobilization, facilities, and public relations. He is also responsible for formulating, developing, and coordinating all policies, plans, and programs affecting Air and Army National Guard members in South Dakota.
General Doohen serves on the Governor's cabinet as the Secretary of Military and Veterans Affairs. In this capacity, he is the principle advisor to the Governor on military and veterans matters.
General Doohen joined the South Dakota Air National Guard in January of 1971. Thereafter, he attended the Academy of Military Sciences at McGhee-Tyson, Tenn., and received his commission in 1971. He completed pilot training at Laredo Air Force Base in 1972. He is a command pilot with over 4,500 hours of tactical flight time in the F-100, A-7 and F-16 aircraft.
1987 University of Sioux Falls, Baccalaureate Degree, Organizational Behavior Management, Sioux Falls, S.D.
1988 Air University, National Security Management Course, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1991 Air University, Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
November 1971 - January 1973, Student, Academy of Military Sciences, McGhee-Tyson, Tenn., followed by undergraduate pilot training in Laredo, Texas
January 1973 - May 1973, F-100 Reserve Training Unit, Tucson, Ariz.
May 1973 - December 1980, F-100 pilot, Joe Foss Field, Sioux Falls, S. D.
December 1980 - September 1982, Weapons and Tactics Officer, 114th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Joe Foss Field, Sioux Falls, S. D.
September 1982 - September 1984, Intelligence Officer, 114th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Joe Foss Field, Sioux Falls, S. D.
September 1984 - February 1987, Chief of Safety, 114th Tactical Fighter Group, Joe Foss Field, Sioux Falls, S. D.
February 1987 - July 1990, Chief of Standardization and Evaluation, 114th Tactical Fighter Group, Joe Foss Field, Sioux Falls, S. D.
July 1990 - July 1991, Student, Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Ala.
July 1991 - January 1993, Commander, 175th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Joe Foss Field, Sioux Falls, S. D.
January 1993 - October 1995, Vice Commander, 114th Tactical Fighter Group, Joe Foss Field, Sioux Falls, S. D.
October 1995 - October 2002, Vice Commander, 114th Fighter Wing, Joe Foss Field, Sioux Falls, S. D.
October 2002 - March 2006, Commander, 114th Fighter Wing, Joe Foss Field, Sioux Falls, S. D.
March 2006 - September 2007, Assistant Adjutant General for Air, South Dakota Air National Guard, Sioux Falls, S. D.
September 2007 - Present, The Adjutant General, South Dakota, Rapid City, S.D.
Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 4,500 hours in single seat fighter aircraft
Aircraft flown: A-7, F-16, F-100, T-37 and T-38
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (with 1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster)
Combat Readiness Medal (with 2 Silver Oak Leaf Clusters and 4 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
National Defense Service Medal (with 1 Bronze Star)
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon (with 1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster and 3 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with 1 Gold Hourglass)
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Air Force Training Ribbon
South Dakota Distinguished Service (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
South Dakota National Guard Service (with 1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster and 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
South Dakota Desert Storm Ribbon
South Dakota Distinguished Unit Citation (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant October 2, 1971
First Lieutenant January 15, 1974
Captain July13, 1977
Major August 2, 1981
Lieutenant Colonel October 3, 1987
Colonel February 6, 1993
Brigadier General March 6, 2006
Major General October 2, 2008