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Brigadier General Torrence W. Saxe

Brig. Gen. Torrence W. Saxe is the Adjutant General, Alaska National Guard and the Commissioner, Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. As the adjutant general, he is the senior military advisor to the governor of Alaska and Commander of the Alaska National Guard, responsible for overseeing the training and readiness of 3,900 Airmen and Soldiers. He also oversees the Alaska State Defense Force, Alaska Naval Militia, Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Veterans’ Affairs Office, and Alaska Military Youth Academy. Brig Gen Saxe is the official liaison between the state and federal Department of Veterans Affairs, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and all military forces in Alaska.

General Saxe entered the Air Force in 1995 as a distinguished graduate of the Officer Training School, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. General Saxe joined the Alaska Air National Guard in 2004, serving at Clear Air Force Station, Alaska, as Commander of the 213th Space Warning Squadron and the 13th Space Warning Squadron. As the 13th Space Warning Squadron Commander he was dual hatted as the Federal Installation Commander. He also served as the Commander of the 168th Wing, Eielson AFB, Alaska. Prior to his current position, General Saxe was the Commander of the Alaska Air National Guard, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

EDUCATION

  • 1993 Bachelor of Arts, Government, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Wash.
  • 2001 Squadron Officer School (SOS), in residence
  • 2002 Master of Arts, Air Warfare, American Military University, Manassas, Va.
  • 2006 Air Command and Staff College (ACSC), by correspondence
  • 2013 Joint Professional Military Education Level II, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  • 2013 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala. 2013 Master of Arts, Strategic Studies, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

ASSIGNMENTS

1. November 1995 - November 1997, Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Deputy Crew Commander, 341st 
Missile Wing, Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont.
2. November 1997 - November 1998, ICBM Flight Commander/Instructor, 341st Missile Wing, Malmstrom 
Air Force Base, Mont.
3. November 1998 - August 1999, ICBM Flight Commander/Instructor, Operations Support Flight, 341st 
Missile Wing, Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont.
4. August 1999 - August 2000, Chief, Standardization and Evaluation, 13th Space Warning Squadron, 
Clear Air Force Station, Alaska
5. August 2000 - August 2001, Commander, Operations Support Flight, 5th Space Sureillance Squadron, 
Royal Air Force Feltwell, U.K.
6. August 2001 - May 2002, Commander, Detachment 1, 21st Operations Group, Royal Air Force
Feltwell, U.K.
7. May 2002 - May 2003, Executive Officer, 21st Operations Group, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.
8. May 2003 - May 2004, Space and Missile Assignments Officer, Mission Support Directorate, 
Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.
9. May 2004 - August 2004, Squadron Commander, 13th Space Warning Squadron, Clear Air Force 
Station, Alaska
10. August 2004 - August 2005, Commander, Operations Support Flight, Detachment 1, Alaska Air 
National Guard Headquarters, Clear Air Force Station, Alaska
11. August 2005 - August 2006, Chief, Standardization Evaluation, 213th Space Warning Squadron, 
Clear Air Force Station, Alaska
12. August 2006 - August 2008, Director of Operations, 213th Space Warning Squadron, Clear Air 
Force Station, Alaska
13. August 2008 - June 2011, Commander, 213th Space Warning Squadron, Clear Air Force Station, 
Alaska
14. June 2011 - March 2012, Commander 13th Space Warning Squadron, Clear Air Force Station, Alaska
15. March 2012 - May 2013, Resident Student Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
16. May 2013 - November 2014, Commander 176th Maintenance Group, Joint Base Elmendorf- Richardson, 
Alaska
17. November 2014 - November 2015, Vice Commander 168th Air Refueling Wing, Eielson Air Force Base, 
Alaska
18. November 2015 - December 2018, Commander 168th Wing, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska
19. December 2018 - Present, The Adjutant General, Alaska, Fort Richardson, Alaska

AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters Air Force Achievement Medal
Air force Outstanding Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters Combat Readiness Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
Southwest Asia Service Medal with two with bronze stars Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal with “N” Device Army Service Ribbon
Kuwait Liberation Medal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

  • Second Lieutenant March 17, 1995
  • First Lieutenant March 17, 1997
  • Captain March 17, 1999
  • Major Nov. 10, 2004
  • Lieutenant Colonel Feb. 5, 2009
  • Colonel Dec. 20, 2013
  • Brigadier General Dec. 28, 2018

(Current as of April 2019)

Brig Gen Torrence W. Saxe, ANG