Maj. Gen. Fran Evon, Adjutant General and Commander of the Connecticut National Guard, right, with Brig. Gen. Gerald McDonald.
Maj. Gen. Fran Evon, Adjutant General and Commander of the Connecticut National Guard, right, with Brig. Gen. Gerald McDonald, left, following McDonald’s promotion to Brigadier General at the Bradley Air National Guard Base, East Granby, Conn., Sept. 8. Two days later, McDonald was officially named as the Assistant Adjutant General of the Connecticut Military Department. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Tamara Dabney, 103rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Maj. Gen. Fran Evon, Adjutant General and Commander of the Connecticut National Guard, announced Brig. Gen. Gerald McDonald has been named the next Assistant Adjutant General of the Connecticut Military Department, Monday, Sept. 10.

McDonald joined the Connecticut Air National Guard in 1987, serving six years as a logistician before earning a commission through the Academy of Military Science in 1993 as an aircraft maintenance officer. Since then, he has served extensively throughout the Connecticut Air National Guard’s Logistics, Maintenance and Communications communities.

“For three decades, Brig. Gen. McDonald has served his state and nation with honor,” Evon said. “He brings a lot to the table in terms of experience, including key insight into how we will continue to advance our National Guard forward.”

McDonald was promoted to Brigadier General during a ceremony held at Bradley Air National Guard Base on Saturday, Sept. 8. In his speech to the crowd, he stressed what an honor it was to be selected for promotion.

“This is still somewhat surreal, and I am completely humbled by this promotion,” McDonald said. “It is only fitting to spend this time thanking the people who are responsible for me standing on this stage today.

“I am blessed with having many incredible mentors throughout my career who have helped shape and mold me as a leader.”

Previously, McDonald served as the Commander of the Connecticut Air National Guard’s 103rd Maintenance Group and the Commander of the 103rd Logistics Group. Now, he will serve as the Assistant Adjutant General of the Connecticut Military Department’s 4,700 Guardsmen and members of the State Militia.

McDonald’s operational experience includes a tour of duty in Kuwait in support of Operation Southern Watch, supporting air patrols in the no-fly zones over Iraq established after the 1991 Gulf War. In 2003, he deployed again to southwest Asia for what became Operation Iraqi Freedom, responsible for 150 maintenance personnel and all flight line activities for A-10 operations.

In his comments, McDonald addressed the Airmen of the 103rd Maintenance Group.

“Being your commander has been one of the greatest honors of my life, and being able to do it for 10 years made it even more special,” McDonald said. “Together we went through several challenges. There were tough times, but time and time again, you prove that you were tougher.”

McDonald also guaranteed he would give every Guardsman his all in his new position.

“I am indebted to many and I am a man who honors his debts,” McDonald said. “I will honor this debt by giving 100% to this new role and by supporting Guardsmen to the best of my ability.”