Garry C. Dean
Major General Garry C. Dean is The Special Assistant to the Chief, National Guard Bureau. As The Special Assistant, he is acting in the capacity of the Director, National Guard Joint Staff. He is the principal staff officer and advisor to the Chief, National Guard Bureau, responsible for the performance of the 1,100 member National Guard Staff and its transformation in support of the Chief, National Guard Bureau in his role as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Prior to his current assignment, General Dean served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Allied Joint Forces Command where he was responsible for all Intelligence, Operations, and Campaign Assessment for ongoing and contingency North Atlantic Treaty Organization operations and engagement in the Balkans, Mediterranean, Middle East, and North Africa regions.
General Dean was commissioned in 1978 as a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. He served in various operational and staff assignments, primarily as a T-38 Instructor Pilot and F-15 Fighter pilot. His experience in the F-15 includes tours of duty in Pacific Air Forces, Air Combat Command, and the Oregon Air National Guard. He has commanded a Fighter Squadron, Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Fighter Wing, and Numbered Air Force. General Dean is a command pilot with more than 4,000 flying hours, primarily in the F-15.