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Brigadier General Michael L. Cunniff, Acting Adjutant General

NJ Dept. of Military & Veterans' Affairs


101 Eggert Crossing Road, P.O. Box 340
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0340
ph: (609) 530-6957
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Brigadier General Michael L. Cunniff is the 108th Air Refueling Wing Commander, New Jersey Air National Guard, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey. He is responsible for two flying units, the 141st Air Refueling Squadron flying the KC-135R Stratotanker, and the 227th Special Operations Squadron flying the C-32B. He also commands over 25 support units, including the first Contingency Response Group in the Air National Guard. The 108th Air Refueling Wing, with more than 1,300 members, is an Air National Guard unit and a reserve component of the Air Force's Air Mobility Command.

General Cunniff entered the United States Air Force in July 1982, and was commissioned through the Academy of Military Science in October 1983. He received his pilot's wings at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, in 1983. General Cunniff has served in many operations including Operations Northern Watch, Joint Forge, Allied Force, Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

Education
  • 1981 New Jersey Institute of Technology, Bachelor of Science, Industrial Engineering, Newark, New Jersey
  • 1996 Operational Risk Management Course, Andrews Air Force Base, Camp Springs Maryland
  • 2002 Air War College, by correspondence

     
Assgnments: 
  • 1. October 1982 - October 1983, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Columbus Air Force Base, MS i> 2. June 1984 - April 1988, F-4D Aircraft Commander, 141st Tactical Fighter Squadron, McGuire Air Force Base, NJ
  • 3. April 1987 - April 1988, Range Control Officer, Warren Grove Gunnery Range, 108th Tactical Fighter Wing, McGuire Air Force Base, NJ
  • 4. April 1988 - February 1991, Flying Safety Officer, 108th Tactical Fighter Wing, McGuire Air Force Base, NJ
  • 5. December 1988 - September 1991, F-4E Evaluator/Instructor Pilot, 108th Tactical Fighter Wing, McGuire Air Force Base, NJ
  • 6. February 1991 - September 1993, Chief of Flying Training, 108th Air Refueling Wing, McGuire Air Force Base, NJ
  • 7. February 1991 - Present, KC-135 Evaluator/Instructor Pilot, 108th Air Refueling Wing, McGuire Air Force Base, NJ
  • 8. September 1993 - September 1995, Aircraft Maintenance Officer, 108th Maintenance Squadron, McGuire Air Force Base, NJ
  • 9. September 1995 - September 1997, Aircraft Maintenance Officer, 108th Aircraft Generation Squadron, McGuire Air Force Base, NJ
  • 10. October 1997 - April 1998, Chief of Flying Training, 108th Air Refueling Wing, McGuire Air Force Base, NJ
  • 11. September 1997 - March 2001, Combat Training Team Chief, 108th Air Refueling Wing, McGuire Air Force Base, NJ
  • 12. April 1998 - March 2001, Air Operations Officer, 150th Air Refueling Squadron, McGuire Air Force Base, NJ
  • 13. May 1999 - July 1999, Commander, 385th Air Expeditionary Group, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey
  • 14. September 1999 - September 1999, Commander, 622nd Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, 16 Air Expeditionary Group, Istres, France
  • 15. April 2001 - September 2003, Commander, 108th Operations Group, McGuire Air Force Base, NJ
  • 16. March 2002 - June 2002, Commander, 108th Air Expeditionary Squadron, 405th Air Expeditionary Wing, Thumrait Air Base, Oman
  • 17. October 2003 - Present, Commander, 108th Air Refueling Wing, McGuire Air Force Base, NJ

     
Flight Information: 
  • Rating: Command Pilot
  • Flight Hours: More than 5,000 Military
  • Military Aircraft Flown: C-32B, F-4D, F-4E, KC-135A, KC-135E, KC-135R, T-37,
  • T-38A, T-38B
  • Pilot Wings from: Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi

     
Major Awards and Decorations:  
  • Meritorious Service Medal (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
  • Air Medal
  • Aerial Achievement Medal (1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
  • Air Force Commendation Medal (2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
  • Air Force Achievement Medal (2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
  • Joint Meritorious Unit Award
  • Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (with V Device and 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
  • Combat Readiness Medal (with 1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster and 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
  • National Defense Service Medal (with Bronze Service Star)
  • Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (with Bronze Service Star)
  • Afghanistan Campaign Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Armed Forces Service Medal (with Bronze Service Star)
  • Humanitarian Service Medal
  • Air and Space Campaign Medal
  • Air Force Overseas Service Ribbon-Short Tour
  • Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon (with Gold Border)
  • Air Force Longevity Service Award (with 4 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
  • Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with Silver Hour Glass, M Device and Numeral 3)
  • Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
  • Air Force Training Ribbon
  • New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal
  • New Jersey Ribbon of Honor (with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
  • New Jersey Merit Award Ribbon (with 23 Year Device)
  • New Jersey Desert Storm Support Ribbon
  • New Jersey Governor's Unit Award Ribbon (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
  • New Jersey Unit Strength Award Ribbon

     
  Effective Dates of Promotion: 
  • Second Lieutenant 21 October 1982
  • First Lieutenant 25 October 1985
  • Captain 25 March 1988
  • Major 25 March 1994
  • Lieutenant Colonel 2 November 1998
  • Colonel 27 June 2003
  • Brigadier General 01 August 2007