Maxwell to command Arizona Air National Guard

Colonel Edward P. Maxwell has been appointed as the new Assistant Adjutant General, Air Commander of the Arizona Air National Guard. As Assistant Adjutant General, Colonel Maxwell will be responsible for the leadership and direction of 2,500 service members assigned to the Arizona Air National Guard. Duties include oversight of an Air Refueling Wing, a Fighter Wing, an MQ-1 Predator Group and an Air Control Squadron.

“I appreciate the trust Governor Brewer has placed in me. I have spent my adult life serving my country and the State of Arizona, and I am honored to have this opportunity to lead our fine men and women in uniform,” said Colonel Maxwell. “I am proud to be a member of the Arizona National Guard and am committed to making certain the Arizona Air National Guard continues to remain mission-ready to respond to any challenges that confront our nation and the State of Arizona.”

Maxwell has been with the Arizona National Guard for the past fourteen years. Since 2009, he has served as Vice Wing Commander for the 162nd Fighter Wing, in Tucson. In this role, Maxwell is responsible for the daily operation of a program that includes nearly 1,500 personnel, 65 F-16s and an annual budget in excess of $120 million. He also manages numerous Wing programs and interacts with government leaders at local, state and federal levels.

Previously, Maxwell served the Arizona National Guard as: Maintenance Group Commander (2008-‘09); Deputy Operations Group Commander (2007-‘08); 195th Fighter Squadron Commander (2006-‘07); 148th Fighter Squadron Operations Officer (2003-‘06); and F-16 Instructor Pilot (1999-2002).

Prior to joining the Arizona National Guard, Maxwell was Chief Staff Officer for the Distributed Mission Training Program, headquartered at Langley Air Force Base, in Virginia (1997-‘99); Exchange Officer to the Belgian Air Force as part of a Personnel Exchange Program in Kliene-Brogel, Belgium (1995-‘97); F-16 Instructor Pilot/Flight Commander for the 34th Fighter Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, in Utah (1990-‘94); and T-38 Instructor Pilot/Standardization and Evaluation Officer for the 82nd Flying Training Wing at Williams Air Force Base, in Arizona (1986-‘89).

Maxwell earned a Bachelor of Science from the United States Air Force Academy (1984), and is working toward a Masters of Business Administration at the University of Arizona.

The Governor’s appointment of Col. Maxwell is effective June 1, 2013.