Brigadier General Darrin Slaten is the commander of the 176th Wing, Alaska Air National Guard at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. The 176th Wing provides Air Force capabilities of Global Reach and Vigilance through the combined operations of Combat Search & Rescue, Airlift, and Air Sovereignty missions. He is responsible for the recruiting, retention, and training of more than 1,500 Air Guard members, operating C-17 Globemaster III, HH-60G Pave Hawk, and HC-130J Combat King II aircraft, as well as Guardian Angel and Air Warning weapons systems, plus a full array of agile combat support capability for in-state and worldwide deployment. The unit maintains a constant watch and commitment for Pacific Air Forces, Air Combat Command, United States Northern Command, United States Transportation Command, and Alaska North American Aerospace Defense Command Region.
Previous to his current assignment, General Slaten was the principal deputy director of Air, Space and Information Operations for the Air National Guard. He was responsible for the operations, training, and deployment of 106,700 air guardsmen assigned to 90 wings and 579 mission support units across the 54 states and territories.
General Slaten served in the U.S. Army beginning in 1987, earning his commission in 1992. He completed pilot training and then proceeded to Budingen, FRG (Germany) where he was assigned as a cavalry scout platoon leader in the 1st Cavalry Squadron, 1st Armored Division. In 1995 he returned to Fort Rucker and earned Distinguished Graduate honors at the Army Aviation Officer Advanced Course. After qualifying in the UH-60 Black Hawk aircraft, he was assigned as the Aviation Intermediate Maintenance platoon leader at Fort Wainwright, Alaska. He was then reassigned to Fort Richardson, Alaska and took command of the Headquarters Company, United States Army Garrison at Fort Richardson, Alaska.
In 1999, General Slaten joined the Alaska Air National Guard serving as flight lead, instructor/evaluator pilot, senior rescue controller, tactics officer and director of operations of the 210th Rescue Squadron, Kulis Air National Guard Base, Alaska. In these roles he was responsible for the combat readiness of a helicopter rescue squadron conducting missions across the globe as well as the 24/7 rescue alert mission supporting the 11th Air Force commander. While assigned to the rescue squadron, General Slaten deployed in support of Operations SOUTHERN WATCH and ENDURING FREEDOM. In 2010 he was assigned to Joint Base Andrews serving as personnel recovery functional area manager and chief, Aviation Operations Branch, responsible for the doctrinal management and scheduling of all the aviation assets in the Air National Guard. In 2014 he assumed command of the 176th Operations Group at JBER, Alaska where he was responsible for the combat readiness of more than 600 Airmen. General Slaten was then assigned to the Joint Staff, J-33 where he served as the Department of Defense liaison to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
General Slaten is a command pilot with more than 2,500 flight hours, 60 combat missions, and 78 saves in the HH-60G aircraft.
1992 Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, University of Southern California 1992 Aviation Officer Basic Course, Fort Rucker, AL
1995 Aviation Officer Advanced Course, Fort Rucker, AL
1995 Aviation Maintenance Officers Course
2005 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL, (correspondence)
2012 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, AL, (correspondence)
2014 Masters of Strategic Studies, National Security Strategy, National War College
2015 Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Leadership in Homeland Security Seminar 2016 Federal Emergency Managers Executive Academy
January 1992 - February 1993, student, undergraduate pilot training, Fort Rucker, AL
May 1993 - February 1994, Scout Platoon leader, E Troop, 1-1 Cavalry, Budingen, Germany
February 1994 - August 1994, executive officer, E Troop, 1-1 Cavalry, Budingen, Germany
August 1994 - April 1995, assistant logistics officer S-4, 1-1 Cavalry, Budingen, Germany
February 1996 - March 1997, platoon leader, 23rd Avn Maint Company, Fort Wainwright, AK
March 1997 - April 1998, commander, HQs Company, Fort Richardson, AK
April 1998 - November 1999, aide-de-camp, USARAK commander, Fort Richardson, AK
November 1999 - September 2002, senior controller, 11th Rescue Center, Fort Richardson, AK
September 2002 - October 2004, asst tactics officer, 210th Rescue Sqdn, Kulis ANG Base, AK
October 2004 - June 2006, chief, HH-60 Tactics,210th Rescue Squadron, Kulis ANG Base, AK
June 2006 - June 2007, Asst director of operations 210th Rescue Squadron, Kulis ANG Base, AK
June 2007 - December 2010, director of operations, 210th Rescue Squadron, Kulis ANG Base,AK
January 2011 - August 2011, Personnel Recovery/Special Msns FAM scheduler, Joint Base Andrews, MD
August 2011 - July 2013, chief, Aviation Scheduling/Mgmt Branch, Joint Base Andrews, MD
August 2013 - June 2014, student, National Defense University, Fort Leslie McNair, Wash, D.C.
July 2014 - July 2015, commander, 176 Operations Group, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, AK
August 2015 - July 2017, Department of Defense liaison to Federal Emergency Management Administration, Joint Staff, J33 Washington, D.C.
July 2017 - March 2018, principal deputy director of Air, Space and Information Operations, National Guard Bureau
March 2018 - Present, 176 Wing commander, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, AK
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGMENTS
August 2015-July 2017, Department of Defense liaison to FEMA, Joint Staff, J33 Washington, D.C.
Rating: command pilot
Flight Hours: more than 2,500
Aircraft Flown: UH-1 Iroquois, OH-58A Kiowa, UH-60A Black Hawk, HH-60G Pave Hawk
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal three oak leaf clusters
Air Medal three oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal one oak leaf cluster
Army Commendation Medal one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
Army Achievement Medal
Gallant Unit Citation
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant January 27, 1992
First Lieutenant January 27, 1994
Captain February 1, 1996
Major August 29, 2001
Lieutenant Colonel June 15, 2008
Colonel July 8, 2014
Brigadier General, April 29, 2018