131st Bomb Wing – Missouri ANG Community
Assistant Adjutant General – Air Missouri Air National Guard
BRIG. GEN. MICHAEL J. FRANCIS
ASSISTANT ADJUTANT GENERAL – AIR
MISSOURI AIR NATIONAL GUARD
Brig. Gen. Michael J. Francis serves as the Missouri National Guard’s assistant adjutant general-air. In this capacity, he advises Missouri’s governor and adjutant general on matters pertaining to the Missouri Air National Guard and its more than 2,200 Citizen-Airmen. The ATAG-air is responsible to the adjutant general for the overall management of the flying program and ensuring the units of the Missouri Air National Guard are organized, equipped and trained to support federal and state missions.
Prior to Francis’ current post, he commanded the 131st Bomb Wing, Missouri Air National Guard, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, leading more than 1,100 combat-ready Citizen-Airmen for both state and federal missions. He entered the Air Force in 1989 from the United States Air Force Academy. After graduation from Undergraduate Pilot Training, he served as an F-15 instructor pilot during two operational tours with the 1st Fighter Wing, Langley AFB, Virginia, and the 18th Wing, Kadena Air Base, Japan. His final active-duty assignment was as an operational test pilot with the 53rd Wing at Eglin AFB, Florida.
In 1998, Francis transitioned to the Missouri Air National Guard as an F-15 instructor pilot. As a command rated pilot, he has amassed over 3,700 hours in the F-15, T-38 and B-2 while serving as flight commander, aircraft maintenance squadron commander, operations group commander, vice wing commander and wing commander.