131st Bomb Wing – Missouri ANG Community
Adjutant General Missouri National Guard
MAJ. GEN. STEPHEN L. DANNER
MISSOURI NATIONAL GUARD
Maj. Gen. Stephen Danner is the Missouri National Guard’s adjutant general. He is responsible for organizing, training and preparing a family- and community-based force of ready citizen Soldiers and Airmen to defend and serve the people of Missouri and the United States of America. He ensures the Guard abides by the responsibilities defined by the Missouri constitution, state statutes and other state-level directives. Additionally, he is responsible for the use and care of federal assets under the state’s control.
Danner enlisted in the Regular Army in 1972 and served as a combat engineer with the 8th Engineer Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division. He joined the Missouri National Guard as a member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps in 1981 serving in the 135th Field Artillery Brigade, 70th Troop Command, 35th Engineer Brigade and Joint Force Headquarters. Maj. Gen. Danner also held several other military assignments, including deputy chief of staff, commander of the 140th Regiment (Regional Training Institute-Missouri) and assistant adjutant general-Army. He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 35th Area Support Group from May 2005 to January 2007.
He was appointed by Gov. Jeremiah “Jay” Nixon and was confirmed by the Missouri State Senate as adjutant general in January 2009. He was elected chairman of the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) 2012-2014. In 2015, he was appointed to the Army Reserve Forces Policy Committee in the Office of the Secretary of the Army.
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.
Commander 131st Bomb Wing
COL. KENNETH S. EAVES
131ST BOMB WING
Col. Ken “Willie B” Eaves is the 131st Bomb Wing Commander, Missouri Air National Guard, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. He commands the National Guard’s only B-2 unit that provides nearly 1,200 combat-ready Airmen for both federal and state missions. The 131st Bomb Wing, a classic associate to the 509th Bomb Wing, is responsible for development and employment of the B-2’s combat capability as part of the Air Force’s Global Strike Task Force.
Eaves began his career in the Georgia Air National Guard, when he received his commission through the Academy of Military Science. After completing Undergraduate Pilot Training and F-15 pilot training courses, he served as a drill-status and full-time Guardsman in Atlanta until 1995, when he transitioned to the Missouri Air National Guard. Eaves has served in numerous flying positions as both an instructor pilot and mission commander. He flew combat missions in Operation Provide Comfort and Operation Northern Watch and went on to amass a broad background of experience with assignments in flying operations and command positions. He has more than 3,440 flight hours in aircraft ranging from the T-37, T-38, F-15 and B-2.
Vice Commander 131st Bomb Wing
LT. COL. MATTHEW D. CALHOUN
131ST BOMB WING
Lt. Col. Matthew Calhoun is vice commander of the 131st Bomb Wing, a classic associate wing with the active-duty 509th Bomb Wing. He is second in command of the National Guard’s only B-2 unit that provides nearly 1,200 combat-ready Citizen-Airmen for both state and federal missions.
Calhoun received his commission as a distinguished graduate of the Reserve Officer Training Corps at The Ohio State University in 1996. After graduation from pilot training at Vance AFB, Oklahoma, he qualified as a B-52H pilot and was assigned to Minot AFB, North Dakota. In 2004, he was competitively selected to become a B-2 pilot at Whiteman AFB, Missouri. He received his master’s degree in strategic communication from George Mason University as an Air Force Fellow, and then helped lead the stand-up of Air Force Global Strike Command, headquartered at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana. There he served as B-2 weapon system team chief, responsible for the B-2 operating budget as well as upgrade and sustainment programs valued at $2.7 billion. He was also part of a select team that established initial requirements for the future Long Range Strike-Bomber.
He is a command pilot with more than 3,000 total hours and 250 combat hours. He previously served as the 72nd Test and Evaluation Squadron commander, and joined the Missouri Air National Guard as the 131st Bomb Wing chief of safety, and was later named the commander of the 131st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.