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TIMOTHY J. LABARGE
Brigadier General Timothy J. LaBarge is the Chief of Staff of the New York Air National Guard. As the Chief of Staff General LaBarge serves asthe primary advisor on all Air Guard matters to the Adjutant General.He is responsible for establishing policy and monitoring operations of more than 5800 people assigned to five flying units and four geographically separated support units.
General LaBarge received his Air Force commission through the Officer Training School program in 1984. After serving in the United States Air Force, General LaBarge joined the New York Air National Guard in 1991 where he has served in leadership positions at the squadron, group and wing level, including two Wing Commands. He has also served at Headquarters New York Air National Guard and Headquarters, United States Air Force.
General LaBarge is a command pilot with over 5,700 hours in the T-37, T-38, C-5, C-130, LC-130 and C-17 aircraft. He has flown combat missions and combat support missions in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom as well as polar airlift missions in Antarctica in support of Operation Deep Freeze.
1983 Bachelor of Science, Saint Lawrence University, Canton, New York
1987 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence
2001 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
2003 Air War College, by correspondence
2012 Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff, Level IV Anti-Terrorism Course, Tyson's Corner, Virginia
2013 Advanced Joint Professional Military Education, Norfolk, Virginia
2014 Master of Arts, American Military University, Military Studies/Strategic Leadership, Charles Town, West Virginia
2015 National Security Studies Management Course, Syracuse University, New York
2015 Joint Task Force Commanders Training Course, Colorado Springs, Colorado
1. December 1983 - April 1984, Student, Officers Training School, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas
2. April 1984 - April 1985, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Reese Air Force Base, Texas
3. April 1985 - August 1985, Student, Pilot Instructor Training, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas
4. September 1985 - February 1989, Instructor/Evaluator Pilot, Wing Spin Pilot, Flight Commander, Reese Air Force Base, Texas
5. February 1989 - May 1989, Student, C-5 Qualification School, Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma
6. June 1989 - December 1991, Aircraft CC, Squadron Safety Officer, Wing Command Post Controller, Dover Air Force Base, Delaware
7. December 1991 - October 1996, Evaluator Pilot, 137th Airlift Squadron, Newburgh, New York
8. October 1996 - August 98, Squadron Operations Officer, 137th Airlift Squadron, Newburgh, New York
9. August 98 - February 2005, Chief, Standardization/Evaluation, 105th Airlift Wing, Newburgh, New York
10. February 2005 - February 2006, Chief, Wing Command Post, 105th Airlift Wing, Newburgh, New York
11. September 2006 - March 2007, Staff Officer, Directorate of Total Force Integration, United States Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
12. February 2006 - July 2007, Deputy Director of Operations, Chief of Plans and Programs, Total Force Integration Project Officer, New York Air National Guard, Latham, New York
13. July 2007 – March 2008, Director of Staff, Air Component, New York Air National Guard, Latham, New York
14. March 2008 - June 2010, Vice Wing Commander, 109th Airlift Wing, Scotia, New York
15. June 2010 - April 2012, Wing Commander, 109th Airlift Wing, Scotia, New York
16. April 2012 - May 2016, Wing Commander, 105th Airlift Wing, Newburgh, New York
17. May 2016 - present, Chief of Staff, New York Air National Guard, Latham, NY
Rating: Command Pilot
Flight hours: 5,700
Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38, C-5, C-130H, LC-130H, C-17
Pilot Wings: Reese Air Force Base, Texas
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Medal Aerial Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air ForceOutstanding Unit Award with four oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal with silver oak leaf cluster and three bronze oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Southwest Asia Service Medal with two bronze stars
Antarctic Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon
Humanitarian Service Medal
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 'M' devices
Kuwait Liberation Medal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Kuwait Liberation Medal Government of Kuwait
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant April 13, 1984
First Lieutenant April 13, 1986
Captain April 13, 1988
Major November 26, 1996
Lieutenant Colonel November 29, 2001
Colonel September 27,2006
Brigadier General March 24, 2016
TypDon Alhart began his career in broadcasting as a summer relief engineer at WROC-TV, in Rochester, New York, in 1962. He also worked there in the summers of 1963 and 1964, before securing a job in the summer of 1965 as a reporter for WOKR-TV, Channel 13. (Now 13WHAM ABC)
During those college years, he was also a news reporter and D.J, for WTKO Radio, in Ithaca, New York. Upon receiving his BS Degree from Ithaca College in 1966, Don immediately came back to Channel 13, where he continues to work today as anchor of 13WHAM News at 6:00 and co-anchor of 13WHAM News at 11:00 with Ginny Ryan. His work also occasionally appears on FOX Rochester.
He has been honored five times with the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in television news. He has received honors both for Writing and for Best Newscast. In 2010, Don was inducted into the New York State Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame. Don has been a volunteer with the Association for Retarded Citizens for nearly 40 years and received their Community Partner Award in 1982. He and his wife, Mary, hosted the annual "Weekend with the Stars for Cerebral Palsy" on WOKR-TV from 1980 to 1990. He received the Community Service Award from the New York State United Cerebral Palsy Association in 1986. Don has been recognized with numerous other awards, including the VFW Award of Merit, the Humanitarian Award from the Rochester Police Rosewood Club, the Mass Media Communicator Award from SUNY-Brockport, and the Ithaca College Alumni Award. He was honored by the Salvation Army with their prestigious Others Award in 1996, and in 2002, received the Tikkum Olam award from the Jewish Community Center of Rochester, given annually to an individual who demonstrates the meaning of the words- Repairing the World!
He has been an active member of the Rochester Rotary Club since 1976, serving as president from 1987 to 1988. He served as a Rotary District Governor in 2002-2003, responsible for 67 clubs in the Greater Rochester area and southern tier of New York State. He was also honored with the 60th Annual Rochester Rotary Award, the oldest major civic award in the community, which is presented each year to a citizen who has made a significant contribution to the business, professional, cultural or civic life of the community.
Don and his wife, Mary, live in Penfield, where they raised their three children: Todd, Jennifer and Jonathan.