Lieutenant Colonel Justin C. Douglas
LTC Justin “Judd” Douglas serves as the Command Chief of Staff for the Arizona National Guard, Papago Park Military Reservation, Phoenix. He is the Senior Staff Officer and advisor for The Adjutant General and represents the agency on all critical matters pertaining the Division of Administrative Services, where he manages a broad spectrum of support functions for the Arizona National Guard’s and Emergency Management’s personnel and missions.
LTC Douglas enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1996 and become a Navy Diver with Explosive Ordinance Disposal Mobile Unit Three in Coronado California. His specific duties encompassed the Diving Supervisor position and the primary Mammal Handler for an Atlantic bottled-nosed dolphin’s trained to locate underwater explosives. After his honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy, LTC Douglas pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from American Military University. In 2003 he attended Officer Candidate School where he was commissioned into the Arizona Army National Guard. In January of 2005 he became a distinguished honor graduate in his flight class and a rated Army Aviator; qualified in the AH-64D “Apache Longbow” and OH-58 A/C. Shortly thereafter he deployed as an Apache Pilot and Platoon Leader for D Company, 1-285 th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. LTC Douglas transitioned to the UH-60 Blackhawk Maintenance Facility in 2009 where he became a Maintenance Test Pilot, an Instructor Pilot, and the Commander of Det 1, C Co., 5-159 th Medical Evacuation Unit; eventually commanding the MEDEVAC on a combat deployment in the Helmond Province of Afghanistan. LTC Douglas is qualified in the AH-64D Apache, LUH-72A Lakota, OH-58A/C, and UH-60A/L Blackhawk; to include Maintenance Test Pilot and Instructor Pilot.
Over the past 10 years LTC Douglas’ assignments have consisted of Brigade Operations Officer, Supervisor of Instructor Pilots, Army Aviation Support Facility Commander, Aide-de-Camp to the Deputy Commander of NORTHCOM, two Battalion Commands, Deputy State Aviation Officer, and Deputy Commander of the 98 th Aviation Troop Command. During this time he completed a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Grand Canyon University, attended the Defense Support to Civil Authorities course at NORTHCOM/NORAD, completed Command and General Staff College, and has become joint qualified by attending the Joint Combined Warfare School. LTC Douglas has lead at all levels from Platoon to Battalion; including multiple Company and Battalion Commands. His awards and badges include a Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Meritorious Service medal, Combat Action Badge, Senior Army Aviation Wings, and a U.S.Navy Second Class Dive Badge.
LTC Douglas has been married to Tammie Douglas, his high-school sweetheart, for 25 years and has three children; Kaden (24), Payton (20) and Kole (16). Kaden Douglas is serving alongside his dad a Blackhawk Mechanic (15T) in the Arizona Army National Guard at the Western ARNG Aviation Training Site.