Harry M. Wyatt III

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Harry M Wyatt III
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Lieutenant General Harry M Wyatt III, USAF (Ret.)
14th Director, Air National Guard
Nickname(s) Bud
Born 1949 (age 67–68)
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Air Force
Years of service 1971 - 2013
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General

Lieutenant General Harry M. “Bud” Wyatt III, USAF (born 1949) is retired lieutenant general of the United States Air Force who last served as 14th Director, Air National Guard. He is an Air Force officer as well as an attorney from Oklahoma. Prior to assuming his current post he served as the Adjutant General of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Secretary of Military Affairs for the state of Oklahoma. In the best traditions of the citizen-soldier, General Wyatt maintained a private law practice until his election to the Oklahoma bench.

As director of the Air National Guard, General Wyatt is responsible for formulating, developing and coordinating all policies, plans and programs affecting more than 106,800 Guard members in more than 88 flying wings and 200 geographically separated units throughout the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands.[1]

On January 30, 2013, Lieutenant General Wyatt retired from USAF.[2] At the retirement ceremony, Wyatt received Air Force Distinguished Service Medal for his service.

Military career[edit]

General Wyatt entered the United States Air Force on June 24, 1971 following his graduation from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration. He received his commission on November 24, 1971 as the 50,000th graduate from the Air Force Officer Training School. He graduated undergraduate pilot training from Laredo Air Force Base, Texas on January 26, 1973.

During August 1977, General Wyatt left active duty and entered into the Oklahoma Air National Guard, of which he remains a commissioned officer. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 1980. During his tenure with the Guard, General Wyatt has served as a fighter pilot, flight commander, group commander, vice wing commander, wing commander, and Chief of Staff of the Oklahoma National Guard. During 2003, Governor of Oklahoma Brad Henry appointed then-Brigadier General Wyatt to the position of Adjutant General of Oklahoma and nominated General Wyatt for appointment to the rank of major general.

On September 18, 2008, then-President of the United States George W. Bush nominated Maj Gen Wyatt for assignment as Director, Air National Guard, and appointment to the rank of lieutenant general in the reserve active duty of the Air Force. Wyatt assumed the assignment on February 1, 2009 to succeeding General Craig McKinley who was reassigned as the chief of the National Guard Bureau.

Professional Memberships and Associations[edit]

  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma
  • Craig County Bar Association
  • National Guard Association of the United States
  • National Guard Association of Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma Trial Judges Association
  • Rotary Club of Vinita, Oklahoma
  • American Legion, Dale Peace Post 40, Vinita, Okla.

Flight information[edit]

Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 3,000
Aircraft flown: T-33, T-37, T-38, F-106, F-100, A7, F-16 and C-26

Awards and decorations[edit]

COMMAND PILOT WINGS.png US Air Force Command Pilot Badge
Headquarters US Air Force Badge.png Headquarters Air Force Badge
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster
Width-44 crimson ribbon with a pair of width-2 white stripes on the edges Legion of Merit
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Width-44 crimson ribbon with two width-8 white stripes at distance 4 from the edges.
Meritorious Service Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Combat Readiness Medal
Bronze star
Width=44 scarlet ribbon with a central width-4 golden yellow stripe, flanked by pairs of width-1 scarlet, white, Old Glory blue, and white stripes
National Defense Service Medal with bronze service star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Silver oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Longevity Service Award with silver and three bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Longevity Service Award (second ribbon to denote tenth award)
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with gold Hourglass device
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Air Force Training Ribbon

Effective dates of promotion[edit]

Insignia Rank Date
US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General (USAF) February 1, 2009
US-O8 insignia.svg Major General (ANG) October 28, 2003
US-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier General (ANG) July 1, 2002
US-O6 insignia.svg Colonel (ANG) June 30, 1996
US-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant Colonel (ANG) November 24, 1992
US-O4 insignia.svg Major (ANG) November 24, 1985
US-O3 insignia.svg Captain (USAF) November 24, 1975
US-O2 insignia.svg First Lieutenant (USAF) November 24, 1973
US-O1 insignia.svg Second Lieutenant (USAF) November 24, 1971

Note: United States Air Force (USAF) and Air National Guard (ANG)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.defenselink.mil/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=12361
  2. ^ "Air National Guard director retires" Air National Guard Special Staff Public Affairs. Retrieved March 25, 2013.
Political offices
Preceded by
Stephen Cortright
Oklahoma Secretary of the Military
Under Governor Brad Henry

2003 - 2009
Succeeded by
Myles Deering
Military offices
Preceded by
Major General Stephen Cortright
Adjutant General of Oklahoma
Under Governor Brad Henry

2003 - 2009
Succeeded by
Major General Myles Deering
Preceded by
Lieutenant General Craig McKinley
Director of the United States Air National Guard
Under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama

February 1, 2009 - January 30, 2013
Succeeded by
Lieutenant General Stanley E. Clarke III