Michael Dubie

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Michael D. Dubie
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Lt Gen Michael D. Dubie
Born (1960-03-25) March 25, 1960 (age 58)
Burlington, Vermont
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Air Force
Years of service 1981–2015
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General
Unit United States Northern Command
Commands held B Flight, 134th Fighter Squadron
158th Operations Support Flight
447th Air Expeditionary Group
Vermont National Guard
Battles/wars Operation Iraqi Freedom
Awards Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal
Relations Brian Dubie, brother
Other work Commercial airline pilot, Northwest Airlines
Corporate executive, Revision Military

Michael D. Dubie (born March 25, 1960) is a retired United States Air Force officer who attained the rank of Lieutenant General while serving as the Deputy Commander of United States Northern Command from 2012 to 2015. From 2006 to 2012 he was Adjutant General of the State of Vermont, serving as the senior uniformed officer in the state responsible for the organization, training and equipage of the 4,000 members of the Vermont Army and Air National Guard. As Adjutant General, he also served as inspector general, quartermaster general and head of the State Military Department, including Veterans Affairs.

Early life[edit]

Michael David Dubie was born in Burlington, Vermont on March 25, 1960.[1][2] He is a 1978 graduate of Essex High School in Essex Junction, Vermont. Dubie graduated from the University of Vermont in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in economics.[3]

Military career[edit]

He began his military career in 1979 at the University of Vermont (ROTC) and simultaneously joined the 150th Aviation Battalion in the Vermont Army National Guard. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1981 and later transferred to the Vermont Air National Guard.

General Dubie held a variety of command, supervisory and staff positions at the 158th Fighter Wing and Vermont State Headquarters and served as the assistant adjutant general responsible for the Vermont Joint Staff and Joint Force Headquarters. He began as a Second Lieutenant in 1981 and was promoted through the ranks to Major General in 2007.

Additionally, General Dubie commanded the 447th Air Expeditionary Group at the Baghdad International Airport and served as Director of Staff for the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, Balad Air Base, Iraq. General Dubie is a command pilot with over 2,000 hours of military flying, the majority in the F-16.[4]

Civilian career[edit]

Prior to serving as Adjutant General, Dubie was a pilot for Northwest Airlines.[5] During his civilian career he flew the Boeing 727, Airbus 320, McDonnell Douglas DC-10, and Boeing 747-400.[6]

Later military career[edit]

Dubie became Adjutant General in 2006, winning the legislative election to succeed Martha Rainville, who retired to run for the United States House of Representatives. Dubie won election to a full term in 2007, and was reelected in 2009 and 2011.[7] (In Vermont, the Adjutant General is elected for a two-year term by a secret ballot of the Vermont General Assembly.)[8]

In 2010 Dubie became President of the Adjutants General Association of the United States.[9]

Also in 2011 General Dubie oversaw the Vermont National Guard's participation in the recovery following Hurricane Irene. This effort included providing emergency food and water, aiding individuals flooded out of their homes to move to temporary shelter, and assisting in debris removal and reconstructing roads and bridges.[10]

In May, 2012 General Dubie was nominated to succeed Frank J. Grass as Deputy Commander of the United States Northern Command and recommended for promotion to Lieutenant General.[11] Later that month his promotion and appointment were confirmed by the United States Senate.[12][13]

General Dubie turned command of the Vermont National Guard over to Brigadier General Thomas E. Drew on August 3, 2012. Drew had previously served as Deputy Adjutant General.[14][15][16]

Dubie was formally promoted to Lieutenant General in a ceremony on August 14, 2012. His stars were pinned on by his wife and Lieutenant General Harry Wyatt, the Director of the Air National Guard.[17]

In July 2015 Dubie completed his assignment at NORTHCOM and returned to Vermont, where he performed administrative duties and out processing in anticipation of retiring in September.[18] Major General Daniel R. Hokanson, the Adjutant General of Oregon, was announced as Dubie's successor at NORTHCOM.[19]

He retired in a ceremony held on October 2, 2015. At his retirement, Dubie received the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, which was presented by Senator Patrick Leahy.[20]

Post-military career[edit]

In November 2015, Dubie joined Revision Military, a Vermont-based maker of military eye wear and other tactical gear, as head of the company's technology subsidiary, which conducts research and development of advanced manufacturing materials for use in protective equipment.[21]


General Dubie's brother Brian Dubie is the former Lieutenant Governor of Vermont and a retired Colonel in the United States Air Force Reserve.[22][23]

In 2011 General Dubie received an honorary doctorate from the University of Vermont. In 2012 St. Michael's College also presented him with an honorary doctorate.[24][25]


1982 Bachelor of Arts, Economics, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont
1995 Air Command and Staff College, correspondence program
1998 Air War College, in-residence program, (Award Recipient) Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
1999 Master of Arts Degree, International Relations, Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont
2003 Senior Executives in National and International Security, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Awards and decorations[edit]

COMMAND PILOT WINGS.png US Air Force Command Pilot Badge
North American Aerospace Defense Command logo.svg North American Aerospace Defense Command Badge
Seal of the United States Northern Command.png United States Northern Command Badge
Personal decorations
Defense Distinguished Service Medal
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
Width-44 scarlet ribbon with width-4 ultramarine blue stripe at center, surrounded by width-1 white stripes. Width-1 white stripes are at the edges. Bronze Star Medal
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
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Width-44 myrtle green ribbon with width-3 white stripes at the edges and five width-1 stripes down the center; the central white stripes are width-2 apart Army Commendation Medal
Unit awards
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Meritorious Unit Award
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with bronze oak leaf cluster
Service awards
Silver oak leaf cluster
Combat Readiness Medal with silver oak leaf cluster
Campaign and service medals
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
Bronze star
Iraq Campaign Medal with bronze campaign star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Service, training, and marksmanship awards
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal
Air Force Overseas Short Tour Service Ribbon
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold frame
Silver oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Longevity Service Award with silver and two bronze oak leaf clusters
Award numeral 2.png Armed Forces Reserve Medal with gold Hourglass device, M device and bronze award numeral 2
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Width-44 ribbon with width-6 central ultramarine blue stripe, flanked by pairs of stripes that are respectively width-4 emerald, width-3 golden yellow, width-5 orange, and width-7 scarlet Army Service Ribbon
Foreign awards and decorations
MSM Ribbon-military.png Canadian Meritorious Service Medal (Military)[26]
State awards of the National Guard
Vermont Distinguished Service Medal State Award.jpg Vermont Distinguished Service Medal
Vermont Commendation Medal
Vermont Outstanding Unit Award
Vermont Career Service Award


  1. ^ Vermont French-Canadian Genealogical Society, Baptism & Burial Repertoire, Holy Family Catholic Church, Essex Jct., Vermont, 1893-1997, 2006, page 123
  2. ^ Vermont Birth Records, 1909-2008, entry for Michael David Dubie
  3. ^ Degree Recipient, Michael D. Dubie, Doctor of Laws Retrieved April 11, 2012.
  4. ^ UMD Global Conference, Speaker's biography, Michael D. Dubie, 2011
  5. ^ Times Argus, Michael Dubie Tapped to Lead Vermont Guard, March 1, 2006
  6. ^ National Guard Bureau, Biography, Michael D. Dubie Archived 2010-04-27 at the Wayback Machine., accessed August 3, 2012.
  7. ^ Norman Runnion, Randolph Herald, March 2, 2006
  8. ^ Vermont Emergency Management Agency[permanent dead link], Annex O, Vermont Emergency Management Plan, 2011, page 1
  9. ^ University of Vermont, Honorary Degree Recipient biography, 2012 commencement program, accessed May 19, 2012
  10. ^ Staff Sgt. Jim Greenhill, National Guard Bureau, 1,600 National Guard Members Continue Hurricane Irene Recovery Operations, September 7, 2011
  11. ^ Army Times, Vt. Guard chief nominated to USNORTHCOM job, by Associated Press, May 10, 2012
  12. ^ WCAX-TV, Maj. Gen. Dubie promotion confirmed by U.S. Senate, May 24, 2012
  13. ^ Sam Hemingway, Vermont National Guard leader Dubie confirmed for national defense post, Burlington Free Press, May 25, 2012
  14. ^ Sam Hemingway, Burlington Free Press, Stepping Down This Week, Guard Commander Dubie Looks Back on His Service, Burlington Free Press July 31, 2012
  15. ^ Melissa Sheketoff, Gen. Dubie Says Farewell to Vt. Guard, WCAX-TV, August 2, 2012
  16. ^ Matt Sutkoski, A Day of Change at the Vermont Guard, Burlington Free Press, August 3, 2012
  17. ^ The National Guard, Video, Michael Dubie promotion Ceremony, August 15, 2012
  18. ^ Perron, Darron (July 31, 2015). "Gen. Michael Dubie reflects on his career". WCAX-TV. Burlington, VT. 
  19. ^ Wong, Peter (July 31, 2015). "Gen. Hokanson Leaves Oregon Post for U.S. Northern Command". Portland Tribune. Portland, OR. 
  20. ^ "Lt. Gen. Michael Dubie Retires". WCAX-TV. Burlington, VT. October 2, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Gen. Dubie to work for Revision". WCAX-TV. Burlington, VT. November 9, 2015. 
  22. ^ Jason Starr, Brian Dubie seeks state's top office, The Essex Reporter, July 26, 2010
  23. ^ Vermont Public Radio, Dubie Retires From Air Force, June 4, 2012
  24. ^ WCAX-TV, Melissa Jenkins receives posthumous degree, by Keith McGilvery, May 14, 2012
  25. ^ University of Vermont, list of Honorary Degree Recipients, 2011 Commencement, accessed May 19, 2012
  26. ^ Stadnyk, Jennifer (July 14, 2015). "New NORAD Deputy Commander Hosts Canada Day in Colorado Springs". Royal Canadian Air Force. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. 

External resources[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
Martha Rainville
Vermont Adjutant General
Succeeded by
Thomas E. Drew
Preceded by
Frank J. Grass
Deputy Commander of United States Northern Command
Succeeded by
Daniel R. Hokanson