Brigadier General Jerald L. Engelman assumed the duties of the Assistant Adjutant General for Air of North Dakota on March 11th, 2002. As the assistant adjutant general he is directly responsible to the adjutant general for the operational readiness of the North Dakota Air National Guard and the unit's ability to perform its federal and state missions. As the full time deputy adjutant general he is also responsible for the operational readiness of the joint force headquarters.
General Engelman earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of North Dakota in 1974. After 14 years, serving in various assignments, as a member of the North Dakota Army National Guard, he joined the Air National Guard in August of 1978. He has held assignments as Judge Advocate and United States Property and Fiscal Officer before his current assignment as assistant adjutant general for air/deputy adjutant general.
Some of Brig. Gen. Engelman's other key assignments include Platoon Leader, with the 131st Engineer Battalion and 816th Light Equipment Engineer Company Bismarck, ND; Commander, Headquarters, Headquarters Detachment, Bismarck, ND; Commander, 816th Light Equipment Engineer Company, Fargo, ND; Commander, 191st Military Police Company, Mayville, ND; Judge Advocate General, Headquarters, ND Air National Guard, Bismarck, ND, US Property and Fiscal Officer for North Dakota, Bismarck, ND; Assistant Adjutant General for Air, Headquarters, ND Air National Guard, Bismarck, ND.
Brig. Gen. Engelman's awards include Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with 3 oak leaf clusters, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters, Humanitarian Service Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award with 8 oak leaf clusters, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with gold hourglass, Air Force Training Ribbon, ND Legion of Merit Medal, ND Emergency Service Ribbon, ND National Guard Service Ribbon with gold hourglass and the ND Basic Training Ribbon.