DES MOINES, IOWA (October 6, 2022) — Governor Kim Reynolds announced today the appointment of Colonel Mark A Muckey as Deputy Adjutant General for the Iowa Air National Guard. Muckey, a Sioux City native, was selected by Gov Reynolds for his outstanding military achievements and leadership capabilities demonstrated through nearly four decades of military service.

“Like the Iowa National Guard itself, Col Muckey has proven ‘always ready’ to protect and serve,” said Gov Reynolds. “For almost forty years, he has served our nation with distinction all over the world, and his highly-decorated military résumé speaks to the courage and skill he brings to every deployment. I want to congratulate Col Muckey for his coming promotion to Brigadier General and thank him for once again answering the call.”

Muckey is a command pilot with more than 4,000 flying-hours primarily in the C-130H Hercules and KC-135R Stratotanker. He has numerous deployments including Operation Joint Forge, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He joined the military in 1984 through the Academy of Military Science and most recently has served as the commander of the 185th Air Refueling Wing in Sioux City.

Muckey has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma State and is also a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College and the Air War College.

His significant military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak-leaf clusters, Air Medal with oak-leaf cluster, Aerial Achievement Medal, and Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak-leaf clusters.

With this appointment, Col Muckey will be promoted to the rank of Brigadier General. Muckey replaces Brig Gen Shawn Ford who retired in early August. Col Muckey and his wife, Susan, live in Ankeny.

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