Deputy Commanding General, Air (Photo by DCNG Public Affairs)
Colonel Mark A. Maldonado is the Deputy Commanding General, Air for the District of Columbia Air National Guard. He is the principal advisor to the Commanding General of the District of Columbia National Guard and manages over 1,200 members of the District of Columbia Air National Guard while ensuring all District of Columbia Air National Guard units maintain the required readiness levels. Furthermore, he liaises with the Director, Air National Guard, on behalf of the Commanding General and The Adjutant General of the District of Columbia National Guard.
Colonel Maldonado was commissioned in 1991 after graduating from the United States Air Force Academy. Throughout his career, Colonel Maldonado has served in various operational and staff assignments, primarily as a KC-135 Aircraft Commander, Personnel Officer and Staff Judge Advocate. Col Maldonado graduated from Undergraduate Pilot Training in 1992 and served on active duty for nine years. Upon entering the Air National Guard, Colonel Maldonado deployed shortly after tragic events of September 11, 2001 and flew 48 combat sorties over Afghanistan. Col Maldonado has been deployed to Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Japan, Spain, Oman and Portugal. Col Maldonado represented the Department of Defense Institute for International Legal Studies as a Counterterrorism and Counternarcotics instructor in Lima, Peru, San Salvador, El Salvador and Kinshasha, Democratic Republic of Congo.
In his civilian capacity, Col Maldonado has served as a Federal Prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice for more than a decade where he prosecuted large scale international cases working in the Counterterrorism and Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Sections. Col Maldonado was selected as one of six Department of Justice Criminal Division Honors Program attorneys out of nearly twenty seven hundred applicants in 2003. Colonel Maldonado was the first Air National Guard Judge Advocate General to receive the top graduate award at the Judge Advocate General School and has served there as an adjunct Instructor. Col Maldonado was named the U.S. Department of Justice Counterterrorism Section Attorney of the year for 2008.
1991 Bachelor of Science, United States Air Force Academy
1997 Squadron Officer School, in residence
2004 Juris Doctor (Awarded January 2004), Rutgers Law School, Camden
MAJOR AWARDS & DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal with three Oak Leave Clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal
Second Lieutenant May 1991
First Lieutenant May 1993
Captain May 1995
Major October 2002
Lieutenant Colonel February 2008