Brig. Gen. Joel E. DeGroot is the Assistant Adjutant General, South Dakota Air National Guard, Joe Foss Field, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
DeGroot was commissioned in 1995 through the Academy of Military Science in Knoxville, Tennessee. Soon after commissioning he was selected to serve as the commander of the 114th Fighter Wing Service Flight and led the Flight to win the Kenneth W. Disney Award for best Air National Guard Dining Facility. Prior to receiving his commission, DeGroot enlisted into the South Dakota Air National Guard in 1986, achieving the rank of staff sergeant. He assumed the position of assistant adjutant general in March 2017 holding previous positions as the 114th Maintenance Group commander, 114th Maintenance Group deputy commander and 114th Maintenance Squadron commander. In 2008 DeGroot deployed to Balad Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
1993 Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Behavior & Management, University of Sioux Falls, S.D.
2008 Air War College, by correspondence
2014 Master of Science in Management, University of Management and Technology, Arlington, V.A.
1. June 1995 – May 1996, Morale Welfare Recreation Services Officer, 114th Services Flight, Joe Foss Field, S.D.
2. May 1996 – November 2002, Commander, 114th Services Flight, Joe Foss Field, S.D.
3. November 2002 – April 2008, Commander, 114th Maintenance Squadron, Joe Foss Field, S.D.
4. April 2008 – April 2010, Maintenance Group Deputy Commander, 114th Maintenance Group, Joe Foss Field, S.D. (July 2008 – October 2008, 332nd EAMU OIC, Balad Air Base, Iraq)
5. April 2010 – March 2017, Maintenance Group Commander, 114th Maintenance Group, Joe Foss Field, S.D.
6. March 2017 – Present, Assistant Adjutant General, Headquarters, South Dakota Air National Guard, Joe Foss Field, S.D.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal (with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
Air Force Commendation Medal (with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
Air Force Achievement Medal (with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
Meritorious Unit Award