A Delaware native, Shawn D. Ford was born in Wilmington and moved with his family to Hockessin at the age of 5. He serves as the deputy adjutant general of the Iowa Air National Guard.

Maj. Gen. Timothy E. Orr, the adjutant general of the Iowa National Guard, promoted former Hockessin resident Shawn D. Ford to the rank of brigadier general during a recent ceremony at the 132nd Wing in Des Moines, Iowa.

“It’s unexpected,” Ford said of his promotion in a National Guard press release. “When this started out, my interest was in flying airplanes, and that’s what I did for much of my career. I never had my sights set on being a general, let alone an officer. But to have this opportunity is just wonderful.”

A Delaware native, Ford was born in Wilmington and moved with his family to Hockessin at the age of 5.

He serves as the deputy adjutant general of the Iowa Air National Guard, where he advises the adjutant general on Air Force issues and is responsible for the training, readiness and force development of nearly 2,000 airmen.

Gov. Kim Reynolds selected Ford for this position in November 2017. Prior to this assignment, Ford served as the commander of the 132nd Wing. Ford is a command pilot with more than 3,500 flying hours in the F-16 and MQ-9 aircraft, and has flown more than 500 combat hours in support of Operations Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and Freedom Sentinel.

Ford received his commission in 1993 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of Delaware.

Following the completion of pilot training at Reese Air Force Base, Texas, in 1995 and F-16 training at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, he was assigned to Kunsan Air Base in Korea.

During tours at Mountain Home AFB and Osan AB, Korea, he served as an F-16 electronic combat pilot, standardization and evaluation officer, squadron weapons officer, and wing weapons officer.

After leaving active duty, Ford served as an operational test pilot at the Air National Guard Air Force Reserve Command Test Center in Tucson, Arizona, where he managed the aircraft software program for all Block 30 F-16 aircraft. Ford then transferred to the 132nd Wing as the Distributed Training Operation Center program manager and 132nd Operations Group commander for the Block 30 F-16 and MQ-9 Reaper missions.

Ford’s civilian and military education includes a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Delaware, Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, and Air War College.

His military awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Air Force Combat Action Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (three bronze campaign stars), Iraq Campaign Medal (one bronze campaign star), Korean Defense Service Medal and the NATO Medal among many others.

Ford currently resides in West Des Moines with his wife Amy and two daughters, Reese, 13, and Taylor, 10. The Fords have been married for 14 years.