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Maj. Gen. Steven A. Cray Biography

Major General Steven A. Cray
Adjutant General – Vermont

Major General Steven A. Cray is the Adjutant General of the State of Vermont, serving as the senior uniformed officer in the state responsible for the organization, training and equipage of nearly 4,000 members of the Vermont Army and Air National Guard. General Cray serves as the head of the State Military Department, including Veterans’ Affairs, and is responsible for a combined state and federal budget of over 210 million dollars.

General Cray began his military career by enlisting in the Vermont Air National Guard while a student at the University of Vermont. He attended the Academy of Military Science and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1984. General Cray has held a variety of command, supervisory and staff positions at the 158th Fighter Wing and Vermont Joint Forces Headquarters. General Cray is a command pilot with over 2,500 hours of military flying, the majority in the F-16.

1989 SOS, by correspondence
1989 Bachelor of Science in Business, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont
1997 ACSC, by correspondence
2003 Air War College (AirWC), by correspondence
2007 Advanced Joint Professional Military Education (AJPME), by correspondence
2007 Dual Status Commanders Course (NORTHCOM), by in residence
2008 SLOC, by in residence
2010 Joint Force Air Component Commander's Course (JFACC), by correspondence
2011 CAPSTONE, by in residence
2012 Joint Senior Reserve Officer Course (JSROC), by in residence
2015 General and Flag Officer Homeland Security Executive Seminar, by in residence
2017 Advanced Senior Leader Development Program-Strategic Engagement Seminar (ASLDP-SES), by in residence

1. January 1985 - February 1986, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Williams Air Force Base, Arizona
2. March 1986 -April 1986, Student, AT-38, Fighter Lead-In Training, Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico
3. April 1986 - November 1986, Student, F-16 Replacement Training Unit, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida
4. November 1986 - January 1989, Assistant Standards and Evaluation Officer, F-16, 134th Fighter Squadron, Burlington, Vermont
5. January 1989- July 1992, Safety Officer/Flight Lead, F-16, 134th Fighter Squadron, Burlington, Vermont
6. July 1992 - April 1994, Instructor Pilot, F-16, 134th Fighter Squadron, Burlington, Vermont
7. April 1994 -August 1997, Supervisor of Flying/Flight Commander F-16, 134th Fighter Squadron, Burlington, Vermont
8. August 1997 - September 2002, Standards and Evaluation Flight Examiner, 134th Fighter Squadron, Burlington, Vermont
9. September 2002 - May 2004, Director of Operations, Joint Forces Headquarters, Vermont Air National Guard, Colchester, Vermont
10. May 2004 - May 2006, Director of Plans and Programs, Joint Forces Headquarters, Vermont Air National Guard, Colchester, Vermont
11. May 2006 - March 2009, Chief of Staff
12. April 2009 - February 2013, Assistant Adjutant General
13. March 2013 - Present, The Adjutant General, Vermont, Colchester, Vermont

Rating: Command Pilot
Flight Hours: More than 2,500
Aircraft Flown: F-16A/B/C/D, AT-38, T-38, T-37

Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal
Aerial Achievement Medal with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device and four Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
Combat Readiness Medal with Silver Oak Leaf Cluster and three Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters
National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
Air Force Longevity Service Award with Silver and Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Silver Hour Glass and "M" Device
Air Force Training Ribbon
Vermont Medal of Merit
Vermont Commendation Medal
Vermont Meritorious Service Ribbon with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
Vermont Outstanding Unit Award with Bronze Star
Vermont Career Service Award
Vermont Service Ribbon with Silver Star
Vermont Duty Ribbon with Silver Star and four Bronze Stars

Second Lieutenant Dec. 6, 1984
First Lieutenant Jan. 10, 1987
Captain Apr. 1, 1989
Major Jul. 9, 1994
Lieutenant Colonel Aug. 2, 1998
Colonel Jun. 4, 2004
Brigadier General Sep. 27. 2007
Major General Mar. 1, 2013

(Current as of April 2017)