The McGuire family has deep roots in Arizona, dating back to the 1930s, when his great grandfather settled in the state. Major General McGuire, USAF (Ret.) upheld this legacy, having lived in Arizona for much of his adult life.
Major General McGuire’s, USAF (Ret.) life cannot adequately be described apart from his family. He and his wife Debbie have been married for 33 years. They have raised three wonderful daughters and are the proud grandparents of their first grandchild.
Major General McGuire, USAF (Ret.) received his commission from the United States Air Force Academy in 1987, McGuire graduated pilot training at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas before serving on several operational, combat, and training assignments. As an F-16 Pilot, he deployed to Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm – Operation Southern Watch and Operation Northern Watch over the next 14 years. He is a Fighter Weapons School Graduate and a command pilot with more than 4,000 flying hours, including 250 combat and combat-support flying hours.
In 2001, McGuire joined the Arizona Air National Guard’s 162nd Fighter Wing, Tucson International Airport, as an instructor pilot. Then, in 2010, McGuire commanded the 214th Reconnaissance Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, where he led the unit in combat operations in support of overseas contingencies. In 2011, McGuire returned to the 162nd Fighter Wing, but this time as the commander. He held this position until 2013.
For nearly eight years (2013–2021), Major General McGuire, USAF (Ret.) served as the Adjutant General (TAG) of the Arizona National Guard, reporting directly to Governor Ducey as the senior military officer in the state. In addition, Major General McGuire, USAF (Ret.) simultaneously served as the Director of the State of Arizona’s Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA), overseeing emergency response efforts across Arizona.
In his role as Adjutant General, McGuire supervised the training for approximately 8,300 National Guard personnel, certifying the readiness of all deployments of Arizona soldiers and airmen into combat zones. In addition, he balanced the annual training budget of 750 million dollars and managed over six billion dollars in equipment and real property assets.
In 2020, McGuire coordinated the largest mobilization of the Arizona National Guard since World War II to combat COVID-19, civil unrest, wildlife fires, and a crisis at the border. Over a 10-month period, nearly 6,700 individual missions were completed across Arizona, totaling nearly 400,000 working hours.
Major General McGuire, USAF (Ret.) advocated for education and workforce development. During his tenure, state funding was restored to Arizona’s tuition reimbursement for National Guardsmen and federal tuition reimbursement was established for Arizona Air National Guardsmen.