Lynch, William

State: PA

Units: 178TFG, 180TFG, 171ARW PA


Years Of Service:

Major General William B. Lynch is the Adjutant General of Pennsylvania. In this cabinet position, General Lynch is headquartered at Fort Indiantown Gap and is responsible for command, control and supervision of all Air and Army National Guard units allocated to the State of Pennsylvania. He also is responsible for six state owned Veteran’s Homes, Scotland School for veteran’s children and programs for Pennsylvania’s 1.3 million veterans. The General was commissioned through Officer Training School in 1965. His first assignment following Undergraduate Pilot Training was as a pilot in a RF-4C reconnaissance aircraft. He has extensive operations experience through a wide variety of positions including flight commander, instructor pilot, squadron operations officer, standardization/evaluation flight examiner, and deputy commander for operations. A command pilot with over 5,000 hours, General Lynch has flown the T-37, T-33, F100, F/RF-4C, F-111, A-7D, KC-135E, and the EC-130. He is the recipient of several “Top Gun” awards, and completed 100 unarmed reconnaissance missions over North Vietnam in the RF-4C. As chief of the operations division at the National Guard Bureau, he was responsible for all operational tasking of 91 flying and 244 support units of the Air National Guard in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. General Lynch served as Commander of the 171st Air Refueling Wing from January1993 to July 1995. He was appointed Commander of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard on July 1, 1995, was named The Adjutant General on March 23, 1999, and was reappointed on February 13, 2003.

In addition to his many military awards, General Lynch was elected to Law Review and received a writing award from the National War College. He served as chairman of the Air Reserve Forces Policy Committee (ARFPC) and as Vice President–Air of the National Guard Association of the United States, is on the board of the Pennsylvania National Guard Foundation and was a member of the Ohio and Federal Bar. General Lynch is married to the former Kathleen A. Killmeyer.