Walsh, John E.

State: Montana

Units: Adjutant General


Years Of Service: 23

Brigadier General John E Walsh

Brigadier General John E. Walsh assumed the duties as the Adjutant General for Montana on 1 September 2008. General Walsh is the Adjutant General for the State of Montana, Commander of the Montana National Guard and the Director of the Department of Military Affairs. He is responsible to provide Army and Air National Guard military forces that are fully prepared to protect Montana from any threat, disaster, or emergency. He is also responsible to ensure that Montana’s National Guard Forces are ready to deploy worldwide and accomplish military missions in support of the national defense strategy. As the Adjutant General for the State of Montana, he administers/commands a joint federal-state program to provide for the organization of the Montana Army and Air National Guard. He is responsible to the Governor for disaster and emergency services, homeland security, veteran affairs, a Counter-Drug Support Team, a Civil Support Team, and a Youth Challenge Program. General Walsh graduated from the United States Army War College with a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies in June 2007. General Walsh also served as the Battalion Commander of the 1-163d Infantry Battalion while deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom III from December 2004 through November 2005. General Walsh was born in Butte, Montana, and graduated from Butte High School in 1979. He attended Carroll College from 1979 through 1984. General Walsh is married to Janet and they have two children, Michael (22) and Taylor (18), BG Walsh and his family reside in Helena.


1988 Armor Officer Basic Course

1990 University of the State of New York, BS Degree, Political Science

1993 Armor Officer Advance Course

1995 Combined Arms Service Staff School – CAS-3

1997 Command and General Staff College

2001 Instructor Tactical Certification Course

2004 Tactical Commanders Development Course

2004 Infantry Battalion and BDE Pre-Command Course

2004 Battalion Commanders Development Course

2007 United States Army War College, Masters Degree, Strategic Studies


1. August 1987 – September 1988 – Evaluation and Readiness Officer, HQ STARC, Helena, MT

2. September 1988 – February 1990 – Platoon Leader, C/1-163d CAV, Helena, MT

3. February 1990 – March 1991 – Executive Officer, C/1-163d CAV, Helena, MT

4. March 1991 – November 1993 – Company Commander, B/1-163d CAV, Hamilton, MT

5. November 1993 – March 1995 – S2/S3 Instructor, 208th RTI, Helena, MT

6. March 1995 – August 1995 – Assistant Plans Officer, HQ STARC, Helena, MT

7. August 1995 – December 1995 – Force Integration Officer, HQ STARC, Helena, MT

8. December 1995 – July 1997 – Evaluation and Readiness Officer, HQ STARC, Helena, MT

9. July 1997 – April 2001 – Military Support Officer, HQ STARC, Helena, MT

10. April 2001 – October 2001 – Operations Officer/Executive Officer, 208th RTI, Helena, MT

11. October 2001 – July 2003 – Commander, 208th RTI, Helena, MT

12. July 2003 – January 2004 – Executive Officer, 95th Troop Command, Helena, MT

13. January 2004 – June 2004 – Battalion Commander, 1-163rd Infantry (M), Belgrade, MT

14. July 2004 – November 2005 – Battalion Commander, 1-163rd Infantry (M), Hawija, Iraq

15. July 2006 – July 2007 – United States Army War College, Carlisle, PA

16. July 2007 – September 2008 – J-3, Joint Force Headquarters-Montana, Helena, MT

17. September 2008 – Present – 2008