Brig. Gen. Joseph J. Brandemuehl commands the 115th Fighter Wing, located at Dane County Regional Airport - Truax Field, Madison, Wisconsin.

The 115th Fighter Wing operates the F-16C+ "Fighting Falcon" as its primary weapon system, as well as, the RC-26B aircraft in the global Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) mission. Truax Field is home to over 1,000 personnel authorized in direct support of these global missions. 

General Brandemuehl received his commission in 1985 after graduating from the Air National Guard Academy of Military Science. He is a command pilot with over 3,200 flying hours, of which almost 1,800 are in the F-16C/D. In addition to his command duties, Gen Brandemuehl has served as chair of the Air National Guard Air Sovereignty Alert Council since June, 2005, as acting chair of the Air National Guard F-16 Fighter Weapons Council since April, 2006, and is currently serving on the Air National Guard Air Directorate Field Advisory Council.


1985 Academy of Military Science
1986 Undergraduate Pilot Training
1990 Bachelor of Science in Engineering Mechanics - Astronautical Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison
1992 Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics - Structural Dynamics,
University of Wisconsin, Madison
1993 Squadron Officers School (Correspondence)
1996 Air Command and Staff College (Correspondence)
2002 Air War College (Correspondence)


1. July 1979 - September 1979, U.S. Air Force Basic Military Training, Lackland AFB, Texas
2. September 1979 - July 1983, Ballistic Missile Analyst Technician, 374th Strategic Missile Squadron, U.S. Air Force, Little Rock AFB, Arkansas
3. July 1983 - May 1985, Munitions Systems Technician, 115th Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Truax Field, Madison, Wisconsin
4. June 1985 - June 1986, Undergraduate Pilot Training, 14th Student Squadron, Columbus AFB, Mississippi
5. September 1986 - December 1986, A-10A Basic Operations Training, 46th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, Barksdale AFB, Louisiana
6. December 1986 - June 1992, A-10 Pilot/Instructor, 176th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Truax Field, Wisconsin Air National Guard, Madison, Wisconsin
7. January 1992 - October 1993, Command and Control Officer, 128th Tactical Fighter Wing, Truax Field, Wisconsin Air National Guard, Madison, Wisconsin
8. June 1992 - November 1992, F-16C Tactical Conversion/Instructor Upgrade Course, McConnell AFB, Kansas Air National Guard, Kansas
9. November 1992 - April 2004, F-16C Instructor/SEFE Pilot, 176th Fighter Squadron, Truax Field, Wisconsin Air National Guard, Madison, Wisconsin
10. June 1995 - May 1997, C-26B Counter-drug/Operational Support Aircraft Pilot, 115th Fighter Wing, Truax Field, Wisconsin Air National Guard, Madison, Wisconsin
11. July 1999 - April 2000, Commander, 115th Operations Support Flight, Truax Field, Wisconsin Air National Guard, Madison, Wisconsin
12. April 2000 - October 2001, Commander, 115th Operations Group, Truax Field, Wisconsin Air National Guard, Madison, Wisconsin
13. November 2001 - September 2002, Detachment 1 Commander - Operation Noble Eagle, 115th Fighter Wing, Truax Field, Wisconsin Air National Guard, Madison, Wisconsin
14. October 2002 - April 2004, Commander, 115th Operations Group, Truax Field, Wisconsin Air National Guard, Madison, Wisconsin
15. April 2004 - Present, Commander, 115th Fighter Wing, Truax Field, Wisconsin Air National Guard, Madison, Wisconsin


Rating: Command Pilot
Flight Hours: More than 3,200
Aircraft Flown: T41, T-37, T-38, AT-38, A-10A, C-26B, F-16C


Meritorious Service Medal with one Oakleaf Cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with two Oakleaf Clusters
Army Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with one Oakleaf Cluster
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor device and four Oakleaf Clusters
Combat Readiness Medal with eight Oakleaf Clusters
Air Force Good Conduct Medal
Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal
National Defense Service Medal with one Bronze Star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Overseas Short Tour Ribbon
Air Force Longevity Service Award with five Oakleaf Clusters
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Silver Hourglass device and Bronze "M" device
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship with one Bronze Star
Air Force Training Ribbon with one Oakleaf Cluster
Commander Badge
Senior Operations Missile Badge
Maintenance Badge
Command and Control Badge

Airman Basic 23 July 1979
Airman 24 January 1980
Airman First Class 24 July 1980
Senior Airman 01 June 1981
Sergeant 01 June 1982
Staff Sergeant 01 June 1984
Second Lieutenant 30 May 1985
First Lieutenant 13 June 1987
Captain 17 June 1989
Major 12 August 1993
Lieutenant Colonel 05 December 1998
Colonel 27 June 2003
Brigadier General 28 April 2010

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