Major General Paul L. Ayers serves as Air National Guard Assistant to the Commander, Air Education Training Command. He is responsible for advising and assisting the Commander and staff on formulating, developing and coordinating policies and programs impacting more than 106,000 Air National Guard members. General Ayers ensures mission requirements of the 88 Flying Wings and 88 Support Units are considered in the planning and execution phases of the Air Education Training Command.
During his tenure at the University of New Hampshire, General Ayers was a member of the UNH AFROTC program and received a 2-year scholarship. He served as the AFROTC Corps Commander and graduated Magna Cum Laude as an ROTC Distinguished Graduate in 1981, earning a BA in Mathematics. Following his commissioning, General Ayers attended Undergraduate Pilot Training at Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma. After receiving his wings, he was assigned to the 25th Flying Training Squadron as a T-38 Instructor/Evaluator Pilot. He was then assigned to the 94th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia where he served as an F-15 Aircraft Commander/Instructor, Flight Commander, and 1st Tactical Fighter Wing Safety Officer. General Ayers was subsequently assigned to the United States Air Force/Canadian Forces Exchange Program where he served as an F-18 Aircraft Commander/Instructor with the 425th Squadron, Bagotville Air Base, Quebec. He transferred to the Rhode Island Air National Guard in 1993. General Ayers served at the 143rd Airlift Wing as a C-130 Aircraft Commander, Command Post Controller, 143rd Airlift Squadron Commander; 143rd Operations Group Commander; and Assistant Adjutant General for Air, Rhode Island Air National Guard. He also served in a dual hat capacity as the Air National Guard Assistant to the Commander, 24th Air Force. He is command pilot with over 4,500 flight hours.
General Ayers has deployed in support of the Global War on Terrorism. He commanded the 746th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait. He also served two tours as a C-130J Aircraft Commander at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.
General Ayers earned a Master of Business Administration, Strategic Leadership and was a member of the Air National Guard Strategic Planning System from 2008-2011. He was part of a body of general officers responsible for developing a future plan for the Air National Guard and advising the Director of the ANG and Chief of the National Guard Bureau. General Ayers was appointed the Northeast Regional Chairman. In 2011, he coordinated and chaired an annual conference including all of the New England states, New York, and New Jersey. The conference significantly improved relations and coordination between New England and Northeast region states, enhancing their ability to respond to emergencies and natural disasters.
General Ayers’ awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster), the Air Medal, the Aerial Achievement Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster), the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (with Valor and 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters), the National Defense Service Medal (with 1 Bronze Service Star), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal (with 1 Bronze Service Star), the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
For outstanding leadership and service to the Air National Guard and the United States Air Force, Major General Paul L. Ayers is inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame.