New Adjutant General Hails From Air National Guard For The First Time Since 1980

Story by Maj Herb Porter; Photo by TSgt Bob Harris 
Posted Sep, 1999

Not since 1980 has a member of Washington's Air National Guard served as the Adjutant General (TAG) of the State of Washington. On September 13th 1999 Major General Timothy J. Lowenberg was sworn in as the state's thirty third Adjutant General. He succeeded Major General Gregory P. Barlow who has served in that capacity for 10 years.

Major General Lowenberg brings a breadth and depth of experience to his new position as Adjutant General. Prior to his selection to the state of Washington's top military position, General Lowenberg served as the Air National Guard Assistant to the Judge Advocate General of the Air Force. He was responsible for legal policies, plans and programs affecting all the members of the Air National Guard.

In addition, Maj Gen Lowenberg had the responsibility of executing the Air Force Civil Affairs mission and he coordinated the accession, training and world-wide deployment of all Air Guard Judge Advocates and paralegals. In that role, he traveled extensively both at the national and international levels.

As a member of the Washington Air National, Maj Gen Lowenberg served as Headquarters Staff Judge Advocate from 1977 to 1989.

He was chief counsel to the Adjutant General, the Assistant Adjutant General (Air), and the Commander of the Washington Air National Guard. Maj Gen Lowenberg was appointed Assistant Adjutant General for Air, Washington Air National Guard in 1989. He was promoted to Brigadier General in 1990. He received his appointment as Air National Guard Assistant to the Air Force Judge Advocate General in 1994 and was promoted to his present rank of Major General in 1996.

When asked about his first order of business, Maj Gen Lowenberg highlighted three main issues. First, he said that he will aggressively insure that the Washington National Guard reflects the rich cultural fabric of its communities, as diversity will be a top priority for the Military Department's top military officer. Secondly, in terms of a state role, he will seek opportunities for greater partnership with other state agencies. And third, at the national and international levels, Maj Gen Lowenberg will pursue greater discussions with the senior leadership of both the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force, regarding how and when to employ National Guard forces in support of our national objectives. He noted that within the last few years he has seen generational changes in the active duty senior leadership resulting in a more positive relationship with the National Guard.

As the new TAG of Washington, the General feels that his mission to the active services will be to "continually educate and advocate the role of the National Guard, resulting in a closer integration of reserve forces with their active duty counterparts. This is a win-win situation", said the General. His goal is to see both active and reserve components train and deploy together in a scale unprecedented in our lifetime, saying "It is this synergy that will provide the momentum for a positive change".

Maj Gen Lowenberg acknowledged the strong and aggressive leadership that has been provided by MG Barlow, the outgoing TAG, Maj Gen Scoggins, the Assistant Adjutant General (Air), and BG Legowik, the Assistant Adjutant General (Army), and looks forward to working with his two Assistant TAGs. He says that changes will be "conscious, calculated and collaborative and that working together as a leadership team, we will be tireless advocates for the needs of the Washington National Guard".