Secretary of Defense William J. Perry has announced the designation of Air
National Guard Maj. Gen. Glen W. Van Dyke as a member of the Reserve Forces
Policy Board effective March 1, 1996. Van Dyke currently serves as the
adjutant general of the Arizona National Guard.
The 24-member Reserve Forces Policy Board was created by Congress in 1952.
Acting through the assistant secretary of Defense for reserve affairs, the
board serves as the principal policy advisor to the secretary of Defense on
reserve component matters. Members include the assistant secretary responsible
for Reserve Affairs from each of the military departments, and active and
reserve component general and flag officers representing all Services,
including the Coast Guard.
The general began his military career by enlisting with the 162nd Tactical
Fighter Group Arizona Air National Guard, Tucson, Ariz., in 1961. In May 1965,
he was commissioned a second lieutenant and entered pilot training, graduating
in June 1966. Since that time, he has accumulated more than 4,900 flying hours
in the T-33, F-100, F-102, A-7 and F-16 aircraft. His military experience
includes service as an interceptor and instructor pilot, numerous squadron and
wing-level operations positions, and several command billets before assuming
his current position in April 1994. He holds a bachelor's degree in
architecture from the University of Arizona. He has also completed military
requirements for Air Command and Staff College, Air War College, and the
National Security Management Course.
Van Dyke's military decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious
Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with four
oak leaf clusters, and Combat Readiness Medal.
The general and his wife, the former Karen Rowenhourst of Marion, S.D., reside
in Tucson. They have four children: Stacy, Michele, Matthew and Jessica.