Retired Brigadier General Donald E. McAuliffe was the assistant adjutant general, Pennsylvania Air National Guard. His duties were to advise the commander and the adjutant general on policy matters and direct the activities of assigned headquarters staff personnel. He served as the principal agent for the state's long range planning and quality programs. Additionally, he was responsible for directing the activities of staff assistance visits, personnel and manpower review.
General McAuliffe graduated from Williamstown High School in 1955. He earned a bachelor's degree in personnel administration from Elizabethtown College, Pennsylvania, in 1974. His military education includes Squadron Officers School, 1972; Air War College, by correspondence, 1980; and the Executive Program for Senior Officials at the John Fitzgerald Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1991.
He began his military career when he enlisted in the 193rd Special Operations Group, Pennsylvania ANG, Olmsted State Airport, Middletown, Pa. on May 2, 1955 as an airman basic serving in various personnel positions until he was assigned as a personnel superintendent in July 1969 as a master sergeant. He received his commission as a second lieutenant on July 26, 1969 as a personnel officer. He was assigned as the chief, Consolidated Base Personnel Office from November 1972 to May 1975 with the 193rd SOG. In May 1975, he was reassigned as personnel staff officer, Headquarters, Pennsylvania ANG, Annville, Pa. He returned to the 193rd SOG as comptroller from April 1978 until April1979; deputy commander for resources from April 1979 until April 1980; and commander, 193rd Resource Management Squadron, from April 1980 until June 1985.
General McAuliffe entered active duty with the National Guard Bureau as deputy chief of the Manpower and Personnel Division, July 1985 to December 1985; chief, Manpower and Personnel Division, January 1986 to September 1988; and chief, Directorate Staff, October 1988 to March 1990.He returned to the Pennsylvania ANG in April 1990 as deputy commander, Headquarters, Pennsylvania ANG and continued in that assignment until being assigned to his present position assistant adjutant general in August 1992.
His military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster, Army Commendation Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with "V" device and two bronze oak leaf clusters, Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster, National Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with one silver and three bronze oak leaf clusters, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with two hourglass devices, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Air Force Training Ribbon, and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Pair-n. His state awards include the Thomas R. White, Jr. Medal,Twenty Year Service Medal with two devices, Service Ribbon with two devices, Commendation Ribbon and the General Thomas J. Steward Medal.
His civic affiliations include past president and member of the board of directors of two federal credit unions, officer of Olmsted Chapter Air Force Association, member of board of directors and past president of a youth organization and board member of his township recreation authority. He is also a member of the Federal Executive Association, American Legion and the National Guard Associations of the United States and Pennsylvania.
General McAuliffe was promoted and federally recognized as a brigadier general on Oct. 5, 1992.