Brigadier General David D. Hamlar is Assistant Adjutant General – Air, Minnesota National Guard. He assists in the oversight and leadership of Minnesota Air National Guard units and in deploying specific strategic themes relevant to external audiences, with a primary strategic objective to maintain two high-quality Air National Guard Wings assigned to the State of Minnesota. The secondary strategic objective is to sustain and acquire relevant missions for the Minnesota Air National Guard. General Hamlar provides service component leadership and policy advice to the Adjutant General and enforces the policies of the Adjutant General in the Minnesota Air National Guard as the senior Air Force Officer.
General Hamlar graduated from Tufts University, Boston, MA, with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He then attended Howard University College of Dentistry as a National Health Service Corps scholarship recipient, gaining a commission at the equivalent Naval rank of Lieutenant. While practicing dentistry in Columbus, he entered medical school at the Ohio State University in 1985. After completing his studies in three years, he spent his fourth year as a basic research scientist. This led to one year of post-graduate training in general surgery and four years in otolaryngology. Finally, a fellowship in Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery led him to Minnesota in 1994, where he attended the University of Minnesota.
General Hamlar continued his military career by joining the 121st Tactical Fighter Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard in 1989. He joined the 133rd Airlift Wing as a traditional guardsman and general practice physician in 1995. General Hamlar has served in support of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and numerous military humanitarian efforts around the world.