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Colonel Daniel P. Finnegan is the Commander, 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard, South Burlington, Vermont. He is responsible for ensuring the Wing is ready to defend, execute combat operations, and sustain follow-on forces. He is entrusted with operation, readiness, training, morale and welfare, installation support and quality of life for 1,000 personnel assigned to the 158th Fighter Wing.
Col Finnegan joined the USAF and the VTANG in 1990 as an Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice. In November of 1995 he was commissioned through the Academy of Military Science. He earned his wings in February of 1996 at Sheppard AFB, TX and began his career in the F-16A specializing in Air Sovereignty Alert and transitioned to the F-16C in 1998. Col Finnegan attended Air to Ground Conversion and Instructor Pilot Training at Tucson ANG Base in 1999 and 2000 respectively, and went on to attend the USAF Fighter Weapons School in 2002. He has deployed to Panama, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Japan, Korea, Iraq twice, and Kuwait. He has served as in multiple operational and command positions within the 135th Fighter Squadron, 158th Maintenance Group, and the 158th Fighter Wing. He is a Command Pilot with over 250 F-35 and 3450 F-16 hours.
Colonel Brian D. Lepine is the Vice Commander, 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard, South Burlington, Vermont. As the Vice Commander, he oversees the Fighter Wing Staff, Manpower and Budget Programs for the Wing and assigned organizations within.
Col Lepine began his military service in 1993 as a Ground Radio Technician and served on active duty until 1999. Completing his active duty service, he joined the 206th Combat Communications Squadron in the Alaska Air National Guard. Col Lepine transitioned from the Alaska Air National Guard to the Vermont Army National Guard in September 2001 and received a direct commission in March of 2003. As an Army Officer Col Lepine deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as 2nd Platoon Leader, Company B, 172 MP Battalion. Col Lepine joined the Vermont Air National Guard in 2007 and has served within the 158th Fighter Wing as an Anti-terrorism Officer, Commander of the 158th Communications Flight, 158th Maintenance Operations Officer, and Commander of the 158th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. Col Lepine has deployed with the Vermont Air National Guard in support of Pacific Air Force Command’s Theatre Support Package, and Operation Inherent Resolve. Col Lepine graduated Alpha Phi Sigma from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Justice.
Chief Master Sergeant
Adrianne R. Schulz
Chief Master Sergeant Adrianne R. Schulz is the Command Chief Master Sergeant, 158th Fighter Wing, South Burlington, Vermont. She represents the highest level of enlisted leadership and is the principal advisor to the wing Commander. She is responsible for all enlisted matters related to force utilization, mission effectiveness, training, development, and morale for over 1,000 personnel. Additionally, she consults with state and national level leaders about the employment and sustainment of F-35 combat operations in support of national defense initiatives.
Chief Schulz began her military career in 2000 as a Nutritional Specialist in the Army Reserve. In 2002, she transferred to the Vermont Air National Guard, enlisting as an F-16 Crew Chief. She participated in homeland air defense missions in support of Operation Noble Eagle and deployed in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom. Chief Schulz cross-trained into the Cyber Operations career field playing a critical role in standing up the Total Force Cyber Operations Fundamentals Course before returning to maintenance. She has held various leadership positions throughout her career at the squadron, group, wing and major command levels. The Chief served and deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve as the 158th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Superintendent. Previous to her current assignment, she was assigned as the 158th Mission Support Group senior enlisted leader where her responsibilities spanned six squadrons, executing the installation’s combat support, logistics and service activities.