AUGUSTA, Maine — Brig. Gen. Donald McCormack, of Windham retired as Maine’s Assistant Adjutant General, Air, a position he has held since April 2011.
McCormack’s retirement marks the end of more than three decades of decorated military service and leadership in Maine and around the world.
McCormack graduated from the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., in 1980, receiving a commission as a second lieutenant. After completing undergraduate helicopter pilot training at Fort Rucker, Ala., he was assigned to Fairchild AFB, Wash.
A senior helicopter pilot, McCormack logged more than 2,500 hours in a variety of helicopters and is credited with saving 18 lives.
Over the course of his career, McCormack held numerous flying and operations assignments and has held squadron and state command positions.
At his formal retirement ceremony at the Augusta State Armory, McCormack pointed to the Air Force’s Core Values of Integrity First, Service before Self and Excellence in All We Do as being the driving force in his service.
Col. John Derrico, currently the Commander of the 101st Air Refueling Wing, the busiest air refueling wing in the Air National Guard, will be promoted to Brigadier General and become the Maine’s Assistant Adjutant General, Air.