Oregon Air National Guard Colonel To Be Promoted

Oregon Air National Guard Col. W. Daniel Bunch is scheduled to be promoted to the rank of brigadier general in a ceremony, February 19 at 4 p.m., at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon.

Bunch is currently serving as the Air National Guard (ANG) Assistant to the Deputy Judge Advocate General (DJAG) of the United States Air Force and a senior member of the Judge Advocate General’s ANG Council.

Bunch assists with legal oversight functions pertaining to the Air National Guard. He provides leadership and planning for all ANG legal offices, including some 440 judge advocates and paralegals throughout the nation. As the DJAG’s assistant, he advises on all Air National Guard (ANG) matters and works closely with the ANG Assistant to The Judge Advocate General (TJAG) concerning the leadership and management of ANG judge advocates and paralegals worldwide.

“Dan’s selection to the rank of brigadier general is a direct result to the excellence in leadership and his professional qualifications,” said Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, Adjutant General, Oregon. “Colonel Bunch’s work as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate General recognizes his skill and character and we, the Oregon National Guard, are proud to call him one of ours.”

Col. W. Daniel Bunch

Bunch has served in numerous legal positions throughout his military career. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1990 to 1994, the U.S. Air Force from 1994 to 1998, the reserves and then the Oregon Air National Guard. He was the Staff Judge Advocate for the Oregon Air National Guard’s 173rd Fighter Wing at Kingsley Field. In 2007, he deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, in support of the Law and Order Task Force in which he commanded a joint force of military and civilian legal specialists in an effort to establish an Iraqi judicial system. Bunch has also served as the ANG Assistant to the Staff Judge Advocate for Air Force Space Command and in the National Additional Duty Program.

Bunch received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Hampden-Sydney College in 1987 and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Virginia in 1990.

In his civilian career, Bunch is a state court judge in Klamath County, Oregon, having general jurisdiction over all civil and criminal matters. Throughout his legal career, Bunch has worked as a prosecutor in the state of Alaska, as a private practice attorney in Oregon, and as County Counsel of Klamath County, Oregon. Additionally, he was an adjunct professor for the Oregon Institute of Technology for several years before taking the bench. He has participated in several boards, including Citizens for Safe Schools and was a founding board member of Klamath County’s first Charter school, Eagle Ridge.