Maj. Gen. David J. Mikolaities assumed duties as The Adjutant General, New Hampshire, on September 23, 2017. He serves as both the Military Chief of Staff to the governor and as the Commissioner of the Department of Military Affairs and Veterans Services. In these roles, he is responsible for the strategic direction of Army and Air National Guard operations and all aspects of Veterans Services, including the Division of Veterans Services, the Division of Community Based Military Programs as well as the State Veteran’s Cemetery.
Maj. Gen. Mikolaities received his commission through the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1987. Once commissioned, he served on active duty holding numerous leadership and staff positions within the 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized) at Fort Carson, Colorado. He transitioned to the reserve component, where he completed the Special Forces Officer Qualification Course, and served as a detachment commander with C Company, 1st Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne). Following this assignment, Maj. Gen. Mikolaities served with Special Operations Command Central (SOCCENT), where he held numerous staff positions.
In 2007, Maj. Gen. Mikolaities joined the New Hampshire Army National Guard. Throughout his career, he has served in various operational and staff assignments that included Commander, 54th Troop Command. His operational assignments include deployments to Qatar and Iraq in 2003-2004 with SOCCENT and Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Arabian Peninsula, and to Afghanistan in 2009 and 2010, serving in multiple roles with that country’s Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College and a Master’s Degree in Management from Webster University. Maj. Gen. Mikolaities is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Combined Arms Services and Staff School, Command and General Staff College, Joint Forces Staff College, and the Army War College. He has also completed Ranger, Special Forces, Mountain Warfare and Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat training.
Prior to his current assignment, Maj. Gen. Mikolaities served as the Construction and Facilities Management Officer (CFMO) for Joint Force Headquarters-New Hampshire. While chairing this position, he served as the senior engineer staff officer for the Adjutant General.