Maj. Gen. Sharon K. G. Dunbar retired from the Air Force in 2014. Prior to her retirement, she was dual-hatted as Commander of the Air Force District of Washington and the 320th Air Expeditionary Wing, headquartered at Joint Base Andrews, Md. AFDW is the Air Force component to the Joint Forces Headquarters-National Capital Region and is responsible for organizing, training and equipping combat forces for aerospace expeditionary forces, homeland security operations, continuity of government/continuity of operations, and national special security events. AFDW also provides major command-level support for 60,000 military and civilian personnel assigned worldwide.
General Dunbar was commissioned in 1982 upon graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy and graduated with distinction from National War College. During her Air Force career, she served in a variety of acquisition, joint, political-military and personnel positions. Her commands include a mission support squadron, Air Force Basic Military Training, an air base wing, and AFDW.
She is currently an executive with a large international aerospace and defense company. General Dunbar also serves on the board of directors for the Armed Services YMCA, Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital, and Union Institute and University.