University of Vermont

Academic Ceremonies - Commencement

Judith Buechner

Honorary Degree Recipient

Michael D. Dubie
Doctor of Laws

Michael DubieMajor General Michael D. Dubie, UVM Class of 1982, has spent the last 30 years in high-ranking military leadership positions and is currently the Adjutant General of the State of Vermont, serving as the senior uniformed officer in the state responsible for the organization, training, and equipage of the 4,000 members of the Vermont Army and Air National Guard. He also serves as inspector and quartermaster general and head of the State Military Department, including Veterans Affairs. On the nation level, Dubie is president of the Adjutants General Association of the United States.

General Dubie began his military career in 1979 in the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps program at UVM and simultaneously joined the 150th Aviation Battalion in the Army National Guard. While a student, he held positions of leadership in the Army ROTC program, Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, Greek Coordinating Council, UVM rugby club, and the Student Judiciary Board. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant, Armor Branch, in 1981 and later transferred to the Vermont Air National Guard to pursue his dreams of becoming a pilot. Throughout his military career, Dubie held a variety of command, supervisory and staff positions at the 158th Fighter Wing and at Vermont Joint Forces Headquarters.

Additionally, Dubie commanded the 447th Air Expeditionary Group at the Baghdad International Airport and served as Director of Staff for the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, Balad Air Base, Iraq. He is a command pilot with more than 2,000 military flying hours in trainer and fighter aircraft and has logged over 7,000 as a commercial airline pilot. Dubie’s exemplary military service has resulted in him being a highly decorated officer and being awarded the Distinguished Service Medal; Legion of Merit; Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious Service Medal (two awards); Air Force Commendation medal (three awards); Army Commendation Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, among others.

Since graduating from Essex High School in Vermont in 1978 and from UVM in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in economics, Dubie has continued to pursue higher education. Dubie was recognized for superior performance while enrolled at the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama in 1998. The following year, he earned a master’s degree in International Relations from Norwich University and in 2003 he attended the Senior Executives in National and International Security Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. In 2007, he was enrolled in National Security Studies Program at the Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University.

Dubie has always remained active in his community by volunteering as a coach for youth sports serving on his local school budget advisory committee and as a member of numerous boards, councils and committees.

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