Brigadier General James J. D’Agostino

Brigadier General D’Agostino was the Assistant Adjutant General for Air for the Rhode Island National Guard. He served as the chief advisor to the Adjutant General on all matters pertaining to Air National Guard programs, policies, operations, management, and command and control of the Rhode Island ANG and provided staff assistance, guidance and direction concerning ANG personnel, administration, training, recruiting and retention incentives, and budgetary matters.

His military career began in June 1967 with the United States Army. After both basic and advanced infantry training, he was assigned to “E” Company, 4th Battalion, 21st Infantry, 11th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division, Military Assistance Command Vietnam. General D’Agostino served with distinction during four military Campaigns – Air Ground, Air Offensive Phase III, Air Offensive Phase IV, and TET 69/Counter Offensive. After Vietnam, General D’Agostino transferred to the Army Reserve and was honorably discharged as a Sergeant in 1973.

In July 1974, General D’Agostino joined the 143d Civil Engineering Flight, RIANG. In 1977, he graduated from the ANG Academy of Military Science and was commissioned a 1st Lieutenant. After serving as the Engineering and Construction Officer through July 1978, General D’Agostino’s military career then “merged” with his full time career when he resigned his position as Deputy Traffic Engineer for the City of Providence to become the Base Civil Engineer for the 281st Combat Communications Group, Coventry, RI. During his 21 year tenure, General D’Agostino completely rebuilt the Coventry and North Smithfield ANG Stations. His outstanding efforts were recognized in 1997 when he was selected as Rhode Island’s Federal Professional Employee of the Year. In August 1999, General D’Agostino was selected as Deputy for Property & Fiscal Operations for the United States Property and Fiscal Officer for Rhode Island. In March 2001, General D’Agostino was appointed the USPFO for Rhode Island. In October 2005, General D’Agostino was promoted to his current rank and assigned as the Assistant Adjutant General for Air and Deputy Commanding General of the Rhode Island National Guard. After more than 38 years of military service, General D’Agostino reached mandatory retirement age in August 2006.

His numerous awards and decorations include the Combat Infantry Badge, Legion of Merit w/Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star, Vietnam Service Medal w/4 Battle Stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Master Civil Engineering Badge and the Rhode Island Star w/OLC.

A graduate of Classical High School, General D’Agostino received a BS degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering and an MPA degree from the University of RI. He also graduated from the Air University’s Air War College and Professional Military Comptroller School and completed over 40 military courses of study to include Air Command and Staff College, Squadron Officer School, Fiscal Law, Contract Management, Government Contract Law, Contracting Officer’s Representative, Financial Management Orientation, Dynamics of International Terrorism and Logistics Management.

His professional memberships and affiliations include former Chair and current board member of the SHARE Foundation formally at UMASS Dartmouth, former President of the RINGTEC Federal Credit Union, former President of the RI Department Reserve Officers Association, former President of the RI National Guard Association, former Commander of the RI Commandery Military Order of Foreign Wars, Past President of The 100 Club of RI, and Vice President of the RI Aviation Hall of Fame. Additionally, he is a life member of numerous professional, military and social organizations.


  1. June 1967 – April 1969, United States Army, Infantry, 11C40
  2. April 1969 – June 1973, United States Army Reserve
  3. June 1973 – July 1974, Civilian Status (Break in Military Service)
  4. July 1974 – March 1976, Rhode Island National Guard, Power Production Specialist, 143rd Civil Engineering Flight, North Kingstown, RI
  5. March 1976 – November 1977, Rhode Island National Guard, Exterior Power Line Technician, 143rd Civil Engineering Flight, North Kingstown, RI
  6. November 1977 – July 1978, Rhode Island National Guard, Engineering and Construction Officer, 143rd Civil Engineering Flight, North Kingstown, RI
  7. July 1978 – August 1999, Federal Technician, Base Civil Engineer, 281 Combat Communications Group, Coventry, RI
  8. August 1999 – March 2001, Federal Technician, Deputy for Property & Fiscal Operations, United States Property and Fiscal Office for Rhode Island
  9. March 2001 – September 2005, Title 10 Active Duty tour as United States Property and Fiscal Officer for Rhode Island.
  10. October 2005 – August 2006, Assistant Adjutant General for Air and Deputy
    Commanding General, Rhode Island National Guard.


Combat Infantryman Badge
Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster
Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Oak Leaf Cluster
Good Conduct Medal
Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster
National Defense Service Medal with two Bronze Stars
Vietnam Service Medal with four Battle Stars
Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Longevity Service Award with six Oak Leaf Clusters
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Gold Hourglass
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Air Force Training Ribbon
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Rhode Island Star with Oak Leaf Cluster
Rhode Island Defense Service Medal
Rhode Island Emergency Service Ribbon
Rhode Island Service Medal with two Devices
Rhode Island ANG Recruiting Ribbon
Master Civil Engineering Badge


Former Chairman & Current Board Member, SHARE Foundation, New Bedford, MA
Former President, Rhode Island Department, Reserve Officers Association
Past Preceptor, The Preceptory of Saint Finnian of Clonard of Rhode Island
Former President, RINGTEC Federal Credit Union
Former President, National Guard Association of Rhode Island
Former President, The 100 Club of Rhode Island
Past Commander, Rhode Island Commandery, Military Order of Foreign Wars
Vice President, Rhode Island Aviation Hall of Fame
Board Member, Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame
Secretary and Life Member, Operation Clean Government
Life Member, Military Order of Foreign Wars
Life Member, Naval Order of the United States
Life Member, Air Force Association
Life Member, Association of the United States Army
Life Member, Reserve Officers Association
Life Member, National Guard Association of the United States
Life Member, National Guard Association of Rhode Island
Life Member, Air National Guard Civil Engineers Association
Life Member, National Defense Industrial Association
Life Member, Air War College Alumni Association
Life Member, Naval War College Foundation
Life Member, Navy League of the United States
Life Member, Vietnam Veterans of America
Life Member, Disabled American Veterans
Life Member, Veterans of Foreign Wars
Life Member, American Veterans (AMVETS)
Life Member, Americal Division Veterans Association
Life Member, Combat Infantrymen’s Association
Life Member, National Infantry Association
Life Member, National Society of Professional Engineers
Life Member, Military Police Regimental Association
Life Member, American Society of Civil Engineers
Life Member, International Municipal Signal Association
Life Member, Institute of Transportation Engineers
Life Member, Society of American Military Engineers
Life Member, Providence Engineering Society
Life Member, The 100 Club of Rhode Island
Life Member, American Legion
Life Member, Association of Retired Combat Communicators
Life Member, Rhode Island Italian American Hall of Fame
Life Member (Associate), 1st Cavalry Division Association
Life Member (Associate), The Pawtuxet Rangers
Life Member, Museum of Newport Irish History
Member, Sovereign Military Order Temple of Jerusalem
Member, The Preceptory of Saint Finnian of Clonard
Member, The Army and Navy Club on Farragut Square
Member, Italo-American Club of Rhode Island
Member, Newport RI Lodge No. 104 – B.P.O.E
Member, Providence Marine Corps Artillery
Member, Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc.
Member, The Aurora Civic Association
Member, Order of the Sons of Italy
Member, Passaconaway Outing Club
Member, Albion Social Club
Member (Associate), Ancient Order of Hibernians


First Lieutenant – November 3, 1977
Captain – December 5, 1979
Major – December 1, 1984
Lieutenant Colonel – April 20, 1989
Colonel – October 6, 2000
Brigadier General – October 30, 2005


  1. August 2006 – July 2007, Retired.
  2. July 2007 – November 2013, Project Manager (Contract Employee), RI Army National
    Guard Construction and Facilities Management Office (CFMO). Assisted the CFMO and
    Contracting Officer’s Representative in the construction management of two military
    construction (MILCON) projects totaling in excess of 40 million dollars and
    encompassing about 100 thousand square feet of floorspace. Performed technical
    reviews on all project submittals (construction progress schedule, shop drawings,
    materials, test reports, etc.) submitted by the construction contractors. Prepared
    Statements of Work, Independent Government Estimates, Change Order Proposals, Daily
    Progress Reports, etc. on these and numerous other Sustainment, Repair or
    Modernization (SRM) and MILCON projects planned or executed by the CFMO. Reviewed
    and provided comments on Architect-Engineer (A-E) design submissions for a variety
    of SRM and MILCON projects. Worked closely with A-E firms to insure all work was
    effected as per project plans and specifications. Participated in weekly on-site
    construction progress meetings. Conducted project “punch-list” inspections at both
    the 95% and final completion stages.
  3. November 2013 – Present, “officially” retired yet since 2014, co-host of the RI
    Veterans’ Information Network (RIVIN) television program.

Current a/o Mar 2021

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