Brigadier General (Retired)
Brigadier General William Sparrow served as the Assistant Adjutant General-Air and Air Component Commander, Joint Force Headquarters, Montgomery, Alabama. In this position, he commanded all units of the Alabama Air National Guard and served as the key advisor to the Adjutant General of Alabama on all matters relating to the air mission.
Brig. Gen. Sparrow is a Princeton, New Jersey native and earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance from the College of New Jersey. In 1985, he earned his commission through Officer Training School, where he was a distinguished graduate. He attended undergraduate pilot training at Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi and went on to fly the F-16 at Luke AFB, Arizona. Since joining the Alabama Air National Guard’s 187th FW in 2001, the General has supported over 100 combat missions and flown over more than 450 combat hours in support of Operations Noble Eagle and Iraqi Freedom. Brig Gen Sparrow has also deployed in support of Operations Provide Comfort and Northern Watch and flown in operations over Bosnia. Brig Gen Sparrow has over 4500 hours in the F-16 Fighting Falcon. Prior to his assignment, the General served as the Commander of the 187th Fighter Wing, Dannelly Field, Alabama. General Sparrow is currently continuing his career as a Boeing 777 First Officer at FedEx.