Deputy for Facilities and Engineering
Mr. Kevin Ferner assumed the duties of Deputy for Facilities and Engineering April 26, 2021. He serves as the primary advisor to The Adjutant General of Pennsylvania for all facilities, construction, maintenance and land acquisition for the Department. He retired from the Army in June of 2016 after serving for more than 23 years. Since retiring he has worked as an airline pilot, life-flight pilot and in 2018 he and his wife started a Veteran owned flower business. Mr. Ferner spent his military career in the United States Marine Corps and Pennsylvania National Guard as an active duty Guardsmen.
He has served in a variety of operational and leadership positions as a civilian, Active duty Marine and with The Pennsylvania National Guard. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps in 1991. After completing The Basic School and Flight school, he was assigned to Helicopter Squadron HMM 162 in New River, North Carolina. He participated in multiple deployments, earning multiple awards. The most notable was the Air Medal with Combat V earned during Joint Task Force Assured Response while evacuating refugees from the American embassy in Liberia to Freetown, Sierra Leone. Mr. Ferner left the USMC in 1998 and worked as a supervisor for General Motors for almost 4 years. He started his National Guard career in April of 2002 as a traditional Guardsman and by June of that same year he started a full time Pennsylvania Active Guard position. First assigned as the Utility Company Commander, he also held positions as Flight Training Company Commander, Battalion Executive Officer, S3 Officer and Deputy Commander of the Eastern Army National Guard Training Site. Mr. Ferner deployed to Iraq in November of 2010 to lead a small Army team tasked with training and mentoring a new Iraqi Scout Squadron. Upon returning from deployment, he was assigned as the PA G3 Plans and Operations Division Chief at PA Joint Force headquarters. He assumed Command of the 628th Aviation Support Battalion in November 0f 2013.
He is a graduate of Marine Officer Candidate School, Marine Basic School, Naval Flight School, Contracting Officer Representative Course, Fiscal Law Course, Army Captain Career Course and Army War College Defense Strategy Course. He completed qualification and instructor courses in the CH46, UH60, C12 and Bell 407. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Resource Management and a Master of Science in Leadership and Business Ethics.
Mr. Ferner's awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Pennsylvania Distinguished Service Medal, Air Medal with Combat V 2nd Strike, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Award, USN Commendation Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, USAF Meritorious Unit Award, Army Superior Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, USN Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, NATO Medal, Naval Aviator wings, Basic Aviator Badge and Master Aviator Badge.
He is married to the former Julie Barrett and they have two daughters Taylor and Madison. He and Julie currently reside in Tyrone, PA.
As of April 28, 2021