Brigadier General Michael Hanifan is the assistant adjutant general of the Nevada Army Guard and assists the Adjutant General with administrative tasks within the organization. He has been the assistant adjutant general since 2017. He previously served as the commander of the Nevada Army Guard.
Hanifan received his commission in 1986 from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and received a degree in engineering physics. He is a native Nevadan and grew up in Fallon. He served on active duty from 1986-1996 in various positions as a military intelligence officer.
After two years in the Army's Individual Ready Reserves, Hanifan joined the Nevada Guard as a major in 1998. His various positions in the Nevada Guard have included: director of training and mobilization; deputy commander of the 17th Sustainment Brigade; battalion commander of the 1/421st Regional Training Institute; commander, Headquarters, State Area Command; deputy directorate of training and operations; and state command inspection program coordinator.