Maryland Defense Force Commanding General (CG)
BRIGADIER GENERAL (MDDF) BENJAMIN F. LUCAS, II was born on November 22, 1941, in Baltimore, Maryland, where he currently resides with his wife, Barbara. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Baltimore (UB), and was graduated in 1980 from the UB School of Law. Shortly after graduation, General Lucas was appointed as Secretary to the Maryland Board of Public Works, a position that he held until entering the private practice of law.
In addition to practicing law, General Lucas is an adjunct professor at the UB School of Law, where he teaches Military Law and International Human Rights. He also is the founder and president of Consensus Dynamics, Inc., an organization specializing in dispute resolution. He currently serves as the legislative liaison for the Maryland Military Department.
General Lucas enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in1961 and was honorably discharged in 1964. Following law school, he was appointed as the Legal Administrative Officer for the 58th Infantry Brigade (Separate), Maryland Army National Guard. In November 1982, he received a reserve commission in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the U.S. Army, later rising to the position of State Judge Advocate for the Headquarters, Maryland Army National Guard. From June 1984 to June 1988, General Lucas was the full-time Active Guard/Reserve legal advisor to the Maryland National Guard. In November 1994, he transferred to the Maryland Air National Guard, where he served as the State Judge Advocate (Air) in the Maryland State Area Command. He was retired November 20, 2001, given a brevet promotion to Brigadier General (MD) the same date, and assumed command of the Maryland Defense Force on April 6, 2002.
In October 1998, General Lucas deployed to Bosnia as part of the 3rd rotation of the U.S. Air Force/Office of High Representative (USAF/OHR) legal team, where he was assigned to head of the legal section of the OHR in Banja Luka. He was recalled to the U.S. in February 1999 to be the Special Assistant for Legal and Legislative Affairs to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Assistance, and remained there until June of that year. General Lucas then accepted a request to be the team leader for the 5th rotation of the USAF/OHR legal team, which deployed to Bosnia in mid-October 1999. Once again, he was assigned to head the OHR legal department in Banja Luka, and he completed that tour in April 2000. In September and October of 2000, General Lucas served as the Inspector General (IG) for the 39th Wing at Incirlik Air Base, providing IG oversight and support for all U.S. Air Force assets in Turkey. For the last several years, he also has lectured on the legal aspects of military operations other than war to various international audiences.
General Lucas’ personal awards include the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Joint Services Achievement Medal, and the NATO Medal (Second Award).