On April 1, 2016, Governor Matthew G. Bevin appointed Norman E. Arflack
Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs.
General Arflack has a long and distinguished military career. He served as an enlisted soldier from 1970 prior to completing OCS in 1975. He is a graduate of Armor Officer Course (Basic and Advanced), Command and General Staff Officer Course, and the US Army War College and served in staff and command positions commensurate with his rank. His most notable awards and decorations include Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement, the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the Army Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal.
General Arflack rose to the rank of Brigadier General after four decades in the Kentucky National Guard. During a distinguished civilian career he has served as executive director of the National Guard Association of Kentucky and as member and vice chair of the Board of Directors of the National Guard Association of the United States. He is a life member of both organizations. At the pinnacle of his military career he served as Deputy Adjutant General in the administration of Kentucky Governors Paul Patton and Ernie Fletcher prior to his appointment as Secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet. Subsequent to his tenure on the Governor’s Executive Cabinet, he was appointed as Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Prior to his retirement in August 2013, General Arflack was Executive Director of the Interstate Commission on Educational Opportunity for Military Children. Concurrent with his service in the Kentucky National Guard, General Arflack completed 23 years’ service with the Kentucky State Police.
On June 10, 2017, Commissioner Arflack received the Distinguished Service Medal for his meritorious service of 38 years in the Kentucky Army National Guard. The medal is a United States military individual decoration and is the highest award for meritorious achievement or service.
General Arflack is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and Southern Police Institute, and earned a Masters of Public Administration from Shippensburg University. He and his wife Cindy have three sons: Aaron, Landon and William.