MILFORD, Mass. - Gary W. Keefe, of Florence, Mass., has been promoted to the rank of brigadier general in the Massachusetts Air National Guard, at Joint Force Headquarters, Milford, Mass. Brig. Gen. Keefe was confirmed by the United States Senate on Sept. 23, 2011.
Brig. Gen. Keefe is the Assistant Adjutant General for Air, Massachusetts Air National Guard, Joint Force Headquarters, Milford, Mass. He is responsible for oversight of all Air National Guard units in Massachusetts, and is tasked with ensuring their ability to respond to peacetime contingencies while maintaining readiness to accomplish their wartime missions.
Brig. Gen. Keefe is the principal advisor to The Adjutant General, Air Component Commander, and Land Component Commander in the administration, coordination, planning, development, and execution of all Air National Guard and National Guard Joint Staff programs. He insures the preparation of the 8,500 soldiers and airmen of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for contingency operations in both federal and state emergencies. He assists The Adjutant General in overseeing the Commonwealth’s Joint Homeland Defense Program, to include rapid reaction forces, contingency emergency response forces, counter drug operations, civil support teams, expeditionary medical teams, and explosives ordnance disposal.
Brig. Gen. Keefe received his commission in 1986 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps’ program at Norwich University. Once commissioned he served as a Ground Launched Cruise Missile Launch Officer with the 71st Tactical Missile Squadron, Florennes Air Base, Belgium. He completed his active duty service in 1992 as a Peacekeeper Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile Combat Crew Flight Commander and Evaluator with the 90th Strategic Missile Wing, Francis E. Warren AFB, Wyoming.
Brig. Gen. Keefe joined the Massachusetts Air National Guard in 1992 with the 104th Fighter Wing as an Active Guard full-time officer where he served in a variety of key roles.
Brig. Gen. Keefe served as the Expeditionary Logistics Group Commander in 1999 in support of Operation Allied Force for the presidentially activated 104th Expeditionary Operations Group, Birgi Air Base, Trapani, Italy. He commanded 400 United States Air Forces Europe personnel from the Air National Guard’s 104th Fighter Wing, 110th Fighter Wing, and the 124th Fighter Wing, and Airmen from the United States Air Force and Air Force Reserve.
Brig. Gen. Keefe served as the 387th Expeditionary Logistics Group Commander at a classified location in Southwest Asia in 2003 during Operation Enduring and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He commanded 800 U.S. Central Command personnel and was responsible for all aircraft maintenance and logistics activities associated with A-10 aircraft and Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicle activities throughout the Air Campaign.
Prior to his current assignment, Brig. Gen. Keefe served as the Director of Manpower, Personnel and Human Resources, Massachusetts National Guard, Director of Staff, Massachusetts Air National Guard and the Vice Chief of the Joint Staff, Massachusetts National Guard in Milford, Mass.