HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Brig. Gen. Gary W. Keefe relinquished command of the Massachusetts Air National Guard to Brig. Gen. Robert T. Brooks during a change of command ceremony at the Massachusetts National Guard's Joint Force Headquarters here, March 2, 2014.
Maj. Gen. L. Scott Rice, The Adjutant General, Massachusetts National Guard, presided over the ceremony, and many other friends, family and coworkers attended to show their support.
"With any command position, it all comes down to leadership," said Rice, "and these two men have that quality embedded in their heart and souls."
Brooks has served as the assistant adjutant general (Air), Massachusetts National Guard, Joint Force Headquarters since Jan. 25, 2013. Prior to his assignment to headquarters, he was the wing commander for the 104th Fighter Wing, Barnes Air National Guard Base, Westfield, Mass. During his time at the 104th, the wing was equipped with 18 15-C/D fighter aircraft and 1,100 Airmen within three installations. He ensured proposer utilization and training of personnel in seven subordinate units and assets with a value of $750 million.
Keefe became commander of the Massachusetts Air National Guard in 2011. As the commander, he was responsible for command, control, and supervision of all Air National Guard units in Mass. and more than 2,000 members. Additionally, Keefe ensured their ability to respond to peacetime contingencies while maintaining readiness to accomplish their wartime missions. Brooks will now assume these responsibilities in his new position.
Keefe will continue serving at Joint Force Headquarters as the assistant adjutant general, (Air), Massachusetts National Guard.