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Assistant Adjutant General,
Massachusetts Air National Guard

Brigadier General Gary W. Keefe

Brigadier General Gary W. KeefeBrigadier General Gary W. Keefe is the Commander, Air National Guard, Massachusetts National Guard, Massachusetts Joint Force Headquarters, Milford, Massachusetts. He is a 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. General Keefe ensures the preparation of the 8200 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.

General 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 Air Force Base, Wyoming and joined the Massachusetts Air National Guard with the 104th Fighter Wing as an Active Guard/Reservist. He has held the positions of Logistics Plans and Programs Chief, Supply Management Officer, Aircraft Maintenance Officer, Logistics Group Commander, Maintenance Group Commander, and Mission Support Group Commander. In 1999, during Operation ALLIED FORCE, General Keefe served as the Expeditionary Logistics Group Commander for the presidentially activated 104th Expeditionary Operations Group, Birgi Air Base, Trapani, Italy. He commanded 420 United States Air Forces Europe personnel comprised from the Air National Guard’s 104th, 110th and 124th Fighter Wing, as well as personnel from the United States Air Force, and Air Force Reserve. In 2003 during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, General Keefe served as Commander, 387th Expeditionary Logistics Group in South West Asia. He commanded in excess of 800 United States Central Command personnel and was responsible for all aircraft maintenance and logistics activities associated with A/OA-10 aircraft activities throughout the Air Campaign. Prior to his current assignment, General Keefe served as the Director of Manpower, Personnel and Human Resources (J1) for the Massachusetts National Guard, the Massachusetts Air National Guard Director of Staff and Vice Chief of the Massachusetts National Guard Joint Staff.


EDUCATION:

1986 Norwich University, Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Northfield, Vermont
1991 Lesley University, Master of Science, Management, Cambridge, Massachusetts
2003 United States Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
2009 National Defense University, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Staff Officer Development Course, Fort Lesley McNair, Washington, District of Columbia
2011 Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, General and Flag Officer Homeland Security Executive Seminar, Cambridge, Massachusetts
2011 United States Northern Command, Joint Task Force Commander Training Course, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado
2011 National Defense University, Reserve Component National Security Course, Fort Lesley McNair, Washington, District of Columbia
2011 United States Northern Command, Dual Status Commander Orientation Course, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado
2011 Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, United States - Russia Security Program, Cambridge, Massachusetts
2012 Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st Century (AFSO21), University of Tennessee, Knoxville , Tennessee

ASSIGNMENTS: 

  1. January 1987 – May 1987, Student, Ground Launched Cruise Missile (GLCM) Initial Qualification Training, 868th Tactical Missile Training Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona
  2. May 1987 – June 1988, Ground Launched Cruise Missile (GLCM) Deputy Crew Commander, 71st Tactical Missile Squadron, Florennes Air Base, Belgium
  3. June 1988 – October 1988, Student, Peacekeeper Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Combat Crew Undergraduate Missile Training, 4315th Combat Crew Training Squadron, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
  4. October 1988 – November 1989, Deputy Missile Crew Commander, Peacekeeper Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM), 400th Strategic Missile Squadron, 90th Strategic Missile Wing,  F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming
  5. November 1989 – April 1991, Missile Combat Crew Commander, Flight Commander, Peacekeeper Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM), 400th Strategic Missile Squadron, 90th Strategic Missile Wing, F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming
  6. April 1991 – August 1992, Standardization and Evaluation Missile Combat Crew Commander, 90th Operations Group, 90th Missile Wing, F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming
  7. August 1992 – October 1994, Chief, Logistics Plans and Programs, 104th Logistics Group, 104th Fighter Wing, Barnes ANGB, Westfield, Massachusetts
  8. October 1994 – October 1996, Supply Management Systems, 104th  Logistics Squadron, 104th  Logistics Group, 104th Fighter Wing,  Barnes ANGB, Westfield, Massachusetts Barnes ANGB, Westfield, Massachusetts
  9. October 1996 – November 1998, Aircraft Maintenance Officer, 104th  Maintenance Squadron, 104th  Logistics Group, 104th Fighter Wing, Barnes ANGB, Westfield, Massachusetts
  10. November 1998 – May 2002, Commander, 104th Logistics Group, 104th Fighter Wing, Barnes ANGB, Westfield, Massachusetts
  11. May 2002 – September 2005, Commander, 104th Maintenance Group, 104th Fighter Wing, Barnes ANGB, Westfield, Massachusetts
  12. September 2005 – January 2007, Commander, 104th Mission Support Group, 104th Fighter Wing, Barnes ANGB, Westfield, Massachusetts
  13. January 2007 – August 2008, Director, Human Resources (J1), Massachusetts National Guard, Joint Force Headquarters Massachusetts, Milford, Massachusetts
  14. August 2008 – May 2009, Director of Staff/Vice Chief of Joint Staff, Massachusetts National Guard, Joint Force Headquarters Massachusetts, Milford, Massachusetts
  15. July 2009 – February 2011, Retired, United States Air Force
  16. February 2011 – Present, Assistant Adjutant General for Air, Massachusetts National Guard, Joint Force Headquarters Massachusetts, Milford, Massachusetts

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:

  • Legion of Merit (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
  • Bronze Star Medal (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • Air Force Commendation Medal (with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
  • Army Commendation Medal
  • Air Force Achievement Medal (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
  • Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (with Valor, 1 Silver and 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
  • Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
  • Combat Readiness Medal (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
  • National Defense Service Medal (with 1 Bronze Service Star)
  • Kosovo Campaign Medal (with 1 Bronze Service Star)
  • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Armed Forces Service Medal
  • Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
  • Air Force Overseas Ribbon Short Tour
  • Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon (with Gold Frame)
  • Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon (with 4 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
  • Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with Bronze Hourglass, M Device and Numeral 2)
  • Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
  • Air Force Training Ribbon
  • Massachusetts Medal of Merit
  • Massachusetts Service Medal
  • Massachusetts Desert Storm Ribbon
  • Massachusetts Emergency Service Ribbon

CIVILIAN OCCUPATION:

Assistant Adjutant General for Air, Military Division of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Statutory state employee position that serves as the Adjutant General’s and the Massachusetts Air Component Commander’s full time liaison on all matters pertaining to the missions of the two wings and four Geographically Separated Units assigned to the Massachusetts Air National Guard.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS:

  • National Guard Association of the United States
  • National Guard Association of Massachusetts
  • American Legion
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars Post

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTIONS:

  • Second Lieutenant 16 May 1986
  • First Lieutenant 18 September 1988
  • Captain 18 September 1990
  • Major 18 October 1994
  • Lieutenant Colonel 7 January 2001
  • Colonel 22 July 2004
  • Brigadier General (Line) 4 October 2011

(Current as of April 2012)