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The Adjutant General
Massachusetts National Guard

Major General L. Scott Rice

MAJOR GENERAL L. SCOTT RICEMajor General L. Scott Rice is currently assigned as The Adjutant General, Massachusetts National Guard. General Rice oversees the administration and operation of the Massachusetts National Guard to ensure troops are trained, equipped and mission-ready to support national security objectives as well as protect life and property and preserve peace, order and public safety as directed in times of natural disaster and civil emergency.

General Rice was commissioned in 1980 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York. Following graduate school, he attended pilot training at Reese Air Force Base, Texas, receiving the pilot badge in 1982 and later serving in England where he flew the F-111 Aardvark.

General Rice joined the Massachusetts Air National Guard’s 104th Fighter Wing in 1989 to fly the A-10 Thunderbolt II. He then served as Squadron Commander, Operations Group Commander, Wing Commander, and Air National Guard Commander. He mobilized numerous times since 1995, including deployments to Bosnia, Kosovo, Kuwait and Iraq. He also served as the Commander, Air Force Forces, Exercise Eastern Falcon in the U.S. Central Command Area of Operations where he supervised F-16 units deployed to Kuwait in 2004, to Jordan and Oman in 2005, and to Pakistan in 2006.  General Rice currently serves on the Massachusetts Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force as well as Secretary of the Adjutants General Association of the United States.

EDUCATION:

1980 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Bachelor of Science, Industrial Engineering, Troy New York
1981 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Master of Science, Industrial Engineering, Troy, New York
2000 Air War College, by correspondence
2009 Harvard University, National and International Security Studies, Cambridge, Massachusetts
2009 George C. Marshall Center for Security Studies, Garmish, Germany
2010 George C. Marshall Center for Security Studies, Garmish, Germany
2010 National Defense University, CAPSTONE, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, District of Columbia
2011 Army War College, Senior Reserve Component Officer Course, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania
2011 Combined Force Air Component Commanders Course, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama
2011 Harvard University, General and Flag Officer Homeland Security Executive Seminar, Cambridge, Massachusetts

ASSIGNMENTS:

  1. May 1981 - May 1982, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Reese Air Force Base, Lubbock, Texas
  2. May 1982 - July 1982, Student, AT-38B Lead-In Training Course, Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico
  3. July 1982 - January 1983, Student, F-111 United States Air Force Operation Training Course, Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico
  4. January 1983 - November 1984, Aircraft Commander, F-111, 493rd Tactical Fighter Wing, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England
  5. November 1984 - October 1985, Instructor Aircraft Commander, F-111, 493rd Tactical Fighter Wing, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England
  6. October 1985 - December 1985, Student, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
  7. December 1985 - May 1986, Student, F-111 Fighter Weapons Instructor Course, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho
  8. May 1986 - April 1987, Chief, Weapons and Tactics/Instructor Pilot, F-111, 493rd Tactical Fighter Wing, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England
  9. April 1987 - April 1988, Instructor Pilot, F-111, 391st Tactical Fighter Squadron, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho
  10. April 1988 - November 1989, Chief, Wing Weapons Section, 366th Tactical Fighter Wing, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho
  11. November 1989 - January 1992, Pilot, A-10, 131st Tactical Fighter Squadron, Barnes Air National Guard Base, Westfield, Massachusetts
  12. February 1992 - December 1994, Pilot, A-10, 131st Fighter Squadron, Barnes Air National Guard Base, Westfield, Massachusetts
  13. December 1994 - December 1995, Assistant Flight Commander, 131st Fighter Squadron, Barnes Air National Guard Base, Westfield, Massachusetts
  14. December 1995 - June 1997, Instructor Pilot, A-10, 131st Fighter Squadron, Barnes Air National Guard Base, Westfield, Massachusetts
  15. June 1997 - June 1998, Commander, Operations Support Flight, 131st Fighter Squadron, Barnes Air National Guard Base, Westfield, Massachusetts
  16. June 1998 - September 1999, Commander, Operations Support Flight, 104th Operations Support Flight, Barnes Air National Guard Base, Westfield, Massachusetts
  17. September 1999 - Jun 2002, Commander, 131st Fighter Squadron, Barnes Air National Guard Base, Massachusetts
  18. June 2002 - April 2004, Commander, 104th Operations Group, Barnes Air National Guard Base, Westfield, Massachusetts
  19. May 2004 - July 2007, Director of Operations, J2, Joint Force Headquarters, Massachusetts National Guard, Milford, Massachusetts
  20. July 2007 - September 2010, Assistant Adjutant General-Air, Joint Force Headquarters, Massachusetts National Guard, Milford, Massachusetts
  21. September 2010 - April 2012, Commander, Joint Force Headquarters, Massachusetts Air National Guard, Milford, Massachusetts
  22. March 2011 - June 2012, Assistant to the Commander, United States Air Forces Europe
  23. April 2012 - December 2012, The Adjutant General (Acting), Joint Force Headquarters, Massachusetts National Guard, Milford, Massachusetts
  24. December 2012 - Present, The Adjutant General, Joint Force Headquarters, Massachusetts National Guard, Hanscom AFB, Massachusetts

Flight Status:

Rating: Command Pilot
Flight hours: 4300 Fighter Hours
Aircraft flown: F-111A/D/F, A-10
Pilot wings from: Reese Air Force Base, Texas

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:

  • Legion of Merit
  • Bronze Star
  • Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
  • Air Medal (with 4 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
  • Aerial Achievement Medal (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
  • Army Commendation Medal
  • Air Force Commendation Medal (with 3 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
  • Air Force Achievement Medal
  • Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (with V Device, 1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster and 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
  • Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
  • Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
  • Combat Readiness Medal (with 1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster)
  • Air Force Recognition Ribbon
  • National Defense Service Medal (with 1 Bronze Service Star)
  • Armed Forces Expeditionary 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
  • Air Force Overseas Ribbon Short Tour (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
  • Air Force Overseas Ribbon Long Tour
  • Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon (with Gold Border)
  • Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon (with 1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster)
  • Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with Silver Hourglass, M Device and Numeral 3)
  • Air Force Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (with 1 Bronze Service Star)
  • Air Force Training Ribbon
  • NATO Medal (with 1 Bronze Service Star)
  • Massachusetts Air National Guard Service Medal (with 1 Bronze Service Star)
  • Massachusetts Desert Storm Service Ribbon
  • Massachusetts Defense Expeditionary Ribbon
  • Massachusetts Emergency Service Ribbon
  • Louisiana Emergency Service Medal

CIVILIAN OCCUPATION:

General Rice began a civilian career in 1989 as an Industrial Engineer working for Leighton Machine Company in New Hampshire. He then pursued a commercial aviation career, flying for Northwest, Alaska, and United Airlines.

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS: 

1972 Eagle Scout
2005 George W. Bush Award for Leadership in the Guard/Reserve

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTIONS:

Second Lieutenant 17 May 1980
First Lieutenant 18 November 1982
Captain 18 November 1984
Major 18 November 1992
Lieutenant Colonel 9 September 1998
Colonel 15 June 2003
Brigadier General 24 July 2007
Major General 23 December 2010

(Current as of January 2013)