The Adjutant General
Massachusetts National Guard
Major General Gary W. Keefe
Major General Gary W. Keefe is currently assigned as The Adjutant General, Massachusetts National Guard. He oversees the strategic direction, administration and operation of the Massachusetts National Guard with an annual budget of $450 million to ensure over 9000 joint soldiers, airmen and civilians are trained, equipped and mission-ready to support national security objectives overseas as well as protect life and property and preserve peace, order and public safety as directed in times of natural disaster and civil emergency within Massachusetts.
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. In 1992, he 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 104thFighter Wing, 110th Fighter Wing and the 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 the 387th Expeditionary Logistics Group Commander at a classified location 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 and Predator Remotely Piloted Aircraft missions 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, Vice Chief of the Massachusetts National Guard Joint Staff, Assistant Adjutant General-Air and Commander of the Massachusetts National Guard.
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
2012 United States Air Force Senior Leader Orientation Course (SLOC), Joint Base Andrews, District of Columbia and Joint Base San Antonio, Texas
2012 Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff, Level IV Antiterrorism Executive Seminar, Booze Allen Hamilton Conference Center, McLean, Virginia
2012 Senior Reserve Component Officer Course, United States Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania
2013 Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Senior Executives in National and International Security Program, Cambridge, Massachusetts
2014 George C. Marshall Center – European Center for Security Studies, Senior Executive Seminar; “Adapting Our Strategies to Counter Evolving Transnational Terrorist Threats from al-Qaeda, its Affiliates and Advocates”; Garmisch, Germany
2015 Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs, National Security Studies Fellows Management Course, Syracuse, New York
1995 – Operation DENY FLIGHT/DELIBERATE FORCE
1999 – Operation ALLIED FORCE
2000 – Operation SOUTHERN WATCH
2003 – Operation ENDURING FREEDOM /Operation IRAQI FREEDOM
Although presently serving as The Adjutant General, General Keefe’s permanent civilian occupation is that of the Assistant Adjutant General/Executive Officer, Military Division of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This is a statutory state employee position that serves as the full time liaison for The Adjutant General, the Massachusetts Army National Guard Land Component Commander, and the Massachusetts Air National Guard Air Component Commander on all matters pertaining to the missions of the Massachusetts National Guard. Is The Adjutant General’s primary point of contact with other state agencies, non-governmental agencies, veterans’ organizations, and the National Guard Bureau. Served concurrently from March 2013 through June 2014 as Executive Director of Massachusetts’ Joint Base Cape Cod, a 22,000 acre, joint military installation that supports the 102nd Intelligence Wing, Camp Edwards Army National Guard, United States Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, and the United States Air Force 6th Space Warning Squadron.
(Current as of 18 August 2016)
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