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Keefe Sworn-In to Key Military Position
Story by Maj. Brett Walker, Massachusetts National Guard Public Affairs
BOSTON – In a ceremony at the governor’s office on Wednesday, Governor Charlie Baker officially appointed Major General Gary Keefe to the highest post in the Massachusetts National Guard. Keefe has been serving as acting Adjutant General of the Massachusetts National Guard since May of 2016.
Baker formally charged Keefe with the duties of managing the approximately 9,000 Soldiers, Airmen and civilians of the Massachusetts National Guard and administered a swearing-in.
“I am pleased to swear in Major General Gary W. Keefe as the Adjutant General of the Massachusetts National Guard,” said Baker. “Major General Keefe brings three decades of exceptional military service to the position and understands the critical role that Massachusetts’ military operations and our technology economy play in the future of our national defense and security.”
The Adjutant General of the Massachusetts National Guard — The Nation's First is the senior, uniformed military adviser to the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
“Serving as the senior officer in the Massachusetts National Guard is a challenging assignment, but also very rewarding” said Keefe. “I am honored to be selected to continue my service as a leader and an innovator in that capacity.”
Keefe’s father, Major General George Keefe, served as the Adjutant General of the Massachusetts National Guard from 2000-2005. He retired in 2005 after 49 years of distinguished service. This is the first time in the history of the Massachusetts National Guard that both a father and son have served as the adjutant general.
Keefe’s predecessor as Adjutant General, Lieutenant General L. Scott Rice, accepted an assignment at the Pentagon as Director of the Air National Guard.
Keefe is responsible for the strategic direction, administration and operation of the Massachusetts National Guard with an annual budget of $450 million and ensure approximately 9,000 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.
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