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HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – The Massachusetts National Guard is pleased to announce that Major General L. Scott Rice was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 28, 2016, to serve as Director, Air National Guard, National Guard Bureau, Washington D.C., and to receive his third star.
“I applaud General Rice on his confirmation as the Director of the Air National Guard after 35 years of loyal and dedicated service as an Airman, and strong and steady leadership as the adjutant general of the Massachusetts National Guard,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “General Rice has ensured our 9,000 Soldiers and Airmen have been accessible, capable and ready to protect the Commonwealth and nation and his record makes him exceptionally qualified to lead the critical mission of the Air National Guard.”
“I'm honored and humbled to be chosen to lead the outstanding Airmen of the Air National Guard,” Rice said. “I look forward to working with Air Force leaders and the adjutants general to shape our force for the future.”
In his new role, Rice will be responsible for formulating, developing and coordinating all policies, plans and programs affecting more than 105,000 Guard members and civilians in more than 90 wings and 175 geographically separated units across 213 locations throughout the 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands.
Rice has been a drill status Guardsman since joining the Massachusetts National Guard in November 1989 until being appointed as Director, Air National Guard.
Rice has served as flight, squadron, group, wing commander, air commander and the adjutant general of the Massachusetts National Guard.
During that time Rice deployed seven times to locations including Bosnia, Kosovo, Kuwait, Iraq, Jordan, Oman and Pakistan. Prior to joining the Massachusetts National Guard, Rice, was on Active Duty from May 1981 to November 1989.
Rice will continue to serve as adjutant general of Massachusetts until he receives his orders for his new assignment. Rice is currently responsible for the strategic direction, administration and operation of the Massachusetts National Guard 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.
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 pilot wings in 1982 and later served in England and Idaho where he flew the F-111 Aardvark.
Rice joined the Massachusetts Air National Guard's 104th Fighter Wing in 1989 to fly the A-10 Thunderbolt II. From 1995 to 2006, he mobilized and deployed to several overseas locations.
Rice currently serves as Chairman of the Air Guard Force Structure and Modernization committee of the Adjutants General Association of the United States. He also serves on the Reserve Forces Policy Board for the Department of Defense, as well as several General Officer Steering Committees for the National Guard. He is a member of the Massachusetts Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force.
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