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

  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, Deputy Combat Crew Commander, Ground Launched Cruise Missile (GLCM), 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 Combat 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, 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 Air National Guard Base, Westfield, Massachusetts
  8. October 1994 – October 1996, Supply Management Systems Officer, 104th Logistics Squadron, 104th Logistics Group, 104th Fighter Wing, Barnes Air National Guard Base, Westfield, Massachusetts
  9. October 1996 – November 1998, Aircraft Maintenance Officer, 104th  Maintenance Squadron, 104th  Logistics Group, 104th Fighter Wing, Barnes Air National Guard Base, Westfield, Massachusetts
  10. November 1998 – May 2002, Commander, 104th Logistics Group, 104th Fighter Wing, Barnes Air National Guard Base, Westfield, Massachusetts
  11. May 2002 – September 2005, Commander, 104th Maintenance Group, 104th Fighter Wing, Barnes Air National Guard Base, Westfield, Massachusetts
  12. September 2005 – January 2007, Commander, 104th Mission Support Group, 104th Fighter Wing, Barnes Air National Guard Base, Westfield, Massachusetts
  13. January 2007 – August 2008, Director, Human Resources (J1), Massachusetts National Guard, Massachusetts Joint Force Headquarters, Milford, Massachusetts
  14. August 2008 – May 2009, Director of Staff/Vice Chief of Joint Staff, Massachusetts National Guard, Massachusetts Joint Force Headquarters, Milford, Massachusetts
  15. July 2009 – February 2011, Retired, United States Air Force
  16. February 2011 – December 2012, Assistant Adjutant General-Air, Massachusetts National Guard, Massachusetts Joint Force Headquarters, Hanscom Air Force Base, Bedford, Massachusetts
  17. December 2012 – February 2014, Commander, Massachusetts Air National Guard, Massachusetts
  18. February 2014 – May 2016, Chief of Staff, Massachusetts Air National Guard, Massachusetts Joint
  19. June 2013 – June 2016,  (Dual Hat Assignment) Air National Guard Assistant to Commander, Air
  20. May 2016 – Present, The Adjutant General, Massachusetts National Guard, Massachusetts Joint

 

1995 – Operation DENY FLIGHT/DELIBERATE FORCE

1999 – Operation ALLIED FORCE

2000 – Operation SOUTHERN WATCH

2003 – Operation ENDURING FREEDOM /Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

 

  • 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 (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
  • 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
  • Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal (with “N” Device)
  • Air Force Overseas Ribbon Short Tour
  • Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon (with Gold Frame)
  • Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon (with 1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster)
  • Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with Silver Hourglass, M Device and Numeral 2)
  • Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
  • Air Force Training Ribbon
  • Massachusetts Medal of Merit
  • Massachusetts Service Medal (with 3 Bronze Star)
  • Massachusetts Desert Storm Ribbon
  • Massachusetts Defense Expeditionary Ribbon
  • Massachusetts Defense Service Ribbon (with 2 Bronze Stars)
  • Massachusetts Emergency Service Ribbon (with 3 Silver Stars, and 1 Bronze Star)

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.

  • National Guard Association of the United States
  • National Guard Association of Massachusetts
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8006, Life Member
  • American Legion Post #28
  • Association of the United States Army
  • Air Force Association
  • The Military Order of the World Wars, Boston Chapter
  • Adjutant General Association of the United States
  • Commissioner to Administer Oaths to Public Officers, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • 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
  • Major General 28 January 2016

 

(Current as of 18 August 2016)

 

 

Governor
Charlie Baker

Governor of Massachusetts

Major General
Gary Keefe

The Adjutant General

Command Sergeant Major
Carlos Ramos Rivera

State Command Sergeant Major

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