Brig. Gen. Gary Keefe, USAFR ’86 to speak at Norwich University Veterans Day ceremony


October 19, 2015

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Norwich University Corps of Cadets and broader community will pay tribute to all veterans on Tuesday, Nov. 10 with a special remembrance ceremony at 1 p.m. on the Upper Parade Ground.

Highlighting the ceremony will be guest speaker Brigadier General Gary W. Keefe ’86, chief of staff of the Massachusetts Air National Guard.

Keefe graduated Norwich with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and commissioned in 1986. He completed his active duty service in 1992, at which time he joined the Massachusetts Air National Guard with the 104th Fighter Wing as an active guard/reservist. Keefe holds a Master of Science in Management from Lesley University and attended Air War College, National Defense University, and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Keefe serves as chief of staff for the Massachusetts Air National Guard at the Massachusetts Joint Force Headquarters at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford, Mass. He is the principal advisor to senior leaders, helping oversee the administration, coordination, planning, development and execution of all Air National Guard and National Guard Joint Staff programs. He ensures that 8,200 soldiers and airmen of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are prepared for contingency operations in both federal and state emergencies.

Embodying the Norwich model of citizen soldier, Keefe also serves in a civilian occupation as the assistant adjutant general and executive officer for the Military Division of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. A statutory state employee position, Keefe 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.

The Veterans Day tribute at Norwich will include nine minutes of cannon fire in the Roll of Wars and a firing of three rifle volleys.

An open reception will follow the outdoor ceremony in the foyer of Jackman Hall.

Members of the Norwich and Northfield communities, area veterans, the general public, and those currently serving in the Armed Forces of the United States are cordially invited to attend. The uniform for this special event is the Service Class A uniform. Please plan on cold weather and dress accordingly.

About Norwich University 

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).

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