Raymond F. Rees

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Raymond F. Rees
Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, The Adjutant General, Oregon.jpg
Maj. Gen. (Retired) Raymond F. Rees, former Adjutant General of Oregon, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Training, Readiness and Mobilization since February, 2014
Nickname(s) Fred
Born (1944-09-29) September 29, 1944 (age 69)
Helix, Oregon, U.S.
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1966–2013
Rank US-O8 insignia.svg Major General
Unit Oregon National Guard
National Guard Bureau
Commands held 116th Armored Cavalry Regiment
Oregon Military Department
Director, Army National Guard
Chief of the National Guard Bureau
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Distinguished Service Medal (Army)
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Bronze Star Medal
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal
Army Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Other work Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Training, Readiness and Mobilization

Major General Raymond F. Rees is Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Training, Readiness and Mobilization. He was appointed to that position as a career member of the Senior Executive Service in February 10, 2014. He is a retired United States Army Major General who served as the Adjutant General of Oregon and was Director of the Army National Guard and acting Chief of the National Guard Bureau.

As Adjutant General, Rees was responsible for providing the State of Oregon and the United States with a ready force of citizen soldiers and airmen, equipped and trained to respond to any contingency, natural or man made. He directed, managed, and supervised the administration, discipline, organization, training and mobilization of the Oregon National Guard, the Oregon State Defense Force, the Joint Force Headquarters and the Office of Oregon Emergency Management. He was also assigned as the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisor. In these roles he developed and coordinated all policies, plans and programs of the Oregon National Guard in concert with the Governor and state legislature.

Early life[edit]

Raymond Frederick "Fred" Rees was born on September 29, 1944 in Helix, Oregon.[1] He graduated from Helix High School in 1962 and the United States Military Academy in 1966, and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant of Armor.[2]

Start of military career[edit]

Rees completed Airborne and Ranger training, and was assigned as a platoon leader with the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment in West Germany. After completing several assignments, including two as commander of troops in the 2nd ACR, Rees went to Panama for Jungle warfare training.[3]

Vietnam War[edit]

In December, 1968 Rees was assigned to Vietnam, serving as Assistant Training and Operations Officer (S3 Air) for 2nd Battalion, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division and commander of Troop D, 2nd Battalion, 17th Cavalry.[4]

Post Vietnam War[edit]

After returning to the United States, Rees completed training as an Army Aviator. From March, 1972 to August, 1973 he was assigned to 1st Battalion, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. From August to November, 1973 he was assigned to the United States Army Reserve Control Group.[5]

Oregon National Guard[edit]

Upon leaving the active Army Rees joined the Oregon Army National Guard. He advanced through several command and staff positions of increasing rank and responsibility, including command of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment as a Captain and 3rd Squadron, 116th Armored Cavalry Regiment as a Lieutenant Colonel.[6]

He also completed law school, practiced as an attorney for 18 months, and managed his family's farm.[7]

From November, 1986 to May, 1987 he was commander of the 116th Armored Cavalry Regiment and was promoted to Colonel.[8]

In May, 1987 Rees was appointed Adjutant General of Oregon, by then Governor Neil Goldschmidt, the first of four times Rees has served in this position.[9] He served until June, 1991 and was promoted to Brigadier General in 1988 and Major General in 1990.[10][11]

National Guard Bureau[edit]

From July, 1991 to August, 1992 Rees served as Director of the Army National Guard, succeeding Donald Burdick.[12] In September, 1992 he was appointed Vice Chief of the National Guard Bureau, where he served until January, 1994. From January to July, 1994 Rees served as acting Chief of the National Guard Bureau.[13]

Return to Oregon[edit]

In August, 1994 Rees was again named Adjutant General of Oregon, by then Governor Barbara Roberts.[14] During this appointment, his second, he served a five-year term, until March, 1999.

Return to National Guard Bureau[edit]

In March, 1999 Rees was appointed as Vice Chief of the National Guard Bureau for the second time, and he served until August, 2002.[15] From August, 2002 to April, 2003 he was again acting Chief of the National Guard Bureau. From April to May 2003 he completed his assignment as the NGB Vice Chief.[16]

Rees served as Chief of Staff for the United States Northern Command from May 2003 to June, 2005.[17][18]

Third and fourth terms as Oregon Adjutant General[edit]

In July, 2005 Rees was appointed Adjutant General of Oregon for the third time.[19]

Beginning in 2009, Rees commenced another four-year term as Adjutant General, serving under both Governors Ted Kulongoski and John Kitzhaber.

Rees' final tenure as Adjutant General was noteworthy for Oregon's increased participation in the State Partnership Program. In 2008 Oregon established a partnership with Bangladesh.[20]

Oregon also established a partnership with Vietnam. During workshops and coordination meetings, Rees compared Vietnam War experiences with his counterparts in the Vietnam People's Army.[21]

In 2012 Rees announced that he would retire the following year, and a search began for his successor.[22] In January, 2013 Governor Kitzhaber announced that Rees would be succeeded by Daniel R. Hokanson when Rees retired on July 13, 2013.[23]

Rees retired in a ceremony on July 13, 2013, with his official date of retirement as July 31, and his 47 years of service surpassed the tenure of most full (four-star) generals.[24][25] His retirement ceremony was attended by former Governor Kulongoski and General Frank J. Grass, the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, who presented Rees with the Distinguished Service Medal.[26][27]

Return to the Pentagon[edit]

In February, 2014 Rees began work as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Training, Readiness and Mobilization. In this role he has oversight responsibility for the Army's preparation of soldiers to ensure they are ready for overseas deployment and other contingencies.[28]

Education[edit]

In addition to his bachelor's degree from West Point, Rees completed his Juris Doctor degree at the University of Oregon School of Law in 1976.[29] He is also a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College (1977) and the United States Army War College.[30]

Awards and decorations[edit]

In 2007, Rees received the Raymond S. McLain Medal from the Association of the United States Army.[32]

On April 28, 2011 he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Software Association of Oregon.[33]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ancestry.com, U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 2, 2010, entry for Raymond F. Rees
  2. ^ K. Quesada, The Oregonian, Nearly Half of Oregon Guard Off to War in 2009, January 6, 2009
  3. ^ U.S. House Appropriations Committee, Hearing Record, Department of Defense Appropriations for 2002, 2001, page 199
  4. ^ Oregon Statesman-Journal, Biography, Raymond F. Rees, July 2, 2005
  5. ^ State of Oregon, Biography, Raymond F. Rees, accessed May 10, 2013
  6. ^ State of Oregon, Biography, Raymond F. Rees, accessed May 10, 2013
  7. ^ Cliff Collins, Profiles in the Law, Oregon State Bar Bulletin, Maj. Gen. Raymond (Fred) Rees: General Practice, December, 2005
  8. ^ State of Oregon, Biography, Raymond F. Rees, accessed May 10, 2013
  9. ^ Associated Press, Eugene Register-Guard, Guard's New Boss Sworn Into Office, May 27, 1987
  10. ^ United Press International, Bend Bulletin, Rees Gains Star, November 3, 1987
  11. ^ State of Oregon, Biography, Raymond F. Rees, accessed May 10, 2013
  12. ^ Washington Post, Army National Guard Leader Chosen, April 23, 1991
  13. ^ State of Oregon, Biography, Raymond F. Rees, accessed May 10, 2013
  14. ^ Eugene Register-Guard, Past Commander Will Direct Guard, May 6, 1994
  15. ^ Bob Haskell, On Guard, Rees Returns as Bureau Vice, February, 1999
  16. ^ State of Oregon, Biography, Raymond F. Rees, accessed May 10, 2013
  17. ^ Portland East oregonian, Rees Leads Northern Command, May 18, 2003
  18. ^ Devin Fisher, NORTHCOM Public Affairs, MG Rees Returns to Oregon Adjutant General Post, March 2, 2005
  19. ^ Oregon Statesman-Journal, Many new faces, places arrived in 2005, January 2, 2006
  20. ^ Oregon Military Department, Oregon finds partner in South Asia, November 2, 2008
  21. ^ National Guard Bureau, Oregon National Guard Wraps Up State Partnership Program Workshop With Vietnamese Delegation, April 25, 2013
  22. ^ Mike Francis, The Oregonian, Search for Successor to Adjutant General Raymond F. Rees is Under Way, December 3, 2012
  23. ^ Tim King Salem-News.com, Dan Hokanson Appointed to Adjutant General of the Oregon National Guard, January 23, 2013
  24. ^ Legal Information Institute, l10 USC 636, Retirement for Years of Service: Regular Officers in Grades Above Brigadier General and Rear Admiral (Lower Half), accessed July 16, 2013
  25. ^ Legal Information Institute, 10 USC 14508 (d). Removal From the Reserve Active-Status List for Years of Service: Reserve General and Flag Officers, accessed July 16, 2013
  26. ^ Mike Francis, The Oregonian, Salutes, Sunshine and Smoke Mark Retirement Ceremony for Oregon Adjutant General Rees, July 13, 2013
  27. ^ Justin Much, Oregon Statesman Journal, A Farewell to Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, July 13, 2013
  28. ^ Natalie Wheeler, Pendleton East Oregonian, General Rees Returns to Washington, January 30, 2014
  29. ^ Oregon Statesman-Journal, Biography, Raymond F. Rees, July 2, 2005
  30. ^ U.S. House Appropriations Committee, Hearing Record, Department of Defense Appropriations for 2002, 2001, page 199
  31. ^ State of Oregon, Biography, Raymond F. Rees, accessed May 10, 2013
  32. ^ Salem-News.com, Oregon National Guard General Receives the McLain Medal, October 30, 2007
  33. ^ SAO Press Release

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Military offices
Preceded by
LTG Russell C. Davis
Chief of the National Guard Bureau (Acting)
2002 - 2003
Succeeded by
LTG H Steven Blum
Preceded by
Maj. Gen. Philip G. Killey
Chief of the National Guard Bureau (Acting)
1994
Succeeded by
LTG Edward D. Baca