Ronald Keys

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Ronald Ellis Keys
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General (Ret.) Ronald E. Keys
Born (1945-02-03) February 3, 1945 (age 72)
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Air Force
Years of service 1967-2007
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg General
Commands held Air Combat Command, with headquarters at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, and Air Component Commander for U.S. Joint Forces Command, U.S. Northern Command

General Ronald Ellis Keys[1] (born February 3,1945) was Commander, Air Combat Command, with headquarters at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, and Air Component Commander for U.S. Joint Forces Command and U.S. Northern Command.

General Keys was responsible for organizing, training, equipping and maintaining combat-ready forces for rapid deployment and employment while ensuring strategic air defense forces are ready to meet the challenges of peacetime air sovereignty and wartime defense. At the time, ACC operated more than 1,100 aircraft, 25 wings, 15 bases and more than 200 operating locations worldwide with 105,000 active-duty and civilian personnel. When mobilized, the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve contributed more than 800 aircraft and 75,000 people to Air Combat Command.

As the Combat Air Forces lead agent, ACC develops strategy, doctrine, concepts, tactics and procedures for air and space power employment. The command provides conventional, nuclear and information warfare forces to all unified commands to ensure air, space and information superiority for warfighters and national decision-makers. ACC can also be called upon to assist national agencies with intelligence, surveillance and crisis response capabilities.

General Keys, a distinguished graduate of Kansas State University's ROTC program, was commissioned in 1967 and was an outstanding graduate of undergraduate pilot training. He has commanded a fighter squadron, the U.S. Air Force Fighter Weapons School, an F-15 wing, an A/OA-10 and F-16 wing, the Combat Air Forces Operational Test and Evaluation Wing, a numbered air force, and Allied Air Forces Southern Europe.

Additionally, General Keys was the first commander of the Air Force Doctrine Center, and he has served as an executive assistant to the Air Force Chief of Staff and to an Assistant Secretary of Defense. Prior to his current assignment, he was Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.

In 2002, Keys was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Richard B. Myers' choice to succeed Lieutenant General Gregory S. Newbold as director of operations (J-3) for the Joint Staff. By long-standing tradition, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs had been allowed to select his own top subordinates, but Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld adopted a sharply different practice of personally interviewing all candidates for three- and four-star rank. Rumsfeld vetoed Keys' appointment after two interviews, forcing Myers to select Lieutenant General Norton A. Schwartz instead. The failure of Keys' nomination was subsequently recounted by senior military officers as an illustration of strained civilian-military relations at the Pentagon under Rumsfeld's leadership.[2]

General Keys is a command pilot with more than 4,000 flying hours, including more than 300 hours of combat time in Southeast Asia.

09/28/07 - U.S. Air Force Gen. Ronald E. Keys, the commander of Air Combat Command, and Lt. Col. J.D. Lee fly an F-4 Phantom II aircraft over the Atlantic Ocean Sept. 28, 2007, during the final flight of Key's military career. Keys is scheduled to retire after 40 years of military service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Samuel Rogers) (Released)

General Keys retired November 1, 2007.

Education[edit]

  • 1967 Bachelor's degree in entomology, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • 1971 Squadron Officer School
  • 1974 Air Command and Staff College
  • 1978 Master's degree in business administration, Golden Gate University, San Francisco, Calif.
  • 1988 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.[1]

Flight information[edit]

Awards and decorations[edit]

COMMAND PILOT WINGS.png US Air Force Command Pilot Badge
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge.png Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Distinguished Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Width-44 crimson ribbon with a pair of width-2 white stripes on the edges
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Silver oak leaf cluster
Width-44 crimson ribbon with two width-8 white stripes at distance 4 from the edges.
Meritorious Service Medal with silver oak leaf cluster
Silver oakleaf-3d.svgSilver oakleaf-3d.svgSilver oakleaf-3d.svgOak leaf cluster, bronze.svg Air Medal with silver and three bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Joint Meritorious Unit Award with oak leaf cluster
"V" device, brass.svgSilver oakleaf-3d.svg Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor device and silver oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with oak leaf cluster
Silver oakleaf-3d.svgOak leaf cluster, bronze.svgOak leaf cluster, bronze.svg Combat Readiness Medal with one silver and two bronze oak leaf clusters
Width=44 scarlet ribbon with a central width-4 golden yellow stripe, flanked by pairs of width-1 scarlet, white, Old Glory blue, and white stripesBronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.png National Defense Service Medal with two bronze service stars
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Bronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.png Vietnam Service Medal with three service stars
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Overseas Short Tour Service Ribbon with oak leaf cluster
Oak leaf cluster, bronze.svgOak leaf cluster, bronze.svg Air Force Overseas Long Tour Service Ribbon with two oak leaf clusters
Oak leaf cluster, bronze.svgOak leaf cluster, bronze.svgSilver oakleaf-3d.svgOak leaf cluster, bronze.svg Air Force Longevity Service Award with one silver and three bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Longevity Service Award (second ribbon to denote tenth award)
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Air Force Training Ribbon
Vietnam gallantry cross unit award-3d.svg Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
Bronze star
NATO Medal for Former Yugoslavia with service star
Vietnam Campaign Medal ribbon with 60- clasp.svg Vietnam Campaign Medal

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "General Ronald E. Keys". 
  2. ^ Vernon Loeb and Thomas E. Ricks (October 16, 2012). "Rumsfeld's style, goals strain ties in Pentagon". Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-07-12. 

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