General Jack Keane Making a Speech at the Presidential Office

General John M. Keane, United States Army, Retired

General Jack Keane is a foreign policy and national security expert who provides nationwide analysis and commentary in speeches, articles, congressional testimony and through several hundred television and radio interviews annually. He serves as an advisor to presidents, cabinet officials, members of congress, international leaders, CEOs and business leaders. He is the Chairman of the Institute for the Study of War, a member of the prestigious Secretary of Defense Policy Board, having advised four Defense Secretaries and a member of the 2018 and 2022 Congressional Commission on the National Defense Strategy.

General Keane, a four-star general, completed 37 years of public service in December 2003, culminating in his appointment as acting Chief of Staff and Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army. As the chief operating officer of the Army for over 4 years, he directed 1.5 million soldiers and civilians in 120 countries, with an annual operating budget of 110 billion dollars. General Keane was in the Pentagon on 9/11 and provided oversight and support for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. In late 2006 President Bush invited General Keane to the Oval Office, among others, to discuss Iraq. Alone among them, General Keane brought the president a concrete strategic concept, later to be known as the troop “surge,” which he helped develop, to change American strategy for the war and improve its execution. During the surge period, General Keane conducted frequent trips to Iraq and Afghanistan for senior defense officials. General Keane is a career infantry paratrooper, a combat veteran of the Vietnam War decorated for valor, who spent much of his military life in operational commands, including command of the famed 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and the legendary 18th Airborne Corps, the Army’s largest warfighting organization.

General Keane is the son of an immigrant mother, a WWII Marine father, a born and raised New Yorker, and a lifelong NY Yankee fan. He has commissioned an infantry 2nd Lieutenant from Army ROTC as a Distinguished Military Graduate at Fordham University, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree and received a Master of Arts degree from Western Kentucky University. He is a graduate of the Army War College and the Army Command and General Staff College.

Among his awards, General Keane was the first military leader to be honored with the Ronald Reagan Peace Through Strength Award and the prestigious Bradley Prize. In March 2020, General Keane was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House. General Keane’s numerous military service medals and citations include two Defense and two Army Distinguished Service Medals, five Legions of Merit, the Silver Star, Bronze Star, three Vietnam Service medals, a Combat Infantryman Badge, a Master Parachutist Badge, and Ranger Tab, to list a few. General Keane is married to Angela McGlowan and has two sons, Daniel and Matthew, who is deceased, from his marriage to the late Theresa Doyle.

Civilian Awards and Honors:

  • Western Kentucky University, Distinguished Alumni Award (2000)

  • Honorary Ph.D., Law, Fordham University (2000)

  • Fordham University, Distinguished Alumni Founder’s Award (2004)

  • Honorary Ph.D., Public Service, Eastern Kentucky University (2001)

  • Army ROTC Hall of Fame, Fordham University (2001)

  • Association United States Army, 2001 Man of the Year, New York City

  • USO, Man of the Year, 2002, New York City

  • The Keeper of The Flame Award, 2008, Center for National Security Policy

  • William Penn Club of Philadelphia Award 2014

  • Honorary Ph.D., Commercial Science, St Thomas Aquinas College (2015)

  • General John M. Keane, 4-year Army ROTC scholarship, Fordham University (awarded annually)

  • General John M. Keane, Distinguished ROTC Graduate Award, Fordham University (2015) (presented annually)

  • Army Aviation Association of America, 2015 President’s Award

  • Columbia Business School, 2015 Distinguished Leadership in Government Award

  • Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, 2015 Bradley Prize Recipient

  • The New York City Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza Phelps Award (2016)

  • U.S. Army Cadet Command’s ROTC National Hall of Fame (2017)

  • The Anglosphere Society Churchill Lionheart Award (2017)

  • American Veterans Center Andrew J. Goodpaster Prize (2018)

  • Fordham University Brien McMahon Memorial Award for Distinguished Public Service (2018)

  • Ronald Reagan Peace Through Strength Award (2018)

  • American College of Financial Services Soldier-Citizen Award (2019)

  • Presidential Medal of Freedom (2020)

  • The Lincoln Award, presented by the Union League of Philadelphia (2021)

  • Institute for the Study of War National Security Leadership Award (2021)

  • The Heritage Foundation’s Guardian of the Gate Award (2022)

  • Fordham Hall of Honor (2022)

Military Award and Honors::

  • Two Defense Distinguished Service Medals
  • Two Army Distinguished Service Medals
  • Five Legions of Merit
  • Silver Star Medal
  • Bronze Star Medal
  • Three Meritorious Service Medals
  • Army Commendation Medal
  • Army Superior Unit Award
  • Three National Defense Service Medals
  • Three Vietnam Service Medals
  • Humanitarian Service Medal
  • Amy Service Ribbon
  • Overseas Service Ribbon
  • Vietnam Civil Actions Medal
  • Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross
  • Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Medal Unit Citation
  • French Legion of Merit
  • Combat Infantryman Badge
  • Master Parachutist Badge
  • Air Assault Badge
  • Ranger Tab
  • Army Staff Identification Badge
  • Joint Chiefs Service Badge
  • U.S. Army Headquarters Service Badge
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