Brigadier General Ryan P. Keeney is Deputy Commander, Seventh Air Force, Air Forces Korea, and Chief of Staff, Air Component Command, Osan Air Base, South Korea. The Seventh Air Force mission is to organize, train, and equip warfighting forces supporting the air component command assigned to the combined forces command and perform missions that support United Nations Command armistice maintenance.
General Keeney commissioned in 1997 with academic and military distinction from the United States Air Force Academy. He has served in fighter, test, and RPA units and has commanded at the squadron and operations group level as well as serving in a variety of staff assignments; including Deputy Director for Operations and Communications, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, the speechwriter to the Acting Secretary and Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force, DARPA Intern, and Air Force Fellow.
General Keeney is a command pilot whose aviation career includes more than 2,600 flying hours and over 450 hours of combat experience in the F-15C, MQ-1B, and MQ-9. Prior to his current position, Gen Keeney was the Commander, 49th Wing, Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico.
1997 Bachelor of Science, Biology and Environmental Engineering, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo..
2002 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2004 USAF F-15C Weapons Instructor Course, Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas, Nev.
2008 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
2008 Master of Science in International Relations, Troy University, Troy, Ala.
2010 Master of Policy Management, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
2012 Air War College, by correspondence
2016 Master of Science in National Security Strategy, National War College, Ft. McNair, Washington, D.C.
- September 1997-October 1998, Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training student, 89th and 90th Flying Training Squadrons, Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas
- October 1998-January 1999, AT-38B IFF student, 88th Fighter Training Squadron, Sheppard AFB, Texas
- January 1999-August 1999, F-15C FTU student, 2nd Fighter Squadron, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.
- September 1999-July 2002, F-15C Instructor Pilot, 19th Fighter Squadron, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska
- July 2002-September 2002, Student, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
- September 2002-July 2004, F-15C Flight Evaluator and Flight Commander, 71st Fighter Squadron, Langley AFB, Va.
- July 2004-December 2004, F-15C Weapons Instructor Course student, Nellis AFB, Nev.
- December 2004-January 2007, F-15C Weapons Officer and Instructor Pilot, 58th Fighter Squadron, Eglin AFB, Fla.
- January 2007-July 2009, Chief of F-15 Programs and Operational Test and Evaluation Instructor Pilot, 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron, Eglin AFB, Fla. (July 2007 – October 2007 – Service Chief’s Intern, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arlington, Va.)
- July 2009-July 2010, Air Force Fellow/McConn Public Policy Intern, Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
- July 2010-July 2014, Chief speechwriter to the Undersecretary of the Air Force, previously Chief speechwriter to the acting Secretary of the Air Force and Speechwriter to the Vice Chief of Staff, SecAF/CSAF Executive Action Group, Pentagon, Va.
- July 2014-June 2015, Commander, 15th Reconnaissance Squadron, Creech AFB, Nev.
- July 2015-June 2016, Student, National War College, National Defense University, Ft. McNair, Washington, D.C.
- July 2016-July 2018, Commander, 732d Operations Group, Creech AFB, Nev.
- July 2018-August 2019, Chief of Staff, Office of Security Cooperation – Iraq, U.S. Embassy, Baghdad
- August 2019-May 2020, Deputy Director, Operations and Communications, Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas
- May 2020-June 2022, Commander, 49th Wing, Holloman AFB, NM
- June 2022-Present, Deputy Commander, 7th Air Force, Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea
Rating: Command Pilot
Flight hours: More than 2,600
Aircraft Flown: F-15C, F-16C, MQ-1B, MQ-9, RQ-170, AT-38B, T-38A/C, and T-37
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with seven oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 28, 1997
First Lieutenant May 28, 1999
Captain May 28, 2001
Major November 1, 2006
Lieutenant Colonel December 1, 2010
Colonel May 1, 2016
Brigadier General June 28, 2022
(Current as of July 2022)