For Immediate Release - December 07, 2012

GOVERNOR PATRICK SWEARS IN MAJOR GENERAL L. SCOTT RICE AS ADJUTANT GENERAL OF THE MASSACHUSETTS NATIONAL GUARD

Adjutant General Scott Rice Swearing-In
Governor Patrick swears in Major General L. Scott Rice as Adjutant General of the Massachusetts National Guard. (Photo Credit: Eric Haynes / Governor’s Office) View additional photos.

BOSTON – Friday, December 7, 2012 – Governor Deval Patrick today swore-in Major General L. Scott Rice as Adjutant General of the Massachusetts National Guard. Major General Rice has served as Acting Adjutant General since April.

Prior to being appointed Acting Adjutant General in April, Major General Rice served as the commander of Massachusetts Air National Guard and as the Air National Guard assistant to the commander of the United States Air Forces in Europe.

“Major General Rice is a highly decorated and experienced leader, and has commanded air missions around the world,” said Governor Patrick. “Over the past several months he has amply demonstrated his readiness to lead our Guard troops as Adjutant General.”

“I join Governor Patrick in congratulating Major General Rice as the new Adjutant General of the Massachusetts National Guard,” said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray, Chair of the Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force. “As we work to promote, protect and support the state’s six military installations, Major General Rice has been an incredible partner and leader representing the Commonwealth’s brave soldiers and airmen, and our investments, jobs, and missions across all of our military bases.”

Major General Rice will oversee the administration and operation of the 8,500 soldiers and airmen of the Massachusetts National Guard, ensuring that the Guard will continue to be a well-trained, equipped and mission-ready force to respond to a state emergency declared by the Governor, or be responsive to a national security mission. Since September 11, 2001, the Massachusetts National Guard has deployed more than 12,000 soldiers and airmen overseas.

"It's an honor to serve as the Adjutant General of the Massachusetts National Guard. I look forward to continuing the Minuteman tradition that started right here in Massachusetts 376 years ago this month," said Major General L. Scott Rice. "I am grateful for the confidence Governor Patrick has bestowed upon me and for the opportunity to lead the finest Soldiers and Airmen in the Guard."

Over the last several months, Major General Rice has also worked closely with Lieutenant Governor Murray as a member of the state’s Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force. With Governor Patrick’s support, Lieutenant Governor Murray issued an Executive Order in February 2012 establishing the Task Force to formally bring together public and private partners to support the state’s military bases.

Major General Rice was commissioned in 1980 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps’ program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He attended pilot training at Reese Air Force Base in Texas.

In 1989, after nine years of active duty flying the F-111, Rice joined the Massachusetts Air National Guard, 104th Fighter Wing to fly the A-10 Thunderbolt II, serving as fighter squadron commander, operations group commander and wing commander. He has deployed during numerous Air Force operational conflicts, including: Bosnia, Kosovo, Kuwait and Iraq. Rice has also served as an Air Force commander in Kuwait, Jordan, Oman and Pakistan.

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