Maj. Gen. Keith G. MacDonald is the Commander, Air National Guard Readiness Center, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. He leads an Air Directorate staff of over 1,200 Airmen to formulate plans, policies, programs, and execution of the Air National Guard’s $12 billion annual appropriation enabling mission readiness of 108,100 military and civilian personnel in 90 Wings and 175 geographically separated units throughout the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands. Maj. Gen. MacDonald is a principal advisor to the Director, Air National Guard for field level resourcing, planning, and execution.
Maj. Gen. MacDonald was commissioned in 1991 as a distinguished graduate from the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Miami University of Ohio. Following undergraduate pilot training, where he was a distinguished graduate in 1993, he flew the A-10 Thunderbolt II on active duty for nine years. Maj. Gen. MacDonald joined the Air National Guard in 2001, where he flew the A-10 as an instructor combat search and rescue pilot. He deployed to the U.S. Central Command Joint Operations Center and has also flown combat sorties in operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.
Maj. Gen. MacDonald has served in various operational and staff assignments. Prior to his current assignment, the general served as the Director, Air National Guard Operations, National Guard Bureau A3/10. He served as the Commander, 113th Wing, District of Columbia Air National Guard as well as in a joint assignment as Senior Policy Development Analyst, Homeland Defense and America’s Security Affairs, Office of Secretary of Defense. He has also served as Vice Commander, Air National Guard Readiness Center, and Commander, 201st Mission Support Squadron, JB Andrews, Maryland.
Maj. Gen. MacDonald is a command pilot with more than 2,900 flying hours, including 150 combat hours.
1991 Bachelor of Science, Finance, Miami University of Ohio, Oxford
1998 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1998 USAF Aircraft Mishap Investigation Course, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
2004 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2009 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2011 Joint Task Force Commanders Course, Peterson AFB, Colo.
2012 Naval War College, Master of Arts, National Security and Strategic Studies, Newport, R.I.
2014 Senior Manager Course in National Security, Elliott School, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
2014 Accelerated Aircraft Maintenance Officer Course, Sheppard AFB, Texas
2018 General and Flag Officer Homeland Security Executive Seminar, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
2019 National Security Studies Management Course, Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.
2020 Enterprise Leadership Seminar, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
2021 Joint Flag Officer Warfighting Course, Lemay Center, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2021 Senior Leader Orientation Course, Joint Base Andrews, Md.
2022 Combined Force Air Component Commander’s Course, Lemay Center for Doctrine Development and Education, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2022 Leading Strategically, Center for Creative Leadership, Colorado Springs, Colo.
2022 Senior Executive Seminar 22-15, George C. Marshall Center, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
1. March 1992–March 1993, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas
2. March 1993–January 1994, Student, A-10 Upgrade Training, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
3. January 1994–April 1997, Instructor Pilot, 354th Wing, Eielson AFB, Alaska
4. April 1997–April 1998, Chief, Battalion Air Liaison Officers and Instructor Pilot, 51st Wing, Osan Air Base, South Korea
5. April 1998–May 2001, Flight Commander and Squadron Safety Officer, 355th Wing, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
6. May 2001–May 2005, Instructor Pilot, 104th Wing, Westover, Mass.
7. January 2004–May 2005, Air National Guard Fighter Functional Area Manager, Air National Guard Readiness Center, Andrews AFB, Md.
8. May 2005–June 2007, Chief, Operational Plans Branch, Andrews AFB, Md.
9. June 2007–May 2010, Deputy Chief, Current Operations and Plans Division, ANGRC, Andrews AFB, Md.
10. May 2010–July 2011, Chief, Current Operations, National Guard Bureau Joint Staff, Crystal City, Va.
11. July 2011–June 2012, Naval War College, Naval Station Newport, R.I.
12. June 2012–June 2014, Senior Policy Development Analyst, Homeland Defense and America’s Security Affairs, Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
13. June 2014–October 2015, Commander, 113th Maintenance Group, Joint Base Andrews, Md.
14. October 2015–May 2016, Director of Logistics, NGB/A4, ANGRC, JB Andrews, Md.
15. May 2016–Dec 2016, Director of Logistics and Installations, NGB/A4, ANGRC, JB Andrews, Md.
16. December 2016–September 2018, Vice Commander, ANGRC / Commander, 201st Mission Support Squadron, JB Andrews, Md.
17. Sep 2018-July 2020, Commander, 113th Wing, District of Columbia Air National Guard, JB Andrews, Md.
18. July 2020–October 2021, Director of ANG Operations, NGB/A2/3/6/10, ANGRC, JB Andrews, Md.
19. October 2021–June 2022, Director of ANG Operations, NGB/A3/10, ANGRC, JB Andrews, Md.
20. June 2022–present, Commander, Air National Guard Readiness Center, JB Andrews, Md.
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. June 2012–June 2014, Senior Policy Development Analyst, Homeland Defense and America’s Security Affairs, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Pentagon, Va., as a colonel
Rating: command pilot
Flight Hours: more than 2,900 including more than 150 combat hours
Aircraft Flown: T-37B, T-38A, A-10A/C, C-40 and F-16C/D
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with three oak leaf clusters
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with five oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 15, 1991
First Lieutenant Feb. 25, 1993
Captain Feb. 22, 1995
Major Feb. 1, 2002
Lieutenant Colonel Oct. 18, 2007
Colonel March 2, 2011
Brigadier General June 9, 2019
Major General May 19, 2022
(Current as of September 2022)