Brig. Gen. Richard Neely (Photo by DA Photographer)
General Neely graduated Illinois State University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science degree. In 2011 he received his Master of Science in Public Administration with a certification as a Chief Information Officer from the National Defense University, District of Columbia. He received his commission from the Air National Guard in 1990.
During his nearly 29 years of service as a military officer, General Neely has served in numerous command, staff and operational positions, including the National Guard Bureau’s Principal Deputy Director for Air Operations where he oversaw Intelligence, Air, Nuclear, Cyber and Space Operations (A-2/3/6/10) and, additionally, served as the Air National Guard’s Chief Information Officer. At the National Guard Bureau he also served as the Chief of Current Operations (NG J33) where he was the focal point for National Guard Domestic Operations/Defense Support to Civil Authorities, and crisis management for federal interagency partners in support of the 54 States and Territories. In the State of Illinois he served as the Chief of Staff for the Illinois National Guard Joint Staff, the Illinois National Guard Director of Information Management/Chief Information Officer, and Deputy United States Property and Fiscal Officer for Illinois. General Neely is a Master Cyberspace Officer with other specialties in operations, logistics and finance. He is joint qualified and has two overseas deployments in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
General Neely’s professional military education includes Squadron Officer School, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, Alabama; Air Command Staff College, Air University, completed by correspondence; Air War College, Air University, completed by correspondence; Commander, Air Forces (COMAFFOR) Senior Staff Course, Air Force Expeditionary Center, Fort Dix, New Jersey; National Defense University, Master of Science, Public Administration, Policy and Leadership (CIO), Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, District of Columbia; Joint & Combined Warfighting School (JPME II), Joint Forces Staff College, National Defense University, Norfolk, Virginia; Cyber 400, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, District of Columbia.