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Jack Keane

Jack Keane
General Jack Keane
Birth name John M. Keane
Nickname(s) Jack
Born 1943 (age 71–72)
Manhattan, New York[1]
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1966-2003
Rank General
Commands held XVIII Airborne Corps
101st Airborne Division
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards Silver Star
Bronze Star
Legion of Merit
Ranger tab
Combat Infantryman Badge

John M. "Jack" Keane (born 1943) is a retired four-star general and former Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army, and a defense analyst currently serving as Chairman of the Board for the Institute for the Study of War.

Life and career

Keane attended Fordham University, where he participated in The National Society of Pershing Rifles, graduating with a bachelor's degree in accounting in 1966. He then attended Western Kentucky University, graduating with a master's degree in philosophy. He then attended the Command and General Staff College and the Army War College .[2]

Keane served in the Vietnam War as a paratrooper. He later served in U.S. engagements in Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia and Kosovo. His commands include the 1st Brigade,10th Mountain Division, 101st Airborne Division and the XVIII Airborne Corps.[2]

In 1991 Keane saved the life of General David Petraeus during a live fire exercise. According to Keane, "he got shot accidentally, standing right next to me, and I had to fight to save his life. He had a hole about the size of a quarter in his back and is gushing with blood, and we stopped the bleeding and got him on a helicopter and got him to a surgeon and so we were sort of bonded ever since that time."[3]

Keane retired from military service in 2003. He is also a national security analyst for [5][6]

Military awards Keane has received include two Defense Distinguished Service Medals, two Army Distinguished Service Medals, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, the Joint Chiefs Service Badge, the Humanitarian Service Medal, five Legions of Merit,[2] Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, and Air Assault Badge.

His civilian awards include the Fordham University Distinguished Alumni Award, the USO 2002 Man of the Year award, and the Association of the United States Army 2001 Man of the Year award.

Keane currently sits on the board of directors of MetLife, General Dynamics, AlliedBarton and consultant/strategic advisor Academi.

He is the son of William Keane and Maude (Brown) Keane, and brother of Ronald Keane. Keane married Theresa Doyle in 1965 and has two sons, Matthew and Daniel.[2]


  1. ^ Matthew Kaminski, Wall Street Journal, Why the Surge Worked, September 20, 2008
  2. ^ a b c d General Jack Keane" (bio)""". Principles of War Seminar Series.  
  3. ^ Keane, Jack. "Jack Keane - Conversations with Bill Kristol". Conversations with Bill Kristol. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
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  6. ^ Hastings, Hirsh, and Wolffe (January 8, 2007). Surge' Strategy"'". Newsweek National News ( p. 2. Archived from the original on 2007-01-14. Retrieved 2007-01-16. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Gen. Eric Shinseki
Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army
1999 – 2003
Succeeded by
Gen. George W. Casey, Jr.
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