‘American Hero’ Gen. Keane Receives Medal of Freedom
Honored as a visionary, strategist and American hero, General Jack Keane received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Donald Trump during a White House ceremony this week.
Keane is a retired four-star general and former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army.
“General, you will be remembered as one of the finest and most dedicated soldiers in a long and storied history of the United States military. No question about it,” Trump stated.
Congratulations General Keane on receiving our nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) March 10, 2020
Keane served in the Army for 38 years, including time as a paratrooper during the Vietnam War. There he encountered fierce combat as a platoon leader, and later, company commander.
He received the Silver Star for courage in action.
During that time, Keane also designed new training methods to ensure military leaders would be prepared for the intensity of combat command.
He devised a state-of-the-art program to help plan military for extended combat in urban and rugged terrain. His work helped prepare America for wars to come in Bosnia, Somalia, Haiti and Kosovo.
Upon retirement from the military, Keane remained engaged in foreign policy and served as an informal advisor to presidents and other senior officials.
He helped develop policies that confront ongoing threats facing America.
Keane was in his Pentagon office during the Sept. 11 attacks, running through smoke and debris to evacuate the injured.
In the days following 9/11, Keane was dispatched to the World Trade Center. As a New York native, Keane ensured that Mayor Rudolph Giuliani had all the military support that the Pentagon could offer.
“It was personal and I was angry,” Keane said. “And despite having left the Army 17 years ago, I never left the 9/11 wars and America’s focus on radical Islam and what they did to us.”
Although Keane was offered the position of Army Chief of Staff in 2003, he turned down the position in order to care for his wife, Terry, who was suffering from Parkinson’s disease.
Keane regularly contributes as a national security analyst on Fox News.
“I thank God for guiding me in the journey of life,” Keane said.
The Presidential Medal of Freedom recognizes people who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”