Maj. Gen. Kelly K. McKeague
Maj. Gen. Kelly K. McKeague is Commander, Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), with headquarters at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. JPAC is responsible for the global analysis and investigation, search and recovery, and laboratory operations to identify unaccounted-for Americans from past conflicts in order to support the Department of Defense's personnel accounting efforts.
General McKeague received his commission in 1981 through the Georgia Institute of Technology Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program. He began his military career as a civil engineering officer serving in a variety of assignments at base, major command, and Headquarters U.S. Air Force levels. In 1995, he entered the Maryland Air National Guard and served on active duty as a civil engineer with assignments at Air National Guard Readiness Center followed by legislative liaison tours at the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force and the National Guard Bureau. He has also served
as Chief of Staff, National Guard Bureau, and Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for National Guard Matters.
1981 Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta
1987 Master of Science degree in industrial engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta
2001 Air War College, by seminar
2007 Capstone General and Flag Officer Course, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
2010 Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
2012 General and Flag Officer Homeland Security Executive Seminar, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
1. September 1981 - October 1982, Chief of Industrial Engineering Analysis, 833rd Civil Engineering Squadron, Holloman AFB, N.M.
2. October 1982 - January 1984, industrial engineer, 1605th Civil Engineering Squadron, Lajes Field, Portugal
3. January 1984 - September 1986, programming officer, Engineering and Services Directorate, Headquarters Air Force Reserve, Robins Air Force Base, Ga.
4. September 1986 - January 1988, student, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta
5. January 1988 - November 1990, Chief of Requirements and Logistics, 840th Civil Engineering Squadron, Malmstrom AFB, Mont.
6. November 1990 - June 1991, executive officer to the Commander, 40th Air Division, Malmstrom AFB, Mont.
7. June 1991 - June 1993, Engineering and Environmental Program Manager, Bases and Units Division, Directorate of Operations, Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
8. July 1993 - June 1995, programs analyst, Plans and Programs Directorate, Office of the Civil Engineer, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
9. June 1995 - May 1996, Deputy Chief, Environmental Division, Civil Engineering Directorate, Headquarters Air National Guard Readiness Center, Andrews AFB, Md.
10. May 1996 - March 1999, Deputy Chief, Programs Division, Civil Engineering Directorate, Headquarters ANG Readiness Center, Andrews AFB, Md.
11. March 1999 - February 2003, ANG adviser to the Director, Legislative Liaison, Office of the
Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C.
12. February 2003 - February 2004, Chief, Office of Policy and Liaison, National Guard Bureau, Arlington, Va.
13. February 2004 - June 2006, executive officer to the Chief, National Guard Bureau, Arlington, Va.
14. June 2006 - September 2008, Chief of Staff, Headquarters Maryland ANG; Director, Joint Forces Headquarters-Maryland, 5th Regiment Armory, Baltimore, Md.; and Director, Legislative Liaison, National Guard Bureau, Arlington, Va.
15. September 2008 - November 2008, Director, Office of Legislative Liaison, National Guard Bureau, Arlington, Va.
16. November 2008 - September 2009, Chief of Staff, National Guard Bureau, Arlington, Va.
17. October 2009 - June 2012, Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for National Guard Matters, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
18. June 2012 - October 2012, Special Assistant to the Chief, National Guard Bureau, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
19. October 2012 - present, Commander, Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with four bronze oak leaf clusters
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Sept. 3, 1981
First Lieutenant Sept. 12, 1983
Captain Sept. 12, 1985
Major Jan. 1, 1994
Lieutenant Colonel Oct. 2, 1998
Colonel Sept. 18, 2002
Brigadier General Sept. 13, 2006
Major General Nov. 18, 2008
MSG Michael E. Swam
Command Senior Enlisted Leader
Master Sergeant Michael E. Swam is the Command Senior Enlisted Leader of the Joint Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Command. He assumed this position in May 2013 after serving for two years as the JPAC J4 NCOIC.
Master Sgt. Swam was born and raised in Tampa, Fla. He entered the United States Army in December 1987 at Fort Jackson, S.C. where he completed Basic Training and furthered his Advanced Individual Training at Fort Lee, Va.
His previous assignments include the 240th Quartermaster Battalion, Fort Lee, Va., 54th Quartermaster Company, Fort Lee Va., the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii; 1st Infantry Division, Camp Doha, Kuwait, (Iraq); the NCO Academy, Fort Lee, Va., the Central Identification Laboratory, Hickam AFB, Hawaii, U.S. Army Pacific Command, Fort Shafter, Hawaii; 25th Infantry Division (L), Headquarters, Headquarters Company Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, 590th Service and Support Company South West Asia, Saudi Arabia; 7th Infantry Division (L), 3rd Brigade, HHC 417 Infantry Battalion, Fort Ord, Calif., HHC Division, Fort Ord, Calif., 590th Service and Support Company, Fort Ord, Calif.
In his more than 25 years of active duty service, Master Sgt. Swam has held positions such as Mortuary Affairs Specialist, Casualty Assistance Specialist, Scout Observer, Squad Leader, Team Sergeant, Small Group Leader, Senior Small Group Leader, Senior Team Sergeant, Military Transition Team Logistic Advisor, J3 Plans Noncommissioned Officer in Charge, First Sergeant, Rear Detachment Command Sergeant Major, and J4 NCOIC.
Master Sgt. Swam is a graduate of the following courses, Individual Terrorist Awareness, Equal Opportunity Leaders, Total Army Instructors, Small Group Leader, Combat Life Saver, Combative Level 1, Combat Leadership, Primary Leadership, Basic Noncommissioned Officers, Advanced Noncommissioned Officers, Military Transition Training, Battle Staff, First Sergeant, Support Operations, Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape, Air Assault, Airborne, and Ranger.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Joint Service Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award with five Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Superior Unit Award with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Good Conduct Medal (8th Award), the National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), the Korea Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the South West Asia Service Medal with two Campaign Stars, the Iraq Campaign Medal with one Campaign Star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the NCO Professional Development Ribbon (numeral 3), the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon (numeral 5), the Kuwaiti Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), the Ranger Tab, the Combat Action Badge; Parachutist Badge; Air Assault Badge; Drivers and Mechanic Badge; Expert Marksmanship Badge and the Inducted into the Order of Saint Martin.
His combat experience consists of Operation Just Cause in Panama, Operation Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia, and Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq.
His Humanitarian experience consists of Operation Unified Response in Haiti.
Master Sgt. Swam is married to Denise Swam and has one son, Chase, and two grandsons named Noah and Tyler.
Col. Patrick Byron
Col. Patrick Byron, U.S. Marine Corps, is the Deputy Commander of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command. He assumed this position in June 2013.
Col. Byron is from Woodbridge, Va., and a graduate of Providence College with a B.A. in Philosophy. Upon graduation in 1989, he was commissioned through the Platoon Leaders Class Program. After graduation from the Basic School and the Infantry Officers Course in Quantico, Va., he served as a Rifle Platoon Commander in Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines and deployed with 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade in support of Operation Desert Shield/Storm, and Operation Sea Angel in Bangladesh. In 1991 he deployed to Okinawa again with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines as Executive Officer, Company Echo. Upon his return from Okinawa, he was transferred to 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion and deployed to Somalia in 1993 with 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit in support of Operation Restore Hope. After promotion to Captain, in 1994, he was transferred to the School of Infantry, Camp Pendleton, Calif., and served as Officer in Charge (OIC) of the Light Armored Vehicle Leaders Course, Commanding Officer of the LAV School, and Commanding Officer, Company Alpha, Infantry Training Battalion.
In 1997 he attended the Command and Control Systems Course at Quantico, Va. Following graduation he was assigned as Commanding Officer, Company Alpha, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines at Camp Pendleton, Calif., in June 1998. After completing a Western Pacific deployment with 11th MEU he was promoted to Major and transferred to 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines to serve as Operations Officer, where he completed another WESTPAC deployment with 11th MEU. Upon return from deployment in September 2001, Maj. Byron was assigned to Plans Policy and Operations (PP&O) Headquarters Marine Corps as the Infantry Occupational Field Sponsor. In 2004 he was selected to attend the School of Advanced Warfighting (SAW) at Quantico, Va. In 2005 he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and assigned to Marine Forces Pacific G-3 as a Future Operations Planner from 2005 until 2007.
From 2007 to 2008 Lt. Col. Byron led an Embedded Training Team serving as a Battalion Advisor to the Afghan National Army during combat operations in eastern Afghanistan. Upon his return he served again with MARFORPAC G-3 until he was then transferred to serve as Executive Officer, 3rd Marine Regiment. From 2008 to 2009 Lt. Col. Byron was deployed to southern Afghanistan as part of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Afghanistan and later Regimental Combat Team-3. During this period he participated in combat operations in Helmand Province during Operation Kanjari and the initial entry of Marine Forces into the Helmand River Valley. In January 2010 he was promoted to Colonel and assigned to Headquarters U.S. Pacific Command J35 as Deputy Chief Future Operations from August 2010 to June 2013.
Col. Byron holds a master’s degree in Operational Studies from the Marine Corps University. His personal awards include: the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star, Army Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon. He is married and has one daughter.
Dr. Thomas D. Holland
Deputy to the Commander for Central Identification Laboratory Operations
Dr. Thomas Holland, a member of the Senior Executive Service, scientific and professional position, is the Scientific Director and Deputy to the Commander for Central Identification Laboratory Operations, Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.
Dr. Holland graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1979 (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fine Art. In 1985 and 1991 he earned an MA and a PhD in Anthropology from the same institution. He currently serves on the graduate faculty of the University of Hawaii.
Dr. Holland has published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, American Antiquity, the Journal of Forensic Sciences, Current Anthropology, Studies in Archaeological Method and Theory, Quaternary Research, Missouri Archaeologist, and Plains Anthropologist, among other forums. He has presented papers or co-authored presentations at numerous national and international meetings including the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the Society for American Archaeology, and the American Association of Physical Anthropologists.
Since 1992, Dr. Holland has worked at the Central Identification Laboratory-Hawaii and Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command in the positions of anthropologist, Senior Anthropologist, and Scientific Director. He has supervised excavations of crash and burial sites in China, North and South Korea, Southeast Asia, Kuwait, and Iraq, and has conducted numerous skeletal analyses. He is a Fellow of College of Physicians of Philadelphia, a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and one of fewer than 100 Diplomates of the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. He also is a member of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors and is on Register of Professional Archaeologists. He sits on numerous committees and panels including the Council of Federal Forensic Laboratory Directors and the Department of Defense Forensic Sciences Board. Dr. Holland serves as a Forensic Consultant to the New York State Police and the International Committee of the Red Cross in Switzerland.
Johnie E. Webb
Deputy to the Commander for External Relations and Legislative Affairs
Mr. Webb assumed the duties as the Deputy to the Commander for External Relations and Legislative Affairs, Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, in September 2006. He served as Senior Advisor to the Commander of JPAC from October 2003 through Sept. 2006. Prior to this, Mr. Webb was the Deputy to the Commander, U.S. Army Central Identification Laboratory, Hawaii (CILHI) beginning in August 1994 and held the position of CILHI Commander from 1982 through 1993.
Mr. Webb received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Benedictine College, in Atchison, Kansas.
Before entering Federal Government Civil Service he completed 26 years of service as an Army officer in the Quartermaster Corps, retiring in 1994 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
As an Army officer, Mr. Webb had extensive duty with the Central Identification Laboratory. He was first assigned as a Search and Recovery Team Leader in 1975 when the organization was located at Camp Samae San, Thailand. He was assigned the responsibility for relocating the laboratory to Hawaii in 1976.
Mr. Webb has been fortunate enough to lead many “firsts” in the mission to account for missing service members. In 1985, he led the first mission into Vietnam to excavate a B-52 site. In 1996, he led the CILHI delegation during the first negotiations with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. These negotiations resulted in U.S. military personnel returning to North Korea for the first time since the cessation of hostilities to conduct Joint Recovery Operations to recover unaccounted for Korean War service members. Mr. Webb has also led delegations into the People’s Republic of China, Burma, and Papua New Guinea to discuss conducting World War II search and recovery operations. Mr. Webb has also lead a technical advisory team to Saudi Arabia to discuss the forensic identification capabilities of the U.S. government.
He is a Vietnam veteran and his personal awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Meritorious Service Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), and the Army Commendation Medal (One Oak Leaf Cluster).
Mr. Webb is a native of Perrin, Texas. He and his wife have one son and one daughter.
Mr. Kelly E. Fletcher
Chief of Staff
Mr. Kelly E. Fletcher is the Chief of Staff of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command; he assumed this position in July 2012. In this role, he is a senior key advisor to the Commander and Deputy Commander of JPAC, ensuring programs and initiatives are executed with a focus on coordination, cooperation and integration of the accounting mission with broader Department of Defense and national policy interests.
Mr. Fletcher is a native of Grand Island, Neb. Before accepting a position as a Department of Defense employee, he served in the U.S. Air Force as a pilot and Air Force Officer, retiring as a Colonel after more than 34 years of service. Mr. Fletcher is a command pilot with more than 4,500 flying hours.
As an Air Force Airman, Mr. Fletcher’s career covered time as a non-commissioned officer, instructor defensive aerial gunner on the B-52H, and as an Air Force officer and pilot. His career includes a variety of flying assignments as an instructor, evaluator, flight commander, and operations officer in the T-6, T-37, T-38, and F-15 aircraft. Mr. Fletcher also commanded a Flying Squadron and Mission Support Group. His staff positions included assignments as an assignment officer at the Air Force Personnel Center, chief of operations integration for Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, and deputy director of safety, chief of flight safety, Air Combat Command. Prior to JPAC and thus concluding his career in the Air Force, Mr. Fletcher was the deputy inspector general, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces.
Mr. Fletcher received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from National College. He received a Master of Science degree in Community Services from Michigan State University and a Master of Arts degree in Strategic Studies from Air University. Mr. Fletcher is a graduate of the Air Force Air War College and the Army Command and General Staff College.
He is married and has a son, daughter, and two grandchildren.