The Adjutant General is the strategic leader of the state’s military forces, which are comprised of the Rhode Island Army and Air National Guard, and the State Historic Militia. The Adjutant General’s primary responsibility is to ensure that Soldiers and Airmen are well-equipped, trained, and led, so they can perform their federal and state military duties and remain relevant well into the future.
Major responsibilities of the Adjutant General, in his capacity as the Commanding General of the Rhode Island National Guard, include: Mobilization, Force Structure, Equipment Modernization, Training Management, Facility Management, Military Construction, Officer and Non-Commissioned Officer Career Management, Personnel Administration, Family Assistance Programs, Special Programs, Military property and Army/Air National Guard Operations.
The Adjutant General maintains close association and communication with the National Guard Bureau, the Department of the Army, the Department of the Air Force, Northern Command, Air Mobility Command, and Cyber Command. Associations and memberships may include all veterans’ organizations, as well as professional military organizations. Most notably he maintains active participation in the Adjutant General Association of the United States and the National Guard Association of the United States.
Major General Christopher P. Callahan assumed his duties as The Adjutant General, Rhode Island on 5 August 2015. He also serves as the Commanding General, Rhode Island National Guard. He is responsible for the mission readiness of all Rhode Island Army and Air National Guard units for both federal and state missions.
General Callahan has served in a variety of command and staff positions during his career. He was commissioned through the Early Commissioning Program into the United States Army National Guard in May, 1984. General Callahan has commanded Charlie Company, 1st Battalion 126th Aviation; Headquarters Commander 1st Battalion, 126th Aviation as well as Commander for Rhode Island Headquarters State Area Command Aviation Division. In 2003 he became the Commander of the 1st Battalion, 126th Aviation Combat Support Aviation Battalion. In 2005 General Callahan commanded Task Force Dragonwing Aviation Battalion in Balad, Iraq in support of Iraqi Freedom III. This unit was selected as the Army National Guard Unit of the year in 2005. General Callahan served as the State Army Aviation Officer for the Rhode Island National Guard from 2006 until March 2011 and as the Director of Operations/J3 for the Rhode Island National Guard from April 2011 to April 2014. Prior to this assignment General Callahan served as the Brigade Commander of 56th Troop Command when he was appointed by the Governor as The Adjutant General.
1986 Fitchburg State College, Bachelors of Science, Communications, Fitchburg, Massachusetts
2008 United States Army War College, Master of Arts, National Security and Strategic Studies, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania
October 1986 – June 1988, Assistant S-3, HSC 122 AHB
June 1988 – November 1990, Aeroscout Platoon Leader, B Co. 1/126th
November 1990 – January 1994, Company Commander, C Co. 1/126th
January 1994 – February 1996, Company Commander, HHSC 1/126th
February 1996 – June 1999, Airspace Management Officer, HQ STARC Aviation Division
June 1999 – June 2000, Standardization Officer, HQ STARC Aviation Division
June 2000 – August 2002, Operations Officer, HQ STARC Aviation Division
August 2002 – January 2003, Commander, HQ STARC Aviation Division
January 2003 – October 2004, Commander, 1-126th CSAB
October 2004 – March 2006, Commander, 1-126th CSAB, OIFIII, Balad, Iraq
March 2006 – March 2011, Director of Aviation and Safety, RIARNG
April 2011 – April 2014, J3/ Director of Operations
May 2014 – July 2015, Brigade Commander, 56th Troop Command, Rhode Island National Guard
Rating: Master Army Aviator
Flight Hours: 3,500
Aircraft flown: OH-6, UH-1, UH-60, C-12
Pilot wings from: Fort Rucker, Alabama
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:
Master Army Aviator Badge
Bronze Star Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal (2nd OLC)
Army Commendation Medal (2nd OLC)
Air Force Commendation Medal
Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Armed Forces Reserve Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon
Rhode Island Star
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS:
Member, West Bay YMCA Board of Management
Member, Narragansett Bay Chapter, Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA)
Member, National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS)
Member, National Guard Association of Rhode Island (NGARI)
Leadership Rhode Island
Assistant Head Coach, East Greenwich High School Boys Lacrosse
United States Lacrosse Association
Positive Coaching Alliance
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:
Second Lieutenant 19 May 1984
First Lieutenant 18 May 1987
Captain 1 December 1990
Major 13 June 1996
Lieutenant Colonel 26 October 2000
Colonel 6 July 2005
Brigadier General 5 August 2015
Major General 22 June 2017
Performs duties related to warrant officer education, management, recruiting and career enhancement including equal opportunity, morale, welfare, discipline, performance, training, awards and recognition. Responsible for formulating and executing the policies and procedures which direct how Warrant Officers of the ARNG are appointed, assigned, evaluated, trained, promoted and separated. Includes reviewing regulations and directives from DA, NGB and other higher headquarters determining local impact and preparing local implementation directives.
Ensures proper assignments are matched with individual potential. Provides management assistance and advice on appropriate Warrant Officer personnel actions. Plans and coordinates the staffing of Warrant Officer positions with State JFHQ, MSC, and field commanders. Coordinates with the MILPO on personnel matters affecting Warrant Officers. Guides individual Warrant Officers in meeting their career objectives.
Serves as the principle advisor, counselor, and mentor for all other senior warrant officers. Responsible for developing and implementing a sustaining sponsorship and mentorship program for Warrant Officer Candidates and junior Warrant Officers, that is exportable to all subordinate commands.
Chief Warrant Officer 5 Thomas E. McNulty is Command Chief Warrant Officer of the Rhode Island Army National Guard. In this role, he serves on the Adjutant General’s staff as the state’s senior ranking warrant officer and oversees the morale, welfare, training, administration, selection, and management of all warrant officers in Rhode Island. He serves on the Adjutant General’s personal staff as an advisor on all warrant officer issues, policies and initiatives.
CW5 McNulty began his military career by enlisting in the Massachusetts Air National Guard in January 1984. Assigned with the 267th Combat Communication Squadron based in Wellesley MA he was a trained ground radio communications specialists.
Upon being selected in 1991 to attend flight school Mr. McNulty transferred to the US Army Reserve, B Company 4/158th Regiment located at Moore Army Airfield, FT Devens, MA. Mr. McNulty performed duties as a pilot with the USAR until 1996. Upon the divestiture of Aviation assets from the Army Reserve he transferred to the 126th Aviation Battalion within the Rhode Island National Guard. As a warrant officer in the Rhode Island National Guard, Mr. McNulty has served in a variety of capacities as both a rotary and fixed wing aviator. Duty positions have included Instructor Pilot, Aviation Mission Survivability Officer, Safety Officer and Medevac pilot.
CW5 McNulty is a Master Army Aviator and has accumulated of three thousand eight hundred flight hours. He has mobilized in support of the following missions, Operation Noble Eagle (2003-05, FT Benning GA), Operation Iraqi Freedom (2008-09, Kuwait), Operation New Dawn (2011, Iraq), and Operation Inherent Resolve (2017-18, Kuwait). He is qualified in the UH-1 Huey and UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters as well as the C-12 Huron and C-23 Sherpa Airplanes.
CW5 McNulty holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication from Westfield State University and currently resides with his wife Nancy in Abington, Massachusetts.
Command Sergeant Major Glen A. DeCecco was born in Providence Rhode Island and joined the Rhode Island Army National Guard on February 12, 1985. Upon graduation from the United States Army Military Police School, CSM DeCecco was assigned to the 119th Military Police Company as a Military Police Officer. While assigned to the 119th Military Police Company CSM DeCecco ascended the ranks becoming a Team Leader, Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, and ended his tour as the company First Sergeant.
CSM DeCecco has been mobilized multiple times for State emergency services and overseas deployment assignments. In addition to serving within the continental United States, CSM DeCecco participated in contingency and training operations in Europe, Middle East, Southwest Asia, Central and South America, and North Africa. In 1991, assigned as a Squad Leader in the 119th Military Police Company CSM DeCecco deployed in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. In 2000 CSM DeCecco was promoted and assigned as the 119th Military Police Company First Sergeant, CSM DeCecco led the 119th Military Police Company in several deployments, to include: Operation Joint Forge in 2000, conducting peacekeeping operations in the Balkans, in 2002 providing security for the 2002 winter Olympic games in Utah, and in 2003 conducting military police combat support operations throughout Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2010 CSM DeCecco deployed to Guantanamo, Cuba assigned as the J3 operations Noncommissioned Officer in Charge for the Joint Detention Group conducting detainee operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
In 2011 CSM DeCecco was assigned to the Rhode Island National Guard Joint Force Headquarters, Department of Military Support, as the Anti-Terrorism and Force Protection NCOIC and was appointed as the State Physical Security Inspector for the Rhode Island Army National Guard. In 2012, he was reassigned to the Headquarters, Headquarters Detachment, 118th Military Police Battalion and served as the S2 Intelligence NCOIC. In April 2014, CSM DeCecco was promoted to Sergeant Major and assigned to the 43d Military Police Brigade as the Operations Sergeant Major. In September 2015 CSM DeCecco was laterally promoted to Command Sergeant Major serving as the CSM for the Rhode Island Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion from September 2015 to October 2017. In October 2017 CSM DeCecco was assigned to the Joint Force Headquarters as the G3 Operations Sergeant Major until being selected as the next State Command Sergeant Major and Senior Enlisted Advisor of the Rhode Island National Guard.
CSM DeCecco has been awarded numerous commendations and medals, including The Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Service Ribbon with M Device, Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, NATO Medal, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia Liberation medals, Rhode Island State Emergency Service ribbon, Combat Action Badge, Driver and Mechanic Badge, Basic Recruiting Badge, and various other Federal and State awards and citations. CSM DeCecco is a recipient of the Order of the Marechaussee (bronze) in recognition of his contributions to the United States Army Military Police Corps.
CSM DeCecco is a graduate of the US Army Sergeants Major Academy, Fort Bliss, Texas and holds an Associate’s degree in liberal arts, a certificate in Emergency Management, and is currently enrolled in a BS program at the Roger Williams University.
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