Phillip G. Killey


 

Preferred Name: Phil

Nickname/Call Sign: Phil

Date Of Birth: October 3, 1941

Highest Military Grade Held: Major General

Hometown: Monmouth, IL

Biography

If you asked Maj. Gen. Philip Killey, what attributes are important for a military career he’d probably say, comraderie, determination, discipline and an ability to both win and lose with dignity. He credits his upbringing by parents who valued hard work and discipline and his hometown of Monmouth, IL for teaching him the values of honesty and integrity, essential traits for s lifetime of service to his country.

In an interview in 2009 with Justin Sims from Monmouth’s Daily Review Atlas, General Killey talked about the appeal of a military life.“We literally depended on a bond of trust…We learned to be honest and forthright… It was an opportunity to protect the Constitution, and I still feel a pride in that which hasn’t diminished today”.

General Killey was the first Air National Guard officer to lead an Air Combat Command Numbered Air Force in a federal mission. At the opening of the Killey Center for Homeland Operations in 2009, General Hank Morrow said of Killey, “He transformed 1st Air Force into a total force organization…. We owe a debt of gratitude to General Killey…, and this tribute was just a small way to ensure that debt is paid in full.”

When Phil learned the new building was to be dedicated to him he said he was deeply touched. “When General Morrow told me about this over the phone, I couldn’t even speak for five minutes,” he said. “Now, when I see my name on this building, I am deeply honored and humbled.”

The transformation of the 1st Air Force from an active duty organization to a guard-led organization occurred under his command in the mid-to-late 1990s. “I was there at the beginning and believed it was a good idea, that it made sense,” he said. “It was a major challenge, but we made it happen on time and under cost. Today, no one does their job more professionally than 1st Air Force.”  (Source: Air Combat Command article “Killey, Arnold recognized at Dedication Ceremony, March 13, 2009)

Major General Phil Killey retired in 2003 with more than 6.500 flying hours.

Units Assigned

  • 1965 – 1967, F-4 Pilot, Eglin AFB, FL
  • 1967 – 1968, Combat Fighter Pilot, 555th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Ubon Royal Thai AFB, Thailand
  • 1968 – 1969, F-4 Instructor Pilot, 68th Tactical Fighter Squadron, George AFB, CA
  • 1970 –  1973, Squadron Fighter Pilot, 114th Tactical Fighter Group, South Dakota Air National Guard, Sioux Falls, SD
  • 1973 – 1974, Air Technician Flying Training Instructor, 114th Tactical Fighter Group, South Dakota Air National Guard, Sioux Falls, SD
  • 1974 – 1978, Group Weapons Tactics Officer and Chief of Standardization and Evaluation, 114th Tactical Fighter Group, South Dakota Air National Guard, Sioux Falls, SD
  • 1978 – 1983, Deputy Commander for Operations, 114th Tactical Fighter Group, South Dakota Air National Guard, Sioux Falls, SD
  • 1983 – 1987, Commander, 114th Tactical Fighter Group, South Dakota Air National Guard, Sioux Falls, SD
  • 1987 – 1988, Adjutant General, South Dakota National Guard, Rapid City, SD
  • 1988 – 1994, Director, Air National Guard, Washington D.C.
  • 1994 – 1998, Commander, 1st Air Force, Air Combat Command, and Continental United States North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, Tyndall AFB, FL
  • 1998 – 2003, Adjutant General, South Dakota National Guard, Rapid City, SD

Effective Dates of Promotion

Second Lieutenant, November 5, 1963

First Lieutenant, November 5, 1965

Captain, May 5, 1967

Major, April 1, 1974

Lieutenant Colonel, October 6, 1978

Colonel, December 22, 1983

Brigadier General, February 2, 1988

Major General, April 19, 1989

Awards & Decorations

Air Force Distinguished Service ribbon.svg    Distinguished Service Medal (Air Force) (1 oak leaf cluster)

Legion of Merit ribbon.svg    Legion of Merit (1 oak leaf cluster)

Distinguished Flying Cross ribbon.svg    Distinguished Flying Cross (United States)

Meritorious Service Medal ribbon.svg    Meritorious Service Medal

Air Medal ribbon.svg    Air Medal (12 oak leaf clusters)

Air Force Commendation ribbon.svg    Air Force Commendation Medal (1 oak leaf cluster)

Army Commendation Medal ribbon.svg    Army Commendation Medal

Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg    Presidential Unit Citation (United States)

Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg    Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (3 oak leaf clusters)

Combat Readiness Medal ribbon.svg    Combat Readiness Medal (4 oak leaf clusters)

National Defense Service Medal ribbon.svg    National Defense Service Medal with service star

Vietnam Service Medal ribbon.svg    Vietnam Service Medal with service star

Air Force Overseas Short Tour Service Ribbon.svg    Air Force Overseas Ribbon-Short

Air Force Longevity Service ribbon.svg    Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon (7 oak leaf clusters)

AFRM with Hourglass Device.jpg    Armed Forces Reserve Medal with hourglass device

USAF Marksmanship ribbon.svg    Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon

Air Force Training Ribbon.svg    Air Force Training Ribbon

Vietnam gallantry cross-3d.svg    Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Unit Citation

Vietnam Campaign Medal ribbon with 60- clasp.svg    Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

SDNG Distinguished Service Award.png    South Dakota Distinguished Service Award

SD NG Distinguished Unit Award.png    South Dakota Distinguished Unit Award

OK Distinguished Service Cross.png    South Dakota National Guard Service Award (2 oak leaf clusters)

1993 Awarded the Order of the Sword (United States)

Flight Info

Rating: Command pilot

Flight hours: More than 6,500

Aircraft flown:

A-7

C-21

F-4

F-16

F-100

T-37

T-38

Military Education

1963-1965 Pilot training, Reese AFB, TX

1974 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL

1984 National Security Management Course

Civilian Education

1963 BS; Economics/Mathematics , Monmouth College, IL

Biography

Biography

If you asked Maj. Gen. Philip Killey, what attributes are important for a military career he’d probably say, comraderie, determination, discipline and an ability to both win and lose with dignity. He credits his upbringing by parents who valued hard work and discipline and his hometown of Monmouth, IL for teaching him the values of honesty and integrity, essential traits for s lifetime of service to his country.

In an interview in 2009 with Justin Sims from Monmouth’s Daily Review Atlas, General Killey talked about the appeal of a military life.“We literally depended on a bond of trust…We learned to be honest and forthright… It was an opportunity to protect the Constitution, and I still feel a pride in that which hasn’t diminished today”.

General Killey was the first Air National Guard officer to lead an Air Combat Command Numbered Air Force in a federal mission. At the opening of the Killey Center for Homeland Operations in 2009, General Hank Morrow said of Killey, “He transformed 1st Air Force into a total force organization…. We owe a debt of gratitude to General Killey…, and this tribute was just a small way to ensure that debt is paid in full.”

When Phil learned the new building was to be dedicated to him he said he was deeply touched. “When General Morrow told me about this over the phone, I couldn’t even speak for five minutes,” he said. “Now, when I see my name on this building, I am deeply honored and humbled.”

The transformation of the 1st Air Force from an active duty organization to a guard-led organization occurred under his command in the mid-to-late 1990s. “I was there at the beginning and believed it was a good idea, that it made sense,” he said. “It was a major challenge, but we made it happen on time and under cost. Today, no one does their job more professionally than 1st Air Force.”  (Source: Air Combat Command article “Killey, Arnold recognized at Dedication Ceremony, March 13, 2009)

Major General Phil Killey retired in 2003 with more than 6.500 flying hours.

Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

Units Assigned

  • 1965 – 1967, F-4 Pilot, Eglin AFB, FL
  • 1967 – 1968, Combat Fighter Pilot, 555th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Ubon Royal Thai AFB, Thailand
  • 1968 – 1969, F-4 Instructor Pilot, 68th Tactical Fighter Squadron, George AFB, CA
  • 1970 –  1973, Squadron Fighter Pilot, 114th Tactical Fighter Group, South Dakota Air National Guard, Sioux Falls, SD
  • 1973 – 1974, Air Technician Flying Training Instructor, 114th Tactical Fighter Group, South Dakota Air National Guard, Sioux Falls, SD
  • 1974 – 1978, Group Weapons Tactics Officer and Chief of Standardization and Evaluation, 114th Tactical Fighter Group, South Dakota Air National Guard, Sioux Falls, SD
  • 1978 – 1983, Deputy Commander for Operations, 114th Tactical Fighter Group, South Dakota Air National Guard, Sioux Falls, SD
  • 1983 – 1987, Commander, 114th Tactical Fighter Group, South Dakota Air National Guard, Sioux Falls, SD
  • 1987 – 1988, Adjutant General, South Dakota National Guard, Rapid City, SD
  • 1988 – 1994, Director, Air National Guard, Washington D.C.
  • 1994 – 1998, Commander, 1st Air Force, Air Combat Command, and Continental United States North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, Tyndall AFB, FL
  • 1998 – 2003, Adjutant General, South Dakota National Guard, Rapid City, SD

Effective Dates of Promotion

Second Lieutenant, November 5, 1963

First Lieutenant, November 5, 1965

Captain, May 5, 1967

Major, April 1, 1974

Lieutenant Colonel, October 6, 1978

Colonel, December 22, 1983

Brigadier General, February 2, 1988

Major General, April 19, 1989

Awards & Decorations

Air Force Distinguished Service ribbon.svg    Distinguished Service Medal (Air Force) (1 oak leaf cluster)

Legion of Merit ribbon.svg    Legion of Merit (1 oak leaf cluster)

Distinguished Flying Cross ribbon.svg    Distinguished Flying Cross (United States)

Meritorious Service Medal ribbon.svg    Meritorious Service Medal

Air Medal ribbon.svg    Air Medal (12 oak leaf clusters)

Air Force Commendation ribbon.svg    Air Force Commendation Medal (1 oak leaf cluster)

Army Commendation Medal ribbon.svg    Army Commendation Medal

Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg    Presidential Unit Citation (United States)

Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg    Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (3 oak leaf clusters)

Combat Readiness Medal ribbon.svg    Combat Readiness Medal (4 oak leaf clusters)

National Defense Service Medal ribbon.svg    National Defense Service Medal with service star

Vietnam Service Medal ribbon.svg    Vietnam Service Medal with service star

Air Force Overseas Short Tour Service Ribbon.svg    Air Force Overseas Ribbon-Short

Air Force Longevity Service ribbon.svg    Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon (7 oak leaf clusters)

AFRM with Hourglass Device.jpg    Armed Forces Reserve Medal with hourglass device

USAF Marksmanship ribbon.svg    Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon

Air Force Training Ribbon.svg    Air Force Training Ribbon

Vietnam gallantry cross-3d.svg    Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Unit Citation

Vietnam Campaign Medal ribbon with 60- clasp.svg    Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

SDNG Distinguished Service Award.png    South Dakota Distinguished Service Award

SD NG Distinguished Unit Award.png    South Dakota Distinguished Unit Award

OK Distinguished Service Cross.png    South Dakota National Guard Service Award (2 oak leaf clusters)

1993 Awarded the Order of the Sword (United States)

Flight Info

Rating: Command pilot

Flight hours: More than 6,500

Aircraft flown:

A-7

C-21

F-4

F-16

F-100

T-37

T-38

Military Education

1963-1965 Pilot training, Reese AFB, TX

1974 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL

1984 National Security Management Course

Civilian Education

1963 BS; Economics/Mathematics , Monmouth College, IL

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