The 2007 Lieutenant General Raymond S. McLain Medal was awarded to Major General Raymond F. Rees, United States Army National Guard, for his outstanding contributions to the Association of the United States Army’s goal of a seamless and component-integrated Army.
As the Adjutant General for the State of Oregon, and throughout his distinguished career as a citizen-soldier, General Rees has been a dynamic, driving force behind the successful integration of the Army National Guard as a vital part of the United States Army.
A graduate of the United States Military Academy and a Vietnam combat veteran, General Rees joined the Army National Guard and has served his state and his nation with distinction in a wide variety of key assignments, including three tours as Oregon’s adjutant general.
In addition to providing a ready state force of citizen-soldiers and airmen equipped and trained to respond to any emergency or contingency, General Rees has also served as Chief of Staff for Headquarters North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, Vice Chief and Acting Chief of the National Guard Bureau, and Director of the Army National Guard.
In each of these positions of great responsibility, General Rees’ exemplary performance has shown his deep and abiding commitment to advancing the National Guard as an indispensable arm of our nation’s defense structure.
Displaying superior tactical and management skills during periods of change and transformation over four decades of service, General Rees, has employed innovative leadership techniques to ensure that National Guard soldiers and units are available to provide the critical manpower necessary for participation in joint military operations in a seamless environment.
With sincere appreciation and the deepest respect for his service to “America’s Army: The Strength of the Nation,” the Association of the United States Army proudly presented the Lieutenant General Raymond S. McLain Medal to Major General Raymond F. Rees, on the eighth day of October two thousand seven.