Retired June 1, 1993.
Major General Gary W. O'Shaughnessy is commander of Air Force Intelligence Command and director of the Joint Electronic Warfare Center, both headquartered at Kelly Air Force Base, Texas. An Air Force major command, AFIC's 17,000 people worldwide provide timely services, products and resources in the interrelated areas of intelligence, security, electronic combat, foreign technology and treaty monitoring. The JEWC provides comprehensive electronic warfare support to the secretary of defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other requesting Department of Defense agencies.
General O'Shaughnessy was born in New York City and completed high school at Brooklyn Preparatory. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from Fordham University in 1960 and a master of arts degree in education from Manhattan College in 1970. The general completed Squadron Officer School in 1964, Armed Forces Staff College in 1974 and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 1979.
He entered the Air Force in September 1960 after receiving his commission as a second lieutenant through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program. His first assignment was as an administrative officer at the Air Flight Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
The general was a student at the Communications Intelligence Officers Course, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, from September 1962 until March 1963. Upon graduation he was assigned to the 6923rd Radio Squadron Mobile and then to an operating location of the 6925th Security Group, both Electronic Security Command units in South Vietnam. In September 1963 he became an intelligence officer with the 6925th Security Group, Clark Air Base, Philippines.
General O'Shaughnessy was assigned to the National Security Agency, Fort George G. Meade, Md., from September 1965 until April 1966, when he returned to South Vietnam as the Department of Defense special representative to the Military Assistance Command. He then was assigned as an instructor and commandant of cadets at Manhattan College. He remained there until June 1970, when he transferred to Pacific Security Region, Wheeler Air Force Base, Hawaii, as an intelligence officer.
The general became an assistant operations officer with the 6921st Security Wing, Misawa Air Base, Japan, in May 1972. In November 1972 he was transferred to Headquarters U.S. Air Force Security Service, San Antonio, as an intelligence officer, overseeing the operations of Pacific and Alaskan units until December 1973.
After completing the Armed Forces Staff College in July 1974, he returned to Fort Meade as National Security Agency representative to the Air Staff and also served for a period as military assistant to the director of National Security Agency. In April 1977 he became commander of the 6903rd Security Squadron, Osan Air Base, South Korea, where he developed concepts for intelligence support to tactical operations.
From June 1979 until June 1982 General O'Shaughnessy was commander of Electronic Security Command Pacific, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, where he managed Electronic Security Command resources from Alaska to the Philippines, From Hawaii he was assigned parallel duties at Ramstein Air Base, West Germany, commanding all Electronic Security Command units in Europe. In May 1985 he became associate deputy director for operations, National Security Agency. In June 1987 he became deputy chief of staff for intelligence, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base. He was assigned as director of intelligence, J-2, Headquarters U.S. European Command, Stuttgart-Vaihingen, West Germany, in April 1988. In August 1989 General O'Shaughnessy took command of the Electronic Security Command, Kelly Air Force Base. He assumed his present position in October 1991.
The general's military awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Joint Service Commendation Medal and Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters. Also, he published a paper in the Air University Education Bulletin, 1968, titled, "Learning Through Reinforcement."
He was promoted to major general July 1, 1989, with same date of rank.