Command Sgt. Maj. John A. Keller is a native of Parkersburg, West Virginia. He entered the U.S. Air Force in 1990 in Columbus, Ohio. He attended Air Force Basic Training and Technical School at Lackland AFB, Texas. Upon completion of his training he was awarded the Air Force Specialty Code of Security Journeyman. He achieved the rank of Senior Airmen prior to the completion of his enlistment. He entered the U.S. Army in Beckley, West Virginia, in 1995. He attended Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Rucker, Alabama, in 1996. Upon completion of this training, he was awarded the Military Occupation Specialty of Aviation Operations Specialist.
Keller has served in every leadership position from team leader to Command Sergeant Major.
Keller’s assignments include Quick Reaction Force team member of 52nd Security Police Squadron, Spangdahlem Airbase, Germany; Operations NCO of 2-2 Assault BN, Camp Stanley, Korea; Operation NCO of 25th Aviation Brigade, Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii; Operations NCOIC of 1-3 Attack BN, Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia; Senior Developer Writer of Directorate of Training and Doctrine and the NCOIC of Directorate of Simulations, Fort Rucker; Observer Controller/Trainer (OC/T) of 1-291st TSBN, Salt Lake City, Utah; Operations NCOIC of 2-6 Cavalry Regiment, and 1SG of HHC, 25th CAB, Wheeler Army Airfield; CSM of 2-291 TSBN and BDE Operations NCO of 1st Air Calvary, Fort Hood, Texas; BDE Operations SGM of 101st CAB, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He has deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait for combat and peacekeeping operations.
Keller’s military education includes the Air Base Ground Defense Course, M60 Machine Gunner Course, Combat Lifesavers Course, Small Group Instructor Course, Joint Firepower Control Course, Army Aviation Safety Course, Master Resilience Trainer Course, Battle Staff Course, Primary Leadership Development Course, the Basic Noncommissioned Officer’s Course (Honor Graduate), the Advanced Noncommissioned Officer’s Course (Honor Graduate), First Sergeant’s Course, and the United States Army Sergeants Major Course (Class 64). He is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Science from Excelsior College.
Keller’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (2nd award), Meritorious Service Medal (4th award), Army Commendation Medal (6th award), Army Achievement Medal (5th award), Air Force Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal (7th award), Air Force Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, Korean Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, NCOES ribbon numeral four, Army Service Ribbon, Air Force Training Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon (numeral five), Air Force Long Tour Overseas Ribbon, NATO Medal (Afghanistan), Army Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Superior Unit Award, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Order of Saint Michael Medallion (bronze award), Drivers Badge, and the Master Aviation Badge.
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