Col. Kelly E. Hines is a native of Whitesboro, Oklahoma, and received his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at East Central University, Ada, Oklahoma.
Hines began his military service as an infantryman with the Oklahoma Army National Guard in 1985 where he served as a machine gunner, fire team leader, squad leader, and platoon leader before graduating from college in 1992. His Aviation assignments include flight section leader and operations officer, Multinational Force and Observers, Sinai, Egypt; platoon leader and liaison officer, 5th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; liaison officer and assault company commander, 2nd Battalion, 10th Aviation Brigade; platoon leader, assistant S3, company commander and battalion S3, 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Night Stalkers) Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia, with deployments to Iraq, and Afghanistan; strategic plans and policy officer, United States Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida; commander, 2nd Battalion, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, and Afghanistan; director for the Directorate of Evaluations and Standardization, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence, and commander, 110th Aviation Brigade, Fort Rucker, Alabama. Hines currently serves as the 10th commandant of the U.S. Army Warrant Officer Career College, Fort Rucker, Alabama.
Hines holds a bachelor's degree in history, a master's degree in ancient and classical history and a master's degree in strategic studies. He is a graduate of the Basic Infantryman Course; Primary Leadership Development Course; Aviation Officer Basic Course; the Initial Entry Rotary Wing Course; Air Assault School; the Aviation Officer Advanced Course; the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Level C Course; the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College; and the U.S. Army War College.
His military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Air Medal with Valor Device and Numeral 3, the Joint Service Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Army Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation with oak leaf cluster, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 3 stars, Iraq Campaign Medal with four stars, Global War on Terror Expeditionary and Service Medals, NATO Medal, and the Multinational Force and Observers Medal. He has earned the Expert Infantryman's Badge, Combat Action Badge, Master Army Aviator Badge and Air Assault Badge.
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