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Commander - Lt Col Keith J. Keana


Lt Col Keith J. Keana

Lieutenant Colonel Keith J Keana is commander of Detachment 380, AFROTC, and Chair of the Aerospace Department at Michigan State University. He directs a 4-year academic, military training, and character development program leading graduates to a commission in the United States Air Force as a Second Lieutenant. He has a Bachelor’s of Arts and Master’s of Science degree in Chemistry from University of Oregon.

His previous assignment at Vandenberg AFB included executing Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space’s 24/7 Joint Space Operations Center, providing space situational awareness and full-spectrum space combat capabilities to warfighters. As 14th Air Force Chief of Standardization and Evaluation, he led a 15-member Active Duty, Guard and Reserve team providing operations training, standardization and evaluation guidance for 1,180 combat mission ready instructors, evaluators and crew members, and directed operational readiness inspections across six wings operating 29 space weapon systems at 44 locations worldwide. Finally, as the Acting Deputy Commander for the 30th Operations Group, he directed five squadrons executing range operations, maintenance and communications in support of space launch, orbital recovery, aeronautical and ballistic test launches from the Western Range.

Lt Col Keana has held multiple leadership positions as flight commander, deputy division chief, operations officer, and acting deputy group commander. He has also held key positions on the Headquarters Air Force Space Command Staff influencing programming, planning and budgeting for Department of Defense space systems. He personally ran the “Engine Room” section working with directorate staff and wing agencies to develop the MAJCOM’s 2007 and 2008 Program Objective Memorandums. Later, he became the Strategic Plans Branch Deputy, and published the command’s 20-year Strategic Recapitalization Plan. He also paved the way for an autonomous Iraqi Air Force synergizing the efforts of nine flying training units while deployed to the Coalition Air Force Training Team, Baghdad, Iraq.

Lt Col Keana is a senior space professional with broad operations and staff experience in space and missile systems including command and control, Space lift and Range mission areas. Additionally, Lt Col Keana has served as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the United States Air Force Academy where he directed the non-majors Introduction to Organic Chemistry course and chemistry demonstration outreach program earning recognition as the Department of Chemistry’s Carol M. Goldman Distinguished Service award recipient and the Air Force’s Arthur S. Flemming Award in Applied Science as #1 federal employee under the age of 40.

EDUCATION
1991 B.A. in Chemistry, University of Oregon Honors College, Eugene, Oregon
1998 M.S. in Chemistry, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
1999 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
2004 Air Command and Staff College Joint, Maxwell AFB, Alabama (Correspondence)
2009 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama (Correspondence)

ASSIGNMENTS
1. February 1993 – September 1997, ICBM Deputy Crew Commander, Crew Commander, Assistant Flight Commander/Instructor and Chief of Publications/Evaluator, 341st Space Wing, Malmstrom AFB, Montana.
2. September 1997 – June 1998, Student, Air Force Institute of Technology Civilian Education, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon.
3. June 1998 – July 2001, Instructor and Assistant Professor of Chemistry, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado.
4. July 2001 – July 2004, Atlas Operations Flight Commander, Assistant Operations Officer, Operations Group Chief of Training and Current Operations Flight Commander, 30th Space Wing, Vandenberg AFB, California.
5. July 2004 – July 2008, Chief Space Support Program Integration, Chief Space Systems Programs Section, Chief Integrated Planning, and Deputy Chief Strategic Plans Branch, Directorate of Plans, Programs and Analyses, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colorado.
6. July 2008 – September 2009, Chief of Staff, 321st Air Expeditionary Advisory Group, Coalition Air Force Training Team, Baghdad, Iraq.
7. September 2009 – August 2010, Deputy Chief Combat Operations Division, 614th Air and Space Operations Center, Vandenberg AFB, California.
8. August 2010 – August 2011, Chief of Standardization and Evaluation, Headquarters 14th Air Force, Vandenberg AFB, California.
9. August 2011 – Jan 2012, Operations Officer, 30th Operations Support Squadron, Vandenberg AFB, California.
10. Jan 2012 – July 2012, Acting Deputy Commander, 30th Operations Group, Vandenberg, AFB, California.
11. July 2012 – present, Commander, AFROTC Det 380, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Bronze Star
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Meritorious Unit Award
AF Outstanding Unit Award with six oak leaf clusters
AF Organizational Excellence Award with one oak leaf cluster
Combat Readiness Medal
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star
Iraq Campaign Medal with two bronze stars
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
AF Overseas Ribbon Short
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border
AF Longevity Service with three oak leaf clusters
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant – February 3, 1993
First Lieutenant – February 3, 1995
Captain – February 3, 1997
Major – June 1, 2003
Lieutenant Colonel – July 1, 2008