Lt. Col. Derek R. Keller
LTC Derek R. Keller enlisted in the Army in April 1993 and served as an Infantryman in the 1st Ranger Battalion, and as a Special Forces Engineer Sergeant in the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne).
In 1999 LTC Keller was commissioned as an Infantry Officer upon completion of the Army Officer Candidate School. He holds a Baccalaureate Degree in International Studies from Methodist University and a Master’s of Science Degree in Irregular Warfare from the Naval Postgraduate School.
After completing the Infantry Officer Basic Course, LTC Keller was assigned to the 1-505th Infantry, 82nd Airborne Division where he served as a Rifle Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer. He later served with the 6th Ranger Training Battalion at Eglin AFB, FL as the Air Operations Officer.
In 2005, LTC Keller returned to the Special Forces and was assigned to the 10th SFG (Airborne) in Ft. Carson, Colorado where he served as a Detachment Commander, Support Company Commander, Special Forces Company Commander, Battalion Operations Officer and Group Operations Officer.
In 2013 LTC Keller was assigned to a Special Operations Command North where he completed his Joint assignment as the J-35 Future operations Division chief.
LTC Keller is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Infantry Officer Advanced Course, Command and General Staff College, Joint Forces Staff College, the Special Forces Qualification Course, Ranger Course, Pathfinder course, Military Free-fall course, Jumpmaster School, and Airborne School.
His awards and qualifications include the Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist Badge, Military Free Fall Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Combat Infantryman’s Badge. He has been awarded three Bronze Star Medals, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Purple Heart, two Army Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Commendation medal, the Army Commendation Medal with Valor Device, four Army Commendation Medals, two Joint Service Achievement Medals, and four Army Achievement Medals.
LTC Keller operational deployments include UPHOLD DEMOCRACY in OCT 1994, Operation IRAQI FREEDOM IV in 2006, Operation IRAQI FREEDOM V in 2007 and Operation NEW DAWN in 2011.
Command Sergeant Major
Command Sgt. Maj. N.C. Laird, Jr.
Command Sergeant Major Laird is from Littleton, Colorado. He entered the Army in July 1992 and completed One Station Unit Training with C CO, 787th Military Police Battalion at Fort McClellan, Alabama. He currently resides in Round Lake, Illinois.
Command Sergeant Major Laird’s assignments include the 523rd Military Police Company, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland; 630th Military Police Company, Bamberg, Germany; 98th Area Support Group, Wurzburg, Germany; 163rd Military Police Detachment, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; 101st Airborne Division’s Parachute Demonstration Team, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; San Antonio Recruiting Battalion, San Antonio, Texas; 188thMilitary Police Company, Taegu, Korea; HHD, 728th Military Police Battalion, Taegu, Korea; MANSCEN Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri,463rd Military Police Company, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, 92d Military Police Company, Baumholder, Germany, 14th Military Police Brigade, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Fort Bliss, Texas. His deployments include Taszar, Hungary in support of SFOR Operations and Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 08-10.
Command Sergeant Major Laird has served as a Drug Suppression Team Investigator, Team Leader, Squad Leader, Military Working Dog Handler, Military Police Investigations NCOIC, Parachute Demonstrator, Detailed Field Recruiter, Special Reaction Team NCOIC, Platoon Sergeant, NCOES Senior Small Group Leader, Company Operations Sergeant, First Sergeant, and Brigade S3 Sergeant Major.
Command Sergeant Major Laird has a Bachelor’s Degree in Administration of Criminal Justice from Columbia College, and a Master’s Degree in Business and Organizational Security Management from Webster University. Command Sergeant Major Laird’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (Fifth Award); Army Commendation Medal (Fourth Award); Army Achievement Medal (Eighth Award); Army Good Conduct Medal (Seventh Award); National Defense Service Medal with Service Star; Meritorious Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal; Korean Defense Service Medal; Iraqi Campaign Medal with Two Campaign Stars; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Armed Forces Service Medal; NCO Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral 3; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon with Numeral 5; NATO Medal; Gold Recruiter Badge; Air Assault Badge; Driver Badge.
Command Sergeant Major Laird has received special recognition by earning induction into the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Club and as a recipient of the Military Police Corps Regiment’s Order of the Marechausee.