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
CSM Corey J. Fairchild
Command Sergeant Major Corey J. Fairchild is a native of Harpursville, New York and he enlisted in the Army in November 1997 as a Military Policeman. He attended One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort McClellan, Alabama.
Command Sergeant Major Fairchild has served in every Military Police leadership position to include, Team Leader, Squad Leader, Special Reaction Team (SRT) NCOIC, Drill Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, Detachment Sergeant, Operations Sergeant, First Sergeant, Directorate of Emergency Services (DES) Sergeant Major, and as an Operations Sergeant Major.
His stateside assignments include West Point, New York; Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Fort Hood, Texas; and Fort Bliss, Texas. He has one overseas assignments to Germany and has deployed to Afghanistan and Kosovo for combat and peacekeeping operations.
CSM Fairchild’s military education includes the Combat Lifesaver course, the Warrior Leaders Course, Special Reaction Team Training, Marksman Observer Course, CombativesLevel 1, Advanced Leader Course (Honor Graduate), Drill Sergeant School (Honor Graduate), the Senior Leaders Course, the Master Resilience Trainer course, the First Sergeant Course (Commandants List) and the Sergeants Major Academy Class #66 (Commandants List). His civilian education includes an Associates of Arts Degree from St. Thomas Aquinas College and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Excelsior College (Magna Cum Laude).
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (4thaward), the Army Commendation Medal (4th award), the Army Achievement Medal (12th award), the Good Conduct Medal (6th award), the National Defense Service Medal, the Kosovo Campaign Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, the NCO Professional Development Ribbon (numeral 4), the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon (numeral 2), the NATO Medal (2nd Award), the Drill Sergeant Badge, the Driver’s Badge, the German Proficiency Badge (Gold), German Marksmanship Award (Silver), and the German FeldjagerBadge (Bronze).
CSM Fairchild earned special recognition as the recipient of the Military Police Order of the Marechausseein Bronze.