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Chief of Staff
Colonel Milton G. Kelly



Colonel Milton G. Kelly currently serves as Chief of Staff, Joint Munitions Command, Rock Island, Illinois.

COL Kelly is a native of Orlando, Florida, and initially enlisted in the United States Army in February 1987, where he was subsequently assigned duty in South Korea. He completed four years of active duty as a Sergeant, which included deployment to Operation Desert Shield/Storm. In 1991, he returned to college and received his bachelor’s degree from University of Central Florida in 1995, graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate, with a commission in the Armor Corps, branch detailed Ordnance.

In 1995, COL Kelly was assigned to the 3RD Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colorado, where he served as a Tank Platoon Leader, Regimental Maintenance Officer, and SSA Platoon Leader. Upon graduation from the Combined Logistics Officer Captain’s Career Course in April 2000, he was assigned to the 1ST Armored Division, Division Support Command, where he served as 501ST Forward Support Battalion Maintenance Officer and deployed to Kosovo (KFOR, 2B). Following deployment, he took command of Bravo Company, 501ST Forward Support Battalion and later served as Support Operations Officer, where he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In November 2003, COL Kelly was assigned to the United States Army Ordnance Center and Schools as an Instructor/Writer. Upon graduation from Command and General Staff College in 2007, he was reassigned to 2ND Infantry Division, 302D Brigade Support Battalion, Camp Casey, South Korea, and served as Executive Officer, Support Operations Officer and later Brigade S4. In 2010, he was assigned as Brigade Support Battalion, Support Operations Observer/Controller/Trainer for Operations Group at National Training Center and later served as 916TH Support Brigade Executive Officer, Fort Irwin, California. In 2013, he served as Commander, Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Red River, Texas. In 2015, COL Kelly was assigned to Research, Development and Engineering Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland as Executive Officer to the Commanding General.

COL Kelly’s awards and decorations include: Defense Meritorious Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (6 Oak Leaf Clusters), Presidential Unit Citation Award, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal (Bronze Star), Southwest Asia Medal (2 Bronze Stars), Kosovo Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon (3 awards), NATO Kosovo Medal, Kuwait Liberation of Kuwait Medal, Saudi Arabia Medal for Liberation of Kuwait, and the Parachutist Badge. He is also a recipient of the Order of Samuel Sharpe Award.

His education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course, Ordnance Officer Transition Course, Combined Logistics Captain’s Career Course (CLC3), Combined Arms and Services Staff School (CAS3), Support Operations Course (PH II), Command and General Staff College, National War College and the U.S. Army Airborne School. He holds a master’s degree in Education from Colorado Christian University, a master’s degree in Management and Leadership from Webster University and a master’s degree in National Security Strategy from National Defense University.