Lieutenant Colonel Blake Keil was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Field Artillery through R.O.T.C. from Alfred University, Alfred, New York.
His initial assignment was with the 75th Fires Brigade at Fort Sill, where he served as a Platoon Leader, Battery Executive Officer, and Battalion Fire Direction Officer for 6th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery. Following completion of the Field Artillery Captain's Career Course, Lieutenant Colonel Keil was assigned to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division in Camp Hovey, Korea where he served as the Battalion Intelligence Officer and Assistant Operations Officer for 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery.
Lieutenant Colonel Keil served in 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division from 2004-2007. While assigned to Fort Drum, Lieutenant Colonel Keil served as the Battalion Fire Support Officer for 4th Battalion, Thirty-First Infantry, and Commander for Alpha Battery, 2nd Battalion, 15th Field Artillery.  While serving with 2nd Brigade, Lieutenant Colonel Keil completed two deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Lieutenant Colonel Keil served as an instructor at the Field Artillery's Captain Career Course from 2008-2010 and then attended the Command and General Staff College.  Upon graduation, Lieutenant Colonel Keil was assigned to 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, where he served as the Brigade Fire Support Officer and Battalion Executive Officer for 2nd Battalion, 77th Field Artillery.  While serving with 4th Brigade, Lieutenant Colonel Keil completed a deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Lieutenant Colonel Keil is arriving in Fort Wainwright following completion of a joint service tour at the Air Land Sea Application Center at Langley Air Force Base.
His highest awards and decorations include the Silver Star, the Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters.  His badges include the Combat Action Badge and Basic Parachutist Badge.  He is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College and the Joint Services Staff College.  He holds a BA in Political Science from Alfred University and an MA in Economics from the University of Oklahoma.
He and his wife Jennifer have two children, Hunter age 10, and Ella age 6.
1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Lieutenant Colonel Blake Keil was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Field Artillery through R.O.T.C. from Alfred University, Alfred, New York. His initial assignment was with the 75th Fires Brigade at Fort Sill, where he served as a Platoon Leader, Battery Executive Officer, and Battalion Fire Direction Officer for 6th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery. Following completion of the Field Artillery Captain's Career Course, Lieutenant Colonel Keil was assigned to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division in Camp Hovey, Korea where he served as the Battalion Intelligence Officer and Assistant Operations Officer for 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery. Lieutenant Colonel Keil served in 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division from 2004-2007. While assigned to Fort Drum, Lieutenant Colonel Keil served as the Battalion Fire Support Officer for 4th Battalion, Thirty-First Infantry, and Commander for Alpha Battery, 2nd Battalion, 15th Field Artillery. While serving with 2nd Brigade, Lieutenant Colonel Keil completed two deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Lieutenant Colonel Keil served as an instructor at the Field Artillery's Captain Career Course from 2008-2010 and then attended the Command and General Staff College. Upon graduation, Lieutenant Colonel Keil was assigned to 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, where he served as the Brigade Fire Support Officer and Battalion Executive Officer for 2nd Battalion, 77th Field Artillery. While serving with 4th Brigade, Lieutenant Colonel Keil completed a deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Lieutenant Colonel Keil is arriving in Fort Wainwright following completion of a joint service tour at the Air Land Sea Application Center at Langley Air Force Base. His highest awards and decorations include the Silver Star, the Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters. His badges include the Combat Action Badge and Basic Parachutist Badge. He is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College and the Joint Services Staff College. He holds a BA in Political Science from Alfred University and an MA in Economics from the University of Oklahoma. He and his wife Jennifer have two children, Hunter age 10, and Ella age 6. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Command Sergeant Major Bradley V. Knapp enlisted in the Army on 1 November 1996, after completing Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma; he was awarded the Military Occupational Specialty of 13B, Cannon Crew Member.
CSM Knapp's assignments include Cannoneer #1, Prime Mover Driver, Ammunition Team Chief, and Gunner at Ft. Campbell, KY; Gunner and Howitzer Section Chief at Ft. Wainwright, AK; Drill Sergeant, and Drill Sergeant Leader at Ft. Jackson, SC; Battalion Training NCO, Gunnery Sergeant and Chief of Firing Battery at Ft. Richardson, AK; Brigade Fires Support Operations Sergeant, First Sergeant and Battalion Command Sergeant Major at Ft. Bragg, NC.
CSM Knapp has deployed in support of combat operations to Iraq 06-07, Afghanistan 09-10, and Iraq 11.
CSM Knapp's military education include Air Assault school, the Warriors Leader's Course, Equal Opportunity Leaders course, Airborne school, the Advanced Leader's Course, the United States Army Drill Sergeant School, the Senior Leader's Course, Jumpmaster school, the Master Resiliency Trainer Course and Ranger School.  He is currently working on his Bachelor's Degree in Sports Management through Columbia Southern University.
CSM Knapp's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with 9 oak leaf clusters, the Valorous Unit Citation, the Meritorious Unit Citation, the Army Good Conduct Medal, 5th award, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with bronze star, the Iraq Campaign Medal with 3 bronze stars, the National Defense Service Medal with bronze star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the NCO Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral 4, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon Numeral 3. His badges include the Drill Sergeant Badge, the Combat Action Badge, the Ranger Tab, the Master Parachute Badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Army Drivers Badge, and the Expert Marksmanship Badge.  He is the recipient of the Field Artillery's Order of St. Barbers and is an active member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Association.
CSM Knapp has two beautiful daughters: Azia and Ivy.
2 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Command Sergeant Major Bradley V. Knapp enlisted in the Army on 1 November 1996, after completing Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma; he was awarded the Military Occupational Specialty of 13B, Cannon Crew Member. CSM Knapp's assignments include Cannoneer #1, Prime Mover Driver, Ammunition Team Chief, and Gunner at Ft. Campbell, KY; Gunner and Howitzer Section Chief at Ft. Wainwright, AK; Drill Sergeant, and Drill Sergeant Leader at Ft. Jackson, SC; Battalion Training NCO, Gunnery Sergeant and Chief of Firing Battery at Ft. Richardson, AK; Brigade Fires Support Operations Sergeant, First Sergeant and Battalion Command Sergeant Major at Ft. Bragg, NC. CSM Knapp has deployed in support of combat operations to Iraq 06-07, Afghanistan 09-10, and Iraq 11. CSM Knapp's military education include Air Assault school, the Warriors Leader's Course, Equal Opportunity Leaders course, Airborne school, the Advanced Leader's Course, the United States Army Drill Sergeant School, the Senior Leader's Course, Jumpmaster school, the Master Resiliency Trainer Course and Ranger School. He is currently working on his Bachelor's Degree in Sports Management through Columbia Southern University. CSM Knapp's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with 9 oak leaf clusters, the Valorous Unit Citation, the Meritorious Unit Citation, the Army Good Conduct Medal, 5th award, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with bronze star, the Iraq Campaign Medal with 3 bronze stars, the National Defense Service Medal with bronze star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the NCO Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral 4, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon Numeral 3. His badges include the Drill Sergeant Badge, the Combat Action Badge, the Ranger Tab, the Master Parachute Badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Army Drivers Badge, and the Expert Marksmanship Badge. He is the recipient of the Field Artillery's Order of St. Barbers and is an active member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Association. CSM Knapp has two beautiful daughters: Azia and Ivy. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL