Army reservist transitions to new career as DA Civilian, Quality Assurance Chief at 597th Transportation Brigade

By Julie KelemenApril 22, 2022

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On April 23, we will celebrate the generations of Soldiers who, like the patriots before them, embraced their roles as “Citizen Soldiers,” continuing their proud and distinguished legacy of service in the Army Reserve.

Today we will meet KD Keller, a former Army Reservist and a Soldier for Life. Keller is the Quality Assurance Chief at the 597th Transportation Brigade S3 Ocean Cargo Clearance Authority (OCCA).

Name: KD Keller


Please list your job title and number of years at the 597th Transportation Brigade:

OCCA Quality Assurance Supervisor, 1 year

Your hometown:

Mandeville, Louisiana

What is your area of expertise (Subject Matter Expert)? Logistics

What lead you to the position you are in? (Where you prior service military, have experience in Transportation, etc.)

I worked in operations in 831st and 839th Transportation Battalions in Bahrain and Italy. Prior to that I was in Active Duty as a Patriot Air Defense Artillery Officer.

What kind of education or training do you have that helps you do your job?

I have a master’s in Procurement and Acquisition, I have been to TC-Aims and HAZMAT

What is a work-related accomplishment that you are proud of?

I was picked as Transportation Reserve Officer of the Year for 2021

How do you start your day?

Walking my dog

How do you end your day?

I usually watch Netflix

What energizes you at work?

Working next to Larry Lawrence

What is your favorite thing to do outside of work?

Walking the local hiking trails

Through the Cold War, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf War and the Global War on Terror, and countless other crises, operations, emergencies and natural disasters, the Warrior Citizens of the Army Reserve have never failed to answer the nation’s call. As we begin our next 114 years of service, we do so as one of the most battle -tested and experienced forces in our nation’s history.

The Army Profession rests on developing and mentoring Soldiers and Army Civilians to become leaders capable of instilling the Army Values in the next generation.

The 597th Transportation Brigade is a part of the Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, responsible for integrating and synchronizing surface deployment and distribution capabilities in the Continental U.S, deploying and sustaining the Armed Forces off the East and Gulf coasts in support of global operations and U.S. Southern Command.

Additionally, the command stands ready to provide surface rapid port opening capabilities via the Army’s only three Rapid Port Opening Elements in support of its global Joint Task Force Port Opening mission.