In October 1994, Scott Kelley enlisted in the Army at 17 years old, becoming the first person in his extended family to join the military. After completing basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, he trained in public affairs.
As a journalist and public affairs officer for the Army, Kelley documented every aspect of Army life and service. For example, he covered an infantry platoon as they conducted live-fire drills and interviewed the commanding general about plans to expand Morale, Welfare and Recreation. Kelley even geared up in the airfield for a parachute operation.
Kelley served in the Army for six years. He first deployed with the 22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment and the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Kelley then transferred to Vicenza, Italy, to serve with the Southern European Task Force Infantry Brigade. His final deployment with the Army was with that same brigade, which redesignated as the 173rd Airborne Brigade in 2000.
Kelley left the Army in 2000 and went on to serve the National Guard for five years. He was in Haiti during Operation Uphold Democracy and then in Kosovo during Operation Rapid Guardian. Kelly also served on active duty during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He left the military in 2005 after 11 years of service.
Kelley obtained the following awards during his service: five Army Commendation Medals, three Army Achievement medals, a Humanitarian Service Medal for service in Haiti, a Kosovo Campaign medal with two battle stars, an air assault badge and a parachutist badge.
Life for Kelley outside the military is centered around his wife and children in California.
Thank you for your service!
Nominate a Veteran for #VeteranOfTheDay
Do you want to light up the face of a special Veteran? Have you been wondering how to tell your Veteran they are special to you? VA’s #VeteranOfTheDay social media feature is an opportunity to highlight your Veteran and his/her service.
It’s easy to nominate a Veteran. Visit our blog post about nominating to learn how to create the best submission.