2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment
Lieutenant Colonel Kelly E. Hines
LTC Kelly Hines is a native of Oklahoma and received his commission through the ROTC program at East Central University, Ada, Oklahoma.
LTC Hines began his military service as an Infantryman with the Oklahoma Army National Guard in 1985 where he served as a Machine Gunner, Fire Team Leader, Squad Leader, and Platoon Leader before graduating from college in 1992. Following flight school, LTC Hines served as a UH1 Pilot, Flight Section Leader, and Operations Officer in the Multinational Force and Observers, Sinai, Egypt from 1993 to 1994. He then completed the UH60 transition and was assigned to 5th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, Fort Campbell, Kentucky where he served as an Assault Platoon Leader and Liaison Officer from 1994 to 1997. Following the Aviation Officer Advanced Course, LTC Hines was assigned to Ft. Drum, New York from 1997 to 2000. While there he served as a Liaison Officer and Assault Company Commander in 2d Battalion, 10th Aviation Brigade.
During company command, LTC Hines was accepted into the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) and assigned to 3d Battalion located at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia. From 2000 to 2003, he served as an Assault Platoon Leader and Assistant S3 and deployed in support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. Following the Command and General Staff Course in 2004, LTC Hines returned to Hunter Army Airfield to command D Company, 160 SOAR and served as the S3 for 3d Battalion, 160th SOAR, conducting multiple deployments throughout the SOUTHCOM Area of Responsibility and to Iraq. From 2007 to 2010, LTC Hines worked as a Strategic Plans and Policy Officer for the United States Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.
LTC Hines holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, and a Masters of Arts degree in Ancient and Classical History. He is a graduate of the Basic Infantryman Course, Primary Leadership Development Course, Aviation Officer Basic Course, the Initial Entry Rotary Wing course, Air Assault School, the Aviation Officer Advanced Course, The Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape level C Course, and the United States Army Command and General Staff College.
His military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Air Medal with V Device and Numeral 3, the Joint Service Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Army Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 2 stars, Iraq Campaign Medal with 4 stars, Global War on Terror Expeditionary and Service Medals, and the Multinational Force and Observers Medal. He has earned the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Master Army Aviator Badge and Air Assault Badge.