• Commander's Biography

3rd Brigade Combat Team

COL Scott W. Kelly

COL Scott Kelly entered military service when he enlisted in the Army as an 11B infantryman in the summer of 1989. Following his initial entry training at Fort Benning, GA, he was assigned to Fort Campbell, KY with the 101st Airborne Division where he served as a rifleman and platoon RTO.

After attending the United States Military Academy Preparatory School, COL Kelly graduated from the Military Academy in 1995 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry. Following the Infantry Officerís Basic course, he returned to the 101st Airborne Division where he served as Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer.

Following completion of the Infantry Captainís Career Course, he was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division. His duties included Division staff officer, Battalion Assistant S3 and Company Commander. COL Kelly deployed to Kosovo in support of Operation Joint Guardian during his time on Battalion staff.

Following Company Command, COL Kelly served in the 4th BDE, 78th Division as an assistant Brigade Operations Officer that was responsible for Reserve Component training and deployments. He then moved to Arlington, VA to work at Human Resources Command as an Infantry Branch Assignments Officer.

In 2006, following ILE, COL Kelly returned to Fort Bragg to serve in US Special Operations Command where he held various command and staff positions. Following his time at Fort Bragg, COL Kelly served in the Pentagon for one year on the Army staff.

His military education includes the Joint Advanced War-fighting School and the U.S. Army War College.

His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Combat Infantrymanís Badge, the Expert Infantrymanís Badge, Master Parachutist badge, Air Assault badge, the Military Free-fall badge and the Ranger Tab.

He holds a Bachelors of Science in Management from the U.S. Military Academy, a Masters in Joint Campaign Planning from the National Defense University and a Masters in Strategy from the U.S. Army War College.