Afloat, CDR Kelley’s early assignments include service as the Intelligence Officer for Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 266 participating in “Eyes over Mogadishu” and Operation CONTINUE HOPE. After service in Somalia, he redeployed for Operation SUPPORT DEMOCRACY in Haiti and also served with a Marine Fighter-Attack Squadron during Operation DENY FLIGHT over the Balkans. Additional, operational assignments include duty as Assistant Intelligence Officer on the staff of Commander, Carrier Group Four and as Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence (N2), Commander, Carrier Strike Group Eight/USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER Strike Group. While assigned to Strike Group Eight, CDR Kelley served as N2 for the U.S. Navy’s Task Force 50 in the Northern Arabian Sea during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
Ashore assignments include duty at the Office of Naval Intelligence, Joint Analysis Center Molesworth, U.K., Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS J2), and the U.S. Pacific Command’s Joint Intelligence Operations Center (PACOM JIOC).
CDR Kelley is an Intelligence Officer, Information Dominance Warfare Officer, and Joint Qualified Officer. He holds a Master’s Degree in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School (1998) and diplomas from the Defense Language Institute (1998) as well as the Joint Forces Staff College (2006).
CDR Kelley is a recipient of the Office of Naval Intelligence’s Edwin Layton Award for Leadership.