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Commander Keith Powell enlisted in the Navy in 1991. Upon completion of Nuclear Field “A” school as a Machinist’s Mate Third Class, CDR Powell received a nomination to attend the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, R.I., in preparation for an eventual nomination to the Naval Academy the following year. He received his commission from the Naval Academy in May of 1997 and selected the Naval Aviator pipeline.
CDR Powell was designated a Naval Aviator in October 1999. Immediately following his winging, he reported to the VT-28 “Rangers” as a Selectively Retained Graduate for flight instructor duty in the T-34C “Turbo Mentor” where he served as a Flight Leader and Instrument Check Pilot. Following his SERGRAD tour, CDR Powell reported to VP-30 for initial training in the P-3 “Orion”.
CDR Powell next served two P-3 squadron tours in Brunswick, Maine. His first was with the “Tridents” of VP-26 where he served as the Av/Arm Division Officer, Aviation Safety Officer and NATOPS Officer while attaining all available qualifications in the P-3 to include the coveted “Taxi Pilot” designation. He completed two deployments in support of various operations to include Iraqi Freedom, Deliberate Forge, Active Endeavor and Counter-Drug operations. Following VP-26, CDR Powell reported to VPU-1. With the “Old Buzzards”, he served as Personnel Officer and NATOPS Officer while completing multiple detachments worldwide in response to Joint Chiefs of Staff tasking.
In 2006 CDR Powell transitioned to the Full Time Support community and reported to the VR-59 “Lone Star Express” in Ft Worth, Texas. At VR-59 CDR Powell qualified as a NATOPS Instructor Pilot in the C-40A “Clipper” and served as Admin Officer, Assistant Operations Officer and Maintenance Officer. He completed multiple detachments to the CENTCOM, EUCOM, and PACOM AORs. During this tour, CDR Powell received his graduate degree in Aeronautical Sciences with a Safety and Operations specialty, from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
In 2009 CDR Powell reported to the VR-1 “Star Lifters” to fly the C-37B in support of SECNAV, CNO, CMC and other senior Navy and Marine Corps leadership. While at VR-1 CDR Powell served as the Maintenance Officer and lead NATOPS Instructor Pilot for the C-37B. In addition CDR Powell oversaw the first ever G-550 deployment to a combat zone in direct support of Commander, International Security Assistance Force and Commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan.
Following VR-1, Commander Powell attended the Naval War College where he received his Masters of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies while specializing in Irregular Warfare. He has over 4,000 hours piloting various aircraft and is currently assigned as a Game Director in the War Gaming Department.