Lieutenant Commander Allen T. Keys

Lt. Cmdr. Keys is a native of Chicago, Illinois and enlisted in the U.S. Navy after graduating from Theodore Roosevelt High School in 1992. After completing boot camp at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, he reported to Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Five (HC-5) in Agana, Guam as an undesignated seaman.   During his tour at HC-5, he deployed with USS Spica (T-AFS 9) and USNS Mars (T-AFS1). After completing his tour at HC-5, Keys then received orders to Aviation Machinist Mate “A” School in Millington, Tennessee.
 
He was later assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 82 in Jacksonville, Florida and deployed with USS America (CV 66).
 
Keys transitioned from active duty to the Navy Reserve in September 2000; then in November 2001, he was recalled to active duty and assigned to Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Florida in support of Operations Noble Eagle and Operation Enduring Freedom. During this tour he was accepted into the Seaman to Admiral-21 (STA-21) program. In October 2003, he was commissioned as an ensign at Officer Candidate School Pensacola, Florida.
 
He successfully completed flight training at NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida and was designated as a naval aviator in October 2005. Keys completed initial MH-53 pilot training in August 2006 with Airborne Mine Countermeasures Weapon Systems Training School in Norfolk, Virginia. In September 2006, he reported to Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 15, stationed at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas.
 
 
In December 2009, he reported as the officer in charge of Navy Absentee Collection and Information Center Great Lakes, Illinois. In September 2012, he transferred to the Navy human resources community and reported to Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, Illinois in January 2013. After his promotion to lieutenant commander in October 2014, he was reassigned to Navy Recruiting District Michigan from May 2015 to October 2017 as the officer programs officer. From October 2017 to October 2020 he served as the director of training and curriculum for Naval Service Training Command followed by serving as the executive officer of the Chicago Military Entrance Processing Station.
 
He reported as executive officer of Training Support Center Great Lakes in April 2021.
 
Keys holds a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management from Southern Illinois University and a master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Webster University and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources.
 
His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy Good Conduct Medal, Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal, and various unit and campaign awards.

Last Updated: 7 July 2021

 
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