Lieutenant Colonel Keith Ford assumed command of Army Field Support Battalion-Stewart June 23, 2021.
He began his Army career in 1995 enlisting as a Cargo Specialist in the U.S. Army Reserve. He received his commission as a second lieutenant in Field Artillery from the Army ROTC program of South Carolina State University in December 2002.
Following completion of the Officer Basic Course, LTC Ford was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he deployed as a Fire Support Officer in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom I (OIF-I). Upon redeployment, he served as Firing Battery Platoon Leader. In 2005, he transitioned into the Quartermaster Branch and was assigned to 426th Brigade Support Battalion where he deployed to OIF IV as Company Executive Officer and Battalion Logistics Officer. Following completion of the Captain’s Career Course, LTC Ford was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, (Airborne) Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he served as the Battalion Logistics Officer and Service Detachment Commander from 2007-2010. During his tenure, he deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) XII and XIV where he synchronized logistics in support of numerous Special Forces operations throughout three regional commands. Subsequently, LTC Ford served as the Commander of Echo Company, 2nd battalion, 39th Infantry Regiment, from May 2010 - September 2011. Upon completion of company command, he served as the Aide-de-Camp for the Commanding General, Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Immediately following service as Aide-de-Camp, he served as the Battalion Executive Officer of 1st Battalion, 61st Infantry Regiment, 165th Infantry Brigade, U.S. Army Training Center, Fort Jackson, South Carolina. LTC Ford later attended the Command & General Staff Officer’s Course (CGSOC) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas from July 2013 – June 2014 . Following completion of CGSOC in June 2014, he was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he served as the Brigade Logistics Officer and 189th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion Executive Officer from 2014-2016. LTC Ford reported to Headquarters, U.S. Army Material Command (AMC) in June 2016, where he served as Aide-de-Camp to the Deputy Commanding General, AMC. His next assignment was to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff J4 Directorate where he served as the Prepositioned War Reserve Material Branch Chief. LTC Ford most recently served as the 3rd Infantry Division, Sustainment Brigade Support Operations Officer.
LTC Ford has completed a wide range of military education to include: the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, the Combined Logistics Captain’s Career Course, the Support Operations Course (Phases I and II), the Joint Planners Course, and the Command and General Staff Officers’ Course. LTC Ford also received the Demonstrated Master Logistician designation by the International Society of Logistics in recognition of his professional experience serving in a wide variety of logistics positions.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Claflin University and a Master of Arts degree in Procurement and Acquisition Management from Webster University.
LTC Ford’s awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star, four Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, the Army Achievement Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Stars, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Stars, the NATO ISAF medal, the Combat Action Badge, the Parachutist Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.
LTC Ford is a native of Columbia, South Carolina. He is married and has three children,.