Col. John J. Kelly
Chief of Staff
U.S. Army, Pacific (USARPAC)

Col. John J. Kelly came from Orange Park, Florida. In 1976, he graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate from the University of North Florida, Army ROTC, commissioned as an Infantry Officer.

His Army experiences included two Infantry Company Commands; two assignments as an Infantry Battalion S3, Berlin Brigade S-3; Deputy Commander 3-325 Airborne Combat Team; Aide de camp to the V Corps Commander; Brigade Executive Officer 10th Infantry Regiment; Commander 2-10 Infantry Battalion; Detachment 2 Commander, Joint Task Force Full-Accounting, Hanoi, SRV; Director of Operations, G3, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, NC; Garrison Commander, Fort Drum, New York; and most recently, Executive Officer to Deputy Commander US European Command, Stuttgart, Germany.

Col. Kelly’s military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Ranger Course, Armor Officer Advanced Course, Combined Arms Services Staff School, Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College. 

He received his bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of North Florida. He holds a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instructional Design from the University of Northern Colorado. Awards and Decorations included Defense Superior Service Medal (with one oak leaf cluster), Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with six oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Occupation Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal w/campaign star, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism (Expeditionary), Global War on Terrorism (Operation NOBLE EAGLE), Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist, and Pathfinder Badges. Foreign awards included: Spanish, Canadian, French, and German parachutists badges, German Military Proficiency Badge.

Col. Kelly served in combat operations in Iraq with 3/325 Airborne Combat Team and Afghanistan with the 10th Mountain Division. He served as the Chief of Staff for U.S. Army, Pacific, from August 2004 until he retired from the Army after 30 years of service in July 2006. 


USARPAC postures and prepares the force for unified land operations, responds to threats, sustains and protects the force, and builds military relationships that develop partner defense capacity in order to contribute to a stable and secure U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility.


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