|CDR Patrick A. Keller
Commanding Officer - LCS Crew 212
Commander Keller originally from Charlottesville, Virginia, enlisted in the Navy in 1988 and attended MS “A” school. After “A” school, he entered into the Submarine Service and served in USS PERMIT (SSN 594) and USS BATON ROUGE (SSN 689). He was Honorably Discharged in 1992 and attended San Diego Mesa College followed by the University of South Florida where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geography. He received his commission through Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida in December 1998.
At sea, his tours include Electrical Officer in USS MOUNT VERNON (LSD 39), Training Officer/Assistant Operations Officer in USS RUSSELL (DDG 59), Chief Engineer Officer in MHC Crew FORCE on USS CORMORANT (MHC 57), USS RAVEN (MHC 61) and USS KINGFISHER (MHC 56) and Commanding Officer in PC Crew FOXTROT on USS HURRICANE (PC 3), USS CHINOOK (PC 9) and USS THUNDERBOLT (PC 12).
Ashore, he served on the staff of Commander U.S. Naval Forces Pacific Fleet as the Task Force Excel/Lessons Learned Officer for the Pacific Fleet. He also served on the staff of Navy Personnel Command Surface Warfare (PERS-41) as the Amphibious Ships/Staffs, MESF, RIVRONs and Military Sealift Commands Placement Officer
Following his tour at PERS-41, CDR Keller volunteered for the AFPAK Hands program where he studied the Dari language and then completed two deployments to Afghanistan. His first 12-month deployment was as the Advisor to Major General Marjan Shujah, Afghan Commander, CJIATF-435. For his second 10-month deployment, CDR Keller was assigned to CJSOTF-A as the District Augmentation Team Leader for Khakrez and Ghorak Districts in Kandahar Province. Between his two AFPAK Hands deployments, CDR Keller served as an Afghanistan/Pakistan Action Officer at CENTCOM J3-P.
He is currently serving as the Commanding Officer for LCS Crew 212.
Commander Keller’s personal awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards), Combat Action Ribbon and the Good Conduct Medal along with various other campaign and service ribbons.