Kelker, Challen, 1SG

Field Artillery (Enlisted)
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Current Service Status
USA Retired
Current/Last Rank
First Sergeant
Current/Last Service Branch
Field Artillery
Current/Last Primary MOS
13Z-Field Artillery Senior Sergeant
Current/Last MOS Group
Field Artillery (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
2010-Present, Army Garrison Fort Irwin, CA
Previously Held MOS
13B10-Cannon Crewmember
73C10-Finance Specialist
Service Years
1983 - 2003
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Cold War Certificate
Order of the Spur
Desert Runners

First Sergeant

Six Service Stripes

Four Overseas Service Bars

 Official Badges 

Army Retired-Soldier for Life US Army Retired (Pre-2007) US Army Retired (Post-2007) Schutzenschnur Gold

 Unofficial Badges 

Noble Patron of Armor Honorable Order of Saint Barbara Order of The Spur

 Military Association Memberships
Army Field Artillery Association2nd Armored Division Association8th Infantry Division AssociationAmerican Legion
2nd Infantry Division Association Post 10215, Uijongbu Memorial PostThe Retired Enlisted Association (TREA)
  1984, Army Field Artillery Association
  1985, 2nd Armored Division Association [Verified]
  1988, 8th Infantry Division Association
  2001, American Legion [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2001, 2nd Infantry Division Association [Verified]
  2002, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 10215, Uijongbu Memorial Post (National President) (APO, AP) [Verified]4 - Chap. Page
  2008, The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA)

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:

I began my Army Career in April 1983. Stationed in 1/14th FA, Garlestadt Germany. Then I went to Ft Hood 1985-1988. Then Back to Germany to Strassburg Kaserne until 1990. That brought me to Ft Lewis 1990-1991 then BRAC sent me to Ft Polk for 3 years in the 3rd Squadron 2 ACR. Here I went to Haiti for 6 months. Spent the next 3 years in Virginia as a Title XI assisting the National Guard. I went Ft Riley for 2 years and left in 2001 Dec. I arrived in Korea and served at Camp Stanley, Camp Hovey and retired in 2003 at Camp red Cloud as a 1SGT. I lived in Korea as an Army Civilian. What a Great Life. .

I worked as the Camp Red Cloud and Camp Stanley Housing Manager 2004-2007
I worked  a year (2007) as the Hannam Village Housing Manger  ( in Itaewon, Seoul Korea , In June of 08 I moved to Pisa Italy as the Camp Darby Housing Division Chief. I lived in Tirrenia near the American Beach..,   2010 took me to Fort Irwin to start up the Single Soldier Housing office. 2013 I arrived in japan, assignment at Misawa AB for Housing Flight Chief. Married to my beautiful Asawa (Wife) Rosalie May 16 2013.July 14 PCS to NAS Sigonella, Sicilly as PSD Housing Chief. July 16 brought us back to Fort Iriwn and reday to go back overseas. Built our housing in Cavite, Philippines where I may  retire after this civilian career.

Other Comments:
    • Life Cootie Pup tent 12, We Bangi U
    • Life member of VFW Post 10215 Uijongbu Memorial
    • PHMA Member (Proffesional Housing member Association)
    • Training - Battle Staff Noncommissioned Officer Course,
    •  First Sergeant Course 
    • Training - Video Tele-Training Instructor Training Course, Ft Eustis, VA, (09/20/1998) 40 Hours

 Civilian Awards-

  • Commander's Award for Civilian Service (1) (03/07)
  • US army Korea Civilian Service medal

Military Awards-

  • Meritorious Service Medal (3)
    Army Commendation Medal (3)
    Army Achievement Medal (7)
    Presidential Unit Citation
    Joint Meritorious Unit Citation
    Army Good Conduct Medal (6)
    Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
    Humanitarian Service Medal
    United Nation Haiti Medal
    National Defense Service Medal (2)
    Korean Defense Service Medal
    Noncommissioned Officer Development Ribbon (3) Army Service Ribbon Overseas Ribbon (3) Virginia National Guard Bronze Star
  • Drivers badge (wheel) (track)


 Countries Deployed To or Visited

My Map

Svalbard Spain United States of America Antarctica South Georgia Falkland Islands Bolivia Peru Ecuador Colombia Venezuela Guyana Suriname French Guiana Brazil Paraguay Uruguay Argentina Chile Greenland Canada United States of America United States of America Israel Jordan Cyprus Qatar United Arab Emirates Oman Yemen Saudia Arabia Iraq Afghanistan Turkmenistan Iran Syria Singapore China Mongolia Papua New Guinea Brunei Indonesia Malaysia Malaysia Tiawan Philippines Vietnam Cambodia Laos Thailand Burma Bangladesh Sri Lanka India Bhutan Nepal Pakistan Afghanistan Turkmenistan Tajikistan Kyrgyzstan Uzbekistan Japan North Korea South Korea Russia Kazakhstan Russia Montenegro Portugal Azerbaijan Armenia Georgia Ukraine Moldova Belarus Romania Bulgaria Macedonia Serbia Bosonia & Herzegovina Turkey Greece Albania Croatia Hungary Slovakia Slovenia Malta Spain Portugal Spain France Italy Italy Austria Switzerland Belgium France Ireland United Kingdom Norway Sweden Finland Estonia Latvia Lithuania Russia Poland Czech Republic Germany Denmark The Netherlands Iceland El Salvador Guatemala Panama Costa Rica Nicaragua Honduras Belize Mexico Trinidad & Tobago Puerto Rico Dominican Republic Haiti Jamaica The Bahamas Cuba Vanuatu Australia Solomon Islands Fiji New Caledonia New Zealand Eritrea Ethiopia Djibouti Somalia Kenya Uganda Tanzania Rwanda Burundi Madagascar Namibia Botswana South Africa Lesotho Swaziland Zimbabwe Mozambique Malawi Zambia Angola Democratic Repbulic of Congo Republic of Congo Gabon Equatorial Guinea Central African Republic Cameroon Nigeria Togo Ghana Burkina Fassu Cote d'Ivoire Liberia Sierra Leone Guinea Guinea Bissau The Gambia Senegal Mali Mauritania Niger Western Sahara Sudan Chad Egypt Libya Tunisia Morocco Algeria
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ArgentinaAustraliaCanadaDenmarkFranceGermanyCroatiaItalyKorea, SouthMexicoNorwayPhilippinesRussiaSpainThailandUnited KingdomUnited States

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 National Guard Awards

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
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  1983, 2nd Cannon Training Battalion (Fort Sill, OK), B/11
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
1st Battalion, 14th Field Artillery US Army Field Artillery Center and School (Staff)4th Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment2nd Armored Division
8th Infantry Division6th Battalion, 29th Field Artillery 199th Infantry Brigade (Motorized)1st Battalion, 11th Field Artillery
2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment (Dragoons)US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC)183rd Regiment (Regional Training Institute)U.S. Army
4th Battalion, 1st Field Artillery 3rd Brigade Combat Team (IBCT), 1st Armored Division1st Battalion, 38th Field Artillery Regiment A Battery, 38th Field Artillery
2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery 2nd Infantry DivisionUSAG Camp Red Cloud, KoreaArmy Garrisons
USAG LivornoArmy Garrison Fort Irwin, CA
  1983-1983, 13B10, HHB, 1st Battalion, 14th Field Artillery
  1983-1983, 13B10, US Army Field Artillery Center and School (Staff)
  1984-1985, 13B10, 4th Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment
  1985-1987, 73C10, 2nd Armored Division
  1987-1990, 13B10, 8th Infantry Division
  1987-1990, 13B10, HHB, 6th Battalion, 29th Field Artillery
  1991-1993, 13B10, 199th Infantry Brigade (Motorized)
  1991-1993, 13B10, 1st Battalion, 11th Field Artillery
  1994-1997, 13B10, 3rd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment (Dragoons)
  1997-1999, 13B10, HQ, US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC)
  1997-1999, 13B10, 2nd Battalion, 183rd Regiment (Field Artillery)
  1999-1999, 13B10, First Sergeant Course
  1999-2001, 13B10, HHB, 4th Battalion, 1st Field Artillery
  1999-2001, 13Z, 3rd Brigade Combat Team (IBCT), 1st Armored Division
  2000-2000, 13B10, Battle Staff Noncommissioned Officer Course (BSNCOC)
  2000-2001, 13Z, C Battery, 4th Battalion, 1st Field Artillery
  2001-2001, 1st Battalion, 38th Field Artillery Regiment
  2001-2001, 13Z, A Battery, 38th Field Artillery
  2001-2002, 13Z, 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery
  2002-2003, 13Z, 2nd Infantry Division
  2003-2004, HHC Area 1 Support Activity , USAG Camp Red Cloud, Korea
  2005-2006, USAG Camp Red Cloud, Korea
  2006-2008, USAG Yongsan
  2008-2011, USAG Livorno
  2010-Present, Army Garrison Fort Irwin, CA
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1995-1995 Operation Uphold Democracy (Haiti)
 Colleges Attended 
University of Maryland, European DivisionPierce College,  Fort Lewis, WA
  1985-1990, University of Maryland, European Division
  1991-1992, Pierce College, Fort Lewis, WA
  2015-Present, Grace College
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