Mr. Nelson (Ned) Keeler
Nelson H. (Ned) Keeler was assigned as the Deputy to the Commanding General at the Signal Center of Excellence (SIGCoE) and Fort Gordon in December 2012. In this capacity, he acts for the Commanding General within delegated authority and command guidance concerning operations and activities throughout Fort Gordon. He is responsible for overseeing the training and leader development and execution missions assigned to the SIGCoE and Fort Gordon, which includes over 18,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines and over 8,000 Department of the Army Civilians (DAC) and Contractors.
Mr. Keeler has been a member of the Senior Executive Service since June 2001. Prior to his current assignment, he was the Director of Communications-Electronics Software Engineering for the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command from 2008 to 2012. In that capacity, Mr. Keeler managed a military-civilian organization and an annual budget of over $800 million which provided state-of-the-art life cycle engineering products and services throughout the Department of Defense. From 2006 to 2008, he served as the Director of Aviation Programs at the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts where he led a directorate of 160 federal personnel and 300 contractors providing approximately $140 million of annual systems engineering support to the Federal Aviation Administration, National Aeronautic and Space Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, United States Park Service and Postal Service.
Prior to that appointment, Mr. Keeler served as the Director of NASA’s Independent Verification and Validation Facility in Fairmont, West Virginia from 2001 to 2006. In this position, Mr. Keeler was responsible for the overall operations and management of the Facility, which was established in 1993 as part of an agency-wide strategy to assure the highest achievable levels of safety and effectiveness for NASA mission and safety critical software. He was awarded the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal in recognition of his accomplishments at the Facility.
- 1997 – 2001: Worldwide Projects Director and Senior Consulting Systems Engineer, GTECH Corporation, West Greenwich, RI
- 1994 – 1997: Radionavigation Department Manager, Stanford Telecommunications Corporation, Reston, VA
- 1991 – 1994: Deputy Director of Engineering, Space Station Freedom Program and then in the Office of Space Flight's Advanced Launch Technology and Advanced Flight Systems Programs, National Aeronautic and Space Administration
- 1988 – 1991: Commanding Officer and Program Manager, U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center, Groton, CT (Retired from the U.S. Coast Guard after 32 years of service at the rank of Captain (O-6). He was an aviator amassing over 6,000 hours pilot time in both fixed and rotary wing aircraft and an electronic/avionics engineer/researcher.)
- MS, Electrical Engineering, U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, OH, 1970
- BS, Engineering, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT, 1963
- Senior Service School, Naval War College, Newport, RI, 1983
- Naval Flight School receiving Naval Aviator wings, 1966
- Naval Aviator, fixed and rotary wing
- Federal Aviation Administration Certified Flight Instructor with Instruments, fixed and rotary wing, single and multi-engine, land and sea
- Project Management Professional, Project Management Institute
- Radio Operator’s license
Awards and Honors:
- NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, 2006
- Meritorious Service Medal, US Coast Guard, 1991
- Recognized both nationally and internationally for heading U.S. delegations negotiating bilateral treaties with the USSR, Japan, Argentina, Norway, Germany, including US/USSR LORAN CHYKA Agreement signed by U.S. President Ronald Reagan and former President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev at the 1988 May-June Summit.
- Air Medal, US Coast Guard, 1977
- Tau Beta Phi, Engineering Honor Society, 1970
- Eta Kappa Nu, Electrical Engineering Society, 1970
Professional memberships and associations:
- Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association since 1970
- Institute of Radio navigation since 1985
- International Loran Association since 1985
- Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics since 2006