Mark D. Kelly

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Mark D. Kelly
Gen Mark D. Kelly ACC.jpg
Born1962 (age 58–59)
Allegiance United States
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service1986–present
RankGeneral
Commands heldAir Combat Command
Twelfth Air Force
Ninth Air Force
455th Air Expeditionary Wing
354th Fighter Wing
4th Fighter Wing
333rd Fighter Squadron
Battles/warsWar in Afghanistan
AwardsDefense Superior Service Medal (2)
Legion of Merit (3)

Mark Damon Kelly (born c. 1962) is a general in the United States Air Force who currently serves as the commander of Air Combat Command. He previously served as the deputy chief of staff for Operations from August 2018 to August 2020.[1] Kelly was commissioned through the Reserve Officers' Training Corps program at Southwest Texas State University in February 1986.[2]

Kelly receiving his commission from the Air Force ROTC program at Southwest Texas State University in 1986. He earned his pilot wings at the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training School at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. He assumed his current assignment on August 28, 2020.

Awards and decorations[edit]

COMMAND PILOT WINGS.png US Air Force Command Pilot Badge
Headquarters US Air Force Badge.png Headquarters Air Force Badge
Unidentified badge
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
"V" device, brass.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor device and oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Width-44 scarlet ribbon with width-4 ultramarine blue stripe at center, surrounded by width-1 white stripes. Width-1 white stripes are at the edges.
Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster
Width-44 crimson ribbon with two width-8 white stripes at distance 4 from the edges.Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Meritorious Service Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgSilver oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Air Medal with one silver and three bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Medal (second ribbon to denote tenth award)
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Air Force Commendation Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Combat Action Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Meritorious Unit Award
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg"V" device, brass.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor device and three bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (second ribbon to denote fifth award)
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Combat Readiness Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Recognition Ribbon
Bronze star
Width=44 scarlet ribbon with a central width-4 golden yellow stripe, flanked by pairs of width-1 scarlet, white, Old Glory blue, and white stripes
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Bronze star
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with service star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Overseas Long Tour Service Ribbon
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold frame and two oak leaf clusters
Silver oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Air Force Longevity Service Award with one silver and two bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Training Ribbon
Noribbon.svg Royal Australian Air Force Chief of Staff Gold Medal
NATO Medal for the former Yugoslavia

Dates of promotion[edit]

Insignia Rank Date
US-O10 insignia.svg General Aug. 28, 2020
US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General Oct. 3, 2016
US-O8 insignia.svg Major General Sept. 2, 2015
US-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier General Sept. 14, 2012
US-O6 insignia.svg Colonel Jan. 1, 2007
US-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant Colonel May 10, 2002
US-O4 insignia.svg Major Nov. 17, 1997
US-O3 insignia.svg Captain Feb. 12, 1990
US-O2 insignia.svg First Lieutenant Feb. 12, 1988
US-O1 insignia.svg Second Lieutenant Feb. 12, 1986

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "GENERAL MARK D. KELLY > U.S. Air Force > Biography Display". www.af.mil. Retrieved 2020-05-16.
  2. ^ "Mark Kelly - Recipient -". valor.militarytimes.com. Retrieved 2020-05-16.
Military offices
Preceded by
Mark Nowland
Commander of the Twelfth Air Force
2016–2018
Succeeded by
Andrew A. Croft
Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations of the United States Air Force
2018–2020
Succeeded by
Joseph T. Guastella
Preceded by
James M. Holmes
Commander of the Air Combat Command
2020–present
Incumbent