First Sergeant Keith D. Ford
First Sergeant, U.S. Army Protective Services Battalion (CID)
First Sergeant Ford joined the military in July 1989 in the Delayed Entry Program. On 20 Aug 1989, he reported to Basic Training at Fort Knox, Ky. Upon graduation in October 1989, he reported to Fort Jackson, S.C. for Advanced Individual Training and was assigned to the Adjutant General Corps as an Administrative Specialist. In August 2001, he reclassified into the Military Police Corps as a Criminal Investigation Division Special Agent.
His AG assignments include: Administrative Specialist, Military Police Company, Law Enforcement Command, Fort Sill, Okla.; Administrative Specialist, 2ID Whightman, Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) Academy, Uijongbu, Korea; Administrative NCO, United Nations Peace Keeping Operations (UNPKO), Pentagon, Washington, DC; Administrative NCO, 19th Military Police Battalion (CID), Seoul, Korea; Administrative NCO, Accreditations Branch, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, Fort Belvoir, Va.; and CID Intern, Washington Battalion (CID), Fort Myer, Va. Upon completion of the Apprentice Special Agent Course at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, his CID assignments include: Special Agent, Walter Reed Branch Office, Wash, DC; Special Agent, Camp Red Cloud Branch Office, Uijongbu, Korea; and Protective Services Special Agent and Detachment Sergeant, U.S. Army Protective Services Battalion, Fort Belvoir, Va. While assigned to PSB, he deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (May 08 – May 09) as the Personal Security Officer for the Commanding General, Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan and in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn (Feb 10 – Feb 11) as PSO for the Deputy CG – Operations and CG, III Armored Corps (By Name Request). Upon return from deployment, Ford was assigned as the PSO to the Secretary of the Army and subsequently requested, by name, to be the PSO to the 38th Chief of Staff, U.S. Army.
1SG Ford has completed the NCO Education System from Warrior Leader Course thru Senior Leader Course. His CID core CID courses include: Child Abuse Prevention Investigative Techniques, Advanced Fraud Investigations, Hostage/Crisis Negotiations, Domestic Violence Investigation Techniques I & II, Protective Services Training, and Sexual Assault Training. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.
Awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (Silver and bronze OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (2OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (8th award), National Defense Service Medal with bronze star, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Iraq Campaign Medal with 2 campaign stars, Korea Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the NATO 5 Service Medal, the Combat Action Badge, the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge, the Joint Staff Identification Badge, and the Army Staff Identification Badge. 1SG was the US Army Criminal Investigation Command NCO Special Agent of the year (2009).