SGT Ben Keen
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SGT Ben Keen

Dates of Service: Jun 1999 - Jan 2008
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Promotions

  • PVT
  • PV2 Jun 99
  • PFC Dec 00
  • SPC Jun 01
  • SGT Mar 02

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Professional Summary 

2016 American Staffing Association National Employee of the Year | Veterans Advocate | IT Professional Served 8.5 years as a communication expert. Transitioned to corporate IT in 2008. Founded Steel City Vets (steelcityvets.org), a local Post 9/11 Veterans support organization in Pittsburgh, PA.

Military Experiences

2006 - Jan 2008
A Co
Communications Team Cheif
Served as a TROPO Team Chief and later as the Company's Readiness NCOIC. While deployed to Iraq in 2006, was responsible for the tracking of day-to-day operations over the Company's AO. Responsible for tracking, coordinating and setting up R&R Leave/Passes and other personnel matters and ensuring all records were maintained IAW applicable regulations.
2004 - 2006
C Co
Communications Team Cheif
Served with C Co 304th Sig Battalion as a Small Extension Node Team Chief providing voice and data support to EAC units through out Korea. Was responsible for maintaining the critical link between Seoul and forces stationed north. Was selected to serve as the Company's EO Rep providing the Company Commander, 1SG and Soldiers with a goto contact for any EO issues.
2002 - 2004
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Communications Team Cheif
Served in support of 1st Brigade Combat Team and the 426th FSB providing voice and data communications to command center and others. This communication allowed the BCT to coordinate, direct and maintain a larger area of operation. Was promoted to SGT in 2002 and was responsible for the SEN (Small Extension Node). Deployed in 2003 to Camp Pennsylvania and was part of the initial forces to invade Iraq in March 2003. Was part of the force that helped to liberate key cities such as An Najaf, Baghdad and Mosul among others.
Jan 2000 - Feb 2002
HHB
Communications Team Member
Served with HHB 6/52ADA on one of 4 CRG (Communication Relay Group) teams in Ansbach, Germany. Using LOS (Line of Sight) Communication radios, these 4 teams made it possible for the Battalion's 4 line batteries to cover more air space. Deployed to Kuwait in 2001 as part of Operation Southern Watch helping to maintain the NO-FLY ZONE over Kuwait and Southern Iraq.

Deployments(s)

(2 years, 3 months)
Aug 2006 - Oct 2007
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Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
Deployed with A Co 86th Signal Battalion as the Company Personel NCOIC.
Feb 2003 - Sep 2003
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Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
Served with 1BCT of the 101st Airborne Division providing voice and data communications to the front line commanders.
Sep 2001 - Dec 2001
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Operation Southern Watch
Deployed with HHB 6/52ADA in support of Operation Southern Watch providing communication links between HQ and the Patriot Missile Batteries.

Military Credentials

Professional Development Schools
Individual & Special Skill Schools
Certifications
Security Clearance
Secret

Civilian Experiences

Feb 2017 - Present
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Platforms and Storage Administrator
Working on the Platforms and Storage team with a focus on monitoring and backup procedures.
Oct 2010 - Present
Executive Director
Steel City Vets provides support and guidance to Post 9/11 era veterans within the Greater Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania Area, throughout their transition and maintain continual support thereafter. Through the collective efforts of others, Ben has been able to establish long lasting and meaningful working relationships with numerous nationally and locally based support organizations to improve the information flow from policy makers to Veterans while arranging social gatherings to help get Veterans out and together with their fellow Veterans for support
Sep 2016 - Jan 2017
IT Support Specialist
Responsible for all IT concerns for this small startup company. Handled the day to day as well as large scale projects such as moving the company in a direction towards PCI compliance.
Mar 2016 - Aug 2016
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IT Project Manager
IT Project Manager for IT Communications handling all the email communications from the technical teams to end users.
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