Title: Command Sergeant Major (Retired)
Company: U.S. Army
Location: Temple, Texas, United States
Kelly Kalama, a Retired Command Sergeant Major with the U.S. Army, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Military for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of military service.
Recognized for more than three decades of leadership in service to his country, Mr. Kalama garnered a laudable reputation in the U.S. Army between 1989 and his retirement at the rank of a command sergeant major in 2019. Earning early distinction as a mortar gunner overseas in Vicenza, Italy, he advanced to the rank of a sergeant and served as a squad leader for the 81mm Mortar Platoon, after which he was selected to take part in a Security OPS Forces Protection detail in Saudi Arabia. Following this period, Mr. Kalama took part in such operations abroad as Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and various actions in Kosovo.
After advancing to the rank of a sergeant major, Mr. Kalama was assigned to the U.S. Sergeant Major Academy at Fort Bliss, Texas, from which he graduated in 2014. After transferring to the Armor Calvary Regiment at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California, he excelled in operations until 2016, during which time he distinguished himself for his outstanding leadership and earned a bachelor’s degree in business at Excelsior College. Mr. Kalama ultimately served within the Home Station Mission Command while his brigade was deployed to Poland, after which he retired in 2019.
Honored for his longevity in service to the United States, Mr. Kalama has received several awards across the course of his career in the army. Among them, he was bestowed with the Legion of Merit, a Bronze Service Award, the Meritorious Service Medal, an Army Commendation Medal, a Joint Service Achievement Medal, an Iraq Campaign Medal, a Kosovo Campaign Medal and a Valorous Unit Award, among many others. In accounting for his standout success, Mr. Kalama credits the passion he exhibited while pursuing his duties, as well as his commitment to physical fitness and communicating clearly with others.
Since retiring, Mr. Kalama has dedicated himself to working with young children at a local athletics program. Outside of his vocational circles, he is a longtime member of the Audie Murphy Club, and the proud father of three children. Looking toward the future, Mr. Kalama hopes to finish a book he has been writing.
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