The New Orleans soldier was promoted this month to brigadier general. He serves as director of the joint staff for the Guard, responsible for directing, supervising, training, and coordinating the staff and assisting in the deployment and coordination of programs, policies, and plans affecting more than 11,000 members of the LANG.
He is also designated as the state’s dual status commander, responsible for commanding all military forces conducting emergency and contingency operations in Louisiana.
Keeling began his military career in the Marine Corps in 1982 and joined the LANG in 1990. During his military aviation career he has accumulated over 6,000 accident-free military flight hours.
He has mobilized numerous times and deployed in support of Operation Desert Storm / Desert Shield, Operation Provide Comfort, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. During Hurricanes Katrina and Rita,
Keeling served as Commander of Task Force Eagle and Air Boss, coordinating aviation rescue and relief efforts.