Ken Keen, Associate Dean of the Leader Development Program at Emory’s Goizueta Business School, will soon have a new honor to add to his distinguished resume. Keen, a retired Army general, is slated to be inducted into the Army Ranger Hall of Fame this summer.
Per the 75th Ranger Regiment Facebook page:
… Ranger Hall of Fame Inductee: LTG P. K. “Ken” Keen
During a distinguished career spanning 39 years of service, retired Lieutenant General Keen consistently placed himself in position to lead large formations of Rangers and Soldiers in harms way to defeat the enemies of our Nation and preserve freedoms of other nations.
LTG Keen participated in Operation Just Cause as the Assistant S3 of the 75th Ranger Regiment. Just Cause marked the first time that all three rifle battalions of the 75th Ranger Regiment were deployed in support of a no-notice contingency operation. LTG Keen was then selected to command the Ranger Task Force during Operation Desert Storm.
A proven combat leader, known for his ability to relate to the common Ranger, LTG Keen’s performance warranted command assignments as a Battalion Commander in the 82d Airborne Division followed by commander of 1st Ranger Battalion. He would later serve as the 11th Commander of the 75th Ranger Regiment.
LTG Keen’s nominative assignments after leaving the 75th Ranger Regiment included commands at U.S. Military Group Bogota, Colombia; U.S. Army South (USARSO); and Joint Task Force Haiti-Operation Unified Response. From September 2007 to September 2009, he served as the Director of the U.S. European Command Plans and Operations Center and the EUCOM Chief of Staff.
LTG Keen’s final assignment was as the Military Deputy Commander of U.S. Southern Command, with responsibility for 32 countries and territories in the Caribbean, Central and South America…
After his retirement, Keen joined Goizueta and instituted a number of innovative leadership programs including Leadership Coaching Fellows, Leaders in Residence and trips to the Leaders Reaction Course at Ft. Benning for MBA students and alumni.
“We can create a general template, but effective leadership development requires a level of self-awareness and commitment,” Keen once said on the topic of leadership training. “Our goal is to prepare students for leadership at all levels. Leadership doesn’t come through osmosis. Students must get out there and put their skills and abilities into action.”
A native of Eastern Kentucky, Keen graduated from Eastern Kentucky University. He also received a master’s degree in Latin American Studies during his time in the Army.
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