Professor of Military Science
A Southern Illinois native, LTC Kelly D. Montgomery was commissioned in 2001 as a Military Intelligence Officer through the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, where he was a Distinguished Military Graduate and recipient of the GEN George C. Marshal leadership award. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Administration of Justice from Southern Illinois University and is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College with a Master of Arts in International Relations from Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri.
Prior to commissioning, LTC Montgomery enlisted in the US Army in 1994 as an Infantryman, serving in the 3rd US Infantry (The Old Guard) until 1998. Upon leaving active duty he transferred to the Illinois National Guard, serving with B Company, 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Division. Assignments as an Officer include various intelligence and leadership positions with the 525th Military Intelligence Brigade, FT Bragg, NC; 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division; 1st and 3rd Brigades, 82nd Airborne Division, FT Bragg, NC; Joint Special Operations Command Intelligence Brigade, FT Bragg, NC; National Ground Intelligence Center, Charlottesville, VA; and Special Operations Command Central, Tampa, FL. He has multiple combat deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Inherent Resolve.
LTC Montgomery’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (3 OLC), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (1 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (1 OLC) and various other decorations. His awards include the Combat Action Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge and the Bronze German Parachutist Badge.
LTC Montgomery is married with two sons.
Office Phone: 434-924-6543
Captain Maegan Bell
Assistant Professor of Military Science
Recruiting Operations Officer
Susan Puanani Kellett-Forsyth made history in 1976 when she became a member
of the first class to include women in the United States Military Academy’s
178-year history. She graduated from USMA on 28 May 1980, as one of the 62
women amongst a class of 859 men. As a Commissioned U.S. Army Signal Corps
officer, Susan spent years honing her skills as a military leader with
assignments in Germany, Fort Bragg, and Campbell University where she served
as an Assistant Professor of Military Science.
After attending the elite School of Advanced Military Studies, she served as
a planner for the First Infantry Division and was instrumental in developing
the first U.S. – Russian Peace Keeping exercise on American soil. In January
1996, she deployed to Bosnia in support of Peace Keeping Operations during
Operation Joint Endeavor.
After she retired from military service, she earned her Ph.D. in
Organizational Leadership from the University of Oklahoma in 2003 and
applied her expertise at the secondary school level in Stuttgart, Germany.
She spent six years working with the non-profit group, Americans Working
Around the Globe (AWAG), serving as Chairperson for two years. Her passion
for AWAG’s mission resulted in her efforts to work with a talented team to
train, strengthen and connect volunteers in military communities in Germany,
Italy, the U.K., Belgium and the Netherlands. As a Department of the Army
Civilian, she was a part of United States Africa Command in Stuttgart
Germany where she worked in J5 Plans and J3 Operations.
Susan is on the Board of Directors for the newly established non-profit
organization, American War Memorials Overseas.
Susan lives in beautiful Greenwood, Virginia with her amazing husband John.
They have three wonderful children – Kaliko, David and John.