Master Sgt. Bradley S. Keys
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FAYETTEVILLE, NC-- Master Sgt. Bradley S. Keys, 33, of Inman, SC, died Thursday, December 13, 2012, of injuries sustained during a military free fall training accident in Eloy, Arizona.
He was assigned to Headquarters, United States Army Special Forces Command (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC.
Keys enlisted as an automated logistical specialist in the U.S. Army in 1998. After completion of his initial training, to include the U.S. Army Airborne School, he was assigned to Ft. Bragg, NC as a Unit Logistical Sgt. where he served for two years. He attended the Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course and graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course in mid-2006. Upon graduation, he was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Ft. Carson, Colo. as a Special Forces Engineer Sergeant.
In 2007 and 2009, Keys was deployed with the 3rd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He served with 3rd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) as a Senior Engineer Sgt. for almost 6 years, completing jumpmaster training and free fall parachutist training while there. In August of 2012, Master Sgt. Keys was assigned to Headquarters, United States Army Special Forces Command (Airborne) where he served in the Operations and Training Section.
His military education includes U.S. Army Airborne School, Warrior Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Special Forces Qualification Course, Jumpmaster Course, Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat Course, the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course, Special Operations Target Interdiction Course, Senior Leaders Course, Free Fall Parachutist, Military Free Fall Parachutist, Military Free Fall Jumpmaster and Combatives Level 1.
Keys' military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (1), the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (3), the Army Achievement Medal (6), Valorous Unit Award (2), the Army Good Conduct Medal (4), the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Non-Commissioned Officers' Professional Development Ribbon (3), the Army Service Ribbon, the Certificate of Achievement (14), the Senior Parachutist Badge, Special Forces Tab, the Combat Infantryman Badge, Military Free Fall Master Parachutist Badge and Marksman Qualification Badge - Expert with a Rifle.
Surviving MSG Keys is his wife, Lisa Marie Keys of Fayetteville; stepson, Ethan Tyler Hall of Fayetteville; parents, William and Natalie Olmstead of Spartanburg, SC; and brother, Daniel Olmstead of Inman, SC.
Funeral Services to celebrate his life will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, December 22, 2012, at the JFK Memorial Chapel, Ft. Bragg, NC with Chaplain Keith Croom officiating. Visitation will follow the service at JFK Chapel reception hall.
Burial with Full Military Honors will be held 9:00 AM, Friday, January 4, 2012 at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.
Services for the family are in the care of LaFayette Funeral Home, 6651 Raeford Road, Fayetteville, NC 28304. On-line condolences may be made at www.lafayettefh.com.
Published in Spartanburg Herald-Journal from December 20 to December 21, 2012