The gifted and talented students of Elysian Fields Secondary School held a Veterans Day program on Friday, November 11 to recognize veterans in the community and its staff.
The guest speaker was Captain Travis E. Keeney, who was born and raised in Waxhaw, North Carolina. After graduating from high school, her desire was to serve her country. He applied and received nominations from Senator Jesse Helms and John Edwards for acceptance into the United States Naval Academy in June 2000. During his first-class year at the Naval Academy, he was selected to be a Marine and commissioned an officer on May 28, 2004. He attended and graduated from basic school in Quantico, Va., and traveled south to Pensacola and Corpus Christi to begin training in flight to become a Navy aviator. After successfully completing flight school, he was competitively elected to be one of the first newly winged MV-22 Osprey pilots in the program.
During the Global War on Terror, Keeney served on three separate overseas deployments: Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Odyssey Dawn. During his career he has traveled to Iraq, the Arabian Peninsula, the Horn of Africa, Libya, Okinawa, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Australia and the Philippines .
Travis is a graduate of numerous professional military schools, including SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape) Cold Weather Training School, Brunswick, Maine; Expeditionary Warfare School, Quantico, Virginia; and Joint Firepower School, Nellis, Nevada. His many flight leadership designations include functional check pilot, division chief, in-flight refueling instructor and night systems instructor.