Small Wars Journal

Nicholas A. Keipper


Major Nicholas A. Keipper, US Army, enlisted into the Florida Army National Guard as an air defense Soldier in May 2000. While serving as an NCO, he deployed in 2004 to support the 25th Infantry Division during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM 04-05. After redeploying from OEF, Major Keipper attended Officer Candidate School and commissioned as a Military Intelligence officer in 2006.  In March 2007 he was assigned to the 319th Military Intelligence Battalion; where he served as the battalion S-2, and Headquarters and Headquarters Company executive officer.  In 2007 Major Keipper deployed with 319th Military Intelligence battalion to Iraq during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM 07-09. In 2009, Major Keipper accepted an assignment as the battalion S-2 for the 27th Engineer Battalion.  While serving with the Engineers he deployed in 2009 in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM 10-11.  After returning from Afghanistan in 2010 he attended the 35G Course and Military Intelligence Career Course.  Upon completion of the course he was assigned to the 519th Military Intelligence Battalion in 2011 where he served as the battalion assistant S-3 and company commander for A Company.  In 2013, Major Keipper had the honor of deploying the company to RC-South, Afghanistan to support Operation ENDURING FREEDOM 13. After completing his last deployment, Major Keipper was assigned to US Southern Command in Miami, Florida.  He served as an intelligence planner there until he was given the honor to attend the Marine Corps Command and Staff College in 2015.  Currently, Major Keipper is serving as the Brigade Intelligence Officer for the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade.

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