Today’s Dream Team Scouting Report: General John Kelly , Secretary of Homeland Security #GeneralKelly #SecretaryOfHomelandSecurity #TrumpPresidente


  • John Francis Kelly (born May 11, 1950) is a retired United States Marine Corps general and the former commander of United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM), the Unified Combatant Command responsible for American military operations in Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
  • Kelly previously served as the commanding general of the Multi-National Force—West in Iraq from February 2008 to February 2009, and as the commander of Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North in October 2009.
  • Kelly succeeded General Douglas M. Fraser as commander of USSOUTHCOM on November 19, 2012. Kelly was succeeded by Navy Admiral Kurt W. Tidd on January 14, 2016.
  • On December 7, 2016, it was reported that President-elect Donald Trump intends to nominate Kelly to be the fifth United States Secretary of Homeland Security

Early life and education

  • Kelly was born on May 11, 1950 in Boston, Massachusetts, where he was raised in an Irish-Catholic family. Before he turned 16, he had hitch-hiked across the country at least once, including a freight-hop from Seattle to Chicago. He then served for one year as a United States Merchant Marine.
  • He initially enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1970, and was discharged from active duty as a sergeant in 1972, after serving in an infantry company with the 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
  • Following graduation from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 1976, he was commissioned on December 27, 1975 as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps via Officer Candidates School.
  • He received a Master of Science degree in National Security Studies from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service in 1984.
  • Captain Kelly returned to the 2nd Marine Division in 1984, to command a rifle and weapons company. Promoted to the rank of Major in 1987, he served as the battalion’s operations officer.
  • In 1987, Major Kelly transferred to the Basic School, Quantico, VA, serving first as the head of the Offensive Tactics Section, Tactics Group, and later assuming the duties of the Director of the Infantry Officer Course.
  • After 3 years of instructing young officers, he attended the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the School for Advanced Warfare, both located at Quantico. Completing duty under instruction and selected for Lieutenant Colonel, he was assigned as Commanding Officer, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, CA. Holding this command position for two years,.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Kelly returned to the East Coast in 1994, to attend the National War College inWashington, DC.
  • He graduated in 1995, and was selected to serve as the Commandant’s Liaison Officer to the U.S. House of Representatives, Capitol Hill, where he was promoted to the rank of Colonel.
  • In 1999, Colonel Kelly transferred to joint duty and served as the Special Assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, in Mons, Belgium.
  • He returned to the United States in 2001, and was assigned to a third tour of duty at Camp Lejeune, now as the Assistant Chief of Staff G-3 with the 2nd Marine Division.
  • In 2002, selected to the rank of Brigadier General, Colonel Kelly again served with the 1st Marine Division, this time as the Assistant Division Commander.
    Much of Brigadier General Kelly’s two-year assignment was spent deployed in Iraq.
  • He then returned to Headquarters Marine Corps as the Legislative Assistant to the Commandant from 2004 to 2007.
  • Promoted to major general, he returned to Camp Pendleton as the Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force. The command deployed to Iraq in early 2008 for a year-long mission, replacing II Marine Expeditionary Force as Multinational Force-West in Al Anbar and western Ninewa provinces. LtGen Kelly commanded Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North from October 2009 to March 2011.
  • General Kelly then goes to the United States Southern Command from his previous position as the Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense from March 2011 to October 2012.


  • Defense Distinguished Service Medal
  • Defense Superior Service Medal Legion of Merit w/ 1 award star and Combat V
  • Meritorious Service Medal w/ 1 award star Navy and Marine Corps Commendation
  • Medal w/ 3 award stars
  • Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
  • Combat Action Ribbon Joint Meritorious Unit Award w/ 1 oak leaf cluster
  • Navy Unit Commendation
  • Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation w/ 2 service stars
  • Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal w/ 2 service stars
  • Southwest Asia Service Medal w/ 1 service star Iraq
  • Campaign Medal w/ 3 service stars
  • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/ 4 service stars
  • Navy & Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon
  • Grand Officer of the Order of San Carlos (Colombia)
  • Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)
  • Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge

Personal life 

In 2010, Kelly’s 29 year old son, First Lieutenant Robert Kelly, was killed when he stepped on a landmine while leading a platoon on a patrol in Sangin, Afghanistan. The younger Kelly was a former enlisted Marine and was on his third combat tour, but on his first combat tour as a U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer. At the time of his death, Robert Kelly was with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines. Robert Kelly’s death made John Kelly the highest-ranking military officer to lose a son or daughter in Iraq or Afghanistan. Kelly’s eldest son is a Marine Corps major.








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