Colonel Keith E. Burkepile
Colonel Burkepile is originally from Carlisle, Pennsylvania and is a 1992 graduate of West Virginia University where he earned a Bachelors of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1985 and attained the rank of Sergeant in the Marine Corp Reserve prior to attending Officer Candidates Course in January of 1994. He immediately attended The Basic School and Officer Basic Course at Ft Sill which upon graduating he was given the designation of field artillery officer.
His initial assignment was to Battery “I”, Third Battalion, Eleventh Marine Regiment where he served as a Forward Observer, Fire Direction Officer, and Executive Officer. After two and a half years in Battery “I”, he was assigned as the battalion maintenance management officer/embarkation officer/S-4A.
In January of 1998, First Lieutenant Burkepile was transferred to Expeditionary Warfare Training Group, Atlantic at Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base, Norfolk, Virginia and subsequently promoted to Captain. He was assigned as a fire support instructor and course manager for the fire support coordination course. He also instructed in the Tactical Air Control Party course that certified forward air controllers, Special Operations Spotters Course, and Supporting Arms Coordination Center Course. In March of 2000, Captain Burkepile attended the Field Artillery Captains Career Course at Ft Sill Oklahoma and graduated as the Distinguished Honor Graduate..
In August of 2000, Captain Burkepile was assigned to First Battalion, Twelfth Marine Regiment in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. He initially served as Assistant Liaison Officer to Third Marine Regiment and then was assigned as the Assistant Operations Officer. Captain Burkepile assumed command of Battery “C” in November of 2001 and executed a unit deployment to Okinawa. He relinquished command of Battery “C” in May of 2003.
In June of 2003, Captain Burkepile was transferred to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina. He was assigned as Battalion Executive of Support Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment and subsequently promoted to Major in September 2003. In March 2004, he was assigned as Director of Drill Instructor School and held that position until May of 2006.
In May of 2006, Major Burkepile was transferred to Officer Candidates School, Quantico Virginia. He was assigned as Commander of Company “K”. In July of 2006, Major Burkepile was assigned as a student to the School of Advanced Warfighting and graduated in June of 2007 with a Masters Degree in Operational Studies.
In June of 2007, Major Burkepile was assigned as a planner in II Marine Expeditionary Force and immediately deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08. He was assigned as a Ground Combat Element planner, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). He redeployed in February of 2008. He again assumed duties as a planner in II Marine Expeditionary Force and was reassigned to II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) in June of 2008. Major Burkepile deployed in support of OIF 09 as the Deputy Team Chief/ Operations and Plans Officer for the Anbar Operations Command Advisor Team. He redeployed in September 2009.
Lieutenant Colonel Burkepile was assigned as the commanding officer of 2nd Battalion 10th Marines from 4 December 2009 to 22 November 2011. He assumed duties as the 10th Marine Regiment Executive Officer on 5 December 2011. In July 2012 he was assigned as a student to the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy and graduated in June 2013 as a Distinguished Graduate with a Master of Science degree. He assumed duties at USAFRICOM, J5 in July 2013 serving as Branch Chief of Future Plans and Campaign Plans. He assumed duties as II MEF Future Operations Officer in July 2016 and was promoted to his present rank on 1 October 2016.
Colonel Burkepile’s personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with three gold stars, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with gold star, and the Selective Marine Corps Reserve Medal.