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NEWS | Jan. 18, 2017

Mission Partner Highlight:1189th TSB

1189th Transportation Surface Brigade

Army Col. Daniel A. Keller currently serves as the full-time commander for the1189th Transportation Surface Brigade located on the Joint Base Charleston - Weapons Station, here.

The 1189th TSB's mission is to provide command and control to assigned and attached surface deployment and distribution commands (SDDC). Additionally, when required, the 1189th provides command and control to modification table and equipment organization (MTOE) battalions engaged in joint logistics over the shores and terminal operations. 

“The mission of the 1189th is as important today than at any time in its past. The 1189th performs a critical role in the Army’s total force integration concept to meet its strategic transportation requirements,” said Keller.

Keller's priorities for the 1189th TSB include deploying subordinate units with Soldiers who meet their primary military education requirements, are medically prepared and are fully trained. 

“Today’s national security environment requires that reserve component Soldiers are ready to fight at all times.  These Soldiers are the sons, daughters, fathers and mothers of the American people. It’s my duty and responsibility to ensure they are ready when called upon,” said Keller.

Keller, a native of Covington, Louisiana with more than 27 years of military service, received his commission from the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps program at Tulane University in New Orleans, where he was a distinguished military graduate. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Armor Corps in May 1989 and two years later, deployed as part of Task Force Sand Hawk and Operation Positive Force in support of operations in Southwest Asia. 

In October 1994, Keller was assumed the duties as a Transportation Officer with the 1190th Deployment Distribution Support Battalion in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Later, he joined the Active/Guard Reserve Program in July 2001 and currently serves in this full time status. He last deployed as the Chief of Staff of the 1st Theater Sustainment Command Expeditionary – Operational Command Post from August 2015 to April 2016. In August of 2016, Keller took command of the 1189th TSB.