2023

Col. (Ret.) Keith June

Outstanding Veteran Alumni

COL (Ret) Keith June hails from Bonneau, South Carolina. A 1986 graduate of the University of South Carolina, he was commissioned in the US Army Signal Corps in 1986.

Keith spent over 30 years serving our nation in the Army. His military career took him around the world with assignments in Germany, Panama and multiple deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti, Kuwait and Bosnia.

He also served on the Joint Staff, the Army Staff and completed a special assignment with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

COL (Ret) June’s notable military assignments include Signal officer in the 325 Airborne Infantry Regiment (AIR), company command in the famed 82nd Airborne Division, Operations officer in the 82nd Signal Battalion, Command of the 54th Signal Battalion in Iraq, XVIIIth Airborne Corps G-6, and Senior Communications officer, CJ-6, for NATO and US Forces in Afghanistan. Keith also served as the J-6 for Joint Task Force Haiti in 2010.

A Master rated parachutist, COL (Ret) June was awarded 3 Bronze Stars and the Humanitarian Service Award for his service in Iraq, Afghanistan and Haiti. COL June is also the recipient of the Legion of Merit and the Defense Superior Service Award.

COL (Ret) June joined the Army as he was deeply inspired by the service of his grandfather, Walker Curtis, a WWII Veteran. Mr. Curtis served in WWII and returned home where he continued to serve his community. Mr. Curtis, using skills he learned as an Army Engineer, built the community church.

In 2020, during the COVID crisis, Keith served as the Chair for the Veterans Alumni Council (VAC) for the University of South Carolina. Despite the challenges posed by COVID, Keith looked for ways to continue to connect and engage with Veterans to include developing programs such as virtual events which highlighted the contributions of Servicemembers and Veterans. Additionally, during this period, with the tremendous assistance of other Veterans and Veterans organizations, the VAC was able to fully endow the Salute to Service Scholarship. The Salute to Service scholarship is already having a great impact on the Veterans and Gamecock Community.

COL (Ret) June also serves on the board of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF). VVMF is the organization that built and maintains the Vietnam Wall. A Soldier for life, proud South Carolinian, immensely proud Gamecock and American with a strong belief in the values of our nation, Keith has given back to church, community and nation. Keith is also a proud Life Member of the USC Alumni Association.

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