Admiral Timothy J. Keating Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command Commander, United States Northern Command Admiral Timothy J. Keating is Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command and
United States Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.

Adm. Keating, a native of Dayton, Ohio, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1971. Following duty aboard USS Mason (DD 852) in the western Pacific, he completed flight training in August 1973. He was ordered to VA-82, deploying twice to the Mediterranean aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68). In
September 1978, he reported to VA-122, NAS Lemoore, Calif., and subsequently served with Commander, Carrier Air Wing Fifteen as Staff Landing Signal Officer, deploying to the western Pacific/Indian Ocean aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). From May 1982 to July 1984, as Administrative Officer, Operations Officer and Maintenance Officer with VA-94, he deployed twice to the western Pacific aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65). His next assignment was Aide and Flag Lieutenant to the Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Command.

In May 1987, Adm. Keating assumed command of VFA-87 and deployed with CVW-8 aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) to the North Atlantic and to the Mediterranean. After his tour with VFA-87, he was assigned to the Naval Military Personnel Command in Washington, D.C., where he served as Head of the Aviation Junior Officer Assignments Branch. He reported as Deputy Commander, Carrier Air Wing Seventeen in January 1991,  participating in
combat operations in support of Operation Desert Storm from USS Saratoga
(CV 60).
Adm. Keating next served as a Chief of Naval Operations Fellow with
the Strategic Studies Group in Newport, R.I. Following duty with the Joint Task Force Southwest Asia in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, he deployed as Deputy  Commander, Carrier Air Wing Nine aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68) to the Arabian Gulf. He assumed command of CVW-9 in July 1993. In November 1994, Adm. Keating reported to NAS Fallon, Nev., as Commander, Naval Strike Warfare Center.

Adm. Keating returned to the Naval Military Personnel Command in September 1995 as Director, Aviation Officer Distribution Division. He served as the Deputy Director for Operations (Current Operations/J33), Operations Directorate, the
Joint Staff, Washington, from August 1996 until June 1998. He assumed
command of Carrier Group Five home ported in Yokosuka, Japan, in June 1998. In September 2000, Adm. Keating reported to OPNAV in Washington as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Plans, Policy and Operations (N3/N5). In February 2002, he assumed command of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and U.S. Fifth Fleet. From October 13, 2003 to October 21, 2004, Adm. Keating served as the Director, Joint Staff. Adm. Keating assumed command of North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command on November 5, 2004.

His awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished Service Medal with Gold Star, Legion of Merit with three Gold Stars, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star, three Air Medals, Navy Commendation Medal with two Gold Stars and Combat “V” and various unit and campaign awards. He has over 5,000 flight
hours and 1,200 arrested landings.

Updated: 28 February 2005


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Wed 8/18/2004 12:28 PM
jkeating51 at


I hadn't Googled my brother's name in a while so this page of yours is a pleasant surprise. Neat comments, especially from our old neighbor, Steve Smith. We did actually grow up in Kettering, Ohio, but even the official Navy bio has Dayton as his place of birth, which is correct. He lived on Riverside Drive until I was two weeks old, when we moved south to Kettering. Tim spent four years at Archbishop Alter High School and was recently installed in their Hall of Fame.
Tim is currently Director of the Joint Chiefs in the Pentagon and will move to Colorado Springs this November to command a new enterprise called Northcom, connected to NORAD and other institutions I'm still learning about. All the
Keating kids appreciate your support. Keep up the good work!

J. James Keating

Met Tim on June 28 1967. We started with 33 Midshipmen in our Platoon; it
was a long hot summer. Tim was in great shape and gave the rest of us a lot of encouragement. In September, we became 19th Company under Captain Ray Madonna, USMC. Two years later we moved to the "Fighting First Company" under Lt Walt Sowa, USN. Tim and I were friends, he was Company
Commander and Platoon Commander; and I was a Company Sub commander
and one of Tim's 3 Platoon Commanders. I gave him a new nickname on the sports field, "Kettering Keats". He was a great athlete in inter-company, inter-Battalion sports. His roommate was Danny Rowe, a Varsity Soccer player. From the original 33, Tim and I were survivors of only 18 left on June 9 1971 when Tim received his Commission as an Ensign in the US Navy and I was commissioned as a 2ndLT in the USMC. That was the last time Tim and I lived together.  The last time I saw Tim was at Capt. Chic Burlingame's Memorial Service after his Flight AA 77 was forced into the Pentagon 9/11/01 by Moslem Terrorists. There were other deaths in our small circle, John McMacken died two weeks before retirement from the Submarine Service, Mike Orison died in a USN training flight and Geoff Kimball died at his home in Lebanon, Ohio.. I believe
that there are only 14 of us left at this point!

Jack Balcom

Mr Balcom stayed in the USMC until his selection for Captain, but resigned for family reasons after 6 years. He is currently serving his second term in the New Hampshire State Legislature as a State Representative.His district includes Merrimack and Litchfield New Hampshire (Hills.58).

Date: Thu 3/20/2003

From: Schneider, Craig []

Subject: I saw Timbo on the news last night

Timbo was my Ops officer in VA-94. If you have any contact with him, I am "Spyface", his spy in VA-94.

Date: Thu 3/20/2003

Subject: VDAM Timothy Keating

Thanks for the update on Timothy Keating. However, he was actually from Kettering, Ohio (a suburb of Dayton). "Little Timmy" lived two doors down from us during our pre-teen years. Who would have thought!

Steve Smith
Roanoke, VA


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