Lt. Col. Collin Keenan was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was commissioned in the Chemical Corps as a second lieutenant in 2000 upon graduation from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Keenan’s career has spanned a wide variety of assignments at Platoon, Company, Battalion and Brigade level. He has served as the Counter Proliferation Plans Officer and United States Army Element, Counter WMD Policy Officer at the Pentagon. Prior to taking command of the U.S. Recruiting Battalion Milwaukee, Colonel Keenan was the Professor of Military Science at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
He has been deployed to Iraq and has served stateside at Fort Hood, Texas and the Pentagon.
His military education includes: Chemical Officer Basic Course (recognized as Class Distinguished Honor Graduate), Chemical Captains Career Course, and Intermediate Level Education.
Keenan holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Master of Science in Environmental Management from Webster University, Master of Policy Management in Public Policy Administration from Georgetown University and Master of Higher Education Administration from the University of Louisville.
His military awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with Four Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal with Star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Ribbon, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Action Badge, Army Staff Identification Badge and Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge.