Lieutenant Colonel Keith W. Benedict received his commission into the infantry upon his graduation from West Point in 2003. After completing his graduate studies at Oxford University, he served as a tactical leader in the 82nd Airborne Division, deploying to Iraq during the “Surge” in 2007 and to Haiti following the earthquake in 2010. He then served as a Strategic Advisor and Strategic Analyst on the personal staffs of General David Petraeus in Afghanistan in 2010 and General James Mattis at United States Central Command. Keith then returned to West Point to serve as an Assistant Professor of International Relations and Comparative Politics in the Department of Social Sciences. Upon completion of the Command and General Staff College, he then served as a Battalion Executive Officer and Brigade Operations Officer in the 7th Infantry Division, culminating in participation in Exercise Yudh Abhyas near the India-Nepal border.