Posted by Bob Logan on Aug 03, 2017
Lt. Gen. Mark D. Kelly is the Commander, 12th Air Force, Air Combat Command, and Commander, Air Forces Southern, U.S. Southern Command, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona. Twelfth Air Force ensures the readiness of seven active duty wings and one direct reporting unit for contingency operations, and oversees 14 gained Air Reserve Component units totaling more than 360 aircraft and 20,300 Airmen. As the air and space component to U.S. Southern Command, Air Forces Southern conducts security cooperation and provides air, space and cyberspace capabilities throughout the 31 nations of Latin America and the Caribbean.

General Kelly entered the Air Force in 1986, receiving his commission from the Air Force ROTC program at Southwest Texas State University. He earned his pilot wings at Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. General Kelly has commanded a fighter squadron, two fighter wings, an expeditionary wing and most recently Ninth Air Force. General Kelly is a command pilot with more than 5,500 flying hours, including over 800 combat hours in fighter aircraft.
1986 Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics, Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos 
1990 Squadron Officer School, in residence 
1996 U.S. Air Force Fighter Weapons School, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.  
2001 Master of Military Arts and Sciences, Air Command and Staff College, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. 
2007 Master of Science in National Security Studies, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
2011 Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education, Leadership Decision Making Seminar

Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor Device with oak leaf cluster 
Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster 
Royal Australian Air Force Chief of Staff Gold Medal 
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters 
Air Medal with nine oak leaf clusters 
Air Force Combat Action Medal 
Afghanistan Campaign Medal