As part of Black History Month, the T.I.S.D. OPTIONS Academic Alternative High School will have Lt. Col. Milton G. Kelly, Commander of Defense Logistics Agency Distribution at Red River Army Depot, speaking to students Thursday, February 19 at 10 a.m..Lt. Col. Kelly is the first African-American to hold this position at RRAD.  He enlisted in the Army in 1987 with active duty tours in South Korea and Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.  Kelly is a Distinguished Military Graduate with a Bachelor’s degree and commission in the Armor Corps, Branch Detailed Ordinance.

His awards and decorations include: Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with six oak leaf clusters, Presidential Unit Citation Award, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal (Bronze Star), Southwest Asia Medal (two Bronze Stars), Kosovo Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon (three), NATO Kosovo Medal, Kuwait Liberation of Kuwait Medal, Saudi Arabia Medal for Liberation of Kuwait, and the Parachutist Badge. He is also a recipient of the Order of Samuel Sharpe.
 
Kelly’s military education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course, Ordnance Officer Transition Course, Combined Logistics Captain’s Career Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Support Operations Course, Command and General Staff College, Certified as a Demonstrated Master Logistician from the Army Logistics University, and the U.S. Army Airborne School. He holds a Master’s degree in Education from Colorado Christian University and a Master’s degree in Management and Leadership from Webster University.
 
He is an outstanding individual and one who will be a strong voice and inspiration to our students enrolled in a non-traditional setting.
The OPTIONS campus is located at 3201 Lincoln Avenue.