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Commander Keith J. Bushey hails from Speigletown, New York, and graduated from Fordham University (Rose Hill campus) in 2002, earning a Bachelor of Arts in political science and philosophy. He received his commission from the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) program that same year.
He earned a Master of Arts in human resources management from Webster University in 2012. He is certified as a professional in human resources (PHR) from the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI). He holds dual subspecialties in manpower systems analysis (MSA) and operations analysis (OA).
A former Navy reservist, he was assigned to USS Doyle (FFG-39). In 2005, he was recalled to active duty to serve as a Navy reserve canvasser recruiter at Navy Recruiting District New York. After completing his active duty recall, he re-affiliated with the Navy reserve as a member of the OPNAV- N1, Navy Total Force unit.
In 2011, Cmdr. Bushey was again called to active duty and served as branch head for Navy reserve medical accessions at PERS-97, Career Transition Office (CTO). In the spring of 2013, he was selected for re-designation into the Navy human resources officer full time support (FTS) community.
He next served as the director for Navy reserve accessions, Navy Recruiting Command (NRC), where he established the N319 department to create a division specifically dedicated to Navy reserve accessions and hired a team of seven remotely assigned officer recruiters responsible for the entire Navy veteran (NAVET) recruiting mission.
His follow-on tour was with commander, Navy Reserve Forces Command, where he served as branch head for enlisted assignments. He led a team of 12 Sailors in the assignment of 37,000 enlisted Navy reservists to billets in support of active component requirements.
He served as commanding officer, Navy Operational Support Center West Palm Beach, from October 2017 -July 2020, where he was responsible for the strategic and timely mobilization of over 300 selected reservists.
In August 2020, he reported to Navy Talent Acquisition Group Southwest as the executive officer.
Commander Bushey’s decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (2 Awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 Awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (5 Awards), the Navy Good Conduct Medal, and various other unit awards.