General Kelley completed his 37-year Air Force career in 1996 retiring at the rank of Lieutenant General.
Among the more notable appointments of his career General Kelly served as a Base Commander and Strategic Missile Wing Commander Vice Commander of Air Force Space Command Director of Public Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force Commander of Air University and Director of Education at the Air Education and Training Command.
For 3 years through March 2003 General Kelley was Vice President of Military Programs for Lockheed Martin Technical Operations (LMTO). Prior to joining LMTO General Kelly was employed by System Technology Associates (STA) Inc. where he served as chief operating officer. At STA he had responsibility for directing and overseeing the activity of the corporate staff and field operations.
General Kelley earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs in 1964 and a Master of Science degree in Political Science from Auburn University in Montgomery Alabama in 1973. He completed Squadron Officer School Maxwell AFB in 1967; Air Command and Staff College in 1973; Research Associate Studies in 1980 International Institute for Strategic Studies London England; National War College in 1981 Fort Lesley J. McNair; the Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security in 1986 John F. Kennedy School of Government Harvard University; and the Program on Foreign Politics and National Interest Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1987.