COL Kelso C. Horne III comes to the U.S. Army Chemical Materials Activity from Pine Bluff Arsenal, Arkansas, where he served as commander since July 7, 2016. The product of an Army Family, he graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Business Arts. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Chemical Corps in August 1993. He has a Master of Business Arts from the University of Southern Mississippi and Masters in Strategic Studies from the Air War College. He is a graduate of the Chemical Officer Basic Course, the Chemical Captains Career Course, the Combined Arms Services Staff School, the Command and General Staff Officers Course, and the Air War College. He has also completed Airborne and Technical Escort Schools.
His previous positions include: Director of Operational Protection, Eighth Army, Republic of Korea, July 2015 to June 2016; Commander, 112th Chemical Reconnaissance Detachment (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina, October 1997 to December 1998; Commander, HHD, 26th Forward Support Battalion, Fort Stewart, Georgia and Iraq, August 2001 to June 2003; and Security Transition Team 1, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, May 2011 to May 2012.
Other staff assignments include: Battalion Chemical Officer, 1st Battalion, 503d Infantry (Air Assault), Camp Casey Korea, February 1994 to March 1995; Platoon leader, 4th Chemical Company, Camp Casey Korea, March 1995 to March 1996; Battalion Chemical Officer, 3d Battalion, 3d Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina, March 1996 to October 1998; 3d Infantry Division Artillery Chemical Officer, Fort Stewart, Georgia, May 2000 to August 2001; Chemical Training Team Chief, later Battalion Executive Officer, 3d Battalion, 346th Infantry Regiment, Camp Shelby, Mississippi, July 2003 to June 2005; Deputy Division Chemical Officer, 3d Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Stewart, Georgia and Baghdad, Iraq, July 2006 to July 2008; Brigade CBRN Trainer/Brigade Plans, Future Operations & Current Operations Trainer, Operations Group, National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California, August 2008 to June 2010; Division Chemical Officer, 10th Infantry Division (Mountain), Fort Drum, New York and Kandahar, Afghanistan, July 2010 to May 2011; and, Chemical Organization Integrator, G37 Force Management, Headquarters, Department of the Army, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., July 2012 to June 2014.
His awards and decoration include the Bronze Star Medal (three Oak Leaf Clusters), Meritorious Service Medal (two Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (two Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (three Oak Leaf Clusters), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (with Numeral 3), NATO Medal, Parachutist Badge, and Army Staff Identification Badge.