Generation After Generation of Military Men

The Month of the Military Child may have ended,
but FOX Fan continues to celebrate the military child!

My name is Cpl. Seth D. Keil. I am a military policeman in the U.S. Army and an Army brat. My father is retired Master Sgt. Bruce P. Keil. He served in the Army from 1977 to 1997, raised three kids, was married for 20 plus years and served multiple tours in Germany. My grandfather, Phillip Keil, also served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. I am the third generation of Keil men to serve in the military.

I was born January 29, 1983 in Berlin, Germany (West Berlin at the time). A few months after I was born, our family moved to Ft. Meade, MD. When I was six-years-old we moved back to Germany and were stationed in Munich. This is the time in which I remember my dad being my hero.

I went to Dept. of Defense Dependent Schools, which provided me with the opportunity to meet my best friends — some of which I still talk to today. Whether on the playground or after school we would play "Army." We would mimic our fathers and dress up in battle dress uniforms, dirtying our faces with mud and carrying around Super Soaker squirt guns.

The opportunities were endless growing up in Germany. My father was an avid traveler. He would take our family on day trips all across Europe, from Italy to Norway. My dad even had time to coach my brother Jeremy and I in soccer, basketball, and baseball. He was able to get me the opportunity to play for a German soccer team, TSV Kriegshaber, in Augsburg for three years. I was also part of the Ambassadors of Baseball in 1994 and 1995, which played in little league baseball tournaments in both Poland and the Czech Republic. My team was the first Americans to ever play baseball in those countries. It was amazing because the first year we played the tournament on baseball fields of coal. We showed them pictures of what baseball fields should look like; the next year when we played them again they had grass outfields and clay infields.

I was raised to respect yourself, peers, and adults. Most of all, I was given a deep appreciation of what the Army does for our country. I was instilled with patriotism. I always wanted to join the Army but had a lot of other things going for me. I went to college at Towson University and played football at the Division 1 AA level. My brother went to McDaniel College and had a ROTC scholarship. Unfortunately, he had a medical problem with his back, which kept him from fulfilling his commitment and carrying on the family name. It was at that point in which I enlisted in the Army. I left school one semester before I was to graduate and put my other hopes and dreams on hold. I wanted to serve my country and have my last name live on in the U.S. Army.

I am almost two years into a five-year commitment in the Army. I am nine months into a year-long deployment with the 57th MP CO in Iraq. I came in as a Specialist and within nine months was promoted to Corporal and was placed in charge of a MP team heading to combat. In three months, I hope to be bathing in the sun on the beach of Hawaii with 160 of my brothers and sisters in arms.


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