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Lawrence E. Keen's Biography

Overseas deployments consisted of three combat tours in South East Asia with the U.S.M.C. FMFPAC 1st & 3rd Force Reconnaissance Companies and 1st & 3rd Reconnaissance Battalions. Combination of duties during these periods included that of long range reconnaissance patrol (LRRP) team and platoon leader, combat operations/information center (COC/CIC) recon liaison officer and reconnaissance indoctrination program (RIP) coordinator. As the RIP coordinator, instructed techniques in planning and preparation of patrolling, map and aerial navigational, utilization and coordination of close air/aerial and artillery assets/support, tracking and ambushes, demolitions, quick fire/quick kill methods with various firearms, helicopter inserts and extracts (both stealth and emergency), patrol insert methods (parachute, scuba, water entry's by helo, swimming, rubber boats or submarine), intelligence gathering, prisoner snatches and communications. An additional duty performed was that of helicopter insert and extract/emergency extract non-commissioned officer (NCO).

Further overseas deployments to other various locations around the globe included assignments with the FMF, Atlantic 2nd Force Reconnaissance Company and 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion in the Mediterranean Sea and Caribbean Islands. Also with the FMF Atlantic 2nd Radio Company/Battalion, stationed in Morocco, North Africa, West Germany and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Served as an instructor at the FMFPAC, LFTC Amphibious Reconnaissance Branch at the U.S. Naval Amphibious Base in Coronado, CA. Taught and certified reconnaissance Marines and Army Rangers in amphibious reconnaissance techniques which included all of the above mentioned in the RIP course taught in the RVN including many other subjects associated with training needs. Lead instructor- trainer in the U.S.M.C. aquatic program and water safety/water survival instructor course taught at the FMFPAC LFTC, Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado, CA.

Presently working for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the northern Seattle area of Washington State. Present job description and assignment includes public awareness, education/information officer, exercise/training officer and administering the budget for the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) in Washington State. In those past years and to the present, have excelled in meeting and coordinating with all levels of military, Federal, State, local county community leaders and public personnel. An enthusiastic and capable coordinator/instructor in all aspects of teaching technical and non-technical subjects, training and consultant work. Skills include participating or serving as a host, conference/meeting organizer, public speaker, facilitator or recorder. Thoroughly experienced in positions requiring program and project management requiring the ability to allocate personnel and budgeting while utilizing human and material assets to their maximum potential.

Has a Masters Degree in the Science of Education (emphasis in curriculum) and a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. Served twelve years with the San Diego American Red Cross on their Safety Board of Directors, as an Instructor-Trainer. Taught and certified qualifying instructor-trainers and instructors in the subjects of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, Multi-media First Aid, Advanced First Aid, Advanced Lifesaving and Water Safety Instructors Courses. Assisted the San Diego American Heart Association as an instructor-trainer in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. Immediately upon retirement from the U.S.M.C., was hired and worked as a staff member of the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) located at that time in Point Loma, San Diego, CA. Served as a local law enforcement officer in the ski resort area of Angel Fire, New Mexico. Was a member of both the Taos, New Mexico Search and Rescue Team and the Angel Fire Parachute Search and Rescue Team (only one in the United States South West at that time and present). Married and enjoy traveling, backpacking, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, exercising, challenges and working with professionals.


Lawrence Keen, retired Master Sergeant (E-8), having served 23 years continuous active service with the United States Marine Corps (U.S.M.C.) and having completed 30 years service for official retirement in 1987. Highlights of specialty operations training and certifications to include that of:

  • U.S.M.C. Amphibious Reconnaissance Indoctrination Course, Camp LeJeune, NC and at Fleet Marine Force Pacific (FMFPAC) Landing Force Training Command (LFTC), U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado, CA
  • U.S.M.C. Mountain Leadership Course (winter/summer), Pico Meadows, CA
  • U.S.M.C. Water Safety/Water Survival Course, Quantico, VA
  • U.S.M.C. Airborne Jump Master Course, Camp LeJeune, NC
  • U.S. Navy Academic Instructor-Trainer Course, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado, CA
  • U.S. Navy Underwater Swimmers School (scuba - open & closed circuit), U.S. Naval Station, Key West, FL
  • U.S. Navy 2nd Phase of Basic Underwater Demolition School (BUDS) (scuba - open & closed circuit), U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado, CA
  • U.S. Navy Submarine Buoyant Ascent & Escape Trunk Operator Course, U.S. Naval Station, New London, CN
  • U.S. Navy Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) Training Course, U.S. Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, CA
  • U.S. Navy Class "A" School, Communication Technician Course, U.S. Naval Station, Imperial Beach, CA
  • U.S. Navy Small Boat Handling, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado, CA
  • U.S. Army Parachute and Ranger School, Ft. Benning, GA
  • U.S. Army Recondo Course, Saigon, RVN
  • U.S. Army Jungle Warfare School, Panama Canal Zone, Panama
  • U.S. Army Electronic and Communication Intelligence Gathering Course, USASA, West Germany
  • U.S. Border Patrol Tracking/Stalking Course, San Ysidro, San Diego, CA

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