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Charleston Chapter – MOAA
 
Chapter Officers

Serving 2014/15.

      Dir. Awards
      KEITH RODWELL USN CAPT RESERVE Ret.
      Telephone: (610) 420.4046
      Email: awards@charlestonmoaa.com

      Capt. Keith Rodwell was born and grew up in Philadelphia.

      Joining the US Navy was his destiny since his father was in the British Submarine Service during WWII as a Chief Engineman. Keith attended Dobbins Vocational Technical School from 1962-1965 learning electronics. While there, his shop teacher, Mr. Schector, helped him secure a NROTC scholarship which allowed him to enjoy the natural beauty of Penn State University for the next 4 years earning a BS in Business Management. After graduation and commissioning, his first assignment was to SEAL training in Coronado, CA. However, ear problems cut his tour short. His next assignment was on the USS Guide (MSO-447), an Ocean Going Minesweeper. On her he served as Operations/Communications Officer then Gunnery Officer during his one and half tours to Vietnam. His next assignment was the USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19) based in San Diego. The Blue Ridge was the command ship of the US Seventh Fleet. His primary duty was to provide Command, Control, and Communications support to the Commander and staff of the Seventh Fleet. He served one tour off Vietnam on the Blue Ridge.

      In 1972, Capt. Rodwell joined the US Naval Reserve (USNR) and was inactive until 1980. From 1980 until 1997 he served in a variety of assignments. First was a two-year tour with the Seabees in Lakehurst, NJ where he describes his duties as paper pusher. Next he was assigned to shipboard duties on Amphibious Cargo Ships in Long Beach, CA as Operations Officer. In 1984 he moved back to PA and was assigned to a Com-bat Logistics Group (CLG). CLG Two, located in Norfolk, VA, had the responsibility to provide logistics support during peacetime. The three assigned reserve units focused on NATO forces. Capt. Rodwell had extended active duty service in London, Greenock, Scotland and Norway. He also served as logistics officer on the staff of Commander Striking Fleet Atlantic for three different carrier battle groups work-ups.

      His proudest accomplishment was being directly involved with developing and exercising the logistics supply strategy later used in Desert Storm and beyond. He moved back to NJ and was assigned to the Fleet Support Training Unit as CO. This unit trained other reservists in damage control and bridge watch scenarios. A one-year assignment sent Capt. Rodwell to the Pentagon working for the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for logistics. His duties included working in the National Military Command Center and providing logistical support during contingency operations. His last assignment was to a Voluntary Training Unit as Coordinator for the Drug Free America Campaign for the 11th Naval District. His group of sailors and officers spent their own time visiting schools to talk to students about drugs.

      Capt. Rodwell married Diane in 1984. She taught voice at Point Loma College and they moved back to NJ shortly thereafter. Capt. Rodwell worked in the communications business with Motorola, Cellular One and AAT Communications. He earned his teaching certificate and taught fourth graders for ten years. Diane found a wonderful position in advertising and hired Capt. Rodwell to work for her growing company in 2005. His official title was "Gofer".

      Capt. Rodwell and Diane moved to Summerville in 2012. He plays lots of tennis, swims many miles per year, and does what Diane tells him to do.





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