KEYSER - The director of the U.S. Department of State office responsible for curbing illegal weapons will be the guest speaker for the 2018 Jonah Edward Kelley Awards Assembly.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - The director of the U.S. Department of State office responsible for curbing illegal weapons will be the guest speaker for the 2018 Jonah Edward Kelley Awards Assembly.
Stanley L. Brown, director of weapons removal and abatement, Bureau of Political and Military Affairs, U.S. Department of State, will speak Friday, April 13, during the annual program at the Church-McKee Arts Center.
Brown served 27 years in the United States Air Force prior to joining the Department of State in July 2013. In the Air Force, he was a colonel and command pilot with over 5,100 flying hours.
He deployed to Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in Iraq and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, and commanded flying units executing special operations missions.
During his military career, he served in various assignments at the Department of State, including the Office of the Secretary, Coordinator for Counterterrorism, where he was chief of special operations from 2000-2003, and deployed the national team that responded to the USS Cole terrorist attack.
After military assignments as operations officer and commander of a special operations flying squadron, he returned to the Department of State, where he served as deputy chief, Special Operations Support Team, United States Special Operations Command in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs.
His follow-on and final military assignment was as director, International Security Operations, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, and Senior Air Force representative for the Department of State, where he led the office responsible for the primary interface between the Department of State and Department of Defense on operational issues.
In his current position, he is responsible for programs that create local, regional and international conditions that contribute to peace, stability and prosperity by curbing the illicit and illegal proliferation of conventional weapons of war, including small arms and light weapons, and removing and destroying others, such as persistent landmines and abandoned stocks of munitions.
He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry. He completed his Master of Science degree in aeronautical science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is also a graduate of United States Air Force career schools, including Squadron Officers School, Air Command and Staff College, and Air War College.
The Jonah Edward Kelley Award was initiated in 1946 in memory of Keyser High School graduate Kelley, who died in battle in Kesternich, Germany, during World War II and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.
The award recognizes three young men out of the senior class who have distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, leadership skills and  moral character.
This year’s nominees are Frederick Marcus Crowl, Brady Ours, and Ryan Spencer.