Keith Griffin is a 22-year Naval veteran currently serving on active duty in Southern Maryland. In the past 20 years he has served in the capacity of a Search and Rescue Medical Technician (SMT), providing lifesaving trauma and medical care to patients and victims all over the world as well as being SAR on-scene commander in numerous disaster, mass casualty and wilderness evolutions. He currently serves a a Command Master Chief (Principal Advisor) within the Naval Air Systems Command Test and Evaluation Wing.
He is a certified Master Training Specialist that has instructed medical courses ranging from Basic CPR to National Registry EMT to Combat Search and Rescue Medicine. As well, as an instructor he has been the primary medical instructor for the Navy’s Aviation Rescue Swimmer School, the lead medical director for the Aviation Water Survival school and a Tactical Combat Casualty Care Instructor to forward deployed forces stationed in Japan.
Keith has provided pre-hospital and acute care in numerous ER’s across fifteen Naval Hospitals and clinics all across the world including the medical department of four nuclear powered aircraft carriers. He was also one of the first SMTs to be designated a fleet subject matter expert in the area of Medical Evacuations (MEDEVAC) for the Seahawk Weapons and Tactics School (Top Copter) in Fallon, Nevada.
An expert in his field, he has accumulated over 1300 mishap-free flight hours in various helicopter and fixed wing platforms performing numerous medical evacuations and helicopter rescues in varying areas around the world. He was awarded the Pacific Fleet Aircrewman of the Year in 2009 by the Naval Helicopter Association for his contributions to Naval Aviation. He has served as a Disaster Preparedness and Anti-Terrorism Officer with responsibilities and management duties in the unpredictable environment of the Gulf Coast region, leading two large scale evacuations and six emergency preparedness drills during tropical storms during his tenure there. As well as being a part of the Navy’s historic 2515th Naval Air Ambulance Unit in Kuwait and Iraq.
He also was proud to serve as the Enlisted Technical Leader (National Director) for the Aerospace Medicine Technician job field for the entire U.S. Navy encompassing over 500 members across 125 various platform squadron with the Navy and Marine Corps worldwide.
He is a graduate of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s (DTRA) Installation Vulnerability Course as well as the Naval War College Command Master Chief Leadership Course and holds a degree in Counter Terror Studies from American Military University and is actively working on another in Intelligence and Security Analysis.
Keith was awarded the American Red Cross’ highest honor, the Medal of Merit and the Hero Award, both for multiple lifesaving actions throughout his career.