"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat." - Theodore Roosevelt "Man in the Arena"
Captain (CPT) Kelly M. Hasselman is a native of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and was commissioned through ROTC as a second lieutenant after graduating from The Citadel in South Carolina with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration in May of 2007.
CPT Hasselman always wanted to go into the military and discovered The Citadel through her competitive soccer coach when she met the Citadel women's soccer coach at the time, Megan Hjerling, at a recruiters event.
During her time at The Citadel, CPT Hasselman was a soccer scholarship athlete for all four years and ended her final year as one of the Team Captains. She also played for The Citadel Women's Intramural Rugby Team as a senior. She was one of the first two female cadets in school history selected to the Chapel Color Guard part of the class of 2007. She was a member of Campus Crusade for Christ and the international public speaking group Toastmaster's. CPT Hasselman was selected as a Squad Corporal, Squad Sergeant, and Platoon Leader for Romeo Company. She was a Platoon Leader for Athletic Cadre '06. As a cadet she was on the Commandant's Distinguished Service List, Gold Stars, and a Hemingway Award Nominee for her senior class. She also received a ROTC Scholarship her senior year.
Before her current assignment as the 6the Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment Intelligence Officer, 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division (1/1 AD) at Ft. Bliss, Texas, CPT Hasselman was selected to stand-up and command the first ever Army-wide Female Engagement Team (FET) Company in the United States Army as a special attachment to 4th Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 1/1 AD in preparation for further deployment to Afghanistan. The Company’s mission was to train FET to interact with the host nation population, primarily women and children, in order to aid the entire 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division during its mission in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM where she would complete her second Afghanistan deployment.
CPT Hasselman’s previous assignments include The Citadel as a Gold Bar Recruiter, 2nd Infantry Division Combat Aviation Brigade, Camp Humphrey's, South Korea as the Brigade Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Planner, United States Forces-Afghanistan Combined Joint Intelligence Operation Center-Afghanistan, Headquarters International Security Assistance Forces, Afghanistan as an Insurgency and Socioeconomic Development Intelligence Analyst, and 1/1 AD, Ft.Bliss as the Brigade Assistant Intelligence Officer.
CPT Hasselman’s military education includes Imagery Intelligence Officer Course, Geospatial Intelligence Requirements Management Course, Counterintelligence and Human Intelligence Operations Management Course, Military Intelligence Captain's Career Course, Military Intelligence Basic Officer Leadership Course, and Basic Officer Leadership Course II .
Her military awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2nd Award), Army Achievement Medal (3rd Award), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star (3rd Award), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with Numeral 2, and the NATO ISAF Service Medal.