Col. Keith W. Benedict, Brigade Commander

2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team

Col. Keith W. Benedict commissioned as an infantry officer after graduating from the United States Military Academy in 2003. He then attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, earning a Master of Philosophy in International Development. Benedict next served in the 82nd Airborne Division, deploying with the Global Response Force to Iraq during the “Surge” and to Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. He then deployed as a strategic advisor in Afghanistan and as a strategic analyst at Central Command before returning to West Point and teaching International Relations and Comparative Politics in the Department of Social Sciences. After earning a Master of Military Art and Science degree from the Command and General Staff College, Benedict served as a battalion executive officer and a brigade operations officer within Stryker formations in the 7th Infantry Division. Following a one-year assignment as a professor of Military Science at Temple University, he then commanded 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment (within the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division) and a NATO Combined Task Force comprised of 1,400 military personnel and contractors in Afghanistan. Since completing a thesis analyzing U.S.-China strategic discourse at the Joint Advanced Warfighting School in 2021, Benedict has served as a joint operational planner at Central Command and assumed command of 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division in June 2023. A has-been golfer and skydiver and an aspiring stoic, Keith is married and has four children.