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2006 Achievement Award Recipients


Tom Travis
Class of 1972
Fred Keeney
Class of 1973


Tom Travis

Especially in light of the long and close association between Surrattsville and the United States Air Force, the Foundation is very proud to recognize Tom Travis (72) with its 2006 Achievement Award.

As components of his extraordinarily distinguished career in the military, Tom has the very rare distinction of being a medical doctor, a fighter pilot, and a Brigadier General. Currently, he is the commander of Malcolm Grow Medical Center on Andrews, with the title of Commander, 89th Medical Group. Malcolm Grow is a 60 bed medical center, with more than 1,500 airmen and civilians who deliver quality medical care to more than 393,000 beneficiaries in the national capital area.

Tom entered the Air Force in 1976 as a Distinguished Graduate of the ROTC program at Virginia Tech. He also earned three Masters degrees: in physiology at Virginia Tech, in public health at the University of Texas, and in national resource strategy at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces where he was the Distinguished Graduate. He earned his medical degree at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences School of Medicine, where he was the top Air Force graduate, and in 1987 he became a flight surgeon. Tom is board certified in aerospace medicine.

For more than three years, Tom was Chief of Medical Operations for the Human Systems Program Office at Brooks AFB, Texas. He later served as the Director of Operational Health Support and Chief of Aerospace Medicine Division for the Air Force Medical Operations Agency in Washington, D.C. He has commanded the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine and the 311th Human Systems Wing at Brooks AFB.

He was awarded his pilot wings in 1978 and served as an F 4 pilot and aircraft commander. A command pilot and chief flight surgeon, he has more than 1,800 flying hours and is one of the Air Force’s few pilot physicians. He has flown the F 4, F 15 and F 16 as mission pilot and, most recently, the Royal Air Force Hawk as senior medical officer and test pilot.

Tom has been awarded the a number of commendations, medals and decorations by the Air Force, and various associations and societies. (Tom's complete bio can be found here.)

7/28/15 - Another nice article about Tom's retirement and achievements can be found here


Fred Keeney

The Foundation is very proud to recognize Fred Keeney (73) with its 2006 Achievement Award. Fred has had a long and distinguished career in law enforcement, and today holds an especially important position in light of these times of heightened security.  (Fred is the first member of the law enforcement community to receive the Foundation's Achievement Award.)

Currently, Fred is the Assistant Chief of Police for nationwide operations for the Amtrak Police Department.  Before being named Amtrak=s Assistant Chief of Police, he served as Chief of Police from 2000-2006 for the City of Mount Rainier, Maryland and as Chief of Police from 1997-2000 for the City of District Heights, Maryland.  Prior to 1997, Fred served for 20 years with the Maryland-National Capital Park Police.  At the time of his retirement from that force in 1997, he held the title of Assistant Chief of Police. Throughout his career, Fred has held various other leadership positions in the Fraternal Order of Police, including President and Vice-President (FOP 30, Maryland State) and served on the FOP's the Grand Lodge Legislative and Labor Committees, the Maryland Municipal League, the Police Executive Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.  He also is Past President of the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association.  Fred authored ALeadership >96@ an award winning police leadership program that received the Washington-Metropolitan Area Council of Governments ATraining Program of the Year.@  Fred received his  Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland.  He and his wife of 32 years have two grown children, and they reside in Maryland.