Brian R. Kelm was raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He was commissioned in the Civil Engineer Corps through the NROTC program in February 1977 and served over twenty six years on active duty.
His first tour was with the Public Works Department, Naval Submarine Base, and New London, in Groton, Connecticut. From 1979 through December 1981, he was assigned to U.S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion ONE, where he deployed to Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico; Argentia, Newfoundland as a Detail Officer in Charge, and to the Island of Diego Garcia as BRAVO Company Commander. Upon completion of that tour, he attended Purdue University, where he received a Master of Civil Engineering Degree in Construction Management and Engineering.
After graduate school, he reported to the THIRTIETH Naval Construction Regiment in Guam as the Readiness and Training Officer.
In 1984, he returned to the mainland for duty as Assistant Resident Officer in Charge of Construction at Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Illinois and had a follow on tour as Planning and Engineering Officer for the Navy Public Works Center, Great Lakes. He was assigned as Public Works Officer/Officer in Charge of Construction at Naval Air Facility El Centro, California in September 1988 until August 1990.
He served as Executive Officer for U.S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion FIVE during deployments to Saudi Arabia in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and in Okinawa, Japan.
From June 1992 until July 1994, he was assigned as the Seabee Enlisted Community Manager and the Detailing Branch Head for Seabees, Seals, Divers and Explosive Ordnance Technicians for the Bureau of Naval Personnel.
From August 1994 until June 1995, he was Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition.
From May 1995 to May 1996 he served as the Public Works Officer of the U.S. Navy Support Facility, Diego Garcia and Officer in Charge of the Pacific Division, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Detachment, Diego Garcia.
He served as the Chief of Staff for the Second Naval Construction Brigade in Little Creek, Virginia from May 1996 until May 1998.
He was then assigned as U. S. Pacific Fleet Facilities Officer from June 1998 until March 2000 when he assumed command of 20th Seabee Regiment and Construction Battalion Center Gulfport, Mississippi. Upon completion of this command assignment, he transitioned from active naval service and accepted a civil service position as business manager for the Public Works Department for the U. S. Naval Academy in June 2003. He was assigned as the Deputy Area Operations Officer Naval District Washington East on 1 October 2003 and is now the Deputy Commanding Officer for Naval Support Activity Annapolis as of 6 June 2006.
He is a recipient of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the States of Maryland and Indiana, certified level III contracting officer, member of the Acquisition Professional Community, member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Society of American Military Engineers.
He completed the University of Michigan’s Business Schools Executive program and has completed the Naval War College’s Fleet Seminar Program provided by College of Distance Education.