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Keigan J. Baker


Air Force

Date of Birth:

Date of Death:

January 14, 1996

March 19, 2020

Place of Death:


Cemetery Location:

Grave site:

Panama City, Florida

Willamette National Cemetery

Portland, OR

Sec EE2 Site 1016

Keigan J. Baker was born January 14, 1996 in Longview Washington, to Jason Baker and Renee Ramey (Johnson). From early on, Keigan was very active in local sports including soccer, baseball, Kung Fu, wrestling, track, basketball and football. Besides excelling at school, his passion during high school was playing at Mark Morris where he earned 1st team all-league defense his senior year. Keigan graduated from Mark Morris in 2014. After high school, Keigan went on to Eastern Washington University where he earned his BS in Business Management. During his time at EWU, Keigan also participated in the ROTC program.

Keigan enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in June 2018 and was named an honor graduate upon completion of basic training. After BMT, he secured a spot in the Air Force combat control program, an exclusive and highly-selective program very few achieve. Special Tactics Combat Controllers are widely renowned for combat reconnaissance, coordinating precision strikes and conducting personnel recovery operations.

In December 2019, Keigan achieved Airman 1st Class (A1C) and received his coveted scarlet beret as a Special Tactics Combat Controller. Keigan was assigned to the Special Tactics Training Squadron, 24th Special Operations Wing out of Hurlburt Field, Florida.

Airman First Class Keigan J. Baker distinguished himself by meritorious service while assigned to the Special Tactics Training Squadron, 24th Special Operations Wing, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Florida. During this period, Airman Baker distinguished himself early in his career by being selected to lead 18 Airman as Element Leader during Basic Military Training. His leadership prowess was evident by his distinction as Honor Graduate upon graduation, which foretold how he would lead his fellow Airmen through the Special Tactics training pipeline. Fitting his capabilities amongst his peers, Airman Baker was selected as enlisted team leader during Air Traffic Control School, where he drove 12 Airman through seven weeks of rigorous physical fitness, academic, and simulator training at Keesler Air Force Base. Additionally, he, under the guidance of the Combat Control School instructors, taught an additional four classes and mentored 17 teammates through advanced air traffic control scenarios due to his unparalleled grasp of the skill and the trust he earned from his Combat Control cadre. Finally, because of his highly effective leadership, he ensured his team's success during the intense training throughout the Special Tactics pipeline, resulting in all earning their coveted beret to serve in Special Tactics for the nation. The distinctive accomplishments of Airman Baker in the dedication of his service to his country reflect credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Keigan’s military awards include the National Defense Ribbon, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, the Air Force Basic Military Training Honor Graduate Ribbon, the Air Force Training Ribbon, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal.

In addition to serving his country, Keigan was an active member of his community, loved his family dearly and found great joy in his friendships. Keigan loved being outdoors and lived life to the fullest. He was passionate about helping people succeed and always ready to help mentor or assist others. His kindheartedness had no limit, and his smile and laughter would brighten any room. His moto – DIE LIVING – truly reflected his mindset, his passion and his amazing life.

Keigan J. Baker's military awards include: The National Defense Ribbon, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, Air Force Basic Military Training Honor Graduate Ribbon, Air Force Training Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Air Force Commendation Medal.

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