March 19, 2020
DOB: January 14, 1996
HOMETOWN: Longview, WA
ENTERED SERVICE: 2018
UNITS: Air Force Special Tactics Combat Controller assigned to the Special Tactics Training Squadron, 24th Special Operations Wing.
MILITARY TRAINING: BA Prep Course, CCSC- Combat, Control Selection Course, Airborne School, SERE- Survival,, Evasion, Resistance and Escape , ATC- Air Traffic Control
CCS- Combat Controller School, Special Warfare Pre-Dive
Keigan enlisted in the United States Air Force in June 2018 and was recognized as an Honor Graduate at the completion of Basic Military Training. After BMT, he secured a spot in the Air Force's two-year Combat Control Program, an exclusive and highly selective program. Special Tactics Combat Controllers are widely renowned for combat reconnaissance, coordinating precision airstrikes and conducting personnel recovery operations.
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS: Keigan's awards and decorations include an Air Force Training Ribbon, the Air Force Basic Military Training Honor Graduate Ribbon, the Air Force Good Conduct Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the National Defense Ribbon and the Air Force Commendation Medal
SURVIVED BY: Father and Stepmother, Jason(Jake) and Jaime Baker, brother Masen Baker, Mother and Stepfather, Renee and Brad Ramey, along with many relatives, friends and SW teammates.
Airman First Class Keigan J Baker, 24, a Combat Controller assigned to the 24th Special Operations Wing, tragically passed away 03/19/2020 during a 2000-meter surface training swim during the Air Force Combat Dive Course in Panama City, Florida.
Keigan was a person that would pull others to the standard of excellence he held himself to. He was very competitive, and others strived to be at that same level. It wasn't just his athleticism, as he excelled academically as well. He brought out the best in others around him. Keigan is greatly missed and will always be remembered by his loving family, friends and teammates for his exceptional character, his dedication and willingness to help others. Keigan took great pride in his craft. He was determined to live up to and honor all those who came before him that gave their lives to protect our freedoms... to "The First There, That Others May Live!"
The Keigan Baker Memorial Fund is a non-profit created by Keigan's brother Masen Baker. The organization's goal is to honor Keigan's legacy and his lifelong goal to serve and protect our great country. Currently, the KB Memorial Fund has partnered up with SOCOM Athlete with providing scholarships to individuals pursuing careers in the Special Operations field and who attend their HELL DAY events, mentorship and development prep courses.