Lt. Col. Kaye Steed, a Lebanon native, was promoted to the position of battalion commander of the Tennessee U.S. Army National Guard 168th Military Police Battalion recently.
This position places steed in command of five sub-divisions of the battalion and about 750 subordinates. In the taking of the position June 14, she relieved Lt. Col. Barry Collins.
Steed was a part of the armed forces since she joined the U.S. Air Force in 1984. Steed said she had always seen herself as being someone that would be in uniform. In 1989, Steed moved from the Air Force to the National Guard, where she has served since.
Steed accepted the position in a change of command ceremony that took place at Tennessee National Guard Volunteer Training Site in Lavinia on June 14. The officiating officer of the ceremony was Col. Brett London, who passed Steed the command colors during the ceremony.
Previously, Steed served as officer branch manager of Joint Forces. Throughout her years of service she has experienced many roles including engineering and staff duties. Steed said she has always wanted to take her current position as Battalion Commander.
“Since I joined the National Guard, I’ve always aspired to earn this position [of battalion commander].”
Steed will hold the position over the 168th Police Battalion for about a three-year tour during which she will make executive decisions for her battalion.
“In my position, it’s kind of like I’m the CEO of the battalion.” Steed said.
The official motto of Steed’s battalion is “Serving those who serve.”
Steed currently resides in Hermitage, Tenn.