Kelly L. Bonds, Chief Warrant Officer Class Five, US Army, Class of 1985


Kelly Bonds grew up in St. Mary, Missouri, and excelled as an athlete at SGHS in football, weight lifting team, and track. In track, he was awarded the Most Improved athlete his junior year, and the Most Valuable Player his senior year. Kelly was a member of the state qualifying 1600 meter relay team his senior year, and a member of the 400 meter and 1600 meter relay teams that held the school record for many years.

Upon graduation from high school in 1985, Mr. Bonds enlisted in the U.S. Army and began his illustrious 30 year career. After completing basic training, he was assigned to the 109th Support Battalion in Fort Lewis, Washington, until 1989. From 1989 to 1992, he was assigned to the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment and was deployed to Saudi Arabia and Iraq in Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield. From 1992 to 1994, while assigned to the 36th Engineering Group in Fort Benning, Georgia, he was deployed in Operation Desert Hope in Somalia, Africa, at the United Nations Mission.

In 1996, Mr. Bonds converted from Enlisted to the Warrant Officer Corps, allowing him to serve as a senior advisor to the command assigned to all logistics, and giving him the opportunity to serve with the most prestigious and elite units in the U.S. Army. From 1996 to 1999 as a Chief Warrant Officer, he was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. From 1999-2000, he served with the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea. From 2000-2003, while assigned to the 7th Special Forces at Fort Bragg, he was deployed to Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. From 2003 to 2006, Officer Bonds was bestowed the honor of serving with the 3rd Infantry Regiment, famously known as “The Old Guard”. Officer Bonds then served from 2006-2009 with the 8th Airborne Corps before returning to Fort Bragg for three years assigned to the 18th Airborne Corps, which included another deployment to Iraq during Operation New Dawn. While serving in Iraq, the President of the United States reposed special trust and confidence upon Officer Bonds, and promoted him to the highest warrant officer rank of Chief Warrant Officer Class V. Beginning in 2012, Officer Bonds was assigned to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Washington, D.C.

Chief Warrant Officer C-V Bonds has received numerous awards and decorations in his service to his country, including: the Defense Meritorious Service Ribbon, the Army Achievement Ribbon, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Saudi Arabia Liberation Medal, Korean Defense Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Outstanding Volunteer Medal, the Army Overseas Ribbon, and the United Nations Medal. While a member of the prestigious 82ndAirborne Division, the 7th Special Forces, and the 18th Airborne Division, Officer Bonds completed over seventy airborne jumps ranging from high performance aircraft to helicopter jumps. In addition to his extensive military training, Officer Bonds graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree from Liberty University in 2011.

In his 30 years of service, Officer Bonds rose from Private to Chief Warrant Officer Class V, the highest military rank attainable by enlisted personnel as a noncommissioned officer.

Kelly Bonds is active in his community of Fayetteville, North Carolina, as a volunteer with the Big Brother, Big Sister Program, and received the Big Brother of the Year Award in 1998.

Kelly is the third of four children of Henry and Kathleen Coffman of St. Mary. He is married to Colonel Gloria Bonds of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. They have one son, Kelly, Jr. Kelly and Gloria Bonds plan to continue to volunteer in their community when they retire by mentoring youth and assisting the elderly.