1stSgt Seely enlisted in the Marine Corps in August 1992 under the delayed entry program, and graduated recruit training at MCRD San Diego in October 1993 as a Private First Class. After completing Marine Combat Training at Camp Pendleton, he was assigned to the Field Radio Operators Course at 29 Palms, California.
PFC Seely reported to Alpha Company, 7th Communication Battalion at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan in February 1994 for service as a Field Radio Operator. He was promoted to Lance Corporal in March 1994, and volunteered for a Western Pacific deployment with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) the same month. After a brief return to 7th Comm Bn, LCpl Seely was reassigned to the 1st Force Service Support Group, Camp Pendleton, California.
LCpl Seely was assigned to Communications Platoon, 1st Landing Support Battalion in in March 1995. In July 1995 he won the board for Battalion Marine of the Quarter. In November 1995, LCpl Seely graduated the US Army Airborne School. He served as a Field Radio Operator for 1st Air Delivery Platoon, and was promoted to Corporal in July, 1996. During this period, he participated in counter drug operations in support of Joint Task Force 6. He was honorably discharged from active duty in July, 1997.
After a brief stint in C Company 4th Tank Battalion and a one year enlistment in the Idaho Army National Guard’s 216th Military Intelligence Company, Cpl Seely left military service. He reenlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve in December 2004, and was mobilized in January 2005. Cpl Seely served as a Fire Team Leader and Section Leader with the 2nd Military Police Battalion, on route clearance and convoy escort operations throughout Iraq until October 2005. He was promoted to Sergeant in April 2006.
Sgt Seely went on to serve with C Company, 4th Tank Battalion, in the billets of Field Radio Operator, Company Radio Chief, and Headquarters Platoon Sergeant. In September 2009 he was promoted to Staff Sergeant. SSgt Seely was the acting First Sergeant of Charlie Company from 2011-2012, when he was reassigned as the HQ Platoon Commander.
In September 2013, he transferred to Readiness Support Program 1 as Operations Chief, and was promoted to Gunnery Sergeant in October 2013. As Operations Chief in RSP-1, GySgt Seely’s responsibilities included evaluating and managing Individual Ready Reserve mobilization readiness in the Western United States.
In March 2018 he was selected to the rank of First Sergeant, and was assigned to Support Company, 4th Law Enforcement Battalion, St. Paul MN.
1stSgt Seely’s personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with gold star in lieu of second award, the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, the Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal with 3 bronze stars in lieu of 4th award, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with bronze star in lieu of second award, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with mobilization device and bronze hour glass, and the Navy and Marine Corps Parachutist badge.