Konetzni and Post named to Board
The Camden Partnership is pleased to announce two new members the board of directors, VADM, USN (R) Albert Konetzni and Sr. Chief Keith Post (USN (R).
Admiral Konetzni is a well-known submariner both in Camden County and across the county. He served as Submarine Squadron 16 Commander at Kings Bay in the 80s. He served as Commander of all United States Submarines in the Pacific from 1998 until 2001. Admiral Konetzni was the driving force behind the revolutionary program for higher retention of the submarine force and was featured on the front page of The Wall Street Journal – that program is still in effect with the submarine force enjoying higher retention and lower attrition rates. He initiated the study, planning and execution to return submarines to Guam, Marianas Islands. He later served as Deputy Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command and U.S. Atlantic Fleet where he was responsible for the readiness and performance of 160 ships, nearly 1200 aircraft and 50 baes and facilities manned by more than 133,000 personnel.
He holds a Masters Degree from George Washington University and has coauthored the book Command at Sea. He retired on September 1, 2004 and was previously employed by the Washington Division of URS as President of West Valley Environmental Services. He and his wife Missy relocated to Camden County this year.
Keith Post served in the Navy for 22 years from 1981-2001 serving on four submarines. His final assignment was at Strategic Systems Programs Headquarters in Washington, DC as the Force Career Counselor where he retired from active duty on September 30, 2003.
Since leaving the Navy Post has immersed himself in his adopted community of St. Marys. He obtained his Real Estate License in July of 2004 and was a licensed Realtor until November 2012. He served as President of the Camden/Charlton County Board of Realtors in 2008, as President of the Camden-Kings Bay Council of the Navy League before serving as Georgia Area President. In that position he also served as a National Director of the U.S. Navy League. As a result of his work with the Navy League he was awarded the Meritorious Public Service medal from the Department of the Navy and the Distinguished Public Service medal from the U.S. Coast Guard.
In 2008 he served as Co-Chair for Logistics of the USS GEORGIA (SSGN 729) Return to Service Committee and was selected as the Camden/Charlton County Realtor of the Year. In 2009 he was recognized for his numerous community service projects when he was awarded the Rosie Kelly Community Service Award.
He served on the St. Marys City Council from 2010 to 2013 and now manages the St. Marys Submarine Museum. In August 2016 the United States Submarine Veterans, Inc presented the Ben Bastura Historical Achievement Award for his tireless efforts at preserving submarine history and artifacts at the Museum and for his hard work for the past six years at the Annual WWII Submarine Veterans of WWII Memorial week which is held annually at Kings Bay in November.
“We are delighted to have these gentlemen on our board of directors. Their background in the submarine force will be a great asset for the partnership”, said Howard Sepp, Board Chairman.