Second Lieutenant Kershaw was commissioned via the Platoon Leader's Course in 2005. After attending the Engineer Officer's Course in 2006, he was assigned to Combat Assault Battalion in Okinawa, Japan. There he served as a Platoon Commander and Company Executive Officer from 2006 to 2008, participating in several bilateral training exercises in South Korea and Japan. In 2007, he deployed to Fallujah, Iraq as the Engineer Platoon Commander for 3d Battalion, 3d Marines in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
From 2008 to 2011, Captain Kershaw served as a Project Officer for Engineer Support Equipment at Marine Corps Systems Command in Quantico, Virginia. As such, he managed several programs in the family of water and fuel systems, including the Lightweight Water Purification System. From 2009-2010, he deployed as an individual augment to Kandahar, Afghanistan, serving in the Engineer Cell of the NATO-led Regional Command South Staff.
Upon graduation from Expeditionary Warfare School in 2012, he transferred to 7th Engineer Support Battalion (ESB) in Camp Pendleton, California and took command of Company A. In late 2013, he formed an Engineer Services Company with other Marines and Sailors of 7th ESB and joined Combat Logistics Battalion-1 for pre-deployment training. Captain Kershaw deployed to Helmand, Afghanistan in 2014 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, participating in the tactical withdraw of conventional U.S. forces from Camp Leatherneck in October of that year. Upon returning to 7th ESB, he served as the Battalion Operations Officer.
In 2015, he reported to Marine Corps Logistics Operations Group in Twentynine Palms, California and was promoted to Major. There he served in the Advanced Collective Training Department, responsible for training Logistics Combat Element staffs in various operational processes. He also served as a faculty advisor for the Intermediate Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Logistics Operations Course and as an Observer/Trainer/Collector for several large MAGTF exercises during this time.
After attending a six month Spanish language course in Washington D.C. in 2018, he reported to Argentina's Naval War College in Buenos Aires, Argentina in January of 2019 to complete the year-long Command and Staff Course. Upon graduation, he checked into Combat Logistics Battalion 22 to serve as the Executive Officer in January, 2020. In May of the same year, he deployed to Sigonella, Italy with the 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit in support of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa 20.2. In April, 2021, Major Kershaw reported to Combat Logistics Regiment 27 and assumed the billet of Executive Officer. He was promoted to his current rank in May of 2021.
Lieutenant Colonel Kershaw holds a BA in Criminal Justice from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is a graduate of Argentina's Naval Command and Staff Course, Marine Corps Command and Staff College (Distance Education Program), Expeditionary Warfare School, the Tactical MAGTF Integration Course, the Intermediate MAGTF Logistics Operations Course, and the Urban Mobility Breacher Advanced Course. His personal decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with gold star in lieu of second award), the Navy Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon. While he calls the State of Texas home, he currently lives in Jacksonville, NC and spends free time attempting to rebuild a 60 year-old Ford Truck.