SgtMaj Neel joined the Marine Corps in September 1990 graduating recruit training at MCRD, San Diego. After completing Marine Combat Training, he attended the Landing Support Specialist Course at Camp Lejeune, NC earning the MOS designation of 0481. PFC Neel was then assigned to MSSG-26 Landing Force Shore Party, 26th MEU in April 1991 and promoted to Lance Corporal. LCpl Neel spent two deployments with the 26th MEU, participating in Operations Provide Comfort and Provide Promise. He then transferred to C Co, 2nd LSB and was promoted to Corporal.
He left active duty in April of 1995 and joined the 4th FIIU, MFR in July of 1995, promoting to Sergeant in October. Sgt Neel was assigned as Plt Sgt and performed those duties until November 1996 where he reported to the Imagery Analyst Course, Good Fellow AFB, San Angelo, TX. Sgt Neel completed the course in May 1997 earning the MOS of 0241. He returned to the 4th FIIU and was assigned the duties of Production Chief. He was promoted to Staff Sergeant in June 1997.
Late 2003 SSgt Neel mobilized with 1st Intel Bn, Camp Commando, Kuwait serving as the MEF Imagery Liaison at MAG-11, 3rd MAW at Al-Jabar Airbase. His duties included collections management and imagery analysis. In January 2005 SSgt Neel was mobilized and tasked to stand up a “Reach Back” capability to provide intelligence support from CONUS.
In September 2005 he was promoted to Gunnery Sergeant. GySgt Neel transferred to G-2 (IMA), MARFORPAC. He held the positions of Collections Manager and Targeting SNCOIC, participating in joint exercises on the Korean peninsula. In May of 2009, GySgt Neel was frocked to First Sergeant and
transferred to B Co, Intel Support Bn and maintained that post for a year until he was posted to the position of SgtMaj.
1stSgt Neel performed as the acting SgtMaj for a year, then resumed his duties as 1stSgt for B Co. He completed his tour in May 2012 and transferred to A Co, 4th LSB. He served as the Company 1stSgt until May 2013 where he was frocked to Sergeant Major. SgtMaj Neel’s personal awards include the
Meritorious Service Medal, Navy / Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2nd Award), Navy / Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4th Award), Good Conduct Medal, Selected Marine Corps Reserve Service Medal (5th award) and the Armed
Forces Reserve Medal.