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Sergeant Major, Marine Aircraft Group 41 Sergeant Major Dallas K. Neel
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Sergeant Major Neel is a native of Roanoke, Virginia, and he graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice.

 

Sergeant Major Neel enlisted in August 1989, and subsequently reported to Parris Island, S.C. for initial training. He earned a meritorious promotion during Boot Camp to Private First Class.  PFC Neel then went to Courthouse Bay, Camp Lejeune N.C. and became a Combat Engineer.  Private First Class Neel then reported to Charlie Company,

4th Combat Engineer Battalion, 4th Marine Division in Lynchburg, Virginia where he served as a Combat Engineer from 1990 thru 2009.

 

From February - April 1991, LCPL Neel was mobilized for Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield and deployed to Norway in support of Exercise Battle Griffin.  He participated in joint operations with Norwegian forces, performing combined missions to mitigate potential aggressive actions against Norway.

 

In November 1995, Sergeant Neel deployed to Aruba to conduct joint training with Royal Dutch Marines.  He earned the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for professionalism and performance of his duties during that period.

 

In December 1995 thru August 1997, Sergeant Neel was assigned to the Engineer Reconnaissance Training Group based in Roanoke, VA. During this time period he also participated in amphibious operational training in Coronado, CA.

 

In May 2000, Sergeant Neel deployed to the Republic of Macedonia to participate in Operation Cornerstone.  He earned the Air Force Achievement Medal and a Certificate of Commendation for his leadership and performance of duty during the execution of multiple Joint and multinational humanitarian operations within the region.

 

From September 2004 thru March 2005, Staff Sergeant Neel deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with 2nd Battalion, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, 1st Marine Division.  He served as Combat Engineer Platoon Guide. SSgt Neel earned a Combat Action Ribbon and a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for his actions throughout this deployment.  Upon returning from deployment, Staff Sergeant Neel was the 3rd Platoon Sgt. for “C” Co. During this time he earned a second Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for his leadership and professionalism.

 

November 2005 newly promoted Gunnery Sergeant Neel served as Company Gunnery Sergeant and Operations Chief for “C” Co., 4th CEB, 4th.

 

June 2009, First Sergeant Neel reported to Delta Company, 4th CEB, 4th MarDiv, located in Knoxville, Tenn.. During this period, 1st Sgt Neel participated in exercises to include Shared Accord in Mozambique, Africa and Chromite II at Camp Pendleton, CA.

 

 June 2012, First Sergeant Neel reported to H & S Company, 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion, 4th MarDiv, in Tampa FL. 

 

June 2013, Sergeant Major Neel reported to Marine Air Control Squadron-24 Virginia Beach Virginia.

 

Sergeant Major Neel assumed his current post as Marine Aircraft Group 41 Sergeant Major on June 17th 2017.


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