LtCol Douglas S. Meisel is a native of New York City. He graduated from Georgetown University in 1999 and was commissioned through Officer Candidate School in the same year. Upon completion of the Basic School and Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, he reported for duty with Battery B, 1st Battalion, 12thMarines, aboard Kaneohe Bay, HI in January 2001. During his active duty tour, he served as a forward observer, fire direction officer, liaison officer to 3d Battalion, 3d Marines and fire direction officer for 1/12.
In February 2004, LtCol Meisel ended his active service and started law school at the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He earned his juris doctorate, cum laude, in May of 2007 and was appointed as an Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office where he worked from September 2007 until October 2016. In November 2016, LtCol Meisel was sworn in as an Assistant Commonwealth Attorney in Louisville, Kentucky. He is presently the Chief of Trial Division A, where he is responsible for the supervision of eight prosecutors and prosecuting felony cases at trial, to include murder, robbery, burglary, and weapons possession.
In September 2009, LtCol Meisel returned to the SMCR, affiliating with 2d Battalion, 25th Marines in Garden City, NY, where he served as Assistant Operations Officer and H&S Company Executive Officer until May 2011. LtCol Meisel was then cross-decked to 1st Battalion, 25th Marines and assisted in the planning and execution of initial location training at Camp Pendleton, CA until August 2011. In August 2011, LtCol Meisel deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. During the deployment, as senior watch officer for the area of operation Belleau Wood security force, LtCol Meisel was responsible for coordinating the efforts of the combined joint operations center, leading the targeting & effects working group as the information operations officer. He further planned and coordinated multiple cross-boundary harassment and interdiction illumination fire-plans in support of counter-IDF operations as the battalion fire support coordinator.
LtCol Meisel reported to 3d Battalion, 14th Marines in December 2013 where he served until June 2017. He served as headquarters battery commander, battery commander of Battery G, and as the battalion logistics officer. As a firing battery commander, LtCol Meisel was at the forefront of the battalion’s efforts to perform distributed operations, reorganizing Battery G to establish two independent fire capable platoons.
LtCol Meisel is a graduate of the Command and Staff College blended seminar program at Camp Lejeune, NC. His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (2), Armed Forces Reserve Medal, and NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan.