Lieutenant Colonel Sarah Pezzat was born in Michigan and was inducted into the United States Naval Academy in July, 1998. Upon graduation from the Naval Academy in 2002, she was commissioned into the U.S. Marine Corps and attended The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia. She was designated a logistics officer, and was subsequently assigned to 2d Transportation Support Battalion (TSB), 2d Force Service Support Group (FSSG), Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. After serving as a platoon commander in 2d TSB, she was deployed as the Motor Transportation Officer for Combat Service Support Detachment 20, Marine Air Ground Task Force 8 to Port Au Prince, Haiti in support of Operation SECURE TOMORROW. She was promoted to First Lieutenant while deployed. MAGTF-8 was de-activated in 2004 and she was reassigned briefly to 2d TSB and then to Headquarters and Service Battalion, 2d FSSG as the Battalion S-4 Officer.
In 2005, she deployed with the battalion to Al Taqaddum, Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM as the S-4, Maintenance Officer, and Supply Officer. After her return from Iraq, the FSSG was in the process of reorganizing into the MLG. She briefly spent some time as the S-4 before she was reassigned to 2d Supply Battalion as the S-4 Officer and then was assigned as the 2d Supply Battalion Assistant Operations Officer.
In 2006, she was frocked to Captain and deployed as an individual augment to Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa as the Staff Secretary in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. She returned from deployment in 2007 and resumed her duties as the Assistant Operations Officer as her battalion was preparing to return to Iraq for another tour. In September 2007, she reached her end of obligated service and departed the Marine Corps Active Component into the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR).
In September 2007, she reported for duty to the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Academy. In May 2008, she graduated and was sworn in as a Metropolitan Police Officer assigned to the Third District.
In 2011, Captain Pezzat, interviewed for and was selected to fill the Operations Plans Officer position with the Marine Corps’ Logistics Readiness Coordination Center (LRCC) in the Pentagon as an activated Individual Mobilization Augmentee. After assisting in running the LRCC for one year, the LRCC dissolved and Captain Pezzat assumed the role of an action officer in Logistics Plans and Operations at Headquarters Marine Corps, I&L. She was promoted to Major during her time at the Pentagon.
In 2013, Major Pezzat assessed into the Active Reserve program within the Reserve Component. In 2014, she was reassigned to the Total Force Structure Division, Headquarters Marine Corps, Combat Development and Integration as a force structure analyst. In 2016, she was selected to attend resident Command and Staff College in Quantico, Virginia. She graduated in June, 2017 with a Master’s Degree in Military Studies.
Major Pezzat was assigned as the Reserve Integration Officer for III Marine Expeditionary Force in July 2017 through June 2020 in Okinawa, Japan. She was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel while stationed in Okinawa. After this tour with the Active Component operating forces, Lieutenant Colonel Pezzat was then reassigned to Marine Forces Reserve in New Orleans, LA as the G-1 Operations Officer from July 2020 through June 2021. After that brief tour in NOLA, Lieutenant Colonel Pezzat was selected for command and became the Inspector-Instructor of 4th Medical Battalion on 2 Jul 21.
Her personal awards include Meritorious Service Medal (4th award), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2d award), Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal (2d award), Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (5th award), and Armed Forces Reserve Medal (bronze hourglass, M device).