Sergeant Major Neel is a native of Roanoke, Virginia, and he graduated
from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in
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
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.