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Commanding Officer

Colonel Neil Schuehle

Colonel Schuehle served in the Army National Guard and Reserves from 1984 – 1987. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1987. A reconnaissance Marine, he was meritoriously promoted to the ranks of LCpl, Cpl, and Sgt and served in 1st Force Reconnaissance Company. He was selected to the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program and commissioned at The Citadel in August 1992.

Colonel Schuehle’s Infantry assignments include: Reconnaissance Marine, 1st Force Reconnaissance Company; 81mm Mortar Platoon Commander and Commanding Officer H&S Company, BLT 3/1; Infantry and Reconnaissance Instructor, Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron – 1; Commanding Officer Echo Company, 2nd Bn/6th Marines; Operations Officer, 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion/2nd Force Reconnaissance Company; and Operations Officer, 11th MEU(SOC).

Colonel Schuehle’s Special Operations related assignments include: Regional Support Officer, HQMC; Section Head MAGTF & Special Operations, HQMC; Commanding Officer, 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, MARSOC; Commandant of the Marine Corps Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (Project on Special Operations); Strategic Analyst, Strategic Initiatives Group, HQMC (SOF desk); US Special Operations Command Liaison Officer to the Counterterrorist Center at the Central Intelligence Agency; Director of Special Operations at US Africa Command; and Commanding Officer of the Special Operations School, MARSOC.

His civilian education includes an AA from New Mexico Military Institute, a BA from the Citadel, and a MBA from Webster University.

Colonel Schuehle’s decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with gold star, Bronze Star with combat “V”, the Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star, the Army Commendation Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon with Gold Star, and Good Conduct Medal. He is a member of the Infantry Order of St. Crispin.

He married the former Christie Michelle Delaplaine of Spring, Texas in February 1997. They are blessed to have four daughters; Sedona Grace (16), Miranda Elizabeth (14), Ariana Joy (10), and Catalina Michelle (8).