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LtCol Dominique B. Neal Commanding Officer, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion
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LtCol Dominique B. Neal is a native of San Francisco, California. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science Degree (BS) in English and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant.

In October 2000, following completion of The Basic School and Infantry Officers Course, he reported to 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines Twenty-nine Palms, CA. He served as a Rifle Platoon Commander, Executive Officer, Assistant Operations Officer, and Rifle Company Commander, Company L. During his tour he deployed to Okinawa under the Unit Deployment Program and Iraq in support of Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom II.

 In November 2004, LtCol Neal reported to School of Infantry (West) Camp Pendleton, CA. He served as the Bravo Company Commander, Infantry Training Battalion. He additionally served as the Crewman Course Officer in Charge and Executive Officer, Light Armored Vehicle Training Company, Advanced Infantry Training Battalion.

In 2008, LtCol Neal reported to 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion in Camp Pendleton, CA. He served as the Bravo Company Commander and Headquarters and Service Company Commander completing two deployments in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom 08-02 and Enduring Freedom 10-2.

In June 2012, LtCol Neal was assigned to Marine Corps Recruiting Station Los Angeles as the Commanding Officer until July 2015, completing a successful tour.

In August 2015, LtCol Neal reported to 3d Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion to assume duties as the Battalion Executive Officer. During his tour, he deployed to Kuwait in support of CJTF Operation Inherent Resolve serving as a planner for partnered force missions in Syria and Iraq.

In June 2016, LtCol Neal completed his tour with 3d Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion and reported to the Tactical Training Exercise Control Group to assume his present duty as the Urban Warfare Section Officer in Charge.

LtCol Neal is a graduate of the Light Armored Vehicle Leaders Course, the U.S. Army Maneuver Captains Career Course, and the Marine Corps Command and Staff College in which he earned a Masters Degree in Military Studies (MMS).

LtCol Neal's personal awards include the Bronze Star with Combat Distinguishing Device, Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, and the Infantry Rifle Squad Competition Badge

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