Lieutenant Colonel Brad Pennella currently serves as a Military Faculty Advisor for Marine Corps University’s Command and Staff College. He has served in a variety of staff and command positions focused on fire support coordination and artillery within the Marine Corps and Joint Service offering 22 years of service to the Nation.
From 2015 to 2017, he served as the Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion, 10th Marines, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
Previous to assuming battalion command, he served as a Requirements Officer, Fires and Maneuver Integration Division (FMID), Capabilities Development Directorate (CDD), Deputy Commandant, Combat Development and Integration (DC CD&I) in Quantico, Virginia from 2013 to 2015.
From 2010 to 2013, he served as the Fires Officer, II Marine Expeditionary Forces (II MEF) in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. During this period, he deployed to Afghanistan and served as the Regional Command South West Fires Officer in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. He also served as the Force Fires Coordinator upon return from deployment.
Prior to assignment at II MEF, Lieutenant Colonel Pennella attended Command and Staff College, Marine Corps University, Quantico, Virginia AY09/10.
From 2006 to 2009, he was assigned to Fire Support Systems Project Office, Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC), Quantico, Virginia. During this assignment, he was selected on his second Individual Augment (IA) assignment and became a Military Advisor to the 1st Iraqi Army Division, Camp Habbinyah, Iraq serving in Al Anbar Province during the “Awakening” in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.
Before assignment to MCSC, Lieutenant Colonel Pennella was assigned to 1st Battalion, 11th Marines, Camp Pendleton, California. During this tour of duty, he served as a Battery Commander and Operations Officer. He deployed with his Battery alongside Regimental Combat Team 1 to Camp Fallujah, Iraq in February 2004 participating in the first battle for Fallujah in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. He also conducted his first IA assignment to CENTCOM working in the J3 Joint Intelligence and Operations Center (JIOC) both in Tampa, Florida and Doha, Qatar.
Lieutenant Colonel Pennella attended Expeditionary Warfare School (EWS) in AY 01/02 in Quantico, Virginia. Prior to EWS, he served as an Instructor, Artillery Demonstration Unit Officer in Charge, and Staff Platoon Commander at The Basic School training the Marine Corps newest officers from 1999-2002.
Designated as a Field Artillery Officer in 1995 and assigned to his first fleet unit, 1st Battalion, 12th Marines, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii to being his career.
Lieutenant Colonel Pennella holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in Military Science from Marine Corps University. His awards include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with three Gold Stars, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Gold Star and Combat Distinguishing Device, Joint Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon.