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B.A. (Political Science), Penn State University, 1995
M.S. (Military Studies), Command and Staff College, 2010


Military Education

Officer Candidates School, Platoon Leaders Course (1993, 1994)
The Basic School, 1995
Field Artillery Officers Basic Course, 1996
Expeditionary Warfare School, 2003
Command and Staff College (Non Res), 2009
Command and Staff College (Res), 2010

Major Assignments
Lieutenant Colonel Pennella’s assignments in the operating forces include Forward Observer, Fire Direction Officer, and
Executive Officer for Battery C, 1st Battalion 12th Marines; Battery Commander, Battery A, 1st Battalion, 11th Marines for
Regimental Combat Team 1 (RCT-1); Assistant Operations Officer and Operations Officer for 1st Battalion, 11th Marines; J3
Ground Watch Officer, Joint Intelligence and Operations Center, CENTCOM (FWD); Fires Officer, 1st Iraqi Army Division
Military Transition Team; Fires Officer, Regional Command South West (RC (SW)); Force Fires Coordinator (FEC), II Marine
Expeditionary Force; Battalion Commander, 1st Battalion, 10th Marines.

Other assignments include Artillery Demonstration Unit Officer in Charge, Instructor, and Staff Platoon Commander at The
Basic School; Operations Officer, PM Fire Support Systems at Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC); Requirements
Officer, Fires and Maneuver Integration Division, Capabilities Development Directorate, at Deputy Commandant, Combat
Development & Integration (DC, CD&I), Military Faculty Advisor at Command and Staff College.