LtCol Teague Pastel, USMC
Senior Military Fellow
United States Marine Corps
LtCol Pastel was commissioned on May 24, 1996 after graduating from the United States Naval Academy. He attended The Basic School and the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, and then reported to 2nd Battalion/11th Marine Regiment (2/11) in Camp Pendleton, CA. He remained in 2/11 from 1997 to 2000 and served as a forward observer, guns platoon commander, fire direction officer, and battery executive officer. He also deployed twice with Battalion Landing Team 2/5 as part of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).
In 2000, LtCol Pastel reported to The Basic School (TBS) for instructor duty. While at TBS, he served as the head fire support instructor, staff platoon commander, and company executive officer. From 2003-2004 he attended the Expeditionary Warfare School in Quantico, VA.
Next, LtCol Pastel served in 1st Battalion/10th Marine Regiment (1/10) from 2004-2007. During this tour he served as the Headquarters Battery Commander, Headquarters Company Commander for Headquarters Battalion 2nd Marine Division, battalion operations officer, and battalion executive officer. As the Headquarters Company Commander, he deployed to Ramadi, Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.
From 2007-2008, LtCol Pastel attended the Marine Corps Command and Staff College. After finishing school, he reported to Manpower Management Enlisted Assignments (MMEA). Six months later he was selected to be the Junior Aide to the 34th Commandant of the Marine Corps. He served as the junior aide from December 2008 to November 2010. Remaining in the Pentagon, he reported to the J-3, Joint Operations Directorate DDRO, JODCENT and served in various action officer billets until 2013.
In 2013, LtCol Pastel took command of 1st Battalion/11th Marine Regiment (1/11) at Camp Pendleton, CA. After changing command in January 2015, he assumed duties as the 11th Marine Regiment Executive Officer. In the summer of 2015 he reported to Fort McNair to attend The Eisenhower School, National Defense University. After graduating from The Eisenhower School in June 2016, he reported to the 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade in Bahrain to serve as the Current Operations Officer. He is currently serving as the CMC Senior Fellow to the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) in Washington, DC.