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David Emmel
Lieutenant Colonel, US Marine Corps

Lieutenant Colonel Emmel is the 2018-2019 Commandant of the Marine Corps Fellow at the MIT Security Studies Program.  Commissioned in May 1998 as an infantry officer, Lieutenant Colonel Emmel has held command positions at the platoon, company, and battalion level and as acting commanding officer at the regimental level.  During these periods, he deployed operationally with the 24th and 22nd Marine Expeditionary Units in support of the Global War on Terrorism, twice with the operating forces for Operation Iraqi Freedom, and also as the Black Sea Rotational Force in Romania.  Lieutenant Colonel Emmel’s staff assignments include tours as Assistant Operations Officer and Battalion Operations Officer for two infantry battalions; Plans Division Chief and Joint Training Team Chief, Special Operations Command—Joint Capabilities, U.S. Special Operations Command; and Mission Assurance Branch Head, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command. Lieutenant Colonel Emmel’s formal military education includes attendance at The Basic School, the Infantry Officers Course, the Expeditionary Warfare School, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the Joint Forces Staff College.