Lieutenant Colonel Darrel Choat graduated from the University of Nebraska and Oklahoma State University with a B.S. and M.S in agricultural economics and policy. After working for Representative Doug Bereuter and Senator Richard Lugar in the U.S. Congress, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps in December 1997.
After completing The Basic School and MOS School, he was assigned to 1st Marine Division and served as the Adjutant for Battalion Landing Team 1/4 and 2/7. Following those two deployments, he transferred to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island where he was Alpha Company Series Commander. There he was promoted to Captain, and selected to serve as Staff Secretary to the Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island-Eastern Recruiting Region.
In 2002, he was selected to serve as a Congressional Liaison for the Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General James Jones. During his tour as a Congressional Liaison, he was deployed as an individual augment to Regimental Combat Team-7, as well as 1st Marine Division to Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005 and 2006. Following his tour as a Congressional Liaison, he received orders to serve as the Battalion Adjutant for Marine Barracks Washington, where he was promoted to Major. Upon completion of his tour at Marine Barracks Washington, he attended Marine Corps University’s resident Command and Staff College, and then the School of Advanced Warfare.
LtCol Choat then received orders to Marine Forces Central Command-Forward, Manama, Bahrain, where he served as Future Operations Planner for the Levant and Non-Combatant Evacuation Operations. Upon departure from Bahrain in 2014, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, assigned to the Afghanistan-Pakistan Hands program, deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom, and served as an advisor to Afghan Army General Officers and Ministry of Defense Officials in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Upon completion of his tour in Afghanistan, LtCol Choat attended the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia in 2017. After graduating, he was assigned as Assistant Chief of Staff G-1, Marine Corps Installation Command National Capitol Region-Marine Corps Base Quantico. There he served for two years until being selected to serve as Marine Barracks Washington’s Executive Officer in 2019.
Lieutenant Colonel Choat’s family raises corn and soybeans in central Nebraska.
LtCol Choat’s personal awards include Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars in lieu of second and third award, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with one gold star in lieu of second award, and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.