Nathan “Safety Nate” Neeley, MGySgt (Ret.) served in both the United States Marine Corps Selective Reserve and the United States Marine Corps Active Reserve from 1982 to His retirement in October 2012 at 26 years of Active Duty service and 30 years of total service. Initially assigned to Company D, 4th Reconnaissance Battalion, Albuquerque, NM as a Recon Team Radio Operator, He attended all qualification schools to gain the Reconnaissance MOS and also Airborne, Dive and Parachute Rigger qualifications. Nate held the billets of Assistant Recon Team Leader, Recon Team Leader, Platoon Guide and Recon Indoctrination Platoon Assistant Instructor. Accepted into the Full Time Support program (Later changed to Active Reserve) as a Sergeant in 1988, Nate was assigned as a Weapons & Tactics Instructor, Marine Combat Training Battalion, School of Infantry, Camp Pendleton, CA. While assigned to Company E, MCT Bn, He was assigned as a Platoon Sergeant and later to the MCT Bn Instructor Company as the Primary Land Navigation Instructor and Assistant Offensive and Defensive Patrolling Instructor. In March of 1990, Nate was assigned to Inspector-Instructor Staff, Company E, 4th Recon Bn, Anchorage, AK as the Special Equipment/Dive Locker NCO. During this tour, He was responsible for the Training, Maintenance, and Inspection of all Specialized Reconnaissance Equipment used for all training and operational mission assignments. He continued in the capacities of Diving Supervisor, Amphibious Locker Chief, and Reconnaissance Indoctrination Platoon Instructor until his transfer to the 4th Reconnaissance Battalion Headquarters in San Antonio, Texas in April, 1996. While assigned to the Inspector-Instructor Staff, 4th Reconnaissance Battalion, San Antonio, Nate was assigned as the I-I Battalion Training/Schools Chief and the I-I Battalion Amphibious Locker Chief. Nate received orders back to the School of Infantry, Camp Pendleton, CA and reported in to Company I, MCT Bn, in January of 1999. He was assigned as the Platoon Commander for 1st Platoon, Company I, and was responsible for the training of over five thousand MCT Students from January 1999 to January 2001. He was then reassigned as the Assistant Battalion Operation Chief in February 2001 and conducted the scheduling of all required training ranges for MCT Bn and headed the complete re-write of the MCT Bn baseline training schedule from 17 to 24 training days. In April of 2001, Nate received orders to Recruiting Duty and attended Basic Recruiter’s Course and the Prior Service Recruiter’s Course graduating in June of 2001. He reported to Prior Service Recruiting District 12, Camp Pendleton, CA in August 2001 and was assigned as the Site SNCOIC, Prior Service Recruiting Site Phoenix, Arizona. During his tour as the Site SNCOIC, His site attained the highest overall recorded numbers ever produced from this demographically challenged location and this location was named the Prior Service Recruiting Site for FY 2003. Nate was approved for the Prior Service Recruiting Career Recruiter (8412) program in June, 2003 and was assigned as the Northern Area SNCOIC for Prior Service Recruiting Office #12, reporting in September, 2003 to Salt Lake City, Utah. Nate completed four mission plus fiscal years as the Area SNCOIC for the Northern Area. In June, 2007 He reported to PSRO #12, Camp Pendleton, 12th Marine Corps District as the Southern Area SNCOIC and Assistant Recruiter Instructor and successfully completed one fiscal year’s mission as the SNCOIC for the Southern Area when he was then selected to become the Recruiter Instructor for PSRO#12, 12th Marine Corps District in June, 2008. Nate was promoted to his present rank on the 1st of June, 2010 and reported to Marine Corps Recruiting Command, Quantico, VA in July, 2010 to serve as the Prior Service Recruiting Section Chief within MCRC G-3 Operations and served in this capacity until His retirement in October, 2012. During this tour, He was responsible for all MCRC Prior Service Recruiting Manpower requirements and served as the Senior Enlisted SME to the Commanding General on all Prior Service Recruiting issues. During Nate’s post-retirement He has worked as a Strategic Workforce Planning (Recruiting SME) contractor for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and as a Call Center Customer Service Representative for the Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Call Center in Dumfries, VA.Nate now resides with His wife Michele in Rio Rancho, NM and they provide fulltime care for His elderly parents while conducting volunteer work to the Military Veteran community.
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