United States Marine Corps



   Lieutenant Colonel David W. Forbell

   Deputy Senior Marine Representative



LtCol David Forbell started his military career in 1997 when he enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves.  He served five years in the reserves and attained the rank of Sergeant.  Upon completing his undergraduate degree, a BS in Business and Information Systems from the University of Phoenix, Sergeant Forbell reported to Officer Candidate School in Quantico, VA.  He was commissioned in March of 2002 and spent the next several years in flight school.  After earning his wings of gold in September of 2004, 1stLt Forbell was selected to fly the F/A-18 Hornet.  He spent the next year in Oceana, VA at the Fleet Replacement Squadron, VFA-106, before reporting to MCAS Beaufort, SC in the fall of 2005.  

While in Beaufort, Captain Forbell served with VMFA(AW)-533 as a scheduling officer and legal officer.  He completed two combat deployments to Iraq, one flying combat missions with VMFA(AW)-533 in 2006, and a second in 2007, serving an individual augment billet with the 2d Marine Aircraft Wing.  He also served with VMFA-312 in 2008.  Next, Captain Forbell served a non-flying tour with Marine Wing Support Squadron 273 as a Remain Behind Element OIC and as the Operations Officer.  

In 2009, Captain Forbell reported to VT-21, NAS Kingsville, TX, where he served as an advanced flight instructor.  In 2010, he was selected for the Special Education Program and reported to the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in July 2011.  At NPS he completed a Master of Science in Management and graduated with distinction.  After graduation in December 2012, Major Forbell reported to HQMC Programs & Resources where he served in the Program Analysis & Evaluation (PA&E) division through 2016.  In June of 2016, Maj Forbell transferred to HQMC Aviation where he served as an aviation analyst.  However, his time at HQMC Aviation was cut short due to reassignment to serve as the Operations Officer at the newly established HQMC Force Preservation Directorate (G-10), in November of 2016.  In July of 2018 Maj Forbell transferred to the Naval Postgraduate School where he currently serves as the Deputy Senior Marine.  

LtCol Forbell’s personal decorations include two Meritorious Service Medals, six Air Medals, and three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals. 

LtCol Forbell is married to his wife Christi, of 19 years, and has two children, Alexandra (15) and Jacob (12).