Story by William King on 04/01/2019Colonel Neil K. Khatod received his commission through the United States Military Academy at West Point where he graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor's degree in Spanish and French. He also has degrees from the University of Oklahoma with a Masters of Human Relations in Human Resource Management, from the University of Maryland with a Masters of Science in Information Technology, and from the National War College with a Masters of Science in National Strategy and Policy.
His military education includes the Signal Officer Basic Course, United States Marine Corps Command and Control Systems Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, US Army Command and General Staff College, Argentine Escuela de Guerra (Command and Staff College), and the National War College. He is also a graduate of the Airborne and Jumpmasters courses.
His previous assignments include: Platoon Leader, 50th Signal Battalion, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Battalion S6, 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Brigade S6, 2nd Brigade 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany; Company Commander, 2nd Brigade 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany; Division G6 Plans Officer, 1st Infantry Division, Wurzburg, Germany; Company Commander, 121st Signal Battalion, Kitzingen, Germany; Brigade S6, 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany; Combat Development Project Officer, Capabilities Development and Integration Division, US Army Signal Center, Fort Gordon, Georgia; Chief of Concepts, Capabilities Development and Integration Division, US Army Signal Center, Fort Gordon, Georgia; Battalion S3, 40th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, Camp Victory, Iraq; Battalion Executive Officer, 40th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, Fort Huachuca, Arizona; Plans Officer, 5th Signal Command, USAREUR, Wiesbaden, Germany; Chief of C4 Plans & Projects, 5th Signal Command, Wiesbaden, Germany; ARCENT Forward, Kabul, Afghanistan; Chief of Plans and Exercises, 5th Signal Command, USAREUR, Wiesbaden, Germany; Battalion Commander, 72nd Expeditionary Signal Battalion, Schweinfurt, Germany; Chief of Current Operations, USCENTCOM J6, MacDill AFB, Florida; Operations Division Deputy Chief, USCENTCOM J6, MacDill AFB, Florida; Operations Division Chief, USCENTCOM J6, MacDill AFB, Florida. Most recently he served as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G3, 335th Signal Command (Theater) (Provisional), Army Central Command, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.
Colonel Khatod's awards and decorations include: the Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal (2nd Award), Meritorious Service Medal (4th Award), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (5th Award), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (6th Award), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), Kosovo Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1 Star), Iraq Campaign Medal (3 Stars), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (5th Award), NATO Medal, and the Master Parachutist Badge.