A ceremony promoting Eric Feustel from Lieutenant Colonel to Colonel, Judge Advocate, U.S. Army Reserve was held at Aberdeen Proving Ground on June 29, 2018. Colonel Feustel, who has been adjunct faculty at Harford Community College for the past 13 years, teaches Legal Environment of Business and Business Law.

Over the past 30 years, Colonel Feustel served in all three Army components participating in humanitarian, peacekeeping, and combat operations. In 1988, at age 17, he enlisted as an Army aviation scout serving with cavalry and attack helicopter units in Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq. In 1992, he joined the Maryland Army National Guard serving with cavalry and air ambulance units while pursing business and law degrees.

In 1998, he returned to active service as an Army Judge Advocate. As 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment trial counsel, he deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina as the 49th Armored Division, Texas Army National Guard, task force chief of military justice. He later served as officer in charge, Trial Defense Service, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, and trial attorney, Trial Counsel Assistance Program. Before joining the Army Reserve in 2005, he served on the Army Staff as an administrative/legislative law attorney.

As a U.S. Army Reserve officer, Colonel Feustel mobilized in support of disaster relief in Utah and later in support of the Wounded Warrior Project. He recently served as the Staff Judge Advocate, 4th Expeditionary Sustainment Command and Deputy Commander, 151st Legal Operations Detachment. He served special assignments as a Missing Person’s Counsel and as a Military Legal Advisor to a Soldier accused of murder in a foreign court. Colonel Feustel assumed command of the 6th Legal Operations Detachment, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, on July 29, 2018.

Colonel Feustel holds a B.S. in Entrepreneurship an and MBA from the University of Baltimore, a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maryland School of Law. His military decorations include the Air Medal, Maryland Medal for Valor, Texas Medal of Merit, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Aircraft Crewmember Badge, Army Staff Identification Badge, and the German Troop Duty Proficiency Badge in Gold.

Colonel Feustel is married to his wife of 27 years, Holly. He has four adult daughters: Emily Day, Madeline, Rebekah, and Sarah; all of his daughters attended Harford Community College. His son-in-law, Jeff Day, is a former 101st Airborne Division, non-commissioned officer with service in Afghanistan. A passionate educator, Colonel Feustel has served on the faculty of Harford Community College since 2005 and on the board of directors of the Harford Christian Educational Foundation since 2010.

A Federal civil servant since 2005, he currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Major General Randy S. Taylor, Commanding General, Communications-Electronics Command and Senior Commander, Aberdeen Proving Ground.