4th Brigade Combat Team

Colonel Brian L. Pearl

Brigade Commander

4BCT- 4th Infantry Division

Portrait of Colonel Brian L. Pearl


Colonel Pearl grew up in Missouri and received a Bachelor of Science Degree and his commission through ROTC at Northeast Missouri State University in 1989. He also holds a Masters of Science Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University. His military education includes completion of the Infantry Officer and Advanced Courses, the Combined Arms Services Staff School, United States Army Command and General Staff College, and National War College.

Colonel Pearl�s first assignment was with the 7th Infantry Division (Light), Fort Ord, California, from 1990 to 1993, where he served as Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer B Company, and Scout Platoon Leader, 3d Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment. Upon inactivation of the 7th Infantry Division (Light), he was assigned to 1st Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry, Fort Polk, Louisiana, where he served as the Battalion Assistant S3, from 1993 to 1994. After attending the Infantry Advanced Course, he was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division (Light), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii from 1995 to 1999, where he served as Battalion S1 and A Company Commander, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment and Aide de Camp to the Commanding General. Colonel Pearl was then assigned to the Joint Chiefs of Staff Internship program from 1999 to 2001, serving in the office of the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff and then serving as Special Assistant and Aide de Camp to the Chief of Staff, United States Army.

Upon completion of CGSC, Colonel Pearl was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky from 2002 to 2005 where he served as Battalion S3, 3d Battalion, 502d Infantry Regiment, and Brigade S3, 2d Brigade and 502d Infantry Regiment in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He then served as the Division SGS, 101st Airborne Division. He next served in J5, Strategic Plans and Policy, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff, working Operation Iraqi Freedom Coalition Operations, Strategy and Policy.

Colonel Pearl commanded 2-12 Infantry both at FT Carson CO, and in Kunar Province, Afghanistan as part of Task Force Lethal Warrior. Following command, he was assigned as a Task Force Senior at the Joint Readiness Training Center. Upon completion of the National War College, he served as the Deputy J3 Joint IED Task Force.

Colonel Pearl�s awards include the Bronze Star Medal (w/OLC), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (5 OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal (w/OLC), Army Commendation Medal with �V� Device, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal (w/OLC), Army Achievement Medal (w/OLC), Iraqi Campaign Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. He is authorized to wear the Combat Infantryman�s Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Ranger Tab, Airborne Wings, Air Assault Badge, Pathfinder Badge, the Joint Staff Identification Badge and the Army Staff Identification Badge.