Irving native Kyle Tarrant retires from Marines

Kyle Tarrant

Lt. Col. Kyle Tarrant announced his retirement from the United States Marine Corps in a recent ceremony at the Pentagon. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant on June 15, 1992 and officially retired Dec. 1.

Tarrant was born in Irving and graduated from Silver Creek Central High School in 1987. He enrolled at SUNY Fredonia and at graduation received his commission through Officer Candidate School.

Designated a Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Intelligence Officer, Tarrant’s assignments in the operating forces include: Tactical Radio Platoon Commander, Comm Center Platoon Commander and Battalion Assistant Logistics Officer with the 2nd Surveillance, Intelligence & Reconnaissance Group at Camp Lejeune, NC.

As Headquarters Commandant with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, he participated in Operation Silver Wake and Operation Guardian Retrieval. Shipboard assignments include tours on the USS Wasp and USS Nassau. Other assignments include, Intelligence Operations and Estimates Branch where he was the lead intelligence briefer to the Secretary of the Navy; Plans Policies and Operations Branch; Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), Deputy Director of Intelligence for a Special Operations Task Force; Executive Officer to the Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center; Director and Operations Officer of the Marine for Life Program under the Wounded Warrior Regiment; Officer in Charge, Guantanamo Bay detainee operations supporting the Office of Military Commissions and the Periodic Review Secretariat; Liaison to the National Counter-Terrorism Center and principal interface to the Intelligence Community; DoD Case Officer. Tarrant has participated in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom and has served tours in the Nordics, Europe, Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Caribbean.

Lt. Col. Tarrant is a graduate of The Basic School, Communication and Information Systems Course, Marine Air Ground Task Force Intelligence Officer Course, and non-resident Command & Staff College. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the State University of NY (SUNY) at Fredonia and a Program Manager Certification from George Washington University. His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with gold star and numerous unit awards and citations.

Tarrant is currently employed by Oracle Corporation in their National Security Group (NSG) where he supports the Navy, Marine Corps and Intelligence Community. He lives in Hamilton, Virginia with his wife, Jessica (Piede) from Fredonia and daughters, Peyton and Ashlyn.