MadVille native promoted to Colonel

Posted 3/18/20

Madisonville native Allan Jaster was promoted to Colonel in the United State Marine Corps this month upon assignment to his current position as the Commanding Officer of the 1st Civil Affairs Group at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

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MadVille native promoted to Colonel

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Madisonville native Allan Jaster was promoted to Colonel in the United State Marine Corps this month upon assignment to his current position as the Commanding Officer of the 1st Civil Affairs Group at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Jaster earned his Bachelor of Science degree in geology from Centenary College of Louisiana in 1994 and a Master of Science degree from the University of Arkansas in 1997. It was his time at Arkansas that would ultimately set the stage for the rest of his life.

“I was going through this questioning phase in my academic career, while at the same time, two of my buddies in the graduate program would frequently exchange stories about their time in the service,” said Jaster.

He ultimately found his way to the Marine Corp recruiting office in Fayetteville, where he inquired about further information for a possible career in the service himself.

“That was pretty much it,” said Jaster. “They had given me some broachers, and by the time I got home, I had already pivoted my direction in life.”

He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in August of 1997 before attending The Basic School and later the Engineer Officer Course. His first duty assignment was with 7th Engineer Support Battalion at Camp Pendleton. He then held Company Command billets at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego and at his fellow on-duty station at Marine Wing Support Squadron-172 in Okinawa, Japan.

Jaster served two very different tours in Iraq in 2004 and 2005 as a part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In his first trip, he was a part of the enterprise that built infrastructure for the Iraqi Army.

His second trip was more of a traditional combat tour in which he fought the enemy.

“My first tour, much more than my combat-oriented tour, was an experience that shaped my mentality and philosophy,” said Jaster. “We worked a lot with the Iraqis, which was a massive challenge for a young, inexperienced guy trying to bridge a chasm of a cultural gap. We had our agendas and they had theirs. Trying to merge those agendas was a challenge but, looking back, was also fantastic education.”

In 2012, he joined the 1st Civil Affairs Group and served as Detachment OIC before transferring to the 4th Marine Division in New Orleans. In 2015, he assumed command of the 4th Reconnaissance Battalion. Post command he was assigned as an Anti-Terrorism Officer at Marine Forces Pacific, Camp Smith, Hawaii.

In 2018, he rejoined 1st Civil Affairs Group to serve as Executive Officer before his promotion this month.

He is a graduate of Expeditionary Warfare School, Command and Staff College and the Air War College. He is a principal of a Texas-based independent planning firm, The Archer Consulting Group, LLC.

His wife, Lieutenant Colonel Lisa Jaster, is the first female U.S. Army Reserve officer to become a Ranger School graduate, which she accomplished in 2000.

“Once you research her you will regret not calling her instead,” said Jaster. “She is the interesting one of the couple.”

They have two children together named Zac and Tori. Colonel Jaster is the son of George and Sally Jaster.

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