Colonel Niebel was born in Bethesda, Maryland. He entered the Marine Corps in April 1992; following entry level training and designation as a Combat Engineer Officer, he reported to the 1st Force Service Support Group in Camp Pendleton, CA. He was assigned to 7th Engineer Support Battalion where he served as a platoon commander, company executive officer, and Headquarters and Service Company commander.
In February of 1996 he reported to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and served as the Engineer Detachment Commander, MEU Service Support Group-11. During this deployment, he participated in Operation’s Southern Watch and Vigilant Sentinel in the Republic of Kuwait. Upon return, he was assigned to the 1st Force Service Support Group, G-3 as the Engineer Support Element Officer.
Colonel Niebel served as a company commander and assistant operations officer in the 2d Marine Division, 2d Combat Engineer Battalion, Camp Lejeune North Carolina, from December 1998 to June 2001. He then reported to the Amphibious Warfare School (AWS) in Quantico, VA, graduating with distinction.
Upon completion of AWS, Colonel Niebel reported to The Basic School in Quantico, VA to train entry level officers joining the Marine Corps. He served in the Instructor Group as the Command Section lead, followed by Basic Officer Class Company Commander, and completed his tour as the school’s Assistant Operations Officer.
In June 2005, he reported to the 2d Marine Division, 2d Combat Engineer Battalion and served as the Battalion’s Executive Officer followed by a deployment to Fallujah, Iraq with II MEF (Forward) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08 as the Deputy, G-3 Counter Improvised Explosive Device Division.
In June 2008, Lieutenant Colonel Niebel was ordered to joint duty with the U.S. Pacific Command, Camp Smith, Hawaii and served as the J-4 Engineer Plans Officer and Exercise Related Construction program manager supporting exercises in Thailand, Philippines, and Australia.
In June 2010, he checked in to the 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton, CA, for duty as the Commanding Officer, 1st Combat Engineer Battalion. He led the reinforced battalion through two combat deployments to Afghanistan in Support of Operation Enduring Freedom 10.2 and 12.1. Upon completion of command, he served as the Logistics Plans Officer in the 1stMARDIV G-4.
Colonel Niebel reported to the Naval War College in August 2013 for top level school, graduating with distinction and earning a Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. He was subsequently assigned as a Senior Fellow in the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group in Newport, RI. In 2015 he relocated to Camp Lejeune, NC and reported to 2d Marine Logistics Group serving as the Commanding Officer, Combat Logistics Regiment 27 and Chief of Staff, 2d MLG. In July 2019 he reported to Marine Corps Installations Command for assignment as the Chief of Staff.
Colonel Niebel has been awarded the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with two gold stars, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with gold star, the Navy Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.