Peter M. Rummler, Commanding Officer, Commanding Officer, Recruit Training Regiment, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, CA
Colonel Peter M. Rummler


Colonel Peter Rummler enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1994 and attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego.  After recruit training, he completed infantry training at the School of Infantry West aboard Camp Pendleton and was assigned to Weapons Company 3/23.  Concurrent with his service in the Marine Corps Reserve, Col Rummler attended Louisiana State University where he earned a degree in anthropology.

In 2000, Col Rummler received his commission and attended The Basic School (TBS), graduating as an honor graduate.  Following TBS he attended Armor Officer’s Basic Course in Fort Knox, Kentucky and was assigned to 1st Tank Battalion, 29 Palms, California.  While at 1st Tank Battalion, Col Rummler held the billets of platoon commander, company executive officer, and Scout Platoon Commander.  As Scout Platoon Commander he deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom for the invasion of Iraq.

In 2004, Col Rummler was assigned to 1st Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team (FAST) Company, Marine Corps Security Force Battalion.  While assigned to FAST, Col Rummler deployed with his platoon to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and to Yokosuka, Japan.  During the latter deployment his platoon supported Joint Task Force 515, conducting maritime interdiction operations in the Philippines.  Upon returning from deployment, Col Rummler was assigned as the company executive officer and supervised the conduct of numerous deployments and refuel/defuel operations.

In 2007, Col Rummler attended Expeditionary Warfare School where he graduated as a distinguished graduate. Following school, he was assigned as the company commander of Company C, 1st Tank Battalion in 29 Palms, California.  After company command, Col Rummler served as current operations officer and assistant operations officer of Regimental Combat Team-7 for its 2009-2010 deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  Upon completion of this deployment, he was reassigned to 1st Tank Battalion for duties as battalion operations officer until his transfer to Marine Corps Command and Staff College (MC CSC).

Col Rummler attended MC CSC from the summer of 2011 to 2012 where he graduated as a distinguished graduate. Upon graduation he was assigned to 4th Marine Division in New Orleans, Louisiana where he performed the duties of the Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff G8, Capabilities and Requirements.  In this billet, Col Rummler coordinated the Force Structure Review Group 2010 actions of 4th Marine Division with Marine Forces Reserve units and staff sections.  During this assignment, Col Rummler was accepted to the School of Advanced Warfighting (SAW). 

Upon graduation from SAW, in the summer of 2015, Col Rummler was assigned to Marine Forces Command (MARFORCOM) as a regional planner in the G 3/5/7.  As a regional planner, he coordinated the sourcing for USMC deployments for his designated combatant command.  Col Rummler performed these duties until his transfer to MCRD, San Diego in 2017 where he assumed command of First Recruit Training Battalion. 

In 2019, following command, Col Rummler attended Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies as a member of the Secretary of Defense’s Strategic Thinkers Program where he graduated with a Master of International Public Policy.  Upon graduation, he was selected to perform the duties of military assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, serving in this billet for two years. 

In the spring of 2022, Col Rummler attended Joint and Combined Warfighting School, earning the Mary Edwards Walker Women, Peace, and Security Distinguished Writing Award.  Upon completion of this school, Col Rummler was reassigned to 4th Marine Division G 3/5 where he served for nearly a year before being assigned his current duties as Commander of Recruit Training Regiment, MCRD San Diego.

Col Rummler’s decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal with three gold stars, Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Marine Corps Achievement Medal with “V”, and the Combat Action Ribbon with gold star.  Additionally, Col Rummler has been awarded the Marine Corps Distinguished Marksman Badge.