MAJ Darrell Lyles enlisted in the Alabama National Guard on September 23, 2000, as a 77F (Petroleum Supply Specialist) into the 1343rd Chemical Company in Anniston, Alabama. He commissioned as a second lieutenant into the Quartermaster Corps with the Alabama National Guard in December 2005, as he attained his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama. He also received his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Webster University in March 2016.
MAJ Lyles’s first assignment was the 135th ESC (Expeditionary Sustainment Command) in Homewood, Alabama. He moved on to become the HQ/Water Support Platoon Leader of the 1208th QM CO. MAJ Lyles transitioned from the National Guard to Active Duty in August 2007, getting assigned to Fort Polk, Louisiana with the 4th Brigade, 10th Mountain Division. While stationed at Fort Polk, he was assigned to Foxtrot Forward Support Company. While in Fox FSC, he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 07-09 as the Distribution Platoon Leader and later moved to the Executive Officer position. Shortly after returning from his first deployment, he took command of Echo Forward Support Company, 2-4 Infantry Battalion, where he successfully led the train up for the company’s next deployment to Operation Enduring Freedom with 4 intense collective training exercises. MAJ Lyles commanded Echo 2-4 from April 2009, until changing out of command in February 2010. MAJ Lyles reported to the Combined Logistics Captain’s Career Course (CLC3) at Fort Lee, Virginia in May of 2010. Upon graduation from CLC3, MAJ Lyles successfully completed Airborne and Rigger School. After completion of Rigger School, MAJ Lyles reported to Fort Hood, TX, where he was assigned to the 2d Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division in February 2011. He was immediately assigned as the Brigade Deputy S4. Three months later, he deployed in support of Operation New Dawn to start the closeout of the Iraq War (OND- May 2011 to December 2011). After returning from his second deployment, he took his second command of Foxtrot Forward Support Company in 1-8 CAV, 2d Brigade 1st Cavalry Division. He deployed for a third time with his company to Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan (July 2013-March 2014), and very successfully completed a rigorous logistical support mission to start the closure of the Afghanistan War. MAJ Lyles was reassigned to the Shreveport MEPS in Shreveport, LA where he spent nearly three years as the Executive Officer. There he led many initiatives such as extending the Shreveport MEPS community footprint, helping all sections receive numerous awards, and leading a team that was constantly being held in high regard and being recognized in the top 10 percent of all MEPS in USMEPCOM. MAJ Lyles was reassigned to the Joint Modernization Command under the Network Integration Division as the Logistics Applications Officer at Fort Bliss, TX. There he was an integral part of the Joint Warfighting Assessment (JWA) from March to May 2018 in Grafenwoehr, Germany, which was the first of its kind. There he led the Common Operational Picture (COP) Shop, which was a new concept geared towards providing a one-stop hub for around the clock technical support to provide a reliable COP picture via CPCE for the Coalition Commanders. MAJ Lyles transferred to 1st Armored Division Sustainment Brigade where he served as the Support Operations Officer (SPO) for a year. His team achieved high levels of mission success ensuring external logistical support for tenet units, reserve units, and civilian agencies at Fort Bliss, TX. He also served as the Executive Officer for the 142D CSSB in the 1st Sustainment Brigade at Fort Bliss, TX. As the chief of staff for the CSSB team, his team provided solutions to logistical problem sets while tackling complex logistical requirements to help ensure the 1st Armored Division is successfully postured and ready to fight and win America’s wars.
His military education includes Support Operations Course (Phase I), Aerial Delivery Material Officer Course (Rigger), Airborne, Combined Logistics Captains Career Course, Unit Movement Officer Course, Junior Petroleum Officer Course, Quartermaster Officer Basic Course, and the Sling Load Inspector Course.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (1OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (1OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal (1OLC), Army Commendation (1OLC), AAM (2OLC), VUA, MUC (1OLC), ARCAM, NDSM, ICMCS, GWTEM, GWTSM, AFSM, NATOMDL, ASR, OSR, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, and Parachutist Rigger Badge.
MAJ Lyles is married to the former Aisha Johnson of Atlanta, GA. They have a five-year-old son, Darrell Jr., and a three-year-old son, Daylon.