Lieutenant Colonel Meghan A. Kennerly was born in Missouri and graduated from North Central High School in Indianapolis, Indiana. She accepted an appointment to the United States Naval Academy where she graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in English.
Commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps, she was assigned to Echo Company at The Basic School and graduated in January 2003. After completing follow-on schooling, Second Lieutenant Kennerly was designated a 6002 Aircraft Maintenance Officer and reported to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 31 (MALS-31), Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina and served as the Aviation Life Support Systems Officer. In October 2003, Headquarters Marine Corps selected MALS-31 as the test bed for AIRSpeed implementation. In May 2004, First Lieutenant Kennerly led the process improvement implementation efforts and simultaneously assumed the duties as the MALS-31 Quality Assurance Officer. In April of 2006, First Lieutenant transferred to Marine All Weather Fight Attack Squadron 332 (VMFA-332) as the Assistant Aircraft Maintenance Officer (AAMO) returning to MALS-31 to serve as the AAMO in January 2007. In April, Captain Kennerly transferred to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 251 (VMFA-251) as the AAMO/Maintenance Material Control Officer and deployed with the squadron aboard the USS Enterprise in direct support of Operation Iraqi/Enduring Freedom.
In February 2008, Captain Kennerly was accepted to Expeditionary Warfare School and graduated as a member of the class of 2009. After serving as a summer augment at Officer Candidate School, Captain Kennerly reported to the Aviation Logistics Division, Marine Corps Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia as the AAMO in September 2009 overseeing force generation and logistics support; legacy aircraft transition to include the Joint Strike Fighter development and acquisitions program; and contracting initiatives to include Reset inspections. In December of 2012, Captain Kennerly assumed the position as Operations Officer, Headquarters Service Battalion, Marine Corps Forces Command.
In June of 2013, Captain Kennerly returned to MALS-31 to serve as the executive officer and was promoted to Major in August 2013. In October 2015, she was assigned as an individual augment to Special Operations Advisory Team (SOAT), Special Operations Advisory Group in Kabul and Mesa Sharif, Afghanistan. She served as the executive officer for the MI-17 and PC-12 squadrons as SOAT mentored and advised Afghan special operational forces in counter-drug and counter-terrorism missions.
In May 2016, Major Kennerly was reassigned to Fourth Recruit Training Battalion, Parris Island, South Carolina where she served as the executive officer and interim battalion commander. In July 2016, she was reassigned as the executive officer, First Recruit Training Battalion, as part of an effort to integrate females within the Recruit Training Regiment.
In July 2017, Major Kennerly was assigned as the Operations officer, Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command, Marine Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California overseeing the coordination and execution of Service Level Training Exercises, collation and joint training, experimentation and testing, base functions, and visitors to the Combat Center. In January 2019, she was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel.
Lieutenant Colonel Kennerly’s personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.