LtCol Pelt graduated from The Basic School in December 1999 before reporting to NAS Pensacola for Aviation Pre-flight Indoctrination (API). Upon completion, he received orders to NAS Whiting Field where he began primary flight training. After completing primary flight training, he received orders to NAS Kingsville, TX for advanced jet training where he earned his wings in March 2002. He then reported to MCAS Miramar for training in the F/A-18 Fleet Replacement Squadron, VMFAT-101.
In August 2003, LtCol Pelt reported to VMFA-122 where he held billets as the Schedules Officer, Classified Materials Control Officer, Substance Abuse Control Officer, and Administration Officer. During this tour he took part in various detachments to: Denmark, Nellis AFB, and MCAS Yuma. In January 2005, LtCol Pelt deployed in support of the Unit Deployment Program (UDP) to MCAS Iwakuni where he supported and participated in multiple Pacific Command (PACOM) exercises. While serving with VMFA-122 he earned his qualifications as a Section and Division Leader.
In April 2006, LtCol Pelt reported to VMFA-212 in Iwakuni, Japan where he held billets as the Assistant Maintenance Officer, Assistant Operations Officer, and Logistics Officer. During this tour he supported and participated in multiple detachments to Australia, Korea, Guam, Hawaii, and Thailand. In December 2007, LtCol Pelt earned his Air Combat Tactics Instructor (ACTI) qualification. Following that qualification, he was sent to TOPGUN in Fallon, NV where he earned his Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor (SFTI) qualification in March 2008. Upon returning to Japan, VMFA-212 was placed into a cadre status and LtCol Pelt was reassigned to VMFA(AW)-242.
In July 2008, LtCol Pelt was reassigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron Iwakuni where he acted as the Assistant Operations Officer in the VMR Detachment until January 2009. During this time LtCol Pelt supported flight operations and training in the F/A-18 and UC-12. Eager to support operations in Afghanistan, LtCol Pelt volunteered for assignment to 29 Palms, CA as the 7th Marine Regiment Air Officer.
In February 2009, LtCol Pelt attended Tactical Air Control Party School at NAB Coronado in preparation for his billet as the Regimental Air Officer for 7th Marines. In September 2009, the unit deployed to Dwyer, Afghanistan where it supported operations throughout the Southern Helmand valley until October 2010.
In January 2011, LtCol Pelt reported to VMFAT-101 for F/A-18 refresher training and afterwards was assigned to VMFA-232. While serving with VMFA-232 he held billets as the Quality Assurance Officer, Operations Officer, and Aircraft Maintenance Officer. During his tour he planned, supported, and executed multiple squadron detachments and deployed the squadron in support of the Unit Deployment Program (UDP) to Iwakuni, Japan. While serving with VMFA-232 he earned his Mission Commander qualification.
In June 2013, LtCol Pelt reported to The Basic School to serve as a staff instructor. During his tour he served as the Protocol Officer, Command Section Head, Deputy Warfighting Director, Bravo Company Commander and Future Operations Officer.
In March 2016, LtCol Pelt report to VMFAT-101 to serve as the Operations Officer. During his 15 month tour, he assisted in training the next generation of F/A-18 aircrew. Additionally, LtCol Pelt was re-qualified in the T-34 aircraft to assist with the squadron’s low-safe responsibilities during Air-Ground training.
LtCol Pelt’s personal decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.