Command Biographies
VMA-231 Executive Officer
Lieutenant Colonel Charles E. George

Lieutenant Colonel George is a native of Oklahoma. He attended the United States Naval Academy and graduated with merit in 2004 with a Bachelors of Science in Systems Engineering.
Upon graduation and commissioning as a Second Lieutenant, he attended The Basic School in Quantico, VA, followed by flight training at NAS Pensacola, FL; NAS Whiting Field, FL; and NAS Meridian, MS.  First Lieutenant George was designated a Naval Aviator in December 2006 and reported to VMAT-203 at MCAS Cherry Point, NC for training in the AV-8B.

In March 2008 First Lieutenant George reported to VMA-214 aboard MCAS Yuma, AZ.  While assigned to VMA-214, Captain George served simultaneously as the S-1, Adjutant, Legal Officer, S-2, and S-6.  He further served as the Aviation Life Support Systems Division Officer, Powerline Division Officer, Scheduling Officer, Pilot Training Officer and Squadron Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI), and the Operations Officer.  During this tour, Captain George participated in Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and deployed on the 31st MEU and Western Pacific Unit Deployment Program.  After gaining Air Combat Tactics Instructor and Low Altitude Tactics Instructor designations, Captain George graduated the Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course in 2010.

In July 2012, Captain George transferred to Expeditionary Warfare School, MCB Quantico, VA.  During this tour, Captain George completed the MPF Staff planning, CPI, and Aircraft Maintenance Officer (short) courses in addition to completing Expeditionary Warfare School requirements.  He was awarded the Lieutenant Colonel Robert J. Johnson Jr. Memorial Award for outstanding leadership within the Aviation Combat Element during graduation in May 2013.

In May 2013, Captain George transferred to VMA-542 where he served as the Assistant Operations Officer, Pilot Training Officer, and Squadron WTI before assuming the duties of Aircraft Maintenance Officer (AMO) in May 2014.  He deployed as the AMO to the Western Pacific Unit Deployment Program and the 31st MEU.  In August 2014, Captain George graduated from Marshall University with a Master’s degree in Leadership.

In June 2015, Major George transferred to VMA-223 in order to deploy with the 26th MEU with VMM-162 (REIN).  As the senior WTI, he served as the tactics shop OIC and Future Operations Officer.  While deployed with the 26th MEU, he participated in Operation INHERIENT RESOLVE.

Major George transferred to 29(R) Squadron at RAF Coningsby, England as an FGR4 Typhoon/Eurofighter exchange pilot with Her Majesty’s Royal Air Force in May 2016.  He completed operational conversion training and transferred to II(AC) Squadron at RAF Lossiemouth, Scotland in February 2017.  He served as the Operations Officer and Executive officer while with “Shiny Two” and deployed on numerous operations and exercises, including two Operation INHERIENT RESOLVE tours, Operation BILOXI (Black Sea Air Policing with NATO), Exercise SAIF SAREEA III, Exercise Green Flag, and participated in the RAF Centennial Flyover of Buckingham Palace in the company of 99 other aircraft.

Major George rejoined VMA-542 Tigers as the Executive Officer in July 2019 and supported Service Level Training Exercise 1-20 before transferring to VMA-231 in December 2019 to serve as the AMO.  While with VMA-231, he participated in detachments to NAS Fallon, NAS El Centro, NAS Key West, and supported Service Level Training Exercise 2-21.  Lieutenant Colonel George became VMA-231’s Executive Officer in October 2020.
Major George’s personal decorations include the Air Medal (Strike/Flight Numeral 6), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal w/ Gold Star, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

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