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Command Biographies
KC-130J FRD Commanding Officer
Lieutenant Colonel Charles A. Casey

LtCol Charles Casey is a native of Florida’s Space Coast.  He is a graduate from Rollins College, with a Bachelors of Mathematics, and the Naval Postgraduate School, with a Masters of Computer Science.  He joined the Marine Corps in June of 2004 and after attending the Officer Candidate School and The Basic School, he reported to Naval Air Station Pensacola, FL for flight duty.  After completing Primary Flight Training and selecting KC-130s, he completed Advanced Flight Training and earned his wings at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, TX in December 2006.  He was then ordered to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, NC to the VMGR Aviation Training Unit for initial training in the KC-130J. 

Upon completion of his initial training, he reported to VMGR-352 based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, CA.  Following four years of service he next reported to 1st Reconnaissance Battalion on Camp Pendleton, CA in January of 2010.  In June of 2012, after being selected by the Commandant’s Career Level Education Board to the Special Education Program, he reported to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.  Completing his studies in September of 2014, earning a Master’s of Science in Computer Science, LtCol Casey received orders to VMGR-152 on MCAS Iwakuni, Japan.  After his three year tour with VMGR-152 LtCol Casey reported to VMGR-252 aboard MCAS Cherry Point, NC.  Upon completion of his time with VMGR-252 he received orders to Marine Aviation Training Support Site (MATSS) for about a year.  Following his time at MATSS he received orders to MAG-14 where he served for a year as the MAG-14 Operations Officer.  From there he was assigned orders to, and designated as the Commanding Officer of, the KC-130J Fleet Replacement Detachment also aboard MCAS Cherry Point.

While in the fleet operational forces, LtCol Casey’s billet assignments included Fixed Wing Tasker/Personnel Recovery Coordinator, Assistant Aircrew Training Officer, Flight Duty Officer, Aviation Safety Officer, Director of Safety and Standardization, Air Officer/Forward Air Controller, Future Operations Officer, Assistant Operations Officer, Assistant Aviation Maintenance Officer, Operations Officer, Deployed VMGR Detachment Officer in Charge and Executive Officer, and MAG Operations Officer.  His duties spent outside of the operational forces included being a student of the Computer Science division at the Naval Postgraduate School as well as the Naval War College.  His instructional duties while with the Marine Aviation Training Support Site included 2d Marine Air Wing KC-130J Flight Leadership and Standardization Evaluator and Weapons and Tactics Instructor.

LtCol Casey has deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (2008), Operation Enduring Freedom (2011), Pacific Command (2014-2017), and Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response Africa (2019).

LtCol Casey has completed the Personnel Recovery Course, Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Day/Night Course, Aviation Safety Officer Course, Tactical Air Control Party School, US Army Airborne, Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course (Air Officer), Expeditionary Warfare School, Naval War College, and Weapons and Tactics Instructor (KC-130J Pilot). His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Strike/Flight Air Medal with Numeral Two, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Gold Star, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon.

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