Command Biographies
VMU-2 Executive Officer
Major Chase F. Thompson

Major Thompson enlisted in the Marine Corps on 6 May of 2002, attending Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego then follow on training as a LAV mechanic in Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland. Shortly after training, in 2003, PFC Thompson deployed to Iraq as part of Task Force Tarawa. He then went on a UDP to Okinawa, where he was attached to the 31st MEU aboard the USS Essex. Through his enlisted time, he promoted to the rank of Corporal before receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Utah in 2007.

After college he reported to Quantico, Virginia for OCS where he received a commission. During TBS, 2nd Lieutenant Thompson was selected to train as a Naval Flight Student and attended flight school at Vance Air Force Base in Enid, Oklahoma and Naval Air Station Kingsville. In 2011, 1st Lieutenant Thompson was winged as a Naval Aviator and reported for F/A-18 training with VMFAT-101 at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, then follow on assignment to Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242 (VMFA(AW)-242) for duty in Iwakuni, Japan. While part of the "Bats", Captain Thompson held the billets of Assistant Administration Officer, Legal Officer, Victim / Witness Assistance Program Coordinator, Substance Abuse Counseling Officer, and Alcohol Screening Program Coordinator. In 2014, while waiting to transition to Unmanned Aviation, Captain Thompson was attached to MAG-12 where he was the Maintenance Management Officer, Assistant Logistics Officer, then Logistics Officer, where he planned and coordinated the logistic movement for a MAG reinforced deployment with units from Iwakuni and Okinawa into Guam to participate in Forger Fury III. After transitioning to Unmanned Aviation, he was assigned to Marine Unmanned Aerial Squadron 2 (VMU-2) where he flew the RQ-7 then RQ-21. While part of the "Night Owls", Captain Thompson held billets of Maintenance Management Officer, Assistant Maintenance Officer, Maintenance Officer, Detachment Officer in Change, and Department of Safety and Standardization (DSS). In 2016 Captain Thompson deployed with the RQ-21, supporting a named operation, as the UAS Detachment OIC for the 24 MEU under Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365 (VMM-365).

In 2018 Major Thompson was assigned to CD&I as the Unmanned Aircraft Capabilities Integration Officer. During his time at CD&I, he was responsible for restructuring the requirements for MAGTF Unmanned Expeditionary (MUX) into a Family of Unmanned Aircraft Systems concept with focus on Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Group 5 Unmanned Aircraft as well refining the requirements for Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems (STUAS) (RQ-21) and Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS) (Puma, Raven, Wasp, and Stalker). He also identified and fielded solutions to Urgent Universal Needs Statements that included MQ-9 deployed to CENTCOM as well as Stalker, FlexRotor, VBAT, and several other Small UAS.  Following CD&I, in 2020, Major Thompson returned to VMU-2 where he was the Operations Officer and is now the Executive Officer.

Major Thompson has over 900 military flight hours. His decorations include a Meritorious Service Medal, (3) Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and various unit and campaign awards.

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