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Command Biographies
VMA-223 Executive Officer
Major Ross H. Armstrong

Major Ross H. Armstrong is a native of Connecticut. He attended the University of Connecticut and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Mathematics in June of 2007. After graduation he reported to Officer Candidates Course 199 and upon completion was commissioned a Second Lieutenant on 12 December 2008. He immediately reported to The Basic School and graduated with Bravo Company in July of 2009. Following graduation he reported to NAS Pensacola, FL for Aviation Pre-flight Indoctrination. He then reported to Enid AFB, OK checking into the 71st Flying Training Wing for primary flight training in the T-6ATexan II. In December of 2010 he reported to Training Squadron Nine, NAS Meridian, MS for advanced flight training in the T-45 Goshawk. On March 30, 2012, First Lieutenant Armstrong completed advanced flight training and received his Naval Aviator Wings with orders to fly the AV-8B Harrier.

In April of 2012, First Lieutenant Armstrong reported to VMAT-203 at MCAS Cherry Point, NC for training in the AV-8B Harrier, and upon completion reported to VMA-311, MAG-13, in MCAS Yuma, AZ. While with VMA-311, Captain Armstrong served as the Powerline Officer in Charge, the Logistics Officer, the Communications Officer, the Current Operations and Future Operations Officer, and as a Landings Signals Officer. In 2015, Capt Armstrong deployed with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron One Six One Reinforced as part of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the USS Essex in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. During this deployment, Captain Armstrong received his Section Leader designation.

In March of 2016, Captain Armstrong received orders to 3d Battalion, 1st Marines in Camp Pendleton, CA where he served as the Battalion Air Officer and as a Forward Air Controller attached to Kilo Weapons Company. In September of 2016 he deployed to Japan and South Korea under the Unit Deployment Program.

In July of 2017, Captain Armstrong returned to VMAT-203 to complete AV-8 refresher training. Following his refresh, he joined VMA-231, MAG-14, MCAS Cherry Point, NC. In December of 2018 Major Armstrong deployed with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron Two Six Four Reinforced as part of the 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the USS Kearsarge in support of Operations Inherent Resolve, Freedom Sentinel, Sea Solider, Beacon Flash, and White Mountain. During this time, he served as the Assistant Operations Officer, Quality Assurance Officer, Training Landing Signals Officer and was designated as a Division Leader and completed the Weapons Training Officer certification.

In June of 2019 Major Armstrong reported to Edwards AFB, CA to attend the United States Air Force Test Pilot School as the Class leader for Class 19B. Upon graduation in June 2020, he became a Development Test Pilot and earned a Masters of Science in Flight Test Engineering.

In July of 2020 Major Armstrong reported to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Three One aboard NAWS China lake, CA. He served as the AV-8B Military Deputy conducting developmental flight test and evaluation programs on the AV-8B and F/A-18 E/F/G which included being the Project Officer for H7.0 and H7.1 Harrier software upgrades, KC-46 Air to Air Refueling certification, Link-16 fighter to fighter, Aim-9X, and Joint Stand Off Weapon integration.

In October of 2022, Major Armstrong received orders to VMA-223 where he is currently assigned as the Executive Officer.

Major Armstrong’s personal decorations include the Air Medal with Bronze Numeral Two, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Gold Star, the Navy Achievement Medal, and various unit and campaign decorations.

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