Command Biographies
VMGR-252 Commanding Officer
Lieutenant Colonel Timothy R. Drieslein

Lieutenant Colonel Timothy R. Drieslein graduated from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse in January, 2002. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant upon completing Marine Corps Officer Candidate School in March, 2003. After graduating from The Basic School he reported for flight training in April, 2003 and was designated a Naval Aviator at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas in August, 2004.

In August 2004, First Lieutenant Drieslein reported to VMGRT-253, MCAS Cherry Point, NC where he completed Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape (SERE) school in Brunswick, ME and began KC-130 (Legacy) training and was designated a Transport Third Pilot in the KC-130F/R/T model. 

Upon completion of KC-130 training in June 2005 he was assigned to VMGR-352 for KC-130J transition training where he was designated a Transport Third Pilot in the KC-130J model in February 2006. During this tour he completed the transition to the KC-130J, the Aircraft Commander upgrade syllabus, and he deployed in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. His billet assignments included: Adjutant, S-1 OIC, Aircrew Training Officer, Flight Duty Officer/Schedule writer, and Power-line Division Officer.

In August 2008 Captain Drieslein reported to II MEF, 2ND Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (2nd ANGLICO), Camp Lejuene, NC.  In preparation for deployment, Captain Drieslein completed the Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) school in Coronado, CA, the Fire Support Coordination Center Course in Norfolk, VA, followed by the Air Officer Course in Yuma, AZ.  In June 2009 he deployed in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM as the Supporting Arms Liaison Team (SALT) leader in support of the British, Welsh and Grenadier Guards.  

In May 2010 Captain Drieslein was assigned to VMGR-252 aboard Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina where he served as the Quality Assurance Officer, Assistant Operations Officer, and Assistant Maintenance Officer . He deployed in support of Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR in 2011 and in 2013 deployed on the first SPMAGTF-CR-AF as the VMGR Detachment OIC. From May 2010 to May 2013 Captain Drieslein served as a NATOPS Instructor, Fleet Replacement Standardization Instructor, and completed the Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course 2-11.

In July 2013 Major Drieslein reported to USMC Command and Staff College, Quantico, Va, where he was awarded a Master’s Degree in Military Studies.

In June 2014 Major Drieslein reported to Marine Aviation Training Support Site (MATSS) Cherry Point, NC where he served as the 2d MAW KC-130J Flight Leadership Program Coordinator (FLSE). In January 2016 he reported to VMGR-252 where he led a 7 month, 4 plane, 87 Marine detachment in support of SPMAGTF-CR-AF. Upon his return Major Drieslein completed his department head tour as the VMGR-252 Maintenance Officer of a Maintenance Department with over 300 Marines.

From 2017-2020 Major Drieslein reported to Headquarters Marine Corps Aviation where he served as the KC-130/OSA Requirements Officer (APW-61). In January 2020 Lieutenant Colonel Drieslein reported to MAG-14 where he was selected to take Command of VMGR-252 in May 2020.  His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal Strike/Flight with numeral 3, the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals with two gold stars and the Combat Distinguishing Device, and the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal.  He has over 2,300 flight hours in the KC-130J of which 288 are combat hours, and over 3,300 total flight hours.  He is a native of Wisconsin.

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