Marine Aircraft Group 14


Marine Aircraft Group 14

MAG14 Leaders
David L. Manka
VMAQ-3 Commanding Officer

Maj Manka was commissioned upon graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy in May 1998.  After completion of The Basic School, he reported for flight training at NAS Pensacola, FL, and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in March 2000.  Maj Manka completed EA-6B Fleet Replacement Squadron training in October of 2001 with VAQ-129 at NAS Whidbey Island, WA.

Maj Manka reported to MCAS Cherry Point, NC, for assignment to VMAQ-4 in September of 2001.  While serving with VMAQ-4, he deployed to Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia in 2002 to support Operation SOUTHERN WATCH, and again in 2003 to support Operation IRAQI FREEDOM as an augment to VMAQ-2.  Returning to VMAQ-4, he attended Weapons and Tactics Instructor course 1-04 before deploying to Iwakuni, Japan in 2004, and to Al Asad Air Base, Iraq in 2005 in support Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.  Throughout his first fleet tour, Maj Manka served in the Operations and Electronic Warfare Departments.

In July of 2005, Maj Manka reported to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, and graduated in 2007.  In November 2007, Maj Manka was assigned to Marine Corps Systems Command as the Joint Integration Branch Head.  He departed in November 2010 as a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps.

In December of 2010, Maj Manka returned to MCAS Cherry Point for assignment with the 2D Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) Red Team.  He deployed in 2011 to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.  Upon completion of this Individual Augment tour he was assigned to VMAQ-3 as the Operations Officer and deployed to Al Udeid, Qatar in support of regional contingency operations.  Upon return from deployment, Maj Manka served as the squadron Executive Officer until June 2013.

Maj Manka was selected to attend the Marine Corps Command and Staff College in Quantico, VA.  Upon graduation in 2014, he transferred to the Pentagon for service as the Military Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development, Test and Evaluation) until screening for command of VMAQ-3.
Maj Manka holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics, and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering.  He is a graduate of the Expeditionary Warfare School and Naval War College Command and Staff Distance Education Programs.  His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (Combat “V” and Strike/Flight Numeral 8), and Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3rd award).