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Chief of Staff
Colonel David A. Krebs 

Col Krebs graduated from Heidelberg College, Tiffin, Ohio in 1987 and was commissioned a 2ndLt via Officers Candidate School in 1989. He earned his wings of gold at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas in July 1992 with orders to VMGRT-253 at MCAS Cherry Point, N.C. for training in the KC-130 “Hercules.”

He then reported to VMGR-252 where he served from July 1993 until July 1996 where he deployed in support of Noncombatant Evacuation Operations (NEO) QUICK RESPONSE (Liberia ‘96) and ASSURED RESPONSE (Central African Republic ‘96).

From August 1996 until July 1997, he attended the Amphibious Warfare School in Quantico, Va., and was designated an honor graduate.

During July 1997, he reported to VMGR-352 at MCAS El Toro and MCAS Miramar, CA where he graduated Weapons and Tactics Instructor training and deployed in support of Operations EDGED MALLET and SOUTHERN WATCH.

In July 2001, he reported to VMGRT-253 MCAS Cherry Point and became 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing’s first qualified KC-130J instructor. He served as the Director of Safety and Standardization and the KC-130J Fleet Introduction Team Operations Officer. In November 2002, he reported to VMGR-252 MCAS Cherry Point where he served as the Aircraft Maintenance Officer.

In July 2004, he reported to III Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan. Upon arrival, he was assigned as an individual augment in support of 3d Marine Aircraft Wing, Al Asad, Iraq where he served as the Airfield Operations Officer. When he returned to Okinawa, he assumed duties as Officer-In-Charge of 5th ANGLICO (minus) and later as the Executive Officer of 5th ANGLICO.

In July 2006, he returned to Cherry Point and assumed command of VMGR-252. During his tenure, the squadron continuously deployed in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM and was recognized by the Marine Corps Aviation Association as the KC-130 Squadron of the Year for 2007.

In July 2008, he attended the National War College where he received a Master of Science in National Strategic Studies.  Following his studies he reported to the Joint Staff, J5, Strategy and Policy directorate where he served as the Strategic Alignment Division Chief until June 2011.

Col Krebs assumed command of MATSG-22 at NAS Corpus Christi in July 2012.  During his tenure, the command significantly reorganized and assumed responsibility for entry level training at Lackland AFB (Military Working Dogs, Corrections), Randolph AFB (RPA pilot training), Goodfellow AFB (Intel Analysts, Firefighters), and Ft Huachuca (RQ-7 Shadow maintenance/operators).  In July 2014, Col Krebs assumed his current position as the Chief of Staff for 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Okinawa, Japan.

Col Krebs has logged over 4000 hours in the KC-130. His personal awards include the Defense Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with one star, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with one star, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.