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Marine Aircraft Group 12


Marine Aircraft Group 12


MCAS Iwakuni, Yamaguchi, Japan

Commanding Officer
Col Daniel Shipley

Col Shipley received his bachelor’s degree from the Virginia Military Institute and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1992. He was designated a Naval Aviator in September 1995.

Col Shipley completed FA-18 training in 1996 and reported to VMFA(AW) 332 at MCAS Beaufort, South Carolina. He attended the Marine Division Tactics Course and the Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course (WTI) in 1999. Shortly thereafter, his squadron deployed to Taszar Air Base, Hungary to fly combat operations over the skies of Kosovo and Serbia in support of Operation ALLIED FORCE. In January of 2000 he deployed to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan for a six-month deployment in support of the U.S. presence near North Korea. He served as the Ground Training Officer, Airframes Officer, Powerline Officer, and the Pilot Training Officer.

In July 2000, Col Shipley transferred to Marine Corps Base Quantico where he attended the Marine Corps University's Amphibious Warfare School. After graduation in May of 2001, he reported to MAG 11 at MCAS Miramar, California where he worked in the WTI cell of the Operations Department. In September of that same year, Col Shipley reported to the "Death Rattlers" of VMFA 323. In November 2002, he deployed to the Persian Gulf for seven months aboard USS Constellation (CV 64), flying combat operations over the skies of Iraq in support of Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, ENDURING FREEDOM, and IRAQI FREEDOM. He served as the Maintenance Officer and Assistant Operations Officer.

In September 2003 Col Shipley was selected to be the Marine Corps representative for the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Team (Blue Angels.) He was the Left Wingman (#3) and served as the Executive Assistant and NATOPS Officer. Upon completion of his Blue Angels tour, he attended MCU’s Command and Staff College earning a Masters Degree in Military Studies.

Col Shipley reported to Marine Corps Headquarters at the Pentagon in June 2005, where he served as the Tactical Air (TACAIR) Plans Officer in the Aviation Department focusing on the F/A-18 and Joint Strike Fighter programs. In June of 2007, he was selected to be the Aide-de-Camp for the Commanding General of Marine Corps Combat Development Command in Quantico, VA.

In June 2008, Col Shipley reported to MAG 11 in California to refresh in the F/A -18 Hornet. Shortly thereafter, he assumed the position of Executive Officer for the “Vikings” of VMFA(AW) 225 and deployed with them in March 2009 for six months to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan.

Col Shipley took command of the “Red Devils” of VMFA 232 in January of 2010. In May they deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan flying combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM 10.2. The squadron subsequently received the Robert M. Hanson Award for the 2010 Marine Fighter Attack Squadron of the Year.

Col Shipley reported to the National War College in Washington, DC in July of 2011. Upon graduation, he joined the Joint Staff to serve in the Strategic Alignment Division of the Strategic Plans Directorate (J5).

In June 2014, Col Shipley reported to the JSF Program Office to serve as the Director of the Air System Requirements Branch. During this tour, he was promoted to Colonel and selected to command Marine Aircraft Group 12.

Col Shipley’s personal decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, eight Strike Flight Air Medals (one with Combat "V"); three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals (two with Combat "V's"), and various other service and unit awards.