Lieutenant Colonel Strickler graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1999. He was commissioned into the Marine Corps and upon graduation from The Basic School, he reported to Vance AFB, OK for joint service flight training. Second Lieutenant Strickler earned his aviator wings in 2001 and then reported to HMT-303 MCAS Camp Pendleton, CA where he completed his initial AH-1W attack helicopter training.
From 2001 to 2005 Lieutenant Strickler served in MAG-39. He flew with HMLA-267 “Stingers” and subsequently joined HMM-161 (REIN) “Greyhawks” as part of the 15th MEU (SOC) where he participated in Operations Southern Watch and Iraqi Freedom. Upon redeployment, Lieutenant Strickler was assigned to HMLA-367 “Scarface” where he was promoted to Captain and deployed in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom II and New Dawn. During his time in MAG-39 he served in a variety of billets including Ground Safety Officer, H-1 NATOPS Officer, Adjutant, and Pilot Training Officer.
In 2005, Captain Strickler completed TACP school and reported to 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, MCB Camp Pendleton, CA for duty as a Forward Air Controller and later as the Battalion Air Officer. In 2006 he deployed with the 1/1 for Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon return Captain Strickler joined HMLA-169 “Vipers” where he served as the Current Operations Officer, Future Operations Officer, and the Assistant Operations Officer and again deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In 2009 Captain Strickler reported to HMLAT-303 as an FRS Instructor. He served in a variety of maintenance billets including Airframes Division Officer, Assistant Aircraft Maintenance Officer, and Aircraft Maintenance Officer. During this tour Captain Strickler was promoted to major and completed the AH-1Z Series Conversion. In 2011 Major Strickler reported to HMLA-369 “Gunfighters” where he served as the Director of Safety and Standardization and the Aircraft Maintenance Officer where he deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom.
In 2013 Major Strickler reported to the Naval Air Systems Command PMA-276 H-1 Program Office where he initially served as the H-1 Foreign Military Sales Assistant Program Manager, Systems Engineering. Months later he assumed the role as H-1 Assistant Program Manager, Systems Engineering. During this tour Major Strickler was selected to be the USMC Service Chief Fellow at the Defense Advanced Research and Projects Agency where worked on a variety of programs. In July 2016, Major Strickler reported to MAG-36, where he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and currently serves as the Executive Officer.
LtCol Strickler’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Strike/Flight Air Medal with Numeral “17,” the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.