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Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 36

 

Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 36

Blade Runner

MCAS Futenma, Okinawa, Japan
Biography

Commanding Officer
LtCol Pierre Bertrand

Lieutenant Colonel Pierre Bertrand was born in Houston, TX. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in Sep 1990 and received training as an I-level Radar Set Test Station (RSTS) Avionics Technician for the F/A-18 Hornet. In 1994, AT3 Bertrand was accepted and graduated from the Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training (BOOST) Program in San Diego, CA. Lieutenant Colonel Bertrand graduated from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 1997 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant.

Second Lieutenant Bertrand began military training at The Basic School in Jan 1998 and completed the Aviation Supply Officer Basic Qualification Course in Dec 1998.  Upon completion of his training, he was assigned to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 11 (MALS-11) in Miramar, California where he served as the Supply Accounting Division Officer, Squadron Support Division Officer, and as the Repairable Management Division Officer. During his time with MALS-11, he deployed as the MALS-11 Detachment OIC attached to VMFA (AW)-225 in support of Operation Southern Watch at Al Jaber Air Base in Kuwait.

In Jun 2001, First Lieutenant Bertrand reported to the Naval Inventory Control Point Philadelphia (NAVICP) where he served as the AV-8B Harrier Integrated Weapons Support Team Branch Head responsible for the supply support of the USMC AV-8B Harrier fleet.

In Jun 2004, Captain Bertrand was assigned to MALS-36 located in Okinawa, Japan where he served as the Assistant Aviation Supply Officer for 3 years before assuming the billet as the MALS-36 Aviation Supply Officer. 

In Jun 2008, Major Bertrand was selected to attend the Air Command and Staff College located at Maxwell AFB in Montgomery, Alabama. Major Bertrand obtained a Master’s Degree in Military Operational Art thus completing resident Intermediate Level School in Jun 2009.

In Jul 2009, Major Bertrand was transferred to Commander Naval Surface Forces in Coronado for duty as the Force Stock Control Officer and Aviation Logistics Officer where he served until July 2011.

In Aug 2011, Major Bertrand was assigned to MALS-11. Major Bertrand served as the Aviation Supply Officer for 6 months prior to deploying with the I Marine Expeditionary Force staff from Jan 2012 to Mar 2013 where he served as the Afghan National Security Forces Logistics Director working in the C-10 directorate. 

In Mar 2013, Major Bertrand returned to MALS-11 and assumed the duties as the Executive Officer until his PCS to MARFORPAC Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii in May 2014. From Jun 2014 to May 2015, Lieutenant Colonel Bertrand served as the MARFORPAC ALD Plans Officer before transferring to the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff, Aviation Logistics Department.  In May 2015, Lieutenant Colonel Bertrand assumed command of Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 36.

 

Lieutenant Colonel Bertrand graduated:  AWS (DEP) in 1999, Marine Corps Command and Staff (DEP) in 2007 and the resident Air Force Command and Staff College in 2009. His awards include:  the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (gold star in lieu of 4th award), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal