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Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262


Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262

Flying Tigers


Commanding Officer
LtCol Matthew A. Baldwin

LtCol Baldwin graduated from the University of Washington, earning a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Political Science and History in 1996.  He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant through the OCC program in 1997.  His military education includes, The Basic School, Naval Flight Training, CH-46E Flight Training, Aviation Safety Officers School, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, MV-22B Flight Training, and Aviation Safety Course.

Upon completion of The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia, 2nd Lt Baldwin reported to MATSG-21 in Pensacola, FL in October 1998 for flight training and was designated a Naval Aviator in October of 2000.  Subsequently, 1st Lt Baldwin reported to HMM(T)-164, Camp Pendleton, CA for training in the CH-46E.  1st Lt Baldwin reported to MAG-36, MCAS Futenma on Okinawa, Japan in May 2001 and was assigned to HMM-262 supporting exercises Crocodile, KMEP, Foal Eagle, UFG and Forest Light.  While assigned to the “Flying Tigers” Capt Baldwin deployed with the 31th MEU (SOC) from June ‘02 through December ‘03.  While on the MEU, the squadron supported Cobra Gold, and multiple bi-lateral exercises in Japan and Korea.

In April of 2004, Capt Baldwin deployed to OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM as the 1st Marines Assistant Air Officer/Air Officer with Regimental Combat Team One (RCT-1) in Fallujah.  Upon returning from Iraq, Capt Baldwin participated in Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief Operations as part of Typhoon Nanmadol Relief in Luzon, Philippines with HMM-262. 

In January of 2005, Capt Baldwin was transferred to MATGS-21 in Pensacola, FL and received orders to HT-18 as a flight instructor.  While in the squadron, he served as the Student Control Officer, Director of Safety and Standardization, and one of the initial Standardization Instructors that introduced the NVG training stage in the HT’s.  From June of 2007 to June of 2008, he was the Training Wing-5 TH-57 Standardization Instructor Pilot. 

In June of 2008, Maj Baldwin received orders to the Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia.  He completed Command and Staff College and earned a Master’s Degree in Military Studies.  In July of 2009, Maj Baldwin deployed with MAG-26 (FWD) in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM 9.2.  He served as the ATO Development Officer and then as a TACC Senior Watch Officer.  Upon returning from Iraq, he completed the MV-22 Flight Syllabus at VMMT-204. In July of 2010, Maj Baldwin was transferred to MAG-16 and was assigned to VMM-561 “Pale Horse” where he served as the Logistics Officer for a stand-up squadron.  In October of 2011 to June 2013, he served in VMM-163 “Evil Eyes” as the Operations Officer.

In July of 2013, Maj Baldwin moved to Okinawa, Japan to serve in MAG-36 as the Operations Officer and Administrative Officer, where he was promoted to his current rank.  He supported MEFEX ’14 in Korea, OPERATION DAMAYAN in the Philippines and served as the PACOM lead planner for Cobra Gold ’15 STAFFEX.  On 1 May 2015, LtCol Baldwin assumed command of the VMM-262 “Flying Tigers”.  

LtCol Baldwin’s personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two gold stars in lieu of third award, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.