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Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265


Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265


MCAS Futenma, Okinawa, Japan

Commanding Officer
LtCol Bryan G. Swenson

Lieutenant Colonel Swenson is a native of Kansas City, MO. He enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve in August 1988; following recruit training at MCRD San Diego, he completed Marine Combat Training and MOS training as a Communication Center Operator. In January 1990 he was assigned to Headquarters Company, 24th Marines where he was activated and deployed in support of OPERATIONS DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM. After two years of study at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and completion of PLC Juniors, Lance Corporal Swenson received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy. Upon graduation in May 1997, he was commissioned a 2ndLt and received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

After completing the Basic School, Second Lieutenant Swenson reported to NAS Pensacola, FL for basic flight and advanced helicopter training. He was designated a Naval Aviator in October 1999 and reported to HMT-301 in Kaneohe Bay, HI for training as a CH-53D replacement pilot. Upon completion of training, he reported to HMH-362 for his initial fleet tour. During his tour with the “Ugly Angels”, he was promoted to Captain and completed two deployments to the Western Pacific where he participated in numerous joint and multilateral exercises. While serving with the squadron, he held the billets of NATOPS Officer, Ground Safety Officer, Director of
Safety and Standardization, Airframes Officer, and Quality Assurance Officer.

In 2004, Captain Swenson was selected for transition to the MV-22B “Osprey”. Upon reporting for duty at MCAS New River he was assigned to VMX-22 for training and assignment to the operations department in support of the operational evaluation of the MV-22B. In September 2005, Captain Swenson reported to VMMT-204 as a FRS instructor training replacement pilots for both the Marine Corps and Air Force. While in the squadron he served as the Adjutant, Legal Officer, S1-A, and Admin Officer. In March 2007, Captain Swenson left VMMT-204 and over the next four year served as a “plank owner” in two VMMs. During his assignment with VMM-266, the “Fighting Griffins”, he served as the Assistant Operations Officer, Intelligence and Tactics Officer, and Logistics Officer, culminating in a deployment to Al Asad in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. In June 2009, Major Swenson reported as the first Operations Officer of VMM-264, the “Black Knights”. While assigned to VMM-264, Major Swenson also served as the Quality Assurance Officer and Logistics Officer, in addition to completing a deployment to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM.

Major Swenson left the “Black Knights” in July 2011 and reported to the Marine Corps Command and Staff College where he earned a Master of Military Studies degree. He subsequently reported for duty with Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps for duties with Plans, Policies, and Operations Department as the Training and Aviation Officer in the Pacific Division. In September
2015, Lieutenant Colonel Swenson reported to 1st Marine Aircraft Wing where he served as the Deputy Current Operations Officer. Lieutenant Colonel Swenson’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, Air Medal with Strike/flight number “seven”, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with gold star.