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Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 1


Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 1


Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan

Commanding Officer
LtCol Roger A. Smith

LtCol Smith is a native of southern California and earned a BA degree in Political Science, International Relations from the University of California Los Angeles. He was commissioned through the Platoon Leaders Course in August 1996 and reported to The Basic School in November 1996. Upon completion of The Basic School, he reported to Naval Air Station Pensacola, FL for flight training and was designated a Naval Aviator in July 1999.

Following CH-46E Sea Knight training with Marine Medium Helicopter Training Squadron 164 at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Camp Pendleton, CA, he was ordered to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM) 161 in December 1999. LtCol Smith transferred to HMM-165 in May 2000 where he served in the Operations department as the Schedule Writer and Flight Officer. In December 2001, he deployed with HMM-165 Reinforced (REIN), 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Special Operations Capable (MEU(SOC)) supporting Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. During this time he served as the CH-46E Pilot Training Officer and Assistant Operations Officer. In January 2003 he deployed as part of Amphibious Task Force West in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM I serving as the Airframes Officer. Upon return from deployment, LtCol Smith assumed the duties as the Quality Assurance Officer and Assistant Maintenance Officer.

In June 2004, he reported to the Marine Corps Expeditionary Warfare School in Quantico, VA. After completion of his education, he served as the Platoon Commander, Charlie Company, 4th Platoon, Officer Candidate’s School, Quantico, VA with follow on orders to Marine Aircraft Group 16, MCAS Miramar, CA.

Retuning to HMM-165 in September 2005, he served as the squadron Logistics Officer and Equal Opportunity Officer. In 2006, he deployed with HMM-165(REIN), 15th MEU(SOC) and conducted triple-site operations in Al-Anbar Province, Iraq as part of Task Force Bullrush. He became the Squadron Operations Officer upon return to MCAS Miramar in June 2007. 

In July 2008, LtCol Smith reported to the Marine Corps Command and Staff College in Quantico, VA, where he earned a Masters degree in Military Studies.

Slated for joint duty, he reported to United States Northern Command, Colorado Springs, CO, in August 2009. There he served as the Strategic Trip Planner to the Commander, the Aide-de- Camp to the Deputy Commander, J4 Private Sector integration officer, and Land Domain Chief for both the Mobile Consolidated Command Center and bi-national NORAD and USNORTHCOM Command Center.

In March 2012, LtCol Smith reported to Headquarters Marine Corps in Washington, DC, where he served as the Aviation Training and Readiness Officer for the Department of Aviation, Plans, Programs, Joint/Congressional Matters, Doctrine, and Budget Branch (APP).

LtCol smith reported to 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Okinawa, Japan in October 2014 where he served as a G-3 Future Operations planner before assuming command of Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 1.

LtCol Smith’s personal decorations include the Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Individual Air Medal with gold numeral two and combat distinguishing device, Air Medal Strike/Flight with bronze numeral five, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.