MAG-24 Commanding Officer
Colonel Manlee J. Herrington

Colonel Manlee J. Herrington was born in Belle Chasse, Louisiana and raised in Norway, Italy, Spain, and England.  In 1990, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy as an Aviation Electrician (Aircrew).  He was commissioned in 1995 through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program after graduating from Tulane University with a Bachelor of Science in Geology.  He was designated a Naval Aviator in 1997.

Colonel Herrington’s first fleet tour was with Marine Air Group 16 as a CH-53E Super Stallion heavy-lift helicopter pilot.  From 1998 to 2002, he completed four deployments: one with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit; two to the Western Pacific with the Unit Deployment Program; and one to Afghanistan with Task Force 58, attached to the 15th and 26th Marine Expeditionary Units.  During this time, he served in Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadrons 462, 361, and 466, and Marine Medium Helicopter Squadrons 262, 163, and 365, performing duties as an Air Mission Commander, Functional Check Flight Pilot, Standardization and Evaluation Pilot, Instrument Instructor, Terrain Flight Instructor, and Aerial Refueling Instructor in the Maintenance, Standardization, and Operations Departments.

From 2003 to 2007, he was assigned as the Airfield Operations Company Commander, Marine Wing Support Squadron 172, and then as the Airfield Operations Officer, Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan.  He logged 1,700 hours in the UC-12F Beechcraft King Air, a twin turbo-propeller transport airplane, and the UC-35D Cessna Citation Encore, a twin engine business jet.  Concurrently, he received his Airline Transport Pilot certification from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Colonel Herrington’s second fleet tour was with Marine Air Group 24 as a CH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter pilot. From 2007 to 2010, he served as the Aviation Maintenance Officer and Executive Officer of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463, deploying to the Western Pacific.  He subsequently deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan with the 3rd Marine Regiment as the Scan Eagle Detachment Mission Commander, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force – Afghanistan, before returning to Marine Air Group 24 as the Current Operations Officer.

From 2010 to 2012, Colonel Herrington served in the Pentagon at Headquarters Marine Corps as the Amphibious Ship Aviation Integration Officer, Aviation Plans and Policies Branch (APP-50), Deputy Commandant for Aviation.  He was the Marine Corps’ project lead for the re-design of the USS AMERICA class of amphibious assault ships.  He was also Marine Aviation’s representative to the Commandant's Amphibious Capabilities Working Group, later renamed the Ellis Group, which examined future challenges to the conduct of amphibious operations.

In 2012, Colonel Herrington returned to Marine Aircraft Group 16 as the Director of Safety and Standardization.  In 2014, he took command of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361, recommencing the Unit Deployment Program to Marine Aircraft Group 36 as a composite squadron of CH-53Es and AH-1W attack helicopters deployed to the Western Pacific.

After graduating from the Naval War College as an Arleigh Burke Fellow in 2016, Colonel Herrington was assigned to the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command J-35, Future Operations Division, as a Joint Operations Planner and Director of the Deployable Joint Force Augmentation Cell.  From 2019 to 2020, Colonel Herrington served as the U.S. Marine Forces Pacific G-33, Current Operations Officer, before returning to U.S. Indo-Pacific Command as the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Commander.  In 2021, he returned to U.S. Marine Forces Pacific as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Aviation.

Colonel Herrington has 3,125 flight hours in the CH-53E, UC-12F, UC-35D, CH-53D, and AH-1W flying in Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Guam, Pohnpei, the Marshall Islands, and Hawaii.  His personal decorations include the two Defense Superior Service Medals, a Meritorious Service Medal, three Strike Flight Air Medals, the Combat Action Ribbon, and other personal, campaign and service awards.