Maj. Darick A. Apitz
MWHS-1 Executive Officer

Major Apitz grew-up in Big Fork, Minnesota and graduated from Minnesota State University in 2011, with a major in Criminal Justice. After completing The Basic School in January 2012, Maj Apitz proceeded to flight school and was designated a Naval Aviator in Jan 2014 and assigned to the AH-1W.

After completing Fleet Replacement Squadron Training at HMLA/T-303 in June of 2014, Maj Apitz was assigned to HMLA-367 “Scarface” in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

From May 2015 to Nov 2015, Maj Apitz was attached to VMM-265(REIN) assigned to the 31st MEU. During his tenure he served as the S-1 AOIC and in Current Operations as a schedule writer and supported multiple exercises and operations in INDOPACOM throughout Japan, Australia, and Guam. Upon completion of his deployment he returned to HMLA-367 until April 2018. During his time at HMLA-367 Maj Apitz served as a Schedule Writer, the S-5 OIC, Flightline OIC, and Current Operations Officer and earned the MAWTS-1 Night Systems Instructor (NSI) qualification.

In April of 2018, Maj Apitz reported to HMLA-269 "Gunrunners" at MCAS New River, North Carolina where he served as an NSI, the Assistant Aircraft Maintenance Officer, and the S-4 OIC. During his time with HMLA-269 he transitioned to the AH-1Z and regained his qualification as an NSI in the upgraded aircraft. As the S-4 OIC he coordinated the squadron's deployment and retrograde to Twenty-nine Palms, California in support of Integrated Training Exercise (ITX) and Maneuver Warfare Exercise (MWX). The training achieved in both exercises was vital to the squadron's transition from the AH-1W to the AH-1Z.

In July of 2020, Maj Apitz reported to MWHS-1 "America's Finest" in Okinawa Japan where he initially served as the Future Operations Japan, Korea, Expeditionary Operations, and CONUS area planner. As a planner he coordinated for the planning and execution of the Unit Deployment Program and 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit rotation, Combined Command Post Training, and the MAW level Command Post Exercise "Driven Thermite." In January of 2021, Maj Apitz took over as the Executive Officer (XO) of MWHS-1. During his time as the XO the squadron has supported exercises throughout INDOPACOM to include Korea, Japan, Philippines, Guam, and
Australia. Additionally, during his time in Okinawa, Maj Apitz became qualified in the UC-35D and supports MCIPAC, H&HS Futenma as an augment instructor pilot.

His personal decorations include the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal. Maj Apitz has flown more than 1,600 total mishaps free flight hours.

Maj Apitz is married to Tiffany Apitz and they share two dogs, Bodhi and Marie.

1st Marine Aircraft Wing