Biography
Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262
Major Daniel R. Abney

Major Daniel R. Abney was born in Honolulu, HI and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and commissioned a Second Lieutenant. After commissioning, he reported to Quantico, VA for training at The Basic School, Fox Company, 2011.

Upon completion of TBS, Major Abney reported to MATSG-21 at NAS Pensacola, completing Aviation Preflight Indoctrination, primary flight training in the T-6B Texan II with VT-2, and was selected to fly the MV-22B Osprey.  Major Abney then completed Intermediate flight training in the TH-57 with HT-8 at NAS Whiting Field, and then transferred to NAS Corpus Christi for Advanced flight training in the TC-12 at VT-35.  Major Abney received his aviator wings on 18 July 2014.

Major Abney next reported to VMM(T)-204 at MCAS New River in August 2014 for initial qualification in the MV-22B.  Upon completion, he attended SERE training and reported to VMM-166 at MCAS Miramar, where he served from 2015-2017, serving as the S-4 OIC, Embarkation Officer, and schedule writer.  During this tour, Major Abney deployed as part of the 13th MEU, supporting contingency operations within Central Command. In October of 2017 Major Abney attended the Tactical Air Control Party course at EWTGPAC and reported to 3d Battalion, 7th Marines as a Forward Air Controller.

At 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, Major Abney completed the EOTG TRAP course attached to India Company and was attached to Weapons Company and Lima Company for the duration of pre-deployment work-ups. In April of 2018 Major Abney deployed with V37 as part of the Special Purpose MAGTF, Crisis Response, Central Command, where he served as the Battalion Air Officer. In August 2018, Major Abney was attached to a Special Forces Operational Detachment Bravo in Syria, where he provided close air support for U.S. and coalition forces during combat operations against ISIS.

In November 2018, Major Abney reported to VMM-161 at MCAS Miramar, where he served as the S-4 OIC and Quality Assurance Officer. He attended the Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course in the Fall of 2019 and deployed with VMM-161 to Kuwait as part of the Special Purpose MAGTF, Crisis Response, Central Command. During this deployment, he supported contingency operations as part of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE. Upon return from deployment, Major Abney served as the squadron’s Pilot Training Officer.

In February 2021, Major Abney reported to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) in Yuma, AZ as an MV-22 Instructor Pilot.  He provided academic and flight instruction during five WTI courses over the course of his two and a half year tour.  While at MAWTS-1, Major Abney served as the Standardization Officer and Academics Department Head. Upon completion of his tour at MAWTS-1, Major Abney reported to VMM-262 at MCAS Futenma to serve as the squadron Executive Officer.

Major Abney’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with Strike/Flight Numeral “3”, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat “C” device and gold star in lieu of second award. Major Abney is married to the former Lisa Wermuth of Colorado Springs, Colorado.