Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265
Lieutenant Colonel Jason R. Laird

LtCol Jason Laird is a native of Lufkin, Texas. He graduated from Rockport Fulton High School in 1999 and attended Wayland Baptist University, earning a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant through the OCC program in 2004. His military education includes The Basic School, Naval Flight Training, CH-46 / MV-22 Flight Training, Legal Officer Course, Quality Assurance Administration Course, Expeditionary Warfare School, and MAWTS-1 Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course. LtCol Laird holds a Master’s degrees from the USMC Command and Staff College, and Naval Postgraduate School.

Upon completion of The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia, Second Lieutenant Laird reported to MATSG-21 in Pensacola, Florida. He continued on to MATSG-22 in Corpus Christi, Texas for Primary Flight Training, and then returned to Florida for Advance Flight Training where he was subsequently designated as a Naval Aviator. In October of 2006, he reported to HMMT-164 on MCAS Camp Pendleton, California for training in the CH-46E. In March of 2007, he continued on to HMM-365 on MCAS New River, North Carolina. During his time at HMM / VMM-365 Captain Laird conducted numerous deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and held a multitude of billets.  In December of 2012, he was reassigned to MAG-36 in Okinawa, Japan.  After seven months of operating with VMM-265 and assisting the MAG-36 staff, Captain Laird was sent to HMM-262 to aid in the squadrons MV-22B transition. During his tenure at HMM / VMM-262 Major Laird served as the Assistant Operations Officer and Aircraft Maintenance Officer for the 31st MEU ACE. While in VMM-262, Major Laird deployed multiple times in support of operations in Korea, The Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Nepal.

In February of 2016, Major Laird transferred to MATSS-1 Futenma and worked as the site OIC and Flight Leadership Standardization Evaluator before moving on to HQMC. During his time in Washington, DC LtCol Laird served as the HQMC MV-22B Requirements Officer and as Aide de camp for the Deputy Commandant for Marine Aviation.  After completing his tour at HQMC, LtCol Laird transferred back to MAG-36 where he served as the Group Operations Officer.