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Marine Air Control Group 18


Marine Air Control Group 18


MCAS Futenma, Okinawa, Japan

Commanding Officer
Col Craig Doty

Colonel Craig Doty was born in Wilmington, Ohio.  He was commissioned in 1993, and designated as an Air Defense Control Officer.  After completing Air Schools as the Honor Graduate, he was assigned to Marine Air Control Squadron 7 (MACS-7) in Yuma, Arizona as a Second Lieutenant in 1994.  Here, he earned all Tactical Air Operations Center qualifications up through and including Senior Air Director.  He twice graduated from Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) School, once as an Intelligence Officer and once as a Command and Control Officer.  While at MACS-7, he served as the unit’s Intelligence Officer, Operations Officer, and Weapons and Tactics Instructor.  In addition to his primary Military Occupational Specialty, he is also a designated WTI (7277).

Promoted to Captain in 1997, he was transferred to Marine Air Control Squadron 2 (MACS-2) in Beaufort, South Carolina.  While stationed at MACS-2, he served as the Tactical Air Operations Center (TAOC) Detachment Commander.  He deployed twice to Europe, once in support of Battle Griffin in Norway and the other to Estonia serving under II Marine Expeditionary Force in a North Atlantic Treaty Organization Partnership for Peace role.

In May of 1998, he was selected to attend the Command and Control Systems Course (CCSC) in Quantico, Virginia.  Captain Doty graduated CCSC in May 1999.  Upon graduation, he was designated as a Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) C41 Planner (8055).  Captain Doty was selected and assigned to the personnel exchange program with Number 1 Air Control Centre (No 1 ACC), Royal Air Force, in Nurthumberland, United Kingdom.  While assigned to No 1 ACC, he deployed in support of the British Operation Grandby in Cyprus and to the United Kingdom Falkland Island Defense Force in South America.

In 2001, Captain Doty was reassigned to the Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 (MAWTS-1) in Yuma, Arizona as the TAOC Division Head.  While at MAWTS-1, he also served as the C41 representative in the Aviation Development Test and Evaluation Department and as the Assistant Operations Officer.  Promoted to Major in 2002, he deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom and served as the 3d Marine Aircraft Wing (3d MAW) Liaison Officer to 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines and as the Sector Air Defense Coordinator for Southeastern Iraq.

Major Doty transferred to Marine Air Control Squadron 1 (MACS-1) in 2004 to serve as the Operations Officer.  While at MACS-1, he also served as the Squadron Executive Officer and Remain Behind Commander.  He deployed as the 3d MAW Security Element Commanding Officer and served as the Echo Company Commanding Officer under Marine Wing Support Group 37 for Operation Iraqi Freedom 05-07.  He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 2008.  He served as the lead for aviation sensors and weapons in Aviation Expeditionary Enablers Branch (APX).  Lieutenant Colonel Doty assumed Command of MACS-1 in 17 May 2010.  He was selected and attended the National War College during 2012 and 2013.  Lieutenant Colonel Doty then served as APX-2 in Headquarters Marine Corps Aviation.  He was promoted to Colonel in 2015.  He is currently serving as Deputy Director in J8/JIAMDO on the Joint Staff.

Colonel Doty’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (3 stars), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 stars), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and the Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.  He holds a Bachelors in Science from The Ohio State University, and Master’s Degrees from the University of Oklahoma and the National War College.