Maj Michelle E. Augustine
Major Michelle E. Augustine was born 8 February 1982, at USNH aboard MCB Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California. After graduating from the United States Naval Academy in May of 2004 with a Bachelor’s of Science in History, she was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.
After finishing the course of instruction at The Basic School, Major Augustine was sent to Air Support Control Officer Course, in Twenty-Nine Palms California where she was designated a 7208.
Upon graduation, in April of 2005, she was assigned to Marine Air Support Squadron (MASS) 2, Marine Air Control Group (MACG) 18, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) where she held billets including: Air Support Controller for the 31st MEU; Air Support Company Platoon Commander, Legal Officer, and Adjutant.
In April of 2007, Major Augustine checked into MASS-1, MACG-28, 2nd MAW. She subsequently deployed to Camp Fallujah as a Senior Air Director to Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), from July 2007 to February 2008. Upon return Major Augustine performed as a Platoon Commander in Air Support Company then transitioned to perform as the squadron Training Officer and CMCC Officer. In 2009 she was designated as the Air Support Element Officer in Charge for the MACG-28 MEU Detachment for the 24th MEU. Major Augustine deployed with the 24th MEU from 2009 to 2010 and supported the HA/DR operations in Haiti after the earthquake in 2010 and then supported 24h MEU Operations in support of OEF until the 24th MEU’s return in August of 2010.
In November of 2010, Major Augustine checked into Marine Air Command and Control Squadron Experimental, Department of Aviation, Expeditionary Enablers Branch, Headquarters Marine Corps at MCB Camp Pendleton, California. While serving as the Direct Air Support Control Center Division Head she participated in the fielding, testing, and evaluation of CAC2S Phase I and pursued the development and application of Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures for Digitally Aided Close Air Support within Marine Aviation Command and Control, specific to the DASC, at the Joint Staff’s Bold Quest Exercise between 2010 and 2013. While at MACCS-X, she graduated from MAWTS-1’s WTI Course as a DASC WTI, graduated from the Marine Corps University’s Distance Education Program of Expeditionary Warfare School as a distinguished graduate, and was selected on the Marine Corps Commandant’s Careel Level Education Board as a Foreign Area Officer (FAO) in 2013.
In June of 2013, Major Augustine reported to attend the Naval Post Graduate School (NPS) in Monterey, California. Major Augustine graduated from NPS and from Marine Corps University’s Distance Education Program for the Command and Staff College in September 2014. Upon graduation, she reported to the Defense Language Institute (DLI) to begin language training in Portuguese and graduated DLI in April of 2015.
In May 2015, Major Augustine reported to HQMC Henderson Hall for follow on orders to the U.S. Embassy in Lima, Peru to begin her In-Country Training (ICT) as a FAO. Major Augustine reported to the U.S. Embassy in Lima, Peru in July of 2015 and executed her FAO POI over a period of 12 months that included travel to over 13 countries, an engagement with the Colombian Marine Corps in a Marine Forces South Logistics Subject Matter Expert Exchange, assigned as the Marine Forces South lead planner and Subject Matter Expert in the Aviation Command and Control Subject Matter Expert Exchange to the Brazilian Marine Corps, engagements with the Peruvian Marine Corps, Argentine Marine Corps, Panamanian Self Defense Force, Nicaraguan Marine Corps, Mexican Army, and Chilean Marine Corps, as well as supporting Marine Forces South in exercise UNITAS in both Peru and Brazil. While executing her duties as a FAO, Major Augustine also attended the UN Course on Civil Military Operations at their Peace Keeping School in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
In August of 2016, Major Augustine reported to MASS-2, MACG-18, 1st MAW where she served as the Operations Officer until June of 2018, whereby she assumed the duties of serving as MASS-2’s Executive Officer.