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Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121


Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121

Green Knights

MCAS Iwakuni, Yamaguchi, Japan

Executive Officer
Maj Adam Perlin

 Adam Perlin was born and raised in southern California.  He graduated, with honors, from Rim of the World High School in Lake Arrowhead, CA in June of 2000. He received an NROTC Scholarship to The Citadel: The Military College of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. While at The Citadel, Cadet Perlin majored in Criminal Justice and History. In May of 2004, he graduated from The Citadel and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant (2ndLt) in the United States Marine Corps.

2ndLt Perlin completed The Basic School (TBS) in Quantico, VA in December 2004. After TBS, 2ndLt Perlin reported to the Martial Arts Center of Excellence in Quantico, VA to train in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program. In May 2005 2ndLt Perlin started Initial Flight Screening at Manassas Regional Airport in Manassas, VA.

In May 2005 2ndLt Perlin received orders to Pensacola, FL and began Aviation Preflight Indoctrination in July. 2ndLt Perlin then completed primary flight instruction in VT-2 aboard NAS Whiting Field, FL in the T-34C Turbo Mentor and advanced jet training in VT-9 aboard NAS Meridian, MS in the T-45C Goshawk. 1stLt Perlin received his wings in April 2007 and then completed the AV8B Fleet Replacement Squadron, VMAT-203, aboard MCAS Cherry Point, NC in April 2008.

1stLt Perlin checked into MAG 13 in July 2008 and was immediately assigned to VMA-513. While in VMA-513, Captain Perlin served as the Powerline Officer-in-Charge (OIC) and the Assistant Aircraft Maintenance Officer. He filled these billets simultaneously during a deployment to Japan with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit in the fall/winter of 2009/10. In April of 2010, Captain Perlin took over as the Quality Assurance Officer where he served until April 2011 when he received orders to 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (1st ANGLICO) in Camp Pendleton, CA.

At 1st ANGLICO, Captain Perlin was attached to the 11TH MEU as the MEU's Maritime Raid Force Executive Officer and Forward Air Controller. He filled this billet for a 14 month work-up and deployment cycle to the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean, and Persian Gulf, to include both PACOM and CENTCOM in support of anti-piracy and maritime interdiction operations.

After selection as an F-35B pilot in the summer of 2012, Captain Perlin executed orders to MCAS Yuma, AZ and VMFA-121. Captain Perlin served as the Airframes, Flight Equipment, and Seat Shop OIC from October 2012 through May 2014. From April to June of 2013 Captain Perlin attended the F-35B Fleet Replacement Squadron, VMFAT-501, where he was designated as a 7518 F-35B Lightning II pilot. In June of 2014 Captain Perlin took over as the squadron's S-1 Administrative Officer, Adjutant, and Legal Officer. Additionally, that same month he received a master's degree in Military History from Norwich University. Major Perlin was promoted to his current rank on 1 September 2014 and completed Command and Staff in May of 2015. Also in May, he served as the S-1 OIC for LHD Operational Test Period 1 while simultaneously becoming one of the first fleet F-35B Lightning II pilots to carrier qualify aboard an LHD. In August 2015 Major Perlin took over as the Director of Safety and Standardization and served in this billet during I MEF exercise Steel Night, Distributed STOVL Operations at Red Beach aboard Camp Pendleton, CA and joint exercise RED FLAG in Nellis AFB, Nevada. On August 1 2016, Major Perlin took over as the squadron's Aircraft Maintenance Officer. While serving in this billet he coordinated the maintenance support for the first Trans-Pacific movement of the F-35B Lightning II in January 2017 and its subsequent redeployment to Alaska for Northern Edge 2017. In August of 2017, Major Perlin turned over his duties as the Aircraft Maintenance Officer and took charge as the VMFA-121 Yuma Detachment Officer-in-Charge. In this billet, Major Perlin supervised and led 85 Marines and six aircraft during unit level training and direct support to Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course 1-18. Upon returning to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan in late October 2017, Major Perlin assumed duties as the VMFA-121 Executive Officer, where he continues to serve to this day.

Major Perlin's qualifications include: Section Lead, Weapons Training Officer, Division Lead, Instructor Pilot, and Functional Check Flight Pilot. His personal awards include: (1) Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and (2) Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.