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Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242


Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242


MCAS Iwakuni, Yamaguchi, Japan

Executive Officer
Major Matthew A. Sisneros


Major Matthew “VĀJ” Sisneros is from Phoenix, Arizona.  After graduating high school, he enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves as a Bulk Fuel Specialist where he achieved the rank of Sergeant while attending school at Arizona State University.   In December 2006, he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Aviation Management & Technology. 

While waiting to start The Basic School (TBS), Second Lieutenant Sisneros served as an assistant to the RS Phoenix Officer Selection Officer on PTAD.  Upon completion of TBS, Second Lieutenant Sisneros reported to MATSG-21 in Pensacola, Florida for flight training in the T-34C.  He completed primary flight training and reported to VT-21 at NAS Kingsville to fly the T-45C and earned his wings in April 2010.  He was then assigned to VFA-106 aboard NAS Oceana, Virginia for F/A-18 pilot training. 

Captain Sisneros completed F/A-18 training in July 2011 and reported to VMFA(AW)-242 aboard MCAS Iwakuni, Japan.  During his time with the Bats, he served as the Coffee Mess Officer, Mission Planning Cell and Joint Mission Planning System Officer, NATOPS Officer, Schedules Officer and Threat Air-to-Air Missile Subject Matter Expert.  He deployed on numerous detachment for training and exercises throughout the Western Pacific to Thailand, Australia, Guam, Korea, Philippines, and Okinawa. 

In July 2014, Captain Sisneros reported to the 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) aboard Camp Lejeune, North Carolina to serve as the Command Element’s Assistant Air Officer and became a Forward Air Controller upon completing Tactical Air Control Party School in Aug 2014.  He also served as the MEU’s Information Management Officer.  In May 2015, he transferred to the 26th MEU to serve as the Assistant Air Officer for their combat deployment to the 5th and 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility.  He was forward deployed during this time and served as an Aviation Fires Advisor to a host nation Fires and Integration Cell and attained the MOS of Foreign Security Force Advisor (0571). 

In June 2016, Captain Sisneros reported to MAG-31 in Beaufort, South Carolina and was directed to complete the F/A-18 refresher training at VMFAT-101 in San Diego, California.  He joined VMFA(AW)-224 in July and deployed to Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force - Crisis Response - Central Command 17.2 flying combat missions in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.  During his tour with the Bengals, Maj Sisneros has served as the Flight Officer, Quality Assurance Officer, and Executive Officer.

In July 2019, Maj Sisneros returned to MAG-12 for his current tour with VMFA(AW)-242.  He has served as the squadron’s Director of Safety and Standardization and is now serving as the Executive Officer. 

His personal decorations include the Air Medal (5 Strike/Flight Awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (w/ Gold Star) and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.




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