LtCol Robert Guyette
Lieutenant Colonel Guyette graduated from the United States Naval Academy in May 2004 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering. He reported to NAS Pensacola, FL in 2005 to fly T-34Cs with the VT-6 Shooters at NAS Whiting Field, FL, then T-45As with the VT-22 Golden Eagles at NAS Kingsville, TX. Designated a Naval Aviator in October 2006, he then reported to the VFA-106 Gladiators in NAS Oceana, VA for replacement aircrew training in the F/A-18 Hornet.
In November 2007 Lieutenant Colonel Guyette reported to the VMFA(AW)-224 Fighting Bengals at MCAS Beaufort, SC, deploying twice to Iwakuni, Japan in 2008 and 2010 as part of the Unit Deployment Program. While assigned to the Bengals, Lieutenant Colonel Guyette was selected for transition to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter on the 2010 Transition/Conversion Board.
In February 2011, Lieutenant Colonel Guyette reported to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marines as a Forward Air Controller, and deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom 11.2. LtCol Guyette embedded at the squad and platoon levels to conduct infantry combat operations against the Taliban in the Marjeh, Sangin and Kajaki districts.
After returning from Afghanistan, Lieutenant Colonel Guyette reported to MAG-13 at MCAS Yuma in April 2012 to stand up VMFA-121, The Green Knights, the world’s first operational F-35 squadron. After working to achieve “Safe for Flight” status for the squadron, Lieutenant Colonel Guyette reported to VMFAT-501 at Eglin AFB and became the first operational pilot qualified to fly the F-35 in December 2012. During this time, he also completed a Master of Business Administration at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and was selected to attend the US Naval Test Pilot School, Class 148.
Following USNTPS, Lieutenant Colonel Guyette was assigned to the Patuxent River F-35 Integrated Test Force, executing high risk developmental test flight in the F-35A, B and C models, ashore and at sea aboard USS AMERICA and ESSEX. He served as the lead test pilot for F-35B/C Loads, Flutter, Buffet, Expeditionary Operations, Helmet-Mounted Displays, Block 3F Mission Systems, AIM-9X, High Angle of Attack Operational Assessment, and STOVL envelope expansion. During this time, he also completed a Master of Science in Systems Engineering at the Naval Postgraduate School, and was selected to be a Marine Corps Service Chief Fellow at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. While at DARPA, Lieutenant Colonel Guyette provided engineering technical support and operational perspective to multiple projects.
Lieutenant Colonel Guyette then joined VMFAT-501 in Beaufort, SC, serving as an F-35B Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor Pilot, as well as the squadron Executive Officer. During his time at 501, Lieutenant Colonel Guyette trained over 120 new U.S. Marine, British and Italian F-35B pilots, led engineering improvements of the F-35 flight control system, and built the first F-35A and F-35B Level III FAA flight demonstration profiles. Currently stationed aboard MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, he is serving as the Executive Officer of VMFA-242, part of the team transitioning the squadron from F/A-18D to F-35B operations.
Lieutenant Colonel Guyette has flown over thirty types of military airplanes and helicopters, and was named the 2018 MCAA John Glenn Marine Test Pilot of the Year, and the 2018 MCAA Michael Hough Acquisition Officer of the Year. His military awards include the Bronze Star with Combat Distinguishing Device, three Navy Commendation Medals, and the Combat Action Ribbon. He is married to the former Amber Ingram of Sumrall, Mississippi, and they have three very busy children.