LtCol Kevin G. Hunter
Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Hunter graduated from Providence College with a degree in History and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant through the Officer Candidate Course in December 1999. Upon completion of The Basic School, he reported to the Naval Aviation Training Command in Pensacola, Florida. He was designated a Naval Aviator in January 2002.
After receiving his wings, Lieutenant Colonel Hunter reported to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 302 at Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina, for initial training in the CH-53E. In September 2002, Lieutenant Colonel Hunter reported to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 465 aboard MCAS Miramar, California. During the next four years, he served as an Operations Schedule Writer, Ground Safety Officer, and Airframes Officer. He completed three deployments, two in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and one in support of the 31st MEU. He was promoted to Captain in July 2004. In April 2006, Lieutenant Colonel Hunter graduated from Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course and attached to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 165 as the CH-53E detachment Weapons and Tactics Instructor and Pilot Training Officer. He subsequently deployed in support of the 15th MEU in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In November 2007, Lieutenant Colonel Hunter was assigned to Marine Helicopter Squadron (HMX) 1, aboard Marine Corps Base (MCB) Quantico, Virginia, where he served as Ch-53E NATOPS Officer, Assistant Operations Officer and White House Liaison Officer. While at HMX-1, Lieutenant Colonel Hunter was designated an Aircraft Commander in the VH-3D and VH-60N, as well as a Presidential Command Pilot. He was promoted to the rank of Major in April 2010.
Lieutenant Colonel Hunter reported to Marine Corps Command and Staff College, in July 2011, graduating in June 2012. Lieutenant Colonel Hunter then reported to Marine Air Group 16 aboard MCAS Miramar, California and was assigned to HMH-462. He served as the Aircraft Maintenance Officer and Executive Officer, and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Following this deployment, Lieutenant Colonel Hunter reported to 1 Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) aboard MCB Camp Pendleton, California, where he served as Aide de Camp to the Commanding General, 1 MEF.
In June 2015, Lieutenant Colonel Hunter reported to Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington D.C. where he served as the Aviation Training Systems Requirements Officer and Presidential Helicopter Requirements Officer for Headquarters Marine Corps Aviation. He was promoted to his current rank in November 2016.
Lieutenant Colonel Hunter has over 2,800 mishap-free flight hours and his personal decorations include the Individual Action Air Medal, Air Medal with Strike Numeral “14”, the Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, the Navy Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with one gold star. Lieutenant Colonel Hunter is authorized to wear the Presidential Service Badge.