LtCol Brian R. Grant
Lieutenant Colonel Grant enlisted in the Marine Corps in December 1995. While serving in the Reserves, he attended the University of Florida. In May 1999, after successfully completing the Platoon Leaders Class program, and graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Resource Management, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant.
After attending The Basic School, he reported to the Naval Aviation Training Command, Pensacola, FL for flight training. Upon designation as a Naval Aviator in September 2001, he was assigned to HMLA-267 as an AH-1W pilot where he served as the squadron's Legal Officer and light Equipment OIC.
In February 2003, he deployed with HMLA-267 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF); where he flew combat missions until June 2003. Upon returning from OIF LtCol Grant deployed with the “Stingers” to Okinawa, Australia, and the Philippines in support of the Unit Deployment Program (UDP).
In April 2004, he was promoted to Captain and attended the Naval Aviation Safety Officer’s (ASO) Course at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, CA. After graduation, he returned to HMLA-267 and served as the squadron's ASO and Director of Safety and Standardization (DOSS).
In March 2005, LtCol Grant attended the Expeditionary Warfare Training Group Pacific's Tactical Air Control Party Course, graduating as a Forward Air Controller. He was then assigned to 3rd BN / 7th Marines for a ground combat tour in Ramadi, Iraq in support of OIF from September 2005 to April 2006.
LtCol Grant then returned to HMLA-267; where he served as the squadron’s Ordnance Officer and Future Operations Officer. In April 2007, he was selected to attend the Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron course and graduated as a Weapons and Tactics Instructor.
In June 2007, LtCol Grant was assigned to HMM-166, and the 11th MEU, where he served as the Air Combat Element's Aviation Fires Planner and AH-1W Pilot Training Officer. On the MEU he flew in support of Operation Sea Angel II in Bangladesh and in the Arabian Gulf on operations. In May 2008, he re-joined the “Stingers”.
In April 2009, LtCol Grant reported to Fleet Marine Forces Europe for further assignment to the Royal Marine Exchange Program in Yeovilton, England where he was promoted to the rank of Major in December 2009.
In 847 NAS, Commando Helicopter Force, LtCol Grant deployed to Norway, Bahrain, Kuwait, the Al Faw oil platforms and aboard HMS Ocean in support of Exercise AURIGA. From January to May 2011 he deployed with the squadron to Afghanistan, flying in support of Operation HERRICK and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).
In June 2012, LtCol Grant returned to the Fleet Marine Force by joining HMLA-369 “Gunfighters”, where he served as the squadron’s Aircraft Maintenance Officer, and then Executive Officer in October 2013 when they deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan in support of OEF until April 2014.
In May 2014, LtCol Grant was assigned as the Headquarters Squadron 39 Commanding Officer and was subsequently selected for resident Intermediate Level School after converting to the AH-1Z. In June 2015 he attended the U. S. Naval War College Newport, RI where he earned a Master’s Degree in Defense and Strategic Studies.
In September 2016, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and assigned to the Pentagon in the Office of the CNO, Expeditionary Warfare Division where he served as the Requirements Officer for Connectors, and subsequently the Deputy Executive Assistant (DEA) to the Director of Expeditionary Warfare (N95).
In February 2018, LtCol Grant was assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 24 and HMLA-367 “Scarface”.
Personal decorations include the Bronze Star with "V", Meritorious Service Medal with gold star in lieu of second award, Air Medal with Strike/Flight numeral eight, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star in lieu of second award, Combat Action Ribbon, and Humanitarian Service Medal.