Major Jakob Schwam
Maj Schwam graduated from Texas Tech University in 2006, having attended Officer Candidate School Platoon Leadership Course in the summer of 2005. He reported to The Basic School in 2007, and subsequently flight school where he was designated as a Naval Aviator in June 2010 and selected the UH-1Y.
Maj Schwam next reported to HMLAT-303, Camp Pendleton, CA for replacement aircrew training. There he completed the Pilot Qualified in Model syllabus and worked as the Squadron adjutant. In April 2011 Maj Schwam was assigned to HMLA-369 Gunfighters aboard Camp Pendleton. At Gunfighters he held the billets of Schedule Writer, Current Operations Officer, and Airframes Division Officer in Charge. He attained the designation of Night Systems Instructor in the UH-1Y. During this time he deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to Helmand Province Afghanistan in November 2011 and again in October 2013.
In July 2015 Maj Schwam was transferred to HMLA-773 Detachment B, Marine Aircraft Group 49, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst New Jersey. There he supported the Squadron aircrew transition from the UH-1N to the UH-1Y. He performed the duties of Current and Future Operations Officer, Aviation Safety Officer, Quality Assurance Officer, and Assistant Maintenance Officer. He supported numerous Reserve training detachments from coast to coast throughout his tour, attained the designation of Division Leader, and promoted to Major in 2017.
In July 2018 Maj Schwam transferred to Marine Aircraft Group 24 onboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii. He assumed the duties of Group Director of Safety and Standardization, and supported exercises in the Philippines and Korea. In June 2019 he deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve as the Deputy Chief of Operations. During this tour he operated between Camp Arifjan Kuwait and Baghdad Iraq, supporting Corps level planning evolutions and managed the Combined Joint Operations Center.
Upon redeployment in January 2020 Maj Schwam transferred to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367, where he performed the duties of Logistics officer prior to being assigned as the Squadron Executive Officer.
His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal Strike/Flight (with numeral 9), Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (with two Gold Stars)