Major Alexander Cole
Major Cole was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps in May 2004. In January 2005, Second Lieutenant Cole graduated from The Basic School and reported to NAS Pensacola for flight training. He was promoted to First Lieutenant and earned his wings as a Naval Aviator in November 2006.
In November 2006, First Lieutenant Cole checked in to HMLA/T-303, Camp Pendleton, California for UH-1N training. Upon completion of training, First Lieutenant Cole was assigned to HMLA-367, Camp Pendleton, California. He served as an Operations Schedule Writer and deployed from April to November 2008 to Al Taqaddum, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he took part in combat operations in the Al Anbar Province. During the deployment, First Lieutenant Cole was promoted to Captain and assumed the duties of Assistant Logistics Officer.
Upon return from deployment, Captain Cole became the UH-1 NATOPS Officer, and in March 2009, he completed UH-1Y Conversion Training. Captain Cole deployed from October 2009 through May 2010 with HMLA-367 to combat operations in the Helmand Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In March 2011, Captain Cole became the UH-1Y Pilot Training Officer and subsequently was selected to attend the Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) Course in the fall of 2011.
In February of 2012, Captain Cole joined HMM-364(REIN) fulfilling the role of Pilot Training Officer, Future Operations Planner and WTI. Captain Cole deployed in September 2012 with the 15th MEU as the senior Huey pilot and conducted humanitarian assistance operations in East Timor and a number of Theater Security Cooperation Exercises in the Arabian Gulf.
In May 2013, Captain Cole became the UH-1Y Standardization Officer and Operations Officer at Marine Aviation Training Systems Site (MATSS), Camp Pendleton where he was responsible for aviation simulator test, development, and evaluation, as well as managing the UH-1Y Flight Leadership and Standardization program in 3D MAW. In September of 2014, Captain Cole was promoted to Major and became the MATSS Detachment Officer-in-Charge (OIC).
In June 2016, Major Cole reported to HMLA-367, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, and assumed duties as the Director of Safety and Standardization (DOSS). In November 2016, Major Cole deployed on the 31st MEU as part of VMM-262(REIN) as the H-1 Detachment OIC and Commander of Troops on LPD-20 (USS Green Bay), during which he supported Exercise Cobra Gold in Thailand. Following his return in January 2018, Major Cole assumed the duties of Executive Officer of HMLA-367.
Major Cole is a graduate with Distinction from the US Naval Academy with a degree in History with Honors; Distinguished Graduate from the Marine Corps University Command and Staff College Blended Seminar Program; and Distinguished Graduate from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Major Cole’s personal awards include the Air Medal with strike/flight numeral “6” and Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two gold stars in lieu of third award.