Captain Sean T. Penczak
Capt Penczak was commissioned on March 20, 2009 after completing the 10 week officer commissioning course (OCC-200) with Delta Company, 4th Platoon at Quantico, VA. Capt Penczak worked at the recruiting headquarters aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico as well as filled the duties as the Mike Company Gunnery Sergeant from March 2009 until January 2010 while waiting to start training at The Basic School (TBS). He also had the opportunity to attend the Tactical Conflict Assessment and Planning Course offered aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico offered by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). He conducted TBS apart of Bravo Company, 6th Platoon from January, 2010 to July, 2010.
Following TBS Capt Penczak checked into Marine Aviation Training Support Group 21 (MATSG-21) where he worked as the Physical Training Representative conducting Combat Fitness Tests as well as filing taxes for Marine personnel attached to the unit. Capt Penczak was then sent on a Temporary Assigned Duty (TAD) to Camp Lejeune, NC from October 2010 to December 2010 where he worked as the Assistant Logistics Officer at the 2nd Marine Corps Division Headquarters (2ndMarDiv) in the G-4. While attached to the G-4 Capt Penczak also conducted the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) for the 2ndMarDiv.
At the conclusion of TAD Capt Penczak attended Introductory Flight School (IFS) at Jack Edwards in Alabama. He then completed Aviation Pilot Indoctrination (API) in Pensacola, FL. He then attended Aviation Primary training at VT-6 in Milton, FL. He was selected for the Tiltrotor pipeline and then attended Intermediate training at HT-8 in Milton, FL and then traveled to Corpus Christi, TX for TC-12 Advanced multi-engine training at VT-35 while attached to MAG-22. Capt Penczak reported to VMMT-204 in March 2013 to complete his FRS training in the MV-22 and become a T2P. While attached to VMMT-204 Capt Penczak worked as one of the S-6 officers supporting the squadron.
Upon completing his Tiltrotor Second Pilot (T2P) training he reported to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 261 on July 31, 2013 where he was assigned as the Tool Room and Ordnance Officer. Capt Penczak participated in ITX 13.2 in 29 Palms, CA from October to November 2014. Capt Penczak deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom 14.1/14.2 from January 2014 to August 2014 and then redeployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Inherent Resolve until October 2014. Upon returning from deployment he was assigned as the S-6 Officer in December serving as a department head in VMM-261. Capt Penczak deployed again in support of the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response Africa 15.2 (SPMAGTF-CR-AF 15.2) in Moron, Spain. There he assisted with operations in Spain, Africa, Germany, and Italy. He also participated in the Tactical Leadership Program (TLP) in Spain where the best pilots in Europe come together to practice strike tactics as a part of their Top Gun equivalent school. Capt Penczak became a Tiltrotor Aircraft Commander in November 2015. Returning from Spain, Capt Penczak remained the S-6 Officer and accepted orders to VMM-268 the "Red Dragons" located at Marine Corps Base Hawaii Kaneohe Bay on the island of Oahu.
Capt Penczak reported 04 October, 2016 to VMM-268 and assumed the duties of the Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization (NATOPS) Officer attached to the Department of Safety and Standardization. Shortly after arriving to VMM-268 he was sent TAD to the Naval Safety Center's School of Aviation Safety course 17-2 in Pensacola, Florida graduating February 3, 2017. Upon returning to MCBH Kaneohe Bay he conducted a preliminary CGI of the NATOPS program and began assisting with the duties required of an Aviation Safety Officer. Capt Penczak was assigned as the Team Leader to develop training areas and landing sites for VMM-268 and follow on MV-22 squadrons in Hawaii. The initial site survey on the Big Island of Hawaii took place March 8, 2017 and was followed by surveying three landing zones on O'ahu. Capt Penczak worked to coordinate the Marine Rotational Force Darwin in Northern Australia to emplace a permanent MV-22 presence in support of joint operations. In April Capt Penczak assumed the duties as the Director of Safety and Standardization and Aviation Safety Officer, and the Naval Aviation Training Operations Standardization Officer. He coordinated the second site survey on the Big Island to take place May 2nd, 2017 for LZ Turkey. Capt Penczak deployed to Darwin, Australia apart of Marine Rotational Force Darwin in on June 23, 2017 to act as the Aviation Safety Officer and the Naval Air Training and Operations Standardization Officer for the Air Combat Element. Upon returning to MCBH on September 3, 2017 Capt Penczak was assigned as the Executive Officer for Marine Wing Support Detachment 24.