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Commanding Officer

Commanding Officer
Lieutenant Colonel Eric A. Sandberg

Lieutenant Colonel Eric A. Sandberg graduated from the State University of New York with a degree in Security Systems and Computer Information Systems in May of 2000.  He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in December of 2000 and reported to Bravo Company, The Basic School, Quantico, VA for active duty. 

Following The Basic School, he was assigned to Naval Air Station Pensacola, FL for flight training in the T-34C and TH-57B/C.  In May 2003 LtCol Sandberg was designated a Naval Aviator.  He then reported to HMM(T)-164, MCAS Camp Pendleton, CA for training in the CH-46E Sea Knight.   

Upon completion of CH-46E Fleet Replacement Squadron training, LtCol Sandberg received his first fleet assignment with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 261 (HMM-261) “Raging Bulls”, MCAS New River, NC from December 2003 to June 2006.  During this period, he was assigned as the Operations Ground Training Officer and deployed in January of 2004 to Al Asad Air Base, Al Anbar Providence, Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF) 2.  In November of 2005, he deployed again with HMM-261 (REIN) as part of 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit, Special Operations Capable (SOC) to Al Asad Air Base in support of OIF 04-06. 

From June 2006 to June 2007, LtCol Sandberg transferred to 2d Marine Aircraft Wing (2d MAW), MCAS Cherry Point, NC as the Assistant Future Operations Officer and Training and Exercise Employment (TEEP) Officer. 

From June 2007 to November 2010, LtCol Sandberg returned to HMM-261 and was assigned as the Assistant Maintenance Officer.  He deployed a third time with HMM-261 (REIN), 22d MEU (SOC) to support expeditionary operations.  After his return from deployment in January of 2008, LtCol Sandberg was selected to transition to the MV-22B Osprey.  Upon completion of the transition syllabus at Marine Medium Tiltrotor Training Squadron 204 (VMM(T)-204), he returned to HMM-261 and was assigned as the Quality Assurance Officer as the squadron transitioned from the CH-46E to the MV-22.  LtCol Sandberg was then assigned as the Future Operations Officer and Assistant Operations Officer, and deployed again in October 2009 with VMM-261, this time to Helmand Providence, Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF) 09-02.  During this time, he completed Expeditionary Warfare School (EWS) via the College of Distance Education and Training and earned his Masters of Science in Business Administration via the Boston University Camp Lejeune satellite campus.

In December 2010, LtCol Sandberg transferred to HMM-165/VMM-165 “White Knights”, MCAS Miramar, CA where he served as a Senior Instructor, Quality Assurance Officer, and Aircraft Maintenance Officer during the squadron’s transition to the MV-22. 

In April 2013 LtCol Sandberg transferred to VMM-161 “Greyhawks”, MCAS Miramar, CA where he served as the Aircraft Maintenance Officer and Executive Officer.  During this time, he completed Marine Corps Command and Staff via the College of Distance Education and Training. 

From October 2014 to June 2016, LtCol Sandberg completed his tour with VMM-161 and completed Tactical Aircraft Control Party school prior to transferring to 1st Marine Division (1stMARDIV), Camp Pendleton, CA where he served as the Deputy Air Officer.  During this tour, LtCol Sandberg attended the Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) WTI 15-2 Air Officer Course. 

In June 2016, LtCol Sandberg was selected to attend Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), Monterey, CA.  His studies in Manpower System Analytics would earn him a second degree, this time a Master’s of Science in Business Administration degree with a focus in manpower systems.  In June 2018 LtCol Sandberg graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School.

In July 2018, LtCol Sandberg transferred to Combat Development and Integration (CD&I), Combat Development Directorate (CDD), Quantico, VA to work in the Total Force Structure Division (TFSD) where he served as the Command Element (CE) Branch Head.  During the summer of 2018, LtCol Sandberg was selected to command VMM-363.   He reported to Marine Aircraft Group 24 (MAG-24) at MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI in the summer of 2019 in order to assume command of VMM-363.  He assumed command on 24 October 2019.

Lieutenant Colonel Sandberg’s personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with gold star, and the Air Medal with numeral 7.