Executive Officer
Major Femea

Major Femea is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana and was raised in Houston, Texas.  He studied Sacred Music and Theology at Pensacola Christian College prior to commissioning in 2008. Following completion of The Basic School Major Femea reported to primary and advance flight instruction in Milton, Florida.

In November of 2010, he completed initial AH-1Z training at Camp Pendleton, CA and was subsequently assigned to HMLA-367 where he served as a schedule writer within the Current Operations Department.  Just prior to HMLA-367’s relocation to Hawaii, Major Femea transferred to HMLA-267 and was assigned to the Human Affairs Department.

In 2013 Major Femea deployed on the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) attached to VMM-163 (REIN). Upon return, he was assigned to HMLA-369 where he worked in the Future Operations Department and as the Logistics Officer.

Upon completion of the Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course in 2016, Major Femea transferred to VMM-163 (REIN) where he served as the AH-1Z pilot training officer, detachment operations officer and briefly as the detachment officer in charge. During his tour at VMM-163 (REIN) Major Femea deployed as part of the 11th MEU supporting counter-terrorism operations in the Gulf of Aden region.

Upon return from the 11th, MEU Major Femea was transferred to HMLAT-303 where he served as the Current Operations Officer, Future Operations Officer, Assistant Operations Officer, and Assistant Aircraft Maintenance Officer. His final billet in the squadron was Executive Officer prior to transfer to MAG-24 aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

At MAG-39, Major Femea served briefly as the HMLA-367 Tactics Officer prior to transferring to VMM-363 (REIN) to serve as the Marine Rotational Force Darwin Aviation Combat Element Operations Officer. Following the squadron’s return from deployment, Major Femea assumed the role of squadron Executive Officer.

Major Femea currently holds flight designations as an AH-1Z Weapons and Tactics Instructor, Air Mission Commander, and Forward Air Controller (Airborne). His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Gold Star in lieu of second award and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Gold Star in lieu of second award