LtCol Thomas C. Farrington II
Lieutenant Colonel Farrington was born in Orlando, FL. He graduated from the University of Central Florida in August 2001. He was commissioned a 2ndLt in August 2002 through the Officer Candidates Course, and reported to The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia. In March 2003, he reported to Pensacola, Florida for flight training at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola.
He was designated as a Naval Flight Officer in Oct 2004, and reported to VMFAT-101 aboard MCAS Miramar for initial F/A-18 training.
In Oct 2005, he joined the Bats of VMFA(AW)-242 aboard MCAS Miramar and deployed to Al Asad, Iraq from July 2006 – Mar 2007 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 05-07. In Apr 2008, he remained assigned with VMFA(AW)-242 when the squadron permanently relocated from MCAS Miramar to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan and became part of MAG-12, 1stMAW. During this time he filled the billets of S-6 OIC, SACO, Schedule Writer, and Flight Officer.
From Oct 2008 – Mar 2009 he was assigned as an Individual Augment to MARCENT-Coordination-Element Kuwait (MCE-K), located at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. While serving as an individual augment he served as the Air Liaison Officer for MCE-K, as well as numerous collateral duties within MCE-K.
From Apr 2009 – Oct 2010 he rejoined the Bats of VMFA(AW)-242 and served as the Quality Assurance Officer (QAO) and the Training Officer. During this time with VMFA(AW)-242, he was competitively selected for transition from NFO to student naval aviator (SNA). In Nov 2010, he reported to NAS Corpus Christi for primary flight training, and in Aug 2011 reported to NAS Kingsville for Advanced Jet Training. He completed training and was designated a Naval Aviator in Oct 2012.
In Dec 2012, Lieutenant Colonel Farrington again reported to VMFAT-101 and completed replacement pilot training in the F/A-18 in July 2014. In July 2014, he reported to the Vikings of VMFA(AW)-225 and served as the Academic OIC and S-1 OIC. From Feb – Sept 2015 he deployed to MCAS Iwakuni in support of the Unit Deployment Program. In March 2016, he reported to MAG-11 where he served as the MAG-11 Operations Officer and F/A-18 Naval Aviation Enterprise (NAE) Action Officer.
In Aug 2017 Lieutenant Colonel Farrington received the 7315 MOS (UAS Officer) and reported to the Night-Owls of VMU-2 where he served as the Director of Safety and Standardization and as the Operations Officer.
In July 2019 Lieutenant Colonel Farrington was reassigned to the 2d MAW staff as the G-3 Future Operations Officer. From February – June 2020, he was assigned to the MAG-24 staff as the UAS Action Officer as he awaited to take command of the Phantoms of VMU-3 on June 12, 2020.
Lieutenant Colonel Farrington is a graduate of the US Navy Fighter Weapons School (Top Gun), the MAWTS-1 Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course (WTI), and has held nearly every qualification in the F/A-18 including Air Combat Tactics Instructor and Forward Air Controller (Airborne) Instructor. LtCol Farrington’s current RQ-21A qualifications include Basic Instructor Pilot (BIP), Indirect Fire Instructor (IDF-I), and CAS Instructor (CAS-I).
His personal awards include the Air Medal with Strike Flight Number (6) and the Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two gold stars in lieu of second and third award.