Command Biographies
MAG-26 Executive Officer
Lieutenant Colonel Mark A. Guthrie

Lieutenant Colonel Guthrie enlisted into the United States Marine Corps on 9 September 1998 and reported to Marine Corps Recruit Depot on 6 July 1999.  After graduating from boot camp on 11 October 1999, Pvt Guthrie reported to Marine Combat Training at Camp Pendleton.  Following Marine Combat Training Pvt Guthrie reported to Naval Air Station Pensacola, FL for initial avionics training and subsequently Camp Pendleton for follow on training.  PFC Guthrie was then assigned to HMLA-773 at Naval Air Station Belle Chasse, LA for duty as a United States Marine Corps Reservist.  While serving as a reservist, Cpl Guthrie earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from the University of Southern Mississippi and completed Officer Candidate School.  

2ndLt Guthrie was commissioned into the United States Marine Corps on 14 May 2004 and reported to The Basic School in November of 2004.  Following The Basic School, he reported to Naval Air Station Pensacola, FL and subsequently to VT-6 and HT-18 for flight training.  Designated a Naval Aviator in August 2007, he was transferred to HMHT-302, MCAS New River, NC earning designation as Helicopter Second Pilot in the CH-53E helicopter.  

He was assigned to HMH-461 in May 2008.  Capt Guthrie completed two successful deployments to the Horn of Africa in 2009 and 2010.  He also earned designation as Section Leader, Functional Check Pilot, and Terrain Flight Instructor prior to leaving the squadron.  In June of 2012 he checked into MWSS-272 aboard MCAS New River and served as the Airfield Operations Company Commander from June 2012 until June of 2013.  Captain Guthrie served as the Assistant Operations Officer from June 2013 to March 2014.  While assigned to MWSS-272, he deployed in support of Enhanced Mojave Viper 4-12 and Integrated Training Exercise 5-13.  In March of 2014, he was hand selected to serve as the Aide de Camp for the Commanding General of 2d Marine Aircraft Wing and served in that capacity until January of 2015.  His tenure as Aide de Camp ended due to being selected on the FY15 Transition/Conversion Board.  After the completing MV-22 conversion training, Major Guthrie reported to MAG-39, Camp Pendleton, CA where he served as the Director of Safety and Standardization and Aviation Maintenance Officer.  Additionally, he also volunteered for individual augment in support of Combined Joint Task Force Inherent Resolve at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait where he served as the CJ-33 Battle Major.  Major Guthrie later served a brief tenure as the Director of Safety and Standardization for VMM-364 until ultimately receiving orders back to the east coast.  Once assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 26, he filled the billet of Operations Officer from June 2018 until February 2019.  He then joined VMM-263 and served as the Executive Officer.  Upon promotion, Lieutenant Colonel Guthrie was transferred to MAG-26 and assumed the duty of V22 Readiness Officer.  Lieutenant Colonel Guthrie currently serves as the MAG-26 Executive Officer and Personnel Support Detachment Officer in Charge.

Lieutenant Colonel Guthrie’s personal decorations include a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and one Joint Service Commendation Medal.