Major Cecil is a native of Fort Thomas, KY. He received a commission into the United States Marine Corps in 2009 upon graduating from the United States Naval Academy.
Upon graduation in May 2009, Second Lieutenant Cecil reported to Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA for The Basic School (TBS). Following completion of TBS, Second Lieutenant Cecil reported to Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, FL for flight training. While waiting to start flight training, Second Lieutenant Cecil attended the Naval Aviation Maintenance Program Indoctrination Course aboard NAS Whiting Field, FL and served as the Executive Officer, E Company, Infantry Training Battalion, School of Infantry – East, Camp Geiger, NC. Upon completion of flight training he was designated a Naval Aviator in May 2012. Subsequently, First Lieutenant Cecil reported to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Training Squadron 204 (VMMT-204), aboard Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River, North Carolina for replacement aircrew training in the MV-22B.
In November 2012, First Lieutenant Cecil reported to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 162 (VMM-162) at MCAS New River where he served as Ground Safety Officer. In August 2013, Captain Cecil deployed with VMM-162 to Moron, Spain as part of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force – Crisis Response. Upon return to MCAS New River in July 2014, Captain Cecil continued service with VMM-162 as the Current Operations Officer and Aviation Safety Officer (ASO) completing Aviation Safety Officer Course in June 2015. He deployed again with VMM-162 Reinforced, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit in October 2015. During his tenure as the ASO on this deployment, VMM-162 was awarded the Chief of Naval Operation’s Aviation Safety Award. The squadron returned from deployment in May 2016 upon which Captain Cecil took over as the Quality Assurance Officer until leaving the squadron the following year.
Captain Cecil subsequently reported to VMMT-204 in June 2017 serving as a Fleet Replacement Instructor on the MV-22B providing flight instruction to US Marine, Navy, Air Force and Japanese Ground Self Defense Force pilots. Initially serving as the Flight Line Officer, he became the Quality Assurance Officer in November 2018 and he promoted to his current rank of Major in May 2019.
In August of 2020, Major Cecil joined the “Fighting Griffins” of VMM-266 and assumed the duties of the Director of Safety and Standardization. In December of 2020, Major Cecil deployed with VMM-266 to Moron, Spain as part of the North and West Africa Response Force Aviation Combat Element (NARF ACE) 21.1. Upon return to MCAS New River in April 2021, Major Cecil assumed his current duties as the Executive Officer.
Major Cecil has logged over 1700 military flight hours, including 1500 hours in the MV-22B. He has received personal decorations including the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.