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Marine Aircraft Group 26

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Lieutenant Colonel Brandon L. Whitfield VMM-266 Commanding Officer

Lieutenant Colonel Whitfield earned a Bachelor of Science from Mississippi State University. He entered the Marine Corps Reserve in August of 1997 and subsequently went through the Platoon Leader’s Class Program in 1999 and earned his wings in May 2002.

In December of 2002, First Lieutenant Whitfield was assigned to the Blue Knights of HMM-365, MAG-29, MCAS New River, where he served as the NATOPS Officer, Aviation Safety Officer, Quality Assistance Officer, Flight Line Officer, Pilot Training Officer and Future Operations Officer. During this tour he completed four deployments supporting MEU and combat operations to Iraq and Afghanistan.  During these deployments he participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Inherent Resolve, Non-combatant Evacuation Operations in Lebanon, Operation Asada Wosa, and Operation Enduring Freedom.

In December 2008 Captain Whitfield reported to the Raptors of VMMT-204 for MV-22 transition training. Following this training, he was directed to join the “Fighting Griffins” of VMM-266 (REIN) to serve as the Airframes Officer, Flight Line Officer, and Aviation Maintenance Officer.  During this time he deployed with the 26th MEU to the CENTCOM, EUCOM, and AFRICOM AORs. During this deployment he participated in Libyan no-fly operations in support of UN Security Council resolution 1973 for Operation ODYSSEY DAWN and Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR.

In June of 2014, Major Whitfield reported to Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, KS.  Following school, he was directed to Head Quarters Marine Corps to assume duties as the MV-22 Requirements Officer. 

In March of 2017, LtCol Whitfield reported back to join the “Fighting Griffins” of VMM-266 and ultimately take command.

His personal decorations include the Air Medal Strike/Flight (9), Air Medal Individual Award, Meritorious Service Medal (2), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medal (2).