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Marine Aircraft Group 26

2nd MAW • MAG-26 • MCAS NEW RIVER
MAG-26 Leaders
Major Steven R. Herrera VMM-266 Executive Officer
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Major Herrera graduated from Robert E. Lee Senior High School in May 1997, he reported to MCRD San Diego, CA for basic training where he graduated as the platoon honor man.  He was then assigned to School of Infantry (SOI), Camp Pendleton, CA for training as an Anti-tank Assaultman and learned to employ the M47 Dragon wire-guided anti-tank missile and the MK153 Shoulder-Fired Multi-Purpose Assault Weapon (SMAW). Upon completion of school and training at SOI, he received a meritorious promotion to the rank of Lance Corporal for graduating as the platoon honor man and was assigned the MOS of 0351.  His first assignment was with the “First Team,” 1st Battalion, 7th Marines (1/7), Weapons Co. in 29 Palms, CA.  There, he served as an Assaultman, M47 Dragon Gunner.  He deployed with 1/7 to Okinawa in 1998 and attended Advanced Infantry Squad Leaders Course as a Lance Corporal.  After returning to 29 Palms, he was promoted to Corporal and applied for the Marine Security Guard (MSG) Program, to which he was accepted.  He was promoted to Sergeant shortly after completing MSG School and served as a Marine Security Guard for the American Embassies in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti and Tokyo, Japan from June 1999 – December 2001.

Sergeant Herrera transferred to the Reserves in January 2002 while attending The University of Texas at San Antonio.  In August 2004 he deployed to Al Anbar Province of Iraq (Hit, Al Asad, Haditha) with Charlie Co. 1st Battalion, 23rd Marines.  After his combat tour, Sergeant Herrera completed PLC Senior portion of OCS, received a B.B.A. in Business Management, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant on 17 December 2005 under a Ground Contract.  While at The Basic School in 2006, Second Lieutenant Herrera competed for an air contract and earned the only pilot contract available for his class.  He was promoted to First Lieutenant during primary flight training at Naval Air Station, Corpus Christi, TX.  Upon completion of Advanced Helicopter Training at NAS Whiting Field, First Lieutenant Herrera was assigned the MOS of 7562, CH-46E pilot.  He was assigned to HMM-165 “White Knights”, MCAS Miramar, in January 2010 and was promoted to Captain in March 2010.  He deployed with HMM-165 and the 15th MEU and conducted Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) during the Pakistan floods of 2010.  Captain Herrera attended TACP School in June 2011 to become a Forward Air Controller (FAC), and was assigned to the “First Team” 1/7 again in August 2011.  He deployed with 1/7 to Sangin, Afghanistan in 2012 for combat operations in Helmand Province and returned in October 2012. 

Captain Herrera was accepted for the MV-22B transition and began training in January 2013. He was assigned the MOS of 7532 in April 2013 and transferred to VMM-363 “Red Lions,” where he served in the following billets simultaneously: Current Operations Officer, Weekly Schedule Writer, Daily Schedule Writer, NAVO/Flight Pubs Officer, S-4 RO, and S-6 Officer.  In the fall of 2014, he deployed on the first SPMAGTF-CR-CC to Kuwait as the Administration Officer with the Red Lions for combat operations where he flew 50 combat sorties in Iraq and Syria.  Shortly after returning from deployment, he transferred to VMM-364, “World Famous Purple Foxes,” and helped the squadron transition from the CH-46E to the MV-22B while also serving as the Logistics Officer.  The Purple Foxes deployed to Kuwait for SPMAGTF-CR-CC 17.1 in April 2017, and Major Herrera transferred to MAG-39 where he served as the Current Operations/FRAG Officer.  In November 2017 he transferred to MCAS New River with VMM-266, the Fighting Griffins, where he currently serves as the Executive Officer.

His personal decorations include the Air Medal with Strike/Flight Numeral 1, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2nd Award), and the Combat Action Ribbon.
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