Commanding Officer, Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 466
Lieutenant Colonel John M. Fout

Lieutenant Colonel Fout was born and raised in Springfield, Ohio. He enlisted in the United States Navy on 19 October 1999 and attended basic training at Great Lakes, Illinois. Upon completion of basic training, Fireman Fout was assigned to Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Goose Creek, South Carolina where he studied to become a nuclear power qualified Machinist Mate (MMN) and Engineering Laboratory Technician (ELT).  


In November 2003, MMN1 Fout was stationed on the ballistic missile submarine USS Georgia (SSBN-729) in Bangor, Washington and served as a MMN and ELT until he was selected for the STA-21 program in June 2005. While on board the SSBN-729, he earned his submarine warfare insignia, participated in sea trials for the conversion to a guided missile submarine, and docked the submarine in Norfolk, Virginia for the conversion. 

Second Lieutenant Fout was commissioned in the United States Marine Corps on 8 June 2008, upon graduating from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps. Upon completion of The Basic School, he reported to NAS Pensacola, FL for flight training, earning his wings as a Naval Aviator on 25 March 2011.


Upon successful completion of the CH-53E Fleet Replacement Squadron, Marine Heavy Helicopter Training Squadron 302, First Lieutenant Fout was assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 361 in Miramar, California from November 2011 to June 2016. He served as an operations schedule writer and deployed to Bastion Airfield, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from July 2012 to February 2013.  


While a member of HMH-361, Captain Fout served as the Flightline Maintenance Officer, Assistant Maintenance Officer, and attended the Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course and was assigned as the squadron Pilot Training Officer. He deployed to the Unit Deployment Program (UDP) Okinawa, Japan from May to November of 2014.  


Captain Fout was selected on the FY16 Commandant’s Career-Level Education Board 2016 and attended Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California from July 2016 to June 2018. He earned his Master’s Degree in Information Warfare Systems Engineering and was assigned to Combat Development and Integration (CD&I) in Quantico, Virginia from July 2018 to June 2020. While at CD&I, Major Fout worked in the command element-information warfare division as a capability integration officer. His major projects included Signature Management and Military Information Support Operations. 


In July 2020, Major Fout reported to HMH-462 in Miramar, California. From July 2020 to March 2023, Major Fout served as the Operations Officer and Aircraft Maintenance Officer. Major Fout deployed to the UDP Okinawa, Japan from April 2021 to November 2021. He also served as the Detachment Officer in Charge for the Rim of the Pacific Naval Exercise 2022. 


In March 2023, Major Fout was assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 (VMM-163) Reinforced (Rein) as the Detachment Officer in Charge with four CH-53Es. While at VMM-163 (Rein), Major Fout was assigned as the Executive Officer and supported 3d Marine Aircraft Wing’s Summer Exercise Series 2023 in the Republic of the Philippines. Lieutenant Colonel Fout reported to Marine Aircraft Group 16 in December 2023 and served as the Operations Officer until June 2024.


Lieutenant Colonel Fout has flown more than 1,800 hours in the CH-53E. His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal (Numeral 3), the Navy Commendation Medal (3 gold stars), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment (3 gold stars), National Defense Service Medal and the NATO/ISAF Afghanistan Medal.