Leaders
Commanding Officer, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 165
Lieutenant Colonel Bringhurst

Lieutenant Colonel Bringhurst was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in May 2002.  After completing The Basic School in 2003, he reported to NAS Pensacola to begin flight training. 

Lieutenant Colonel Bringhurst was designated a Naval Aviator in June 2004 and received follow on orders to HMM(T)-164 aboard MCAS Camp Pendleton for initial training in the CH-46E.  Once complete, he joined HMM-268 where he would go on to complete four deployments in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF) and serve as the S-5 Officer, Flight Equipment Officer in Charge, Ordnance Officer in Charge, and the Squadron NATOPS Officer. 

Following a successful tour at HMM-268, Lieutenant Colonel Bringhurst reported to HMX-1 in December 2009 where he served as a recruiting officer, flight schedule writer, and White House Liaison Officer (WHLO).  He gained aircraft commander qualifications in the VH-3D and VH-60N.  Additionally, he was designated a Command Pilot.  In his final year at HMX-1, Lieutenant Colonel Bringhurst transitioned to the MV-22B.

Returning to the fleet in August 2014, Lieutenant Colonel Bringhurst served as the Operations Officer and Executive Officer for VMM-165.  With the White Knights, he completed two Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force - Crisis Response – Central Command (SPMAGTF-CR-CC) deployments in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE (OIR).

Departing VMM-165 in June 2017, Lieutenant Colonel Bringhurst reported to VMX-1 in MCAS Yuma where he served as the Assistant Operations Officer, Director of Safety and Standardization (DOSS), and Operations Officer before taking over as the Executive Officer.

Returning to VMM-165 in March 2020, Lieutenant Colonel Bringhurst assumed command on May 21, 2020.

Lieutenant Colonel Bringhurst’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (2), Air Medal with Individual Action numeral “1” and Strike/Flight numeral “19”, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2), and the Navy Achievement Medal.

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