Leaders
Executive Officer, Marine Wing Support Squadron 372
Major James W. McBride

Major McBride was born in Eastmeadow, NY and raised in Queens, NY. He commissioned as a Second Lieutenant from the NROTC program in May 2006 after earning a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Boston University.  After graduation, he completed The Basic School and reported for primary flight training at NAS Pensacola, FL. Maj McBride was winged a Naval Aviator on 10 December 2009.  

Maj McBride reported to HMLA/T-303 in January 2009, where he completed the UH-1N training syllabus before reporting to MCAS New River and being assigned to HMLA-269. Maj McBride was briefly assigned to HMLA-167(REIN) when a request to deploy the HMLA-269’s AH-1W aircraft to Afghanistan was received in April 2011. After the HMLA-269 RBE detached from HMLA-167(REIN), Maj McBride chopped to VMM-261(REIN) in September 2011. He deployed with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit as the H-1 Flight Line and Avionics Officer in Charge. Following his return from deployment Maj McBride completed the aircraft series conversion to fly the UH-1Y. Due to a shortage of qualified UH-1Y pilots, Maj McBride transferred to HMLA-467 to support the unit’s deployment to Afghanistan as the Quality Assurance Officer. Returning in October 2014, he rejoined HMLA-269. Before leaving HMLA-269, Maj McBride served as the NATOPS officer, S-5 Officer, Quality Assurance Officer and Assistant Operations Officer. He flew over 1400 hours on multiple platforms with 249 hours under combat conditions. Maj McBride earned the qualifications of Section Lead, Weapons Training Officer, Functional Check Pilot, and served on the Instrument Flight Board. 

Maj McBride transferred to 2d Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO) in May 2015 where he served as the Company Air Officer and 2d Brigade Platoon Commander. In 2015, he completed the Weapons Tactics Instructor course under the Air Officer Division with Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One. In 2016, Maj McBride represented ANGLICO at the Force 2025 conference in Quantico, VA and subsequently attended the Intermediate MAGTF Information Operations Practitioner course and Advanced Information Operations course at Expeditionary Warfare Training Group – Atlantic. Maj McBride transferred to 6th ANGLICO to serve as the Assistant Inspector-Instructor in June 2017, where he worked closely with Marine Forces Reserve to maintain their Joint Terminal Attack Controller program as the senior JTAC WTI. In October 2018 Maj McBride completed the Army Infantry School’s Airborne Course to support the unit’s jump mission. In March 2019, Maj McBride coordinated the Marine Corps’ first use of the Northrop Grumman Distributed Operations Center to enhance JTAC and Pilot proficiency training at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. While at 2d and 6th ANGLICO, Maj McBride coordinated and executed multiple CAS events around the country and helped support international exercises in South Korea, Canada, Finland, and Scotland while instructing joint and multinational JTACs.

Once complete with 6th ANGLICO in 2019, Maj McBride moved to Marine Aircraft Group 39 and assumed duties as the Executive Officer of Headquarters Squadron 39. In November of 2019, he was selected by the Commanding General, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) to be the 3d MAW Staff Secretary before being assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169. Currently, he is proudly serving as the Executive Officer of the Diamondbacks, Marine Wing Support Squadron 372.

Major McBride’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Strike/Flight Medal (with numeral 3), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

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