Dominic Ivan Ewers was born at the Naval Hospital aboard Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and later grew up in his hometown of Saint Cloud, Minnesota. After graduating from high school he opted to attend the New Mexico Military Institute under the sponsorship of Naval Academy Foundation. The following year he gained acceptance to the United States Naval Academy where he was varsity letterman in wrestling.
Following his commissioning as a Second Lieutenant in May of 2001 and subsequent completion of The Basic School, he was assigned to The Great American Bulldogs of VMA-223 at MCAS Cherry Point. In January of 2003, 2ndLt Ewers deployed with the Bulldogs to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operations SOUTHERN WATCH and IRAQI FREEDOM. During his three years with the Bulldogs he filled multiple roles to include AMO, MMCO, AAMO, QAO and OIC for nearly every shop. He finished his tour at Cherry Point, NC by serving as the AAMO for VMGRT-253.
In July of 2005, then Captain Ewers transferred to VMFA(AW)-242 “Bats" as the Maintenance Material Control Officer and deployed with the squadron to Al Asad, Iraq in support of OIF 05-07. During this deployment the squadron set a benchmark for flight hours, accumulating over 8,000 combat flight hours during the 7 month deployment while supporting the ground forces in Al Anbar Province. These actions earned the Bats the MCAA Marine Fighter Attack Squadron of the Year award. Following his tour with the Bats he was reassigned as the Assistant Aircraft Maintenance Officer for MALS-11 (REINFORCED), where the team earned the MCAA Logistics Squadron of the Year honors.
In August of 2008 Captain Ewers deployed on his third Operation IRAQI FREEDOM tour as the Assistant Aircraft Maintenance Officer for Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 16 (REINFORCED). After a 7 month tour at Al Asad, Iraq, Captain Ewers returned to MALS-11 and served as the Quality Assurance Officer.
Captain Ewers was next selected for duty as a Marine Officer Instructor for NROTC San Diego Consortium. He served as Adjunct Professor of Military Science, Senior Marine and Battalion advisor for a Corps of over 300 future Navy and Marine Corps officers. Additionally, he volunteered to serve as a Platoon Commander for Officer Candidates School at Quantico, VA.
In 2012, he was promoted to Major and transferred to Patuxent River, MD for duty at Naval Air System Command (NAVAIR). He served as the F/A-18A-D Structures Deputy Assistant Program Manager for Logistics and helped produce several major Service Life Extension Program technical directives which extended the life of Legendary Hornets to 10,000 flight hours. He was later promoted to Integrated Product Team Lead for the Out-Of-Reporting team.
Following NAVAIR, he was selected for school as part of Commandant’s Professional Intermediate-Level Education Board, however he was subsequently asked to be the AMO of VMFAT-101. While with the Sharpshooters he authored the plan to hire over 350 contract maintenance personnel to augment the Maintenance Department in order to decrease a backlog of student aviators. After VMFAT-101, he was transferred to First Marine Expeditionary Force, promoted to LtCol and served in the Operations Department while awaiting command of MALS-11.
As a flight line Maintenance Officer he has successfully supported over 30,000 TACAIR flight hours in garrison and combat. He holds a Master’s of Science degree in Global Leadership (MSGL) from the University of San Diego, a Level III Defense Acquisition University certification in Life Cycle Logistics and was accepted as a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps.
LtCol Ewers’ personal awards consist of the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two gold stars and the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold stars.