Executive Officer, Marine Aircraft Group 16
Lieutenant Colonel Richard M. Arbogast

LtCol Arbogast was born and raised in New York State, graduating from Holland Patent High School. He graduated from St. John Fisher College with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and was commissioned as an officer in the United States Marine Corps in June of 2003.

LtCol Arbogast completed The Basic School in June of 2004 and completed Flight School, winged as a Naval Aviator, and selected as a CH-53E pilot in February of 2006.

LtCol Arbogast was assigned to MAG-16 and joined HMH-462 in October of 2006, deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan in support of OIF and OEF in 2008 and 2009. He then completed Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) Course 1-11 and subsequently deployed to Okinawa, Japan in support of the 31st MEU. While at HMH-462, LtCol Arbogast served as a Schedule Writer, Logistics Officer, Quality Assurance Officer, Pilot Training Officer and Squadron WTI.

LtCol Arbogast reported to Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1) in 2011 as a helicopter pilot flying the CH-46E, VH-3D and VH-60N. While at HMX-1, LtCol Arbogast served as a Logistics Officer, Schedule Writer, and White House Liaison Officer (WHLO). 

Following his HMX-1 tour, LtCol Arbogast completed resident Marine Corps Command and Staff College and a Master’s degree in Military Studies at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia.

In October 2016, LtCol Arbogast returned to MAG-16 and was assigned to HMH-361 as the Director of Safety and Standardization. He quickly transitioned to the Operations Officer role and served as the ACE Commander in support of exercise UNITAS 58-17 in Peru aboard the USS SOMERSET. Following his return, LtCol Arbogast became the Executive Officer and deployed in support of UDP 18.2 to Okinawa, Japan.

LtCol Arbogast was assigned as the MAG-16 Operations Officer in January 2019, acted as the ACE OIC for ITX 3-19, and transitioned to Executive Officer in January 2021.

LtCol Arbogast has been married to his wife, Lois, since 2007.  Together they are parents to five children; two sons and three daughters.  

His personal awards include Air Medal with numeral 5, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two gold stars, and the Presidential Service Badge. He has held all CH-53E qualifications and designations and has flown over 2,200 flight hours.

3rd Marine Aircraft Wing