Lieutenant Colonel Mark Montgomery is a native of Cartersville, Georgia and graduated from Cartersville High School in 1997. He attended the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 2001. Lieutenant Colonel Montgomery was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps through the Platoon Leader’s Course in 2002 and reported to The Basic School at MCB Quantico, Virginia, to complete training.
Lieutenant Colonel Montgomery reported to NAS Pensacola, Florida, for aviation indoctrination in April 2003. He completed primary flight training in the T-34C Turbo Mentor at NAS Whiting Field, Florida, and completed intermediate and advanced training in the T-44 Pegasus while assigned to VT-31 at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. He was designated a Naval Aviator in September 2004.
Lieutenant Colonel Montgomery then reported to VMGRT-253 at MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina, for initial training in the KC-130 Hercules where he served as a Flight Duty Officer. In February 2006 he reported to VMGR-252, where he served as an Adjutant, Aircrew Training Officer, and Assistant Operations Officer. Lieutenant Colonel Montgomery deployed twice to Al Asad, Iraq in 2006 and 2007 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He then reported to 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines, 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, in February 2010, where he served as a Forward Air Controller and deployed to Majah, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Lieutenant Colonel Montgomery returned to VMGR-252 at MCAS Cherry Point, in March 2011, where he served as the Operations Officer, the Harvest HAWK Officer-in-Charge, and the Maintenance Officer. While assigned to VMGR-252, Lieutenant Colonel Montgomery deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2012.
In June, 2014, Lieutenant Colonel Montgomery reported to Marine Corps University aboard MCB Quantico to attend Command and Staff College. After earning his Master’s Degree in Military Studies, he reported to NAS Pensacola to serve as a C-130 pilot on the Navy Flight demonstration Team in 2015. In June of 2019, he began serving as the MAG-11 DOSS.
He has flown more than 1200 combat hours, to include numerous operations and exercises in Iraq, Afghanistan, Spain, Morocco, and Italy. He has accumulated more than 3,000 flight hours. His decorations include sixteen Air Medals, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, the Combat Action Ribbon, and various personal and unit awards.