Leaders
Commanding Officer, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 364
Lieutenant Colonel Daniel W. Kaiser

Lieutenant Colonel Kaiser graduated from Vista High School in 1992 and enlisted in the United States Air Force in May 1993 where he subsequently served as a Pararescueman assigned to the 41st Rescue Squadron at Patrick AFB, FL.  During his tour he completed two deployments to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH, and deployed overseas multiple times in support of NASA space shuttle program.  In June of 1997, he was honorably discharged from active duty service.

In December of 2001, LtCol Kaiser earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of California, San Diego and was commissioned through the Marine Corps Officer Candidate Course (OCC) in August 2002.  After completing The Basic School and subsequent flight training in Pensacola, FL, LtCol Kaiser received his Aviator’s wings in August 2004.

In February of 2005, LtCol Kaiser was assigned to the “Fighting Griffins” of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 266, MAG-26, MCAS New River where he served as the Embarkation/Armory/Facilities Officer and S-4A.  During his tour he deployed to Al Asad AB, Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.

From June 2006 to March 2007, LtCol Kaiser was assigned to VMMT-204 to undergo MV-22 transition training where he served as a Current Operations officer and OIC for the Marine Enlisted Aircrew Training department.

In March of 2007, LtCol Kaiser was assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 266.  As a plank owner of VMM-266, he served as the S-4A, Assistant Future Operations Officer, and Airframes OIC. In the fall of 2009, LtCol Kaiser attended the Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course and returned to the squadron to serve as the Pilot Training Officer, and Future Operations Officer.  LtCol Kaiser deployed with VMM-266 to Al Asad AB, Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and with the 26th MEU to the EUCOM, CENTCOM, and AFRICOM AORs in support of Operations ODYSSEY DAWN, UNIFIED PROTECTOR, and ENDURING FREEDOM.

In September of 2011, LtCol Kaiser reported to Marine Aircraft Group 16, MCAS Miramar where he served as a Tiltrotor Training Unit Standardization Instructor.  In December 2013, LtCol Kaiser was assigned to the “Evil Eyes” of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163.  As a plank owner of VMM-163, LtCol Kaiser served as the Quality Assurance Officer and squadron WTI.

From June 2013 to June 2016, LtCol Kaiser was assigned to the “Blackbirds” of the 8th Special Operations Squadron, 1st Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field AFB, FL to serve as the first Marine Corps V-22 Exchange Pilot with Air Force Special Operations Command.  While with the Blackbirds, LtCol Kaiser served as the Tactics Officer and Assistant Operations Officer. During his tour, he deployed twice to Camp Lemonier, Djibouti in support of USSOCCENT operations and to Iraq in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE.  In July 2016, LtCol Kaiser reported to Marine Corps Command and Staff College where he earned a Master’s Degree of Military Studies.

After graduating Command and Staff, LtCol Kaiser was assigned to “The Flying Tigers” of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262, MAG-36, Okinawa, Japan from August 2017 until August 2019 where he served as the Aircraft Maintenance Officer.  During his time there, LtCol Kaiser deployed with the 31st MEU and supported multiple exercises in the INDOPACOM AOR.  In August 2019, LtCol Kaiser was assigned as the Operations Officer for Marine Aircraft Group 36.  In December 2019, LtCol Kaiser was assigned to MAG-39 in Camp Pendleton, CA.

His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (gold star in lieu of second award), Air Medal (Strike/Flight) with Numeral 10, Air Medal (Individual Action) with bronze star, Air Force Aerial Achievement Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (gold star in lieu of second award), Air Force Achievement Medal (oak leaf cluster in lieu of second award), and Air Force Good Conduct Medal.

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