Executive Officer, Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 1
Major Joshua D. Cohoon

Major Cohoon was born on 30 January 1983 on Mather AFB in Sacramento, California. He graduated from San Antonio Christian School in San Antonio, Texas in 2001 and enlisted in the United States Air Force as a Tactical Aircraft Maintenance Journeyman on the F-15E “Strike Eagle.” He deployed with the 335th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron to Al Udeid AFB, Qatar in support of OPERATIONS IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, and SOUHERN WATCH. Prior end of active service, he earned an Associates of Science in Aircraft Maintenance Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. While earning his Bachelors of Science in Business Marketing and International Business from Liberty University, Major Cohoon took the opportunity to teach English in Thailand during political upheaval marked by the 2006 monarchy-sanctioned Royal Thai Army Coup D'├ętat. Upon completion of his degree, he backpacked Europe and North Africa. After successfully completing Officer Candidate School, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in March 2009. He then reported to The Basic School and graduated with Charlie Company in November 2009. After Introductory Flight School, Major Cohoon reported to MATSG-21 in Pensacola, FL for Naval Flight School. Having completed training at VT-27, HT-8, and VT-35, he was winged as a Naval Aviator in January 2012.

After transferring to VMMT-204 in February 2012, Major Cohoon completed MV-22 Fleet Replacement Squadron in June 2012, subsequently reporting to VMM-263. While at VMM-263, Major Cohoon participated in four predeployment exercises, OPERATIONS OAKEN LOTUS and INHERENT RESOLVE, and multiple coalition exercises while deployed on the 22D MEU. In 2016, after completing Integrated Training Exercise (ITX) he deployed to Moron, Spain with Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response Africa, where he participated in multiple named operations and Exercise Platinum Lion. Returning from Spain, he participated in the first westbound transatlantic flight of MV-22 in history. At VMM-263, he held the billets of 22D MEU ACE S-4, Team Embarkation Officer (TEO), S-4 OIC, S-4A, Classified Material Control Center Officer, Access Control Officer, Current Operations Officer, Schedule Writer, and Command Historian.

Shortly after a successful rotation in Moron, Spain, Major Cohoon reported to VMM-268 in November of 2016. In 2017, Major Cohoon completed his Masters of Business Administration in International Business from Liberty University and earned a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. In 2018, he deployed to Marine Rotational Force – Darwin. He held the billets of Squadron Executive Officer, Remain Behind Element OIC, S-1 OIC, S-2 OIC, Adjutant, Assistant Security Manager, Authorizing Official, Agency Program Coordinator, Casualty Assistance Command Representative, Assistant Unit Inspection Coordinator, Unit Sponsorship Coordinator, Command Personal Finance Program Manager, and Limited Duty Coordinator.

In January 2019, Major Cohoon reported to Tactical Air Control Party School (TACP) at Expeditionary Warfare Training Group Pacific (EWTGPAC) where he was designated a 7502 Forward Air Controller. Maj Cohoon then reported to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines as the Battalion Air Officer. During his time as the Air Officer, he led air integration and fires for three major predeployment exercises to include Bougainville II and III at the Pohakuloa Training Area on the Island of Hawaii and Mountain Exercise at Mountain Warfare Training Center, and supported Exercise Keen Edge 2019 from Yokosuka, Japan. Shortly after, he transitioned to become an Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) pilot. Maj Cohoon attended MQ-9 Initial Qualification Training (IQT) School at Holloman AFB and upon receiving his UAS Wings, received orders to VMU-1.

Shortly after arriving to VMU-1, as the Air Maintenance Officer, Maj Cohoon led the first quad-launch, final RQ-21A flight, and the first divestment of RQ-21 for the USMC, supporting two ITX and two Weapons and Tactics Instructor Schools (WTI), while supporting the buildup of MQ-9A maintenance oversight practices. As the Operations Officer, he led the design, development, organizational structuring, and implementation for USMC Group 5 transition and MQ-9A Safe For Flight in support of the first USMC owned MQ-9A operations, scaling the unit to enable real-world operational support 24/7/365. As the Operations Officer, he supported several CONUS exercises and numerous named CCMD operations via Remote Split Operations to include FREEDOM’S SENTINAL. Maj Cohoon currently serves as the Executive Officer of VMU-1.

3rd Marine Aircraft Wing