Commanding Officer, Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 466
Lieutenant Colonel Carlos Chavez

Lieutenant Colonel Chavez attended the University of Illinois and graduated in December 2001. Upon graduating from the University of Illinois, Lieutenant Colonel Chavez was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. From January 2002 to July of 2002, Second Lieutenant Chavez completed The Basic School and then reported to Naval Air Station Pensacola for flight training.  After being designated a Naval Aviator in March of 2004, Second Lieutenant Chavez reported to Marine Heavy Helicopter Training Squadron 302 at Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina. 

Once complete with training in the CH-53E, First Lieutenant Chavez reported to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 466 in September 2004.  While assigned to HMH-466, First Lieutenant Chavez deployed three times in support of multiple campaigns during Operation Iraqi Freedom and held the billets of Embarkation Officer, Airframes Officer, Aviation Safety Officer and Director of Safety.  In September of 2009, Captain Chavez reported to Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1) for presidential support duties.

While assigned to HMX-1, Captain Chavez executed the billets of S-4 Officer, Manpower/Recruiting Officer, White House Liaison Officer and Executive Flight Detachment Flightline Officer. During his tenure at HMX-1, Captain Chavez was designated a Marine One helicopter aircraft commander and provided global presidential support to the 44th President of the United States.  In the fall of 2011, Major Chavez was designated the White House Military Office’s (WHMO) mobile technology action officer and program manager.  His efforts assisted with the integration of mobile smart technology to enhance situational awareness, improve mission planning and position location for globally distributed joint force units.

In 2013, Major Chavez received follow on orders to the Command and General Staff College (CGSC) located at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.  While at CGSC, Major Chavez was a Distinguished Graduate and received a Masters of Sciences and Information Technology while simultaneously receiving the additional MOS of Space Staff Officer through the National Security Space Institute. 

From September 2014 until February 2017 Major Chavez was assigned to HMH-462 and executed the duties of the Director of Safety and Standardization followed by Aircraft Maintenance Officer (AMO) in the spring of 2015.  As the AMO, Major Chavez deployed to Okinawa, Japan in support of Unit Deployment Program 15.2.  In the summer of 2016 Major Chavez assumed the duties of the HMH-462 Executive Officer.

In February 2017 Major Chavez reported to the Director of Air Warfare, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV N98) and assumed the duties of the Department of the Navy (DON) Aircraft Survivability Equipment Requirements Officer.  During his tour of duty, Major Chavez was responsible for resourcing and writing requirements to close critical survivability gaps for DON aircraft.  In January 2019 Lieutenant Colonel Chavez assumed the duties of OPNAV N98 Expeditionary Branch Head.

In September 2019 Lieutenant Colonel Chavez reported to Marine Aircraft Group 16 and was assigned as the Personnel Support Detachment Officer.

3rd Marine Aircraft Wing