Executive Officer, Marine Wing Support Squadron 373
Major Richard F. Rose

A native of Napa, California, Major Rick “Turbo” Rose graduated from Napa High School, in 2007 where he lettered in football.  

He attended California State University, Sacramento and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. Major Rose earned his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps through the Platoon Leaders Course in 2011 and reported to The Basic School (TBS) at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia to complete training.

Major Rose reported to Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida for Aviation Preflight Indoctrination in March 2012. He completed Primary flight training in the T-6B Texan II at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Florida and subsequently completed advanced training in the T-44C Pegasus at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas. He earned his wings of gold in July 2014.

Following the completion of advanced flight training, he reported to the KC-130J Fleet Replacement Detachment (FRD) west, at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar, California for initial training in the KC-130J Super Hercules. He was then assigned to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 352, the “Raiders” where he served as the Assistant Aircrew Training Officer and as the Mission Planning Officer. During his tour with the Raiders, Major Rose completed two 6-month deployments with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task force Crisis Response-Central Command (SPMAGTF-CR-CC) in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

In March 2018, he reported to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 152, the “Sumos” at MCAS Iwakuni, Japan and served as an Instructor Pilot, Assistant Aircrew Training Officer and as the Airframes Division Officer.

During his tour with the Sumos, Maj Rose was selected to serve with the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the “Blue Angels” in September 2019 and flew the squadron’s primary logistics support aircraft, affectionally known as “Fat Albert”.

Following his tour with the Blue Angels, Maj Rose reported to Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS)-373 “Aces” to serve as the Executive Officer in Feb 2022. He has accumulated more than 2,000 flight hours. His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Strike/Flight Air Medal with numeral "4", one Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal and various personal and unit awards.

3rd Marine Aircraft Wing