Leaders
Commanding General, Third Marine Aircraft Wing
Major General Bradford J. Gering

Major General Gering assumed the duties of Deputy Director J3, United States Africa Command on 11 July 2019. A native of Smithtown, New York, he graduated Binghamton University and was commissioned via the Platoon Leaders Class program in May 1989. Following The Basic School, he completed flight training and was designated an AV-8B Harrier Pilot.

Major General Gering's previous assignments as a General Officer include Assistant Deputy Commandant for Aviation, Deputy Commander U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command (MARFORCOM) and Deputy Commanding General Fleet Marine Forces Atlantic (FMFLANT).

Major General Gering's command assignments include Commanding Officer of Marine Attack Squadron 211 and Commanding Officer of Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1.

Major General Gering's operating forces assignments include tours with Marine Attack Squadron 311, Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 268 (Reinforced) 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 161 (Reinforced) 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), Marine Attack Squadron 214, III Marine Expeditionary Force Special Operations Training Group, and Joint Task Force 536. He has participated in Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, IRAQI FREEDOM I, UNIFIED ASSISTANCE, and IRAQI FREEDOM 05-07.

Major General Gering's additional assignments include AV-8B Harrier Instructor with Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1, Aviation Lieutenant Colonel's Monitor and Aviation Assignments Section Head with HQMC Manpower and Reserve Affairs, Global Force Management Plans Officer with the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness) and Marine Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy.

Major General Gering is a graduate of The Basic School, Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course, Amphibious Warfare School, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and National War College. He holds a BA in Psychology and History from Binghamton University and MS in National Security Strategy from National Defense University.

Major General Gering's personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with Gold Star, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with 3 Gold Stars, Air Medal with Combat V and Numeral 8, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Gold Star, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with 3 Gold Stars.

3rd Marine Aircraft Wing