Leaders
Executive Officer, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211
Major Michael D. Watts

    Major Michael Watts is from Lawrenceville, GA and attended the University of Georgia, earning a Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness in May of 2010.  Earning a Commission through the Platoon Leaders Course as a ground officer, 2ndLt Watts reported to RS Atlanta in January of 2011 and served as Assistant Officer Selection Officer.  In March of 2011, 2ndLt Watts reported to Charlie Co (3-11) of the Basic Officer Course at The Basic School in Quantico, VA.  As graduation neared for the Basic Officer Course, 2ndLt Watts earned a Competitive Naval Flight Officer Contract. 

    In October of 2011, 2ndLt Watts reported to MATSG-21 in Pensacola, FL for Aviation Preflight Indoctrination and Introductory Flight Screening.  Subsequently, 2ndLt Watts reported to the Wildcats of VT-10 for initial Naval Flight Officer Training flying in the T-6A and T-39.  After completion of Primary and Intermediate flight training, newly promoted 1stLt Watts reported to Sabrehawks of VT-86 for Advanced Flight Training, flying in the T-39 and T-45C.  1stLt Watts completed flight training in October of 2013, earning his Wings of Gold and selected to fly the F/A-18D.

    In December of 2013, 1stLt Watts reported to the Sharpshooters of VMFAT-101 in San Diego, CA for Fleet Replacement Squadron Training.  After completion, then Capt Watts reported to the Vikings of VMFA(AW)-225 where he served from April of 2015 to December of 2017 flying as Weapons System Officer in the F/A-18D.   While serving with the Vikings, Capt Watts deployed two times in support of the Unit Deployment Program in the Pacific.  Capt Watts served as Academics Officer, Scheduling Officer, and Aviation Safety Officer.  In July of 2017, Capt Watts was selected by Headquarters Marine Corps for the Pilot Transition Program.

    In January of 2018, Capt Watts reported to MATSG-22 in Corpus Christi, TX for follow on pilot training. Serving with the Boomers of VT-27 and the Redhawks of VT-21, Capt Watts learned the skills required to fly the T-6B and T-45C, this time from the front seat.  Capt Watts earned his second Wings of Gold in April of 2020.  Selected to fly the F-35B, newly promoted Maj Watts reported to VMFAT-501 in Beaufort, SC for Fleet Replacement Squadron training.  

    After completion of training in August of 2021, Maj Watts and his family reported to MCAS Yuma.  From August of 2021 to March of 2022, Maj Watts worked with the Crusaders of VMFA-122 where he served as the Assistant Aircraft Maintenance Officer and Director of Safety and Standardization.  In March of 2022, Maj Watts reported to The Wake Island Avengers of VMFA-211 where he is now serving as the Executive Officer.

    Major Watts is married to Breanne Watts of Dacula, GA and they have two daughters, Hannah and Chloe.

    Maj Watts Personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.  He has accumulated over 1,000 mishap free flight hours and over 350 hours of mishap free pilot time.

3rd Marine Aircraft Wing