3rd Marine Aircraft Wing


3rd Marine Aircraft Wing

LtCol Marvel

Commanding Officer, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 166

LtCol Marvel attended the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Transportation, his U.S. Coast Guard license as a 3rd Mate Any Tonnage / Any Ocean, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in June of 1997.  Upon completion of The Basic School in January of 1998, Second Lieutenant Marvel reported to Pensacola, Florida, for Flight School.  He was designated a Naval Aviator in January 2000 and subsequently reported to HMM(T)-164, MCAS Camp Pendleton, California, for training in the CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter.

In the summer of 2000, First Lieutenant Marvel reported to MAG¬-39 at MCAS Camp Pendleton, California.  Assigned to HMM¬-364, the Purple Foxes, he initially served as the squadron Adjutant and CMCC Officer.  In early 2002 he deployed with the squadron to South Korea in support of Operation FOAL EAGLE, a combined US and South Korean exercise designed to increase the interoperability and effectiveness of Allied forces.  Upon the squadron’s return to Camp Pendleton, Captain Marvel served as Flight Equipment Officer until November of 2002 when he reported to Expeditionary Warfare Training Group, Pacific, for Tactical Air Control Party training.

Upon his graduation in December of that year he was designated a Forward Air Controller (FAC) and reported to 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division at Camp Horno aboard MCB Camp Pendleton.  A month later, January 2003, he deployed with the battalion to Southwest Asia and performed his duties as a FAC for Alpha Company during initial combat operations in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.  After the battalion returned to Camp Pendleton in September of 2003, Captain Marvel reported back to the Purple Foxes and was assigned duties as the squadron NATOPS officer, Standardization Pilot and Director of Safety and Standardization.  In the fall of 2004, Captain Marvel completed the Weapons and Tactics Instructor course, after which he served as a Weapons and Tactics Instructor for HMM¬-364.  In January of 2005, he deployed with the squadron to Iraq and performed duties as a Casualty Evacuation (CASEVAC) pilot in the Al Anbar province followed by the squadron’s return to the US in August of 2005.

In fall of 2005, Captain Marvel was selected to attend the resident course of the Expeditionary Warfare School and reported aboard MCB Quantico in July of 2006.  Upon completion of the course of study in May of 2007, he was selected to serve as a platoon commander during the summer training cycle at Officer Candidate School.  After finishing his duties at OCS, Major Marvel reported to VMMT¬-204 aboard MCAS New River for conversion training to the MV¬22.  Once complete with the conversion syllabus in September of 2008, Major Marvel was assigned duties as Pilot Training Officer and Current Operations Officer at VMMT¬-204 and retained as a Fleet Replacement Squadron instructor pilot.  In May of 2010, Maj Marvel transferred to the 3d Marine Aircraft Wing and MAG¬-16 at MCAS Miramar with follow on assignment to VMM¬-166, the Sea Elk, and assumed duties as the Aircraft Maintenance Officer.  In October of 2011 Maj Marvel assumed duties as the squadron Executive Officer.

In June of 2012 Major Marvel executed orders to Headquarters Marine Corps, Department of Aviation in the Pentagon to serve as the Aircrew Programs Analyst (ASM-52).  In December of 2013 he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and selected for command.

LtCol Marvel has flown more than 2500 flight hours including approximately 800 hours in the MV¬22.  His personal decorations include the Air Medal with six strike flight awards, the Navy Commendation Medal with Gold Star, the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Gold Star and Combat V, and the Combat Action Ribbon.