Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232

MAG-11 Mission Statement

Marine Aircraft Group 11 generates, embarks, and integrates relevant, combat ready aviation forces capable of providing Offensive Air Support, Anti-Aircraft Warfare, Assault Support, Aerial Reconnaissance, and terminal area Control of Aircraft; generates critical aviation logistics support; provides 12 of the functions of Aviation Ground Support; supports the generation of squadrons assigned to Navy Carrier Airwings; trains to standard Marine Fighter/Attack Pilots and Weapons Systems Officers and Navy Strike Fighter Pilots; and prepares to deploy the Marine Aircraft Group Headquarters as a Site Command capable of generating sorties to service standard for the Marine Tactical Air Commander; all in order to ensure success in combat in support of the MAGTF and Combatant Commanders.

VMFA-232 Leaders

Lieutenant Colonel Frank A. Machniak Jr.
Commanding Officer, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232

LtCol Frank A. Machniak Jr. is a native of Attica, New York. He graduated from Attica High School in June 2000 and attended the United States Naval Academy. In May 2004, he graduated from the Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Quantitative Economics and was commissioned a 2ndLt in the United States Marine Corps.In January 2005,

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Major Nils P. Alpers
Executive Officer, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232

Maj Nils Alpers was born in Boston, MA and grew up in Seattle, WA. He graduated with distinction from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2007 with a B.A. in Astronomy and Astrophysics. He attended Officer Candidate's Course 199 and commissioned in December 2008. Following OCS, he graduated from TBS Class 4-09 on the Commandant's List,

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Sergeant Major Daniel W. Beighly
Sergeant Major, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232

Sergeant Major Beighley enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1997 and attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina. Upon graduation , he reported to Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina for Marine Combat Training. Upon completion, Private First Class Beighley reported to Marine Corps Engineer

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