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Executive Officer
Lieutenant Colonel James I. Strickler
Marine Aviation Training Support Group 21

Lieutenant Colonel Strickler was born in Oklahoma City, OK and graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1999.  He was commissioned into the Marine Corps and upon graduation from The Basic School, he reported to Vance AFB, OK for joint service flight training.  Second Lieutenant Strickler earned his naval aviator wings in 2001 and then reported to HMT-303 MCAS Camp Pendleton, CA where he completed initial AH-1W attack helicopter training.

From 2001 to 2005 Lieutenant Strickler served in MAG-39.  He served with HMLA-267 “Stingers” and subsequently joined HMM-161 (REIN) “Greyhawks” as part of the 15th MEU (SOC) where he participated in Operations Southern Watch and Iraqi Freedom.  Upon redeployment, Lieutenant Strickler was assigned to HMLA-367 “Scarface” where he was promoted to Captain and deployed in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom II and New Dawn.  During his time in MAG-39 he served in a variety of squadron billets including Ground Safety Officer, H-1 NATOPS Officer, Adjutant, and Pilot Training Officer.

In 2005, Captain Strickler completed TACP school and reported to 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, MCB Camp Pendleton, CA for duty as a Forward Air Controller and later as the Battalion Air Officer.  In 2006 he deployed with 1/1 for Operation Iraqi Freedom.    Upon return Captain Strickler joined HMLA-169 “Vipers” where he served as the Current Operations Officer, Future Operations Officer, and the Assistant Operations Officer and again deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom. 

In 2009 Captain Strickler reported to HMLAT-303 as an FRS Instructor.  He served in a variety of maintenance billets including Airframes Division Officer, Assistant Aircraft Maintenance Officer, and Aircraft Maintenance Officer.  During this tour Captain Strickler was promoted to major and completed the AH-1Z Series Conversion.  In 2011 Major Strickler reported to HMLA-369 “Gunfighters” where he served as the Director of Safety and Standardization and the Aircraft Maintenance Officer where he deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom.  

In 2013 Major Strickler reported to the Naval Air Systems Command PMA-276 H-1 Program Office aboard NAS Patuxent River.  Initially he served as the H-1 Foreign Military Sales Assistant Program Manager, Systems Engineering (APMSE) before assuming the role as the H-1 APMSE for legacy and upgrades platforms.  During this tour Major Strickler was selected to be the USMC Service Chief Fellow at the Defense Advanced Research and Projects Agency where worked on a variety of programs. 

In July 2016, Major Strickler reported to MAG-36 aboard MCAS Futenma, Okinawa, Japan where he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and served as the Executive Officer.  In 2018, LtCol Strickler reported to the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing aboard Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan where he served as both the Assistant Chief of Staff, Department of Safety and Standardization and the Aviation Training Systems Director.  In summer 2019, LtCol Strickler reported to Marine Aviation Training Support Group 21 aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola where he serves as the Executive Officer.     

LtCol Strickler has accumulated over 3,000 flight hours as a pilot in AH-1Z, AH-1W, UH-1Y, UH-1N, MV-22B, TH-57, and T-37 aircraft.  LtCol Strickler’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, Strike/Flight Air Medal with Numeral “17,” the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star and Combat Distinguishing Device, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.

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