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COMMANDING OFFICER, MCAS MIRAMAR
Colonel Thomas M. Bedell

Colonel Thomas M. Bedell graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1993 with degrees in English Literature and Sociology, and from the University of Manchester, UK in 1994 with a Master’s in Economic and Social Studies. He then spent two years fighting forest fires with the US Forest Service.

Colonel Bedell completed The Basic School and the Infantry Officer Course in 1997, primary flight training in 1998, jet training in 1999, and AV8B training in 2001. From 2002 to 2005 Colonel Bedell served with VMA-214 “The World Famous Blacksheep” as Logistics Officer, Powerline Officer, and Airframes Officer. He deployed to Al Jaber, Kuwait in 2003 in support of Iraqi Freedom, and to Al Asad, Iraq in 2004 as part of the 11th MEU. After attending the Expeditionary Warfare School he joined VMA-211 “The Wake Island Avengers” from 2006 to 2009 where he served as Quality Assurance Officer, Pilot Training Officer, Weapons and Tactics Instructor, and Maintenance Officer. He deployed with the Avengers to Iraq in 2006, and to Japan in 2009 as part of the 31st MEU.

From 2009 to 2011 Colonel Bedell served as Aide de Camp to the Deputy Commandant for Aviation and as Harrier Requirements Officer. He then attended the Naval War College earning an M.A. in National Strategic Studies. He then completed a Joint tour serving as the Operations Officer for the United States Special Operations Command Wargame Center from 2012-2014.

Colonel Bedell commanded VMR-1, “The Roadrunners”, from 2014 to 2016 followed by a year as the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Current Operations Officer. He attended the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies as a CMC Fellow, earning a Master’s of International Public Policy. He was then assigned to Marine Forces Korea where he served as the Liaison to the 7th Air Force at Osan Air Base, South Korea. He previously served as the Director of the CMC Safety Division before taking the command of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.

Colonel Bedell has been awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal with Strike/Flight Numeral 14, Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit and campaign awards.

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Commanding General, MCIWest - MCB Camp Pendleton

BRIGADIER GENERAL JASON G. WOODWORTH

Commanding General, Marine Corps Installations West - Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton...

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MCIWEST-MCB Camp Pendleton

Sergeant Major Fausto Cabrera

Sergeant Major Fausto H. Cabrera enlisted in the Marine Corps in October 1995 and completed Recruit Training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) San Diego, California (CA).  Upon completion of basic training, Private Cabrera reported to Assault Amphibian School where he earned the military...

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Commanding Officer, SES Battalion

Colonel Jonathan H Vaughn

A Cleveland, Ohio native and St. Ignatius High School graduate, Col Vaughn graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1997, with a concentration in East Asian history. He commissioned into the Marine Corps in 1999 through the Platoon Leaders Course while enrolled at...

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Sergeant Major, SES Battalion

Sergeant Major Andre L. Cuthbertson

Sergeant Major Cuthbertson assumes his current role as the Camp Pendleton Security and Emergency Services Battalion Sergeant Major....

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Commanding Officer, Headquarters & Support Battalion

Colonel Tracy A. Perry

Colonel Perry was born in Rome, New York, but raised in South Florida.  In June of 1989, he enlisted in the Army Reserves and served as a Combat Engineer.  In April of 1991, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and attended Boot Camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina.  He...

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Sergeant Major, Headquarters & Support Battalion

Sergeant Major Michael E. Cedeno

Sergeant Major Cedeno was born in Harlingen, Texas. He enlisted in the Marine Corps on 24 April 1995, and attended recruit training at MCRD San Diego, California. Upon completion, he received training at Marine Combat Training (MCT), at Camp Pendleton. Upon completion of MCT, he attended the Basic...

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Commanding Officer, MCAS Camp Pendleton

Colonel David B. Moore

Colonel David B. Moore was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in December 1996 after graduating from North Carolina State University with a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering. Following graduation from The Basic School in July 1997 and the Infantry Officer...

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Sergeant Major, MCAS Camp Pendleton

Sergeant Major Curtis A. Rice

Sergeant Major Rice is a native of Worcester, Massachusetts. He reported to MCRD Parris Island, 3rd Battalion, Mike Company, Platoon 3070, for recruit training on 5 January 1995. Private Rice graduated from recruit training on 24 March 1995.  Upon graduation of recruit training, Private Rice...

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