LtCol Michael A. Juenger
LtCol Michael A. Juenger is originally from Downingtown, PA. He attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL and graduated with a B.S. in Aeronautical Science. LtCol Juenger joined the Marine Corps Reserve and attended recruit training at Parris Island, SC in May of 1989. He spent five years in the reserves before attending Officer Candidates School (OCS) in January of 1994.
LtCol Juenger attended TBS in March of 1994 and graduated in September of 1994. In the winter of 1995, he started the aviation pipeline. He was a member of training squadrons in Corpus Christi, TX and Meridian, MS. After receiving his "Wings" on 11 October 1996, he stayed on with VT-7 as a TA-4J flight instructor. Following a six month tour as an advanced jet instructor pilot, LtCol Juenger joined the VFA-106 "Gladiators" at NAS Cecil Field, FL and completed F/A-18 training in March of 1998.
In the spring of 1998, LtCol Juenger joined VMFA(AW)-224 the "Fighting Bengals". While at VMFA(AW)-224, he received qualifications as a Division Lead, an Air Combat Tactics Instructor, and a Post Maintenance Check Flight pilot. While in the squadron he held billets as the Powerline Officer, Responsible Officer, and Intelligence Officer. From August 2001 to May 2002, LtCol Juenger attended the final class of the Amphibious Warfare School (AWS) in Quantico, VA. Upon completion of AWS, he was augmented to OCS and served as a Platoon Commander with Alpha Company, 4th Platoon.
In August of 2002, LtCol Juenger returned to VFA-106 at NAS Oceana, VA as an Instructor Pilot. During his tour, LtCol Juenger held billets as a Schedule Writer, Quality Assurance Officer, and Assistant Operations Officer. In November 2004, LtCol Juenger joined the "Night Owls" of VMU-2 at MCAS Cherry Point, NC serving as the Intelligence Officer. While deployed to Iraq, he was assigned the billet of Operations Officer. In April 2006, LtCol Juenger reported for duty to MAG-31 and subsquently joined the "Silver Eagles" of VMFA-115 in March of 2007. During his tour with VMFA-115, he deployed in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM and held billets of Operations, Maintenance, and Executive Officer.
Following his tour with the "Silver Eagles", LtCol Juenger reported to Commander, Naval Air Forces Atlantic and assumed the duties of the F/A-18 Class Desk. During this tour he was responsible for the management of over 1000 F/A-18 Navy and Marine Corps airframes (A-G).
LtCol Juenger's personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, four Air Medals, and two Navy Commendation Medals.
LtCol Juenger is married to the former Kelly L. Fondren of Downingtown, PA. They have three daughters: Madelynne, Amelia, and Emma Kate.