Colonel Butler assumed the duties as Deputy Commander, Naval Safety Center, in August 2013.
Colonel Butler graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in May 1990 and was commissioned through the NROTC Program. Upon completion of The Basic School in December of 1990, he reported to NAS Pensacola for flight training and was designated a Naval Aviator in August of 1992.
After initial training in the UH-1N “Huey” with HMT-303 at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, California, Colonel Butler served with HMLA-367 from April 1993 until May 1997. During this tour, he completed two deployments to Okinawa, Japan, including one with HMM-262(Reinforced) as part of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU(SOC)).
From 1998 to 2002, Colonel Butler served with Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1) in Quantico, Virginia, initially in the Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) Department as Assistant Director, and Director, of UH-1N/Y Operational Test. He moved to the Presidential Helicopter Contingency Plans Department in August of 2000, serving as the first Project Officer for the VH-3D Replacement Program (VXX) and later as the Plans Department Head. He was a White House Helicopter Aircraft Commander/Command Pilot in the VH-3D, VH-60N, and CH-46E, and also one of five designated Marine One Aircraft Commanders.
In 2003, Colonel Butler joined HMLA-169 at Camp Pendleton and was assigned as Officer-in-Charge of the squadron’s Cobra/Huey detachment and Aviation Maintenance Officer to HMM-166(Reinforced) with the 11th MEU (SOC), deploying to Al Asad and Forward Operating Base Duke in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF) II beginning in July 2004. In September 2004, Colonel Butler returned to HMLA-169 in theater and assumed the duties of Executive Officer. He again deployed to Iraq with HMLA-169 for OIF 05-07 in early 2006.
Colonel Butler assumed command of Marine Corps Air Facility Kaneohe Bay, Marine Corps Base (MCB) Hawaii, and their VMR Detachment (flying the C-20G/Gulfstream IV) in July 2006, and led the Facility’s conversion back to status as a Marine Corps Air Station and its designation as Major General Marion Carl Field. In August 2008, Colonel Butler transitioned to the MCB Hawaii staff as the Director of Operations and Training, and Deputy Base Commander. He transferred to the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command (NORAD and USNORTHCOM) in Colorado in July 2010 as the Security Cooperation Integration Branch (J594) Chief, and in May 2012 became the Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Communication.
Colonel Butler is a graduate of Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One’s Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) Course, and holds a master’s degree in Military Studies. He is an honor graduate of the Amphibious Warfare School; a distinguished graduate of the USMC Command and Staff College; a 2009 Pacific Century Fellow; a 2012 Maxwell School/Syracuse University National Security Fellow; and a 2012 graduate of the U.S. Air Force’s Air War College (Top Level School) Distance Learning Program.
Colonel Butler has flown over 3900 hours in various aircraft. His personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal; the Meritorious Service Medal with three Gold Stars; the Air Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device, Gold Star, and Strike/Flight Numeral “13;” the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal; the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal; the Iraq Campaign Medal; the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; and the Presidential Service Badge.