LtCol Rhett B. Lawing
Originally from Brighton, Michigan, LtCol Lawing was born on 01 March 1968. He is a graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in engineering and comissioned a Second Lieutenant via OCC in August 1991. Second Lieutenant Lawing reported immediately to Quantico, Virginia for initial officer training at The Basic School. In April 1991 he reported to Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida for Aviation Indoctrination, completed Primary in Corpus Cristi, Texas, and was a member of the first class of Naval Aviators to receive their wings flying the T-45A Goshawk in October 1994. He reported to VFA-125 at NAS Lemoore, California for transition training to the F/A-18.
In November 1995, First Lieutenant Lawing reported to Marine Aircraft Group-31, MCAS Beaufort, South Carolina and was assinged to VFMA (AW)-533. He deployed to Aviano, Italy and took part in OPERATION DELIBERATE FORCE in 1996-1997 and completed a deployment to the Western Pacific in support of the Unit Deployment Program. He also deployed for combat operations with VMFA (AW)-533 to Taszar, Hungary as part of Joint Task Force Nobel Anvil for NATO OPERATION ALLIED FORCE. During this tour, Captain Lawing served as the Ground Training Officer, Schedules Officer, Asst. Operations Officer, Embarkation Officer, and S-4 Officer.
In October 1994, Captain Lawing reported to VMFAT-101, MCAS Miramar, California and instructed in all phases of ground and flight training in the F/A-18. He served as the Adjutant/Assistant Admin. Officer, Assistant Operations Officer and F/A-18D Phase Head. He was recognized as Instructor of the Quarter during 2000, and promoted to Major in May 2001.
Major Lawing detached from VMFAT-101 in July 2002 and again reported to MAG-31 and VMFA (AW)-533 in September 2002. In February 2003, he deployed with the squadron to Ahmed Al-Jaber Air Base for combat operations in support of OPERATIONS SOUTHERN WATCH and IRAQI FREEDOM. LtCol Lawing transferred to VFMA-115 in November 2003 and served as the Operations Officer and Aircraft Maintenance Officer during workups and combat deployment to the Northern Arabian Gulf in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM with Carrier Air Wing Three, aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).
Major Lawing detached from MAG-31 in July 2004 to attend the Marine Corps University, Command and Staff College receiving his Masters of Military Science and honored as a distinguished graduate. Lieutenant Colonel Lawing was most recently serving on the staff of the Deputy Commandant for Aviation, initially as the Marine Corps' fixed-wing Occupational Field sponsor and manpower analyst responsible for the long-term manpower planning and/or initial standup of the F-35B, F-18, AV-8B, C-130 and Shadow UAS programs. He departed serving as the Department of Aviation's Strategic Manpower Analyst, overseeing the long-term and traditional manpower planning for the JSF, MV-22 and H-1 programs; and the Department of Aviation's manpower representative for the Naval Aviation Enterprise and CNATRA.
LtCol Lawing reported aboard VFA-106 in July, 2009, assuming the duties as Executive Officer in November, 2009.
He has logged over 2600 total mishap-free flight hours with more than 2300 hours in the F/A-18A-F. His qualifications include: Carrier Air Wing Mission Command, USMC Mission Commander, Forward Air Controller (Airborne) Instructor, Tactical Air Coordinator (Airborne) Instructor, Air Combat Tactics Instructor, and Night Systems Instructor (Low and High). His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Air Medal Strike/Flight Award with numeral "6", Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat "V" and three gold stars, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal with on gold star, and multiple Unit Awards and Expeditionary Medals.
He is married to the former Stephanie Bartolomeo of Oyster Bay Cove, New York. They have a daughter, Bridgiette (7) and two sons Rhys (6) and Colin (3).