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Officer In Charge, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 764 Major Joe Mederos
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Major Mederos is a native of Los Angeles, CA and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in May 2001. Following graduation, he completed the Basic School in February 2002 and reported to NAS Pensacola for flight training. He earned his wings in October 2003 after flying T-34s with VT-2 and TH-57s with HT-8. He then reported to MCAS Camp Pendleton for further training in the CH-46E Fleet Replacement Squadron, HMM(T)-164. After completing the FRS in March 2004 he was assigned to HMM-163 at MCAS Miramar, California.

While attached to the "Evil Eyes", Major Mederos served as the Responsible Officer and Assistant Logistics Officer.  The squadron deployed with the 13th MEU in support of multiple international exercises including Bright Star in Egypt and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon returning from that deployment, Major Mederos attended Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One and was designated a Weapons and Tactics Instructor.  Returning to the squadron as the Pilot Training Officer, he completed two additional tours with the 13th MEU in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2007 and counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden in 2009.

In September 2009, Major Mederos reported to MATSG-22 in Corpus Christi, Texas for follow-on duties as a flight instructor with VT-35 flying TC-12Bs.  While with the “Stingrays” Major Mederos served as a flight leader and Aviation Safety Officer.  This tour concluded in September of 2012 when Major Mederos reported to VMM(T)-204 for transition training in the MV-22B and subsequent reassignment to MCAS Futenma in Okinawa, Japan.

In April 2013, Major Mederos reported to VMM-265 to serve as the Director of Safety and Standardization (DOSS) and Aircraft Maintenance Officer.  During this time, VMM-265 supported several multilateral and bilateral exercises throughout the Pacific area of operations and assumed the role of the Aviation Combat Element for the first iteration of the 31st MEU with MV-22s. 

Major Mederos reported to his current command, VMM-764, “The Moonlighters”, in May 2016 and immediately deployed as the DOSS with the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Africa aboard Moron Air Base, Spain.  After return from a successful deployment, he assumed his current duties as the squadron Executive Officer. 

Major Mederos has accumulated over 3,000 military flight hours. His personal decorations include Air Medal Strike/Flight Award with numeral “3”, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

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