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Commanding Officer, Marine Transport Squadron Belle Chasse Lieutenant Colonel Aaron Locher

LtCol Locher was commissioned in February 1996 upon graduation from Florida State University with a degree in Engineering.  At the completion of The Basic School in 1996 he attended flight training in Pensacola, Fl. and was designated a Naval Aviator in the Spring of 1997.  Shortly following flight school he was assigned to fly the UH-1N and subsequently reported to Camp Pendleton, California to complete FRS training with HMT-303 in the Spring of 1999. 

LtCol Locher served with HMLA-369 at MCAS Camp Pendleton, Ca. from 1999 until 2001.  During his tour with the 369 he held billets in the Logistics and Operations departments.  In 1999 he deployed to Okinawa, Japan in support of the Unit Deployment Program.  While stationed aboard MCAS Futenma Okinawa, Japan he further deployed to Korea and the Philippines aboard the USS Ft. McHenry in support of Balikatan 2000.  He returned from deployment to the US in 2001.  From 2001 to 2002 he chopped to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) and 1st BN, 1st MAR where he embarked upon the USS Peleliu and participated in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).  During this same timeframe, LtCol Locher was further assigned to Task Force 58 to operate in both Pakistan and Afghanistan to conduct direct action missions in support of OEF I.  LtCol Locher returned from OEF I in 2002 and once again joined back to HMLA-369 where he began initial planning for Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).  LtCol Locher later deployed to Kuwait and Iraq in 2003 with RCT 5 and 1st BN, 5th MAR in support of OIF I where he carried out combat missions at the Rumaila oilfields, Diyala canal, and securing the Presidential palace in downtown Baghdad.

In the Fall of 2003, LtCol Locher transferred to HMLA-367 (Scarface).  While assigned to HMLA-367, LtCol Locher held the billets of ATFP Officer, Security Manager, Tactics Officer, and Assistant Operations Officer.  He deployed with Scarface in the Fall of 2004 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II where he executed combat missions in direct support of the Battle of Fallujah and Ramadi.  In 2006, LtCol Locher transferred to HMLA/T-303 (Atlas) to assume the billet of assistant Maintenance Officer initially, soon followed by Maintenance Officer for the squadron.  As the Maintenance officer, he successfully managed over 330 personnel comprised of Navy, Marine Corps, and civilian contractors.  In addition, he managed the maintenance of over 52 aircraft spanning four different versions of H-1 aircraft; to include HH, UH, AH, as well as the acceptance and induction of the first UH-1Y aircraft.

In the Fall of 2008, LtCol Locher departed the Marine Corps to pursue an occupation in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a Customs and Border Protection Air Interdiction Agent.  He was certified in multiple different aircraft for Customs and Border Protection.  His primary duties involved securing the Nation’s infrastructure from the illegal movement of people, drugs, and acts of terrorism.  As a CBP AIA, LtCol Locher held the billets of Assistant Ops Officer, Primary Firearms Instructor, Armorer, and assistant maintenance pilot.  While performing his duties for DHS, LtCol Locher was also selected to become a Marine Corps Reserve Instructor Pilot (MCRIP) for student Naval Flight training aboard NAS Whiting Field Milton, Florida as a Selected Marine Corps Reservist.  In the Fall of 2011, LtCol Locher returned to active duty on the Full Time Support Program (FTS) as an Active Reservist (AR).  He was assigned to MAG-49, Det C, HMLA-773 Det A (RedDogs) and held the billets of Department of Safety and Standardization, and Executive Officer.  In the Fall of 2014, LtCol Locher was transferred to HQ’s 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, New Orleans, La. as the Assistant Chief of Staff G-1 and 4MAW Security Manager.  As the A/C-S G1 and 4MAW Security Manager from 2014 to 2016, he provided manpower management and Security protocol direction for the entire 4MAW spanning 29 sites in 18 states for over 7500 personnel.  In the Fall of 2015, LtCol Locher was selected for command of Marine Transport Squadron Belle Chasse.

LtCol Locher’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, Air Medal with Strike Flight Numeral 8, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat “V” and gold star, the Combat Action ribbon, and the Humanitarian Assistance medal.