Maj John Fabbri was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1999, and reported for training at The Basic School. After graduating with Delta Co. 2000, he reported to NAS Pensacola for API. He PCSed to NAS Corpus Christi, TX for primary flight training where and selected Strike upon completion. He was designated a Naval Aviator in December 2002 at NAS Kingsville, TX. After 2 years in South Texas, he reported to VMFA(T)-101 for training as an F/A-18 Pilot aboard MCAS Miramar, CA.
First Lieutenant Fabbri reported to VMFA(AW)-332 at MCAS Beaufort, SC in January 2003. As a “Moonlighter” he held billets as a CMCC Officer, Powerline OIC, and Current Operations Officer. During his tenure there, he was promoted to Captain and completed numerous Strike/Fighter Dets throughout the “lower 48” and deployed twice in support of OIF from 2005-2007.
Captain Fabbri PCSed in August 2007 to become a Primary Flight Instructor for VT-6 and MATSG-21 in Pensacola, FL. While there, he earned Instructor of the Quarter for VT-6 and enjoyed teaching the future corps of aviators the rudimentary points of flying while mentoring the future leaders of Marine Air. During this time, he applied for and was selected for transition to the MV-22 Osprey
Captain Fabbri PCSed in 2009 to Jacksonville, NC, to begin his transition training. Upon completion of training at VMM(T)-204, he reported for duty as the S-1 OIC for VMM-263, the “Thunder Chickens”. Maj Fabbri deployed with VMM-263 on the 22d MEU in 2011. Upon return, he fleeted up to the Operations Officer position and completed his tour in January 2013.
Maj Fabbri reported to MAG-26 HQ where he served as the Action Officer for the T/M/S lead. While there, he learned about the amazing effort of industry, the NAE, and the maintenance Marines to keep the Osprey operating at a high operational tempo to support the MAGTF throughout the globe.
In June 2013, Maj Fabbri PCAed to VMX-22 aboard MCAS New River, NC. While there, he served as the operations officer as well as an Operational Test Director and participated in two Operational test periods for the MV-22B as well as the Carrier-on board-Delivery Military Utility Assessment (COD-MUA) where the MV-22B proved itself as a viable replacement for the Navy’s aging C-2 fleet. In addition, he had the opportunity to take VMX-22 forward deployed in support of SP MAGTF-South-14 aboard the maiden voyage of the LHA-6 America.
Selected to the Active Reserve program in fall of 2014, Major Fabbri EASed from the active component and reported to HMM-774, the “Wild Goose”, aboard NS Norfolk in June 2015 as part of the transition team for VMM-774. He assumed the role of Executive Officer after the squadron re-designated in October 2015.
His personal decorations include the Air Medal Strike/Flight with numeral ‘6’, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.