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Active Duty Officer-In-Charge, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 112 Major Benjamin D. Apple

Major Apple is proud to call Birmingham, Alabama home.  A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in History, in May 2003 he commissioned as an Ensign into the United States Navy.


He completed Primary Flight Training at VT-6 at NAS Whiting Field in May 2004.  After Intermediate Flight Training with VT-31 at NAS Corpus Christi, TX, he reported to Advanced Flight Training at NAS

Kingsville.  There he received a commission as a Marine, and was designated a Naval Aviator in November 2005. 


1stLt Apple then attended The Basic School in Quantico, VA and upon graduation in July 2006 he reported to VMFAT-101 in San Diego, California to learn to fly the F/A-18 Hornet. 


In July of 2007, he was ordered to the Crusaders of VMFA-122, MAG-31, at MCAS Beaufort, SC. During this tour, he deployed to Al Asad Iraq in 2008. While at VMFA-122, Captain Apple served in the operations, maintenance, and logistics departments.


In August 2010, he reported to 2d Tank Battalion in Camp Lejeune for service as the Battalion Air Officer.  And in early 2011 he deployed with 1st Battalion, 2d Marines aboard the USS Kearsarge in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn.


The following summer 2011 Capt Apple reported to the Bengals of VMFA(AW)-224, MAG-31 in Beaufort, SC.  There he earned his Forward Air Controller (Airborne) qualification, and graduated from Marine Division Tactics Course 2-12.  He led the logistics and embarkation department during a Unit Deployment Program to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan in 2012-2013.


In the summer of 2013, Capt Apple received orders to the Snipers of VMFT-401 in Yuma, AZ.  After completing the USN Aviation Safety School in September 2013, he served as the Aviation Safety Officer.  While he was the  Director of Safety and Standardization the Snipers  earned the MCAA Pete Ross Award for aviation safety in 2016.  With the Snipers he graduated from the Adversary Course of the Naval Fighter Weapons School, promoted to Major, completed USMC Command and Staff, and earned

every F-5 qualification in the USMC.  He served as the squadron Operations Officer for two years, and amassed over 1100 hours in the F-5 Tiger II. 


In June 2018 Major Apple reported to VMFA-112 where he is privileged to serve as the Executive Officer and Active Duty Officer in Charge. 


Maj Apple's personal decorations include the Air Medal with Strike/Flight Numeral 4, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and various unit awards.