Lieutenant Colonel Newel Robert Bartlett is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He received his commission in May of 2003 and following the Basic School, he earned the designation as a Naval Aviator in May of 2005. Subsequently, he received orders to Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina to VMMT-204 for initial training in the MV-22B Osprey.
Lieutenant Colonel Bartlett completed his initial training and executed his first fleet tour as a “Thunder Chicken” of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 263 (VMM-263). There he helped to transition the first MV-22 Osprey squadron from the legacy CH-46 Sea Knight TMS. Lieutenant Colonel Bartlett deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08, executing the first ever MV-22 Osprey deployment. Upon completion of that deployment, he successfully completed Marine Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) course and Expeditionary Warfare School in time for his second deployment in 2009, on board the USS Bataan, as part of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit. During this tour, Lieutenant Colonel Bartlett served as the squadron’s WTI where he lead planning for the Bright Star Exercise in Egypt, and participated in exercises and operations in Greece, Egypt, and Afghanistan.
In 2010, Lieutenant Colonel Bartlett received orders to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161 (VMM-161) in San Diego, CA. He served as the squadron WTI while he transitioned the “Greyhawks” as the first West Coast MV-22 squadron achieving Full Operational Capability (FOC) several months ahead of schedule. The squadron then deployed for seven months to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. While on deployment Lieutenant Colonel Bartlett earned five Air Medals while leading over 20 direct action missions, and contributing to the defense of Camp Bastion during a direct ground assault from insurgent forces.
Lieutenant Colonel Bartlett joined the Selected Marine Corps Reserves in July of 2013 and immediately affiliated with the Moonlighters of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 764 (VMM-764). During the next eight years, he participated in multiple squadron deployments, the first of which was the longest self-deployment of MV-22 Ospreys from San Diego, CA to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in support of UNITAS Amphibious Exercise 2015. While at VMM-764, he held positions as Aviation Maintenance Officer, Operations Officer, and Executive Officer. Lieutenant Colonel Bartlett mobilized as the Operations Officer in 2017 during the first MV-22 Reserve squadron deployment. The squadron deployed to Morin, Spain in support of the enduring Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response Africa (SPMAGTF-CR-AF) mission for 7 months. More recently the Moonlighters supported an exercise in Cold Lake, Canada as well as Kodiak Island, Alaska.
Lieutenant Colonel Bartlett has accrued over 2,500 hours and his personal decorations include the Air medal with eight Strike Flight Awards, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal second award. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has completed the Command and Staff course, and is a certified Project Management Professional. Lieutenant Colonel Bartlett is happily married and a proud father to two amazing children.