Marines


Biography

 

Lieutenant Colonel Ledford
Commanding Officer
Marine Air Control Squadron 24

Lieutenant Colonel Ledford currently serves as the Executive Officer, Marine Air Control Group 48 (MACG-48), 4th Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), Marine Forces Reserve (MFR).

Lieutenant Colonel Ledford is a native of Richlands, North Carolina. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2002 and was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) program. After graduating, she reported to The Basic School (TBS). Following TBS, 2nd Lieutenant Ledford attended aviation maintenance school and air traffic control school in Pensacola, FL.

Upon completion of ATC school, 1st Lieutenant Ledford reported to Marine Air Control Squadron 1 (MACS-1) Detachment Alpha (Det A) and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from August 2006 to February 2007. She was promoted to Captain in January 2007. Captain Ledford attended Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) Course after returning from Iraq, and assumed the responsibility of MACS-1 Det A Officer-in-Charge (OIC).

Captain Ledford left active duty in September 2008, joining the Individual Ready Reserve, while she pursued a civilian career. In December 2009, she joined MACS-24. Captain Ledford was immediately placed on active duty orders to fill a critical gap, assuming the role of Air Traffic Control Facility Officer at Marine Corps Air Facility (MCAF) Quantico. Upon completion of active duty orders in June 2010, she reported to MACS-24 Det A.

From February 2011 to February 2012, Captain Ledford served as the Marine Air Support Squadron 6 (MASS-6) Operations Officer/WTI. In April 2013, she was promoted to Major.

Major Ledford joined the II Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA) unit in May 2013. While there, she served in various billets, including Assistant Quality Assurance Officer for Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 29 (MALS-29). Major Ledford was also part of the Training Exercise Control Group (TECG) planning staff for Bold Alligator.

In February 2016, Major Ledford returned to MASS-6 Det A. In October 2016, she assumed the role of Detachment OIC. She completed Command and Staff College via the distance education program.

In March 2018, Major Ledford joined the Marine Corps Installations – West (MCI-West) IMA Detachment. While there, she executed active duty orders to again fill a critical gap, serving as the regional airspace coordinator.

Major Ledford joined U.S. Marine Corps Forces South (MARFORSOUTH) in May 2019 where she served as an exercise planner for PANAMAX 2020. She was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in August 2019.

In April 2020, Lieutenant Colonel Ledford began serving as the Executive Officer for MACG-48. She also serves on the Marine Corps Reserve Policy Board (MCRPB).

Lieutenant Colonel Ledford holds a Bachelor of Science in Aviation from the University of Oklahoma. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Aeronautics with an emphasis on Human Factors from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Lieutenant Colonel Ledford works for the Federal Aviation Administration.