Lieutenant Colonel Carl M. Ziegler is currently the Commanding Officer of Marine Light Attack Squadron 773.
A native of Pennsylvania he graduated from Penn State University and was commissioned in 1997. After completing The Basic School (B Co –‘98) and flight training in Pensacola he was designated a Naval Aviator in July 2000.
Following completion of initial training in the AH-1W at HMT-303, First Lieutenant Ziegler reported to MCAS New River. He spent the next 6 years stationed in North Carolina deploying four times to Iraq in support of OIF with HMLA-269, HMLA-167 and 2d LAR as a Forward Air Controller. After returning to HMLA-167 in 2007 Major Ziegler left active duty accepting a commission in the Marine Corps Reserves.
Maj Ziegler joined HMLA-773 (-) in Warner Robins, Georgia in 2012. In 2016 when HMLA-773 moved its flag from Georgia to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey Lieutenant Colonel Ziegler followed becoming the Squadron’s Reserve Operation Officer before taking command in May 2020.