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2000 Opelousas Ave., New Orleans, LA 70114
Site Commanding Officer, Marine Aircraft Group 49 Lieutenant Colonel Joshua Cormier

A native of Beverly, Massachusetts, LtCol Cormier graduated with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 2000.

While attending Lehigh, LtCol Cormier completed Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia through the Platoon Leaders Course. Upon graduation, he was commissioned a 2ndLt aboard the U.S.S. Constitution in Boston, Massachusetts.

Shortly after commissioning, 2ndLt Cormier checked into The Basic School in Quantico Virginia in the fall of 2000 and was attached to Alpha Company. Following The Basic School, 2ndLt Cormier checked in to flight school in Pensacola, Florida for Aviation Indoctrination Training, followed by primary and helicopter flight training in Milton, FL.

In 2002, 1stLt Cormier graduated from helicopter flight training as a Marine Pilot, selecting the CH-53E Super Stallion.

After initial CH-53E training at HMH-302, MCAS New River, Jacksonville, North Carolina, 1stLt Cormier was assigned to HMH-465, MCAS Miramar, San Diego, California in the Fall of 2003. During his tour with HMH-465, he was promoted to Capt and worked as a Pilot Training Officer, Weapons and Tactics Instructor, and Quality Assurance Officer.

From 2003 to 2007 he deployed with the squadron three times to Al Asad Air Base in Iraq in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.

Upon return from the last deployment to Iraq, Capt Cormier volunteered for an additional deployment with HMM-165(REIN) in support of the 15TH MEU in the fall of 2007. During this deployment Capt Cormier led the CH-53E detachment into Iraq for a fourth time in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.

In fall of 2008, Capt Cormier returned from the 15th MEU and worked in the current and future operations departments of MAG-11(REIN) and MAG-16 respectively, before leaving Active Duty in the summer of 2009.In June 2010, Capt Cormier joined HMH-772(-) as a Selected Marine Corps Reservist.

During his time at HMH-772(-), he was promoted to Maj and supported Exercise Javelin Thrust 2010 and 2011. Major Cormier was accepted to the Active Reserve Program in May 2011.

Major Cormier served as the Aviation Maintenance Officer and Executive Officer supporting Exercise Javelin Thrust 12 and deployed to Okinawa in support of Unit Deployment Program resumption in 2013.

Upon completion of the tour with HMH-772(-) in 2014, Maj Cormier worked as the Deputy G-5 for 4th MAW at Marine Corps Support Facility, New Orleans, LA. Maj Cormier worked with MFR Capabilities branch and Facilities extensively to ensure 4th MAW Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leadership, Personnel and Facilities initiatives were planned and executed in accordance with the Deputy Commandant for Aviation’s Marine Aviation Plan for fiscal years 2015 and 2016.

This included the MV-22 transition in Norfolk, the consolidation of HMLA-773, MALS detachment establishment, and fidelity of 4th MAW’s simulator lay down.Maj Cormier returned to MAG-49 in Apr 2016 as the MAG-49 Operations Officer. While there, he was promoted to LtCol and ensured MAG-49 was well postured to support Missions, Exercises, Community Relations Events, and Deployments, specifically, Integrated Training Exercise 4-17, RAVEN, SPMAGTF-SC, Marine Reserve Centennial, and Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course.

Currently LtCol Cormier is the Site Commander for MAG-49 aboard Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, in charge of the site that supports MAG-49 Headquarters, HMH-772(-), HMLA-773(-), and MWSS-472(-).