Colonel Charles J. Moses is a native of Birmingham, Alabama and is a graduate of Auburn University. He enlisted into the Marine Corps Reserve in 1991 and was commissioned in 1994. His company grade assignments after completing Naval Aviation training included VMGR-352, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit and VMGR-252. He supported Operations Northern Watch, Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and JTF Liberia while serving as an Assistant Operations Officer, Aircrew Training Officer, Air Officer, Forward Air Controller, Flight Duty Officer, and the 13th MEU KC-130 Liaison Officer.
As a field grade officer, he completed VMGR-252’s and VMGR-352’s KC-130J aircraft transition as Detachment OIC, Executive Officer and Operations Officer. He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005 and again in 2008. Upon his return he transferred to Headquarters, US Central Command and served as an Afghanistan and Pakistan operational planner and then as the Executive Officer for the Deputy Director of Operations where he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. In July of 2010, he was reassigned to MAG-14, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing as the Executive Officer until March of 2011 when he was posted as the commander of VMGR-252 until Sep 2012. VMGR-252 reinforced was awarded the VMGR Squadron of the year while simultaneously supporting three Marine Expeditionary Units and a continuous six-plane detachment in Afghanistan. Post command he was then assigned to 2d Marine Aircraft Wing Forward as the Deputy Operations Officer and Senior Watch Officer for counterinsurgency operations in support of operation Enduring Freedom where he was selected for Marine Corps TLS fellowship at the School of Advanced Internal Studies. After completion of this fellowship in 2014 he served in the Aviation Hallway as the APP-1 Budget section head and the APP-1 Deputy Branch head responsible for budget and readiness.
He has completed the MAWTS-1 course of instruction and was designated a Weapons and Tactics Instructor in 2003. He is a graduate of the Amphibious Warfare and Command and Staff Non-Resident schools and also Military Intelligence Security Managers Course, Senior Leaders Seminars, Tactical Air Control Party School, and Dynamics of International Terrorism. He holds a Master’s degree in International Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Colonel Charles J. Moses’ has accrued over 3900 flight hours in the KC-130 and his personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with 2 gold stars, Air Medal with 13 Flight Awards, Navy Commendation Medal with 2 gold stars, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and two Humanitarian Service Medals.