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2000 Opelousas Ave., New Orleans, LA 70114
Site Executive Officer, Marine Aircraft Group 41 Lieutenant Colonel Justin P. Betz

LtCol Betz is a native of Grand Island, NE, on April 19, 1978. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, with a concentration on Operational Analysis, and a minor in German.

Second Lieutenant Betz was commissioned in May 2001. In February 2002, he completed The Basic School and was sent to Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API) at NAS Pensacola, FL. Upon Completion of API Lieutenant Betz was assigned to VT-2 for Primary and Intermediate flight training. In February 2003, he was assigned to VT-31 for Advance Maritime Training at NAS Corpus Christi, TX. In July 2003, First Lieutenant Betz was designated a Naval Aviator. In August 2003, First Lieutenant Betz reported to VMGRT-253, the KC-130 Fleet Replacement Squadron, at Cherry Point, NC. While at VMGRT-253, First Lieutenant Betz completed Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape (SERE) School at NAS Brunswick, ME. Upon completion of training First Lieutenant Betz reported to MAG-36, MCAS Futenma, and assigned to VMGR-152 in October of 2004. While assigned to VMGR-152 he deployed on multiple deployments in the Pacific AOR and participated in JTF-536 in support of humanitarian operations. During his time at VMGR-152 he was selected to attend and graduated from the Advance Airlift Tactics Training Center (AATTC) at Ft Huachuca, AZ. In January 2007, Capt Betz was designated a KC-130 Transport Plane commander. 

In July 2007, Capt Betz was assigned to 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO) at Camp Pendleton, CA. While assigned to 1st ANGLICO he completed TACP School at EWTGPAC Coronado, CA, ANGLICO basic course, and the Combat Advisor Training Course. In January 2008 Capt Betz deployed to Fallujah, Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF). While in support of OIF he was the Air Officer for Operation DENY AL QAIDA NORTH, and responsible for the Border Transition Teams in Al Anbar Province. Upon return from deployment, Capt Betz was assigned to evaluate 2D ANGLICO Joint Terminal Aircraft Controllers (JTACs) at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, CA. 

Capt Betz was assigned in March of 2009 to VMGR-252, MAG-14, 2D MAW at MCAS Cherry Point. In March of 2011, he deployed with the 22nd MEU in support of Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR providing TRAP force response. In July 2011, he was further assigned to VMGR-252 DET B in Kandahar, Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. While assigned to VMGR-252, Capt Betz served as the Aviation Safety Officer, Department of Safety and Standardization (DSS) OIC, as well as the S-4 OIC. In April of 2012, Maj Betz was assigned to the 2D MAW G-3 where he served as the Air Transportation Coordination Officer (ATCO) and the Assistant Current Operations Officer. 

In May of 2013 Maj Betz reported to The Basic School in Quantico Virginia. While at The Basic School, Maj Betz served as the Assistant Operations Officer and Air Officer and the Infantry Officers Course Air Officer.  In April of 2014 Maj Betz Graduated Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course at MAWTS-1. In November 2015 Maj Betz was selected to Command the Basic Officer Course Bravo Company until his departure in July of 2016.

Maj Betz was assigned in July 2016 to VMGR-252, MAG-14, 2D MAW and was assigned as the Department of Safety and Standardization department head. In January of 2017 Maj Betz deployed as the Detachment Officer in Charge of the VMGR detachment in support of Special Purpose MAGTF Crisis Response Africa in Moron, Spain. Upon return from deployment in August of 2017, Maj Betz assumed the position as the Aviation Maintenance Officer and department head at VMGR-252.

In August of 2018 Maj Betz was promoted to his current rank and assigned as the Executive Officer of Marine Wing Support Group 27, 2D MAW. In February 2019 LtCol Betz assumed the role of Executive Officer for MAG-41, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing. 

LtCol Betz is a KC-130 Section lead, Division lead, Night Systems Instructor, Low Altitude Tactics Instructor, Air Delivery Instructor, Functional Check Flight Pilot, NATOPS Instructor, and Fleet Replacement Instructor. To Date, LtCol Betz has flown over 2800 hours of which 475 were combat hours. His personnel awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Air Medal, and Humanitarian Service Medal.