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Marine Corps Air Facility Quantico

Marine Corps Installations National Capital Region

Quantico, Va.
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Lieutenant Colonel Robert S. Vuolo Commanding Officer

Lieutenant Colonel Vuolo was commissioned a Second Lieutenant upon graduation from the University of Notre Dame ROTC program in May 2000.  After graduation from The Basic School in January 2001, 2ndLt Vuolo completed Aviation Preflight Indoctrination in Pensacola, Florida followed by Primary Flight Training in Corpus Christi, Texas.  After being selected for jet training, he moved to Kingsville, Texas to complete Intermediate and Advanced flight training in the T-45A Goshawk.  First Lieutenant Vuolo was designated a Naval Aviator in April 2003 and assigned to fly the EA-6B Prowler.  1stLt Vuolo completed Fleet Replacement Pilot training at Electronic Attack Squadron 129 (VAQ-129) in Whidbey Island, Washington and was assigned to Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 4 (VMAQ-4) in Cherry Point, North Carolina.

In June 2004, 1stLt Vuolo reported to VMAQ-4 in Cherry Point, North Carolina for his first operational tour.  While assigned to the Seahawks, 1stLt Vuolo performed the duties of the Powerline Officer, Assistant Aircraft Maintenance Officer, and Administrative (S-1) Officer.  Captain Vuolo deployed in January 2005 to Al Asad Airbase, Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.  He also deployed in January 2007 to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan in support of the Unit Deployment Program (UDP), and several training detachments. 

Captain Vuolo transferred to Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Florida in July 2007 for duty as a Primary flight training instructor.  Assigned to Training Squadron 2 (VT-2) he flew and trained student naval aviators in the T-34C TurboMentor up to its final days prior to its replacement by the T-6B Texan.  While an instructor with the Doerbirds he performed duties as Ground Safety Officer, Assistant Standardization and Formation stage Standardization Officer, and Assistant Operations Officer.

In June 2010, Captain Vuolo executed orders to Sixth Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.  As the Regimental Assistant Air Officer, he attended Tactical Air Control Party school in September 2010, followed by the Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 Air Officer course in March 2011.  Attaining qualifications as a Tactical Air Control Party Instructor (TACP-I) and Joint Terminal Attack Controller Evaluator (JTAC-E), Major Vuolo assumed duties as the “Fightin’ Sixth” Regimental Air Officer in June 2011.  In December 2011 he deployed with Regimental Combat Team 6 (RCT-6) to Forward Operating Base Delaram II in Nimroz Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.

In June 2012 Major Vuolo redeployed from Afghanistan and reported for duty to Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia to attend Command and Staff College.  Following intermediate level school, he executed orders back to Cherry Point and Marine Aircraft Group 14 in July 2013.  As part of the MAG headquarters staff he acted as the Personnel Support Detachment Executive Officer from July to November 2013 prior to assignment again to VMAQ-4.  He assumed duties first as the Assistant Aircraft Maintenance Officer, then as the Aircraft Maintenance Officer in March 2014.  Back with the Seahawks, he deployed to Al Udeid Airbase, Qatar in August 2014, supporting Operations INHERENT RESOLVE, ENDURING FREEDOM and FREEDOM’S SENTINEL.  In April 2015 he assumed duties as the Executive Officer.  The Seahawks returned to CENTCOM in April 2016, this time to Incirlik Airbase, Turkey to again support Operation INHERENT RESOLVE, re-deploying to Cherry Point in October 2016.  When the Seahawks decommissioned in June 2017, Major Vuolo executed orders to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan and assumed duties as the Station Operations Officer, promoting to his present rank in August 2017.  In June of 2019, he returned to CONUS to take command of Marine Corps Air Facility Quantico.

Lieutenant Colonel Vuolo has accumulated over 3000 mishap free flight hours.  His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (third award), the Strike/Flight Air Medal with numeral 10, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (second award).