CNATT Unit New River
Lieutenant Colonel Chris Kinsey
Commanding Officer
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Commanding Officer

LtCol Kinsey graduated from recruit training in Parris Island, S.C., during September 1991. He continued to serve on active duty, and completed Officer Candidate School (OCS) during December 1999.

After completing The Basic School in July 2000, Second Lieutenant Kinsey reported to Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, to attend Aircraft Maintenance Officer School. Upon graduation, he transferred to Marine Aviation Logistic Squadron (MALS)-29 in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

During March 2001, Second Lieutenant Kinsey transferred to the HMM-365 Blue Knights and assumed duties as the Maintenance Material Control Officer. He deployed with the 26th MEU SOC, Landing Forces Sixth Fleet, sailing on board both the USS Bataan and USS Shreveport, participated in Operation Southern Watch, and shortly later formed Task Force 58 to support Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and the amphibious assault into Kandahar, Afghanistan. He was promoted to First Lieutenant in December 2001. First Lieutenant Kinsey assumed the Assistant Aircraft Maintenance Officer (AAMO) duties during July 2002. He deployed again and attached to Task Force Tarawa for Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), the invasion of Iraq.

Upon returning from OIF, First Lieutenant Kinsey transferred to Recruiting Station (RS) Charleston, W.V., during June 2003 to serve as Executive Officer. He was promoted to the rank of Captain during June 2004. During his final year, RS Charleston ranked in the top ten percent nationally and was recognized for this achievement by earning the Commandant’s Superior Achiever Award and the 4th Marine Corps District’s Top Recruiting Station of the Year Trophy.

From August 2006 until May 2007, Captain Kinsey attended Expeditionary Warfare School in Quantico, Va. Following this school, Captain Kinsey transferred to MALS-14. He assumed duties as the Operations Officer. In July 2008, Captain Kinsey deployed as an Individual Augment to Djibouti, Africa to the Future Operations Branch/J-35 in support of Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa /OEF. Upon his return from deployment in January 2009, Captain Kinsey served as the AAMO of MALS-14.

Captain Kinsey transferred to HMX-1 in Quantico, Va., during June 2009. He assumed the duties as the Greenside AAMO for the CH-46E and CH-53E platforms. Captain Kinsey was promoted to Major in June 2010. In June 2011, he was re-assigned to the Executive Flight Detachment as the AAMO to support the VH-60N and VH-3D platforms. Major Kinsey also served as a squadron Detachment Duty Officer, and an Associate White House Liaison Officer.

Major Kinsey reported to the U.S. Embassy in Canberra, Australia during December 2013 to attend the Australian Command and Staff College, Joint Training Unit, Australian Defense Force, in Weston Creek, Australia.

Following his Australian tour, Major Kinsey transferred during January 2015 to Headquarters Marine Corps to serve as the Aviation Requirements Lead for Expeditionary Energy until he was selected to be the Deputy Director of Protocol for the 36th and 37th Commandant. After this position, Major Kinsey served as the Executive Assistant (EA) to the Commandant’s Foreign Policy Advisor. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel during November 2016, and assumed duties as the EA to the Department of the Navy’s Assistant for Administration.

LtCol Kinsey earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Thomas Edison State College, Master’s Degree in Defense Policy and Strategic Studies from Australian National University; graduate of Marine Corps Tactical Logistics Officer’s Course, the Marine Corps Command and Staff Non-Resident Program, and Australian Command and Staff College.

LtCol Kinsey’s personal decorations include, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with Strike/Flight numeral 3, Combat Action Ribbon, Joint Service Commendation Medal, two Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals, two Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and the Presidential Service Badge.

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Major Anthony D. Ripley
Executive Officer
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Executive Officer

Maj. Anthony D. Ripley graduated from Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Illinois, in 1995. During his enlisted naval service, he was an aviation warfare systems operator, attaining the rank of first class petty officer, while also serving as a rescue swimmer and H-60 crew chief/tactical sensor operator until 2007 .

Ripley completed Officer Candidates School (OCS) in 2006 with the distinction of Honor Man.

After completing The Basic School in March 2008, 2nd Lt. Ripley attended Aircraft Maintenance Officer School. Upon graduation, he transferred to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron (MALS) 16. Shortly thereafter, Ripley transferred to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 466 to assume duties as the maintenance material control officer. He deployed to Al Asad, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2008 and Kandahar, Afghanistan, in 2008-2009. He was promoted to 1st Lt. in May 2009, assumed assistant aircraft maintenance officer duties, and later deployed to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2010. During his tenure at HMH-466, the squadron received the Keith B. McCutcheon Award for Heavy Lift Squadron of the Year, and the Chief of Naval Operations Aviation Safety Award two years in a row.

1st Lt. Ripley transferred to MALS-16 during November 2010 to assume duties as the airframes/aviation life support systems division officer. He completed Marine Corps University’s Expeditionary Warfare School Distance Education Program in 2010 and was later promoted to the rank of captain in June 2011.

Capt. Ripley was selected to attend the Naval Postgraduate School and reported to Monterey, California, in July 2011. Upon completion of Command and Staff College and Naval Postgraduate School, Capt. Ripley reported to the Pentagon in April 2013 and assigned to the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps staff. Capt. Ripley assumed duties as the science and technology lead for the Marine Corps Expeditionary Energy Office and served as the Future Naval Capabilities Power & Energy Pillar Working Group co-chair for the Office of Naval Research.

Capt. Ripley transferred to 2nd Division, Marine Air Wing in March 2016 and assumed duties as aviation logistics department (ALD) class desk. He was later reassigned as the ALD plans officer, and promoted to major in June 2017.

Maj. Ripley earned two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Idaho and a Master of Science in Management from the Naval Postgraduate School. He has obtained the Defense Systems Analyst MOS (8852).

Maj. Ripley’s personal awards include the Air Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), and Good Conduct Medal (three awards). He was also selected as a 2016 Military Transition News “Top 40 Under 40 Military” winner.

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Sergeant Major Reco D. Crawford
Sergeant Major
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Sergeant Major

Sergeant Major Crawford enlisted in the Delayed Entry Program for the United States Marine Corps and reported to recruit training in December 1993 at Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) Paris Island, S.C. Upon graduation, he attended Marine Combat Training at Camp Geiger, N.C.

In April 1994, Sergeant Major Crawford was ordered to Naval Air Station Meridian, Mich., for training as an Aviation Maintenance Administration Specialist. In June 1994, he was ordered to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 167, Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River, N.C., where he served as a Maintenance Administration Clerk and Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge. In 1995, he deployed with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the USS Wasp.

In November 1999, Sergeant Major Crawford was assigned to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Training Squadron 253, MCAS Cherry Point, N.C., where he served as Maintenance Administration Staff Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge and Data Analyst. In January 2002, Sergeant Major Crawford was transferred to Headquarters Squadron aboard MCAS Cherry Point, where he served as the Chief Instructor of the Corporals Leadership Course.

In March 2003, Sergeant Major Crawford was ordered to the Basic Recruiters Course (BRC) at MCRD San Diego, Calif. Upon completion of the BRC, he was assigned as a recruiter at Recruiting Station Jacksonville, Fla., and Recruiting Substation Statesboro, Ga., where he served as a canvassing recruiter and Staff Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge.

In June 2006, Sergeant Major Crawford was transferred back to MCAS Cherry Point, N.C., and assigned to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252, where he served as the Maintenance Administration Chief and Squadron Gunnery Sergeant. Sergeant Major Crawford deployed to Al Assad, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from February to August 2007.

In November 2008, Sergeant Major Crawford was transferred to Marine Attack Squadron 231, where he served as the Maintenance Administration Chief and Squadron Gunnery Sergeant. He later deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from October 2009 to May 2010.

In June 2010, Sergeant Major Crawford was transferred to Company A(-), 4th Amphibious Assault Battalion, Norfolk, Va., where he served as the Inspector–Instructor First Sergeant.

In July 2013, Sergeant Major Crawford reported to 2d Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment in Camp Lejeune, N.C., where he served as the Battery First Sergeant for Battery E.

In January 2015, Sergeant Major Crawford reported to VMM-263, MAG-26, MCAS New River and was promoted to his current rank, where he served as the Squadron Sergeant Major of VMM-263.

Sergeant Major Crawford reported to Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training, Marine Unit New River in April 2017 and assumed his current role as Squadron Sergeant Major.

Personal Awards: Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two gold stars, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold stars, Good Conduct medal with one silver star, and the Marine Corps Recruiting Ribbon.

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