Marine Aviation Leadership
MAD Patuxent River Commanding Officer
Colonel Justin W. Eggstaff

Colonel Eggstaff, a native of Milpitas, California, was commissioned in January 1996 through the Marine Corps’ Platoon Leader’s Course. After graduating from The Basic School in October 1996, he reported to Pensacola, Florida for flight training, and was designated an Unrestricted Naval Aviator in August 1998. Assigned to fly the AH-1W Attack Helicopter, Colonel Eggstaff served with HMLA-369 at Camp Pendleton, California deploying multiple times to the Asia-Pacific and Middle Eastern theaters. While at HMLA-369, he served in numerous squadron billets, including the Logistics Department Head, Ground Safety Officer, NATOPS Officer, NATOPS Instructor, Human Affairs Officer, and several maintenance officer billets. In addition, Colonel Eggstaff served as a Forward Air Controller (FAC) with the 3rd Battalion/5th Marine Regiment.

In June 2003, Colonel Eggstaff was selected to the United States Naval Test Pilot School Cooperative Program. After graduate school at the Air Force Institute of Technology in Dayton, Ohio and Test Pilot School at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, Colonel Eggstaff served as the lead H-1 Developmental Test Pilot and Operations Officer for the Navy and Marine Corps’ rotary wing test squadron, HX-21. While at HX-21, Colonel Eggstaff became a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps (DAC) and was selected for the Marine Corps’ Professional Acquisitions Community (PMOS 8059). Following his assignment as a Developmental Test Pilot, Colonel Eggstaff served in numerous billets at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, including: H-1 Class Desk, Chief Engineer, Deputy Program Manager, and Marine Detachment Executive Officer. In July 2013, Colonel Eggstaff was selected to attend Top Level School at the Eisenhower School, National Defense University. At the completion of Top Level School, he was assigned to the Joint Staff as a Requirements Officer in the Capabilities and Acquisition Division of the J-8 Directorate. In July 2017, Colonel Eggstaff was selected to serve as the Military Deputy to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Following his assignments at the Pentagon, Colonel Eggstaff was transferred to Quantico, Virginia in April 2018 where he commanded the Marine Corps’ Operational Test and Evaluation Activity (MCOTEA).

Colonel Eggstaff currently serves as the Commanding Officer of the Marine Aviation Detachment Patuxent River, China Lake and Point Mugu. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana/ Champaign, a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, a Master of Science degree in Technical Management from the Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy from National Defense University, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Systems Engineering from the George Washington University. Colonel Eggstaff has achieved Defense Acquisition Work Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level III certification in Test and Evaluation, Systems Engineering and Program Management. His personal awards include the Joint Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal (Strike/Flight), the Navy Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. Colonel Eggstaff was selected as the Marine Corps Aviation Association Test Pilot of the Year for 2007 and the Naval Helicopter Association Pilot of the Year for 2008. He has accumulated over 2,200 flight hours in 38 different rotary wing and fixed wing aircraft.

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