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Executive Officer, Marine Operational Test & Evaluation Squadron 22, MCAS New River
Major<br>Daniel W. Schnick

Major Schnick graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire.  He was commissioned an Officer in the Marine Corps on 3 April 1998.  After completing The Basic School in October 1998, Major Schnick reported to NAS Pensacola where he participated in the Leadership, Education, and Development Program working with Marines waiting to start their “A” schools in Pensacola, FL. 

2ndLt Schnick completed primary flight training at NAS Whiting Field, Florida, and intermediate training at NAS Meridian, MS.  1stLt Schnick was re-assigned to the Naval Flight Officer program and completed his primary, intermediate, and advanced flight training at NAS Pensacola earning his wings of gold on March 14, 2003.  He completed the F/A-18D FRS at VMFAT-101 in January 2004 and participated in the Combined Arms Exercise at Twentynine Palms, CA in February 2004 and reported for duty to his first fleet squadron, VMFA(AW)-533 in April 2004 at MCAS Beaufort, SC.

While serving with the Hawks, Capt Schnick served as schedules officer, education officer, intelligence officer and administrative officer.  He participated in the Unit Deployment Program (UDP) in Iwakuni, Japan from July 2004 to February 2005.  The squadron deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom flying to Al Asad Air Base, Iraq conducting combat operations from February to August 2006.  During this time Capt Schnick flew more than 360 combat hours in support of Marine and Coalition forces.

In March of 2006, Capt Schnick attended the TACP course at Little Creek, VA and Camp Lejeune, NC reporting to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines at MCB Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.  Maj Schnick assumed the role as the Battalion Air Officer participating in Mojave Viper in June 2007 and then deployed to Camp Fallujah, Iraq where 3/3 conducted combat operations from July 2007 to February 2008. 

In April 2008, Maj Schnick reported to 3rd Marine Regiment where he supported Exercise Cobra Gold for a month.  During his time at 3rd Marines, Maj Schnick served as Assistant Regimental Air Officer and Regimental Air Officer.  In November 2008, Maj Schnick deployed to Afghanistan where the 3rd Marine Regiment established itself as the Command Element for the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Afghanistan conducting combat operations as a part of NATO in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  Maj Schnick served in Afghanistan from November 2008 to May 2009.

In June 2009, Maj Schnick reported to VMFAT-101 where he conducted refresh training before reporting to VMFA(AW)-224 at MCAS Beaufort.  While flying with the Bengals, Maj Schnick served as the administrative officer and quality assurance officer.  He participated in another UDP to Iwakuni, Japan from July 2010 to January 2011.  He served as Headquarters Squadron CO and XO of MAG-31 from March 2011 to June 2012.

In July 2012, Maj Schnick reported to VMU-1 in Twentynine Palms, CA where he assumed the roles of Director of Safety and Standardization and Executive Officer.  From April to November 2013 Maj Schnick, as Detachment Officer in Charge, took the VMU-1 Detachment to Afghanistan flying unmanned combat missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  Flight operations in Afghanistan included Aerosonde and Scan Eagle support along with the Cargo Re-supply Unmanned Aircraft System based on the Kaman K-MAX platform.  

In December 2013 Major Schnick was transferred to Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron-22 where he assumed the role of Operational Test Director (OTD) for Unmanned Aircraft Systems.  He participated in testing of the MQ-21A during various periods in 2014 along with attending the Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course in the spring of 2014.  He currently serves as the Executive Officer of VMX-22 in Yuma along with being the UAS OTD and Division Chief.

Maj Schnick’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal(Gold Star in Lieu of Second Award), Air Medal (Bronze numeral 6), Joint Commendation Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

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