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Marine Operational Test & Evaluation Squadron 1
Yuma, AZ and New River, NC

VMX-1 Command Element

Colonel Byron D. Sullivan
VMX-1 Commanding Officer

Colonel Byron D. Sullivan was commissioned via the Platoon Leaders Course in 1996 after graduating from East Carolina University where he earned a BS in Marketing. He was designated a Naval Aviator in January 2000 and was assigned to VFA-125, NAS Lemoore, CA for conversion training in the F/A-18 Hornet.In January 2001, Col Sullivan reported to

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Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan D. Schaafsma
VMX-1 Executive Officer

LtCol Schaafsma is a native of Alaska. He graduated from Western Michigan University in December, 2001 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in February 2002. Upon completion of The Basic School, he was assigned to flight training at NAS Pensacola, FL.After Primary Flight Training with VT-3, he reported to VT-9 at NAS Meridian, MS for Advanced

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Sergeant Major Frank M. Gratacos Jr.
VMX-1 Sergeant Major

Sergeant Major Frank M. Gratacos Jr. enlisted in the Marine Corps in1993. He later graduated from Fall Mountain Regional High School in Langdon, NH and reported to Boot Camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) Parris Island, SC in July of 1994. He graduated as a Honorman and was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Private First Class.Following

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Lieutenant Colonel Michael T. Lippert
VMX-1 Chief Operational Test Director (COTD)

Lieutenant Colonel Lippert was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 2005 following graduation from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering.  He attended flight training at NAS Whiting Field and NAS Meridian, and was designated a Naval Aviator in December 2007.  Upon follow-on designation as an AV-8B

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Contact Us

Marine Operational Test &
Evaluation Squadron 1

PO Box 99280
Marine Corps Air Station Yuma
Yuma, Arizona 85369-9280

Yuma Commercial: (928) 269-6795
Yuma Commercial Cell: (928) 941-7616

Marine Operational Test &
Evaluation Squadron 1

PSC Box 21037, Marine Corps Air Station
Jacksonville, North Carolina 28545

New River Commercial: (910) 449-4046
New River Commercial Cell: (910) 797-4169

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