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Marine Aircraft Group 29

2nd MAW • MAG-29 • MCAS NEW RIVER
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Lieutenant Colonel Enrique A. Azenon HMHT-302 Commanding Officer
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Lieutenant Colonel Azenon was commissioned a Second Lieutenant after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in May 1996.  He completed the Basic Officers Course in Quantico, Virginia and reported to NAS Pensacola in April 1997. He was designated a Naval Aviator in March 1999.

First Lieutenant Azenon reported to HMMT-164 at MCAS Camp Pendleton, California for training at the CH-46E FRS. In July 1999 he reported to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM)-162 at MCAS New River, NC. He flew in support of Combined Arms Exercise (CAX)-9 at Twenty-nine Palms, California before participating in humanitarian relief efforts after Hurricane Floyd struck Eastern North Carolina in September 1999. In July of 2000, Captain Azenon deployed to the Mediterranean as part of an LF6F-01 deployment with the 22nd MEU (SOC). Following a successful deployment, Captain Azenon flew in support of various CONUS exercises and served as the Squadron Adjutant and Legal Officer.  After completing CAX 9 and 10, he attended the fall 2002 Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) Course in Yuma, Arizona. In January 2003 he deployed to the Middle East with Task Force Tarawa, 2d Marine Expeditionary Brigade (MEB) in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF) as a Squadron WTI and Operations Administration Officer.  Upon returning from OIF, Captain Azenon served as the Flight line Officer and Quality Assurance Officer through April 2004.

Captain Azenon reported to the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California in May 2004, following his selection to the Special Education Program. In June 2006, he was assigned to the Manpower Management Enlisted Assignments (MMEA) Branch, Manpower and Reserve Affairs (M&RA) as a manpower analyst for the Distribution and Policy Section assigned to work on the USMC AVPLAN and 202K end-strength staffing initiatives. He also served as the Enlisted Staffing Goal Model (ESGM) Manager and Head of Data and Systems Support section, supporting enlisted manpower assignments, plans, and readiness initiatives. 

Major Azenon was selected for conversion to the CH-53E Super Stallion while at MMEA. He reported to HMHT-302 for training and received follow-on orders to HMH-464 in November of 2009, serving as the Director of Safety and Standardization prior to assuming the duties of Squadron Operations Officer in January 2010. In December of 2010 he was assigned to serve as the Executive Officer and Maintenance Officer for the Combined Joint Task Force, Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) detachment supporting Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF)in Djibouti, Africa. 

Major Azenon reported back to MAG-29 in August 2011 and served as the Future Operations Officer as well as the MAG Action Officer and ACE Planner for the 2d MEB amphibious exercise, Bold Alligator 2012. He reported to HMH-461 in April 2012 to assume the duties of Executive Officer and deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan in support of OEF 13.1. He was assigned as the Headquarters Squadron Commanding Officer for MAG-29 upon his return.  Lieutenant Colonel Azenon reported to the Expeditionary Policies Branch, Plans, Policies and Operations (PP&O), HQMC in February 2014 as the Section Head for MAGTF/MEU Operations, responsible for policy development and advocacy on behalf of MEUs and Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Forces, Crisis Response (SPMAGTF-CR).

Lieutenant Colonel Azenon returned to MAG-29 in December 2015 to take charge of the Personnel Support Division. He holds a Master of Science in Management degree from NPS. His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, Air Medal with Flight Strike Numeral 11, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Humanitarian Service Medal. 

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