LtCol Shayne M. Frey entered the Marine Corps and graduated from platoon 2105, MCRD Parris Island, SC in October 1991. PFC Frey continued his basic training at Marine Combat Training, Camp Lejeune, NC and in December 1991 checked into the NMITC at Damneck, VA for Intelligence Analyst School.
In July of 1992, LCpl Frey checked into one of the last Marine A-6 squadrons, VMA (AW) 224 at MCAS Cherry Point, NC as a 0231. Nearly a year later VMA (AW) 224 transitioned to the F/A-18 D and Cpl Frey relocated to Beaufort, SC. Over the next three years Sgt Frey deployed twice to Aviano Air Force Base in Italy in support of Operations Deny Flight, Provide Promise, Deliberate Force, Decisive Edge, and Joint Endeavor supporting combat operations in Bosnia. In August of 1996, Sgt Frey was accepted and assigned to Penn State NROTC and transferred to I&I Harrisburg, PA.
In December of 1998, 2nd Lt Frey graduated from Penn State with a Bachelor of Arts in the Administration of Justice and commissioned a 2ndLT on the 50 yard line of Beaver Stadium in Happy Valley. A year later he graduated from The Basic School and reported to Naval Flight Training in Pensacola, FL in January 2000. 1stLt Frey was designated a Naval Aviator in August 2001 and received orders to HMT-301 at Kaneohe Bay, HI to fly the CH-53D.
In April of 2001, 1stLt Frey was assigned to HMH-463 and served as the Ground Safety Officer and Flight Line Officer for his first UDP to Iwakuni Japan in 2002. Capt Frey remained the Flight Line Officer during his second UDP to Futenma, Japan in 2004. Just prior to the scheduled return from the second UDP, Capt Frey transferred to HMM-265 and the 31st MEU as the CH-53D QAO. While with HMM-265 the CH-53D’s supported combat operations throughout Iraq based at Al Asad until February 2005 during OIF 02-03.
Upon return from the 31st MEU Capt Frey became HMH-463’s DoSS and ASO until the Fall of 2005 when Capt Frey attended Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) course at MAWTS-1. Capt Frey returned to the squadron as the Pilot Training Officer and again deployed to Al Asad, Iraq with 463 from March-September of 2006 for OIF 05-07. In October 2006, Capt Frey became the Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 24 WTI until departing the MAG in August 2007.
Following his MAG-24 WTI assignment, Capt Frey was assigned to Tactical Air Control Squadron 21 at NAB Little Creek, VA from August 2007 - August 2010 and served as an Air Support Coordinator (ASC) and Forward Air Controller (FAC). While at TACRON-21, Maj Frey deployed on board the USS BATAAN in 2009 and performed duties as the ASC and FAC for PHIBRON-2 and the 22d MEU (SOC) supporting operations throughout the Fifth Fleet AOR.
In August 2010, Maj Frey returned to MAG-24 and served as the Assistant Operations Officer and MAG WTI once again. In March of 2011, Maj Frey checked into HMH-363 and served as the DoSS until May 2012. From August 2011 to March 2012 Maj Frey deployed with HMH-363 to Afghanistan ISO OEF 11.2.
In May of 2012, HMH-363 was redesignated VMM-363 and Maj Frey checked into HMH-463 once again. Never having flown the CH-53E, Maj Frey had to undergo conversion training at HMHT-302 to learn the Echo and in September 2012 Maj Frey became the Pegasus Aircraft Maintenance Officer (AMO). In June 2013, Maj Frey became the Pegasus Executive Officer (XO) until August of 2014.
Following his second tour in Hawaii Maj Frey moved to MCAS New River to become the Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron One (VMX-1) XO and the CH-53E Operational Test Director (OTD) until December of 2015. Following VMX-1, LtCol Frey received orders to MAG-29 as the Personnel Support Detachment (PSD) Commanding Officer until March of 2017. In March, LtCol Frey became the MAG-29 XO.
LtCol Frey is a graduate of the Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course, Forward Air Controller Course, Aviation Safety Officer Course, and non-resident programs in Marine Corps Command and Staff, Amphibious Warfare, SNCO Advanced Course, SNCO Career Course and Sgt Course. LtCol Frey’s civilian education also includes a Master’s Degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Aeronautical Science with specialties in Human Factors and Aviation Safety.
LtCol Frey’s personal decorations include the Air Medal with Strike/Flight numeral”9”, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two gold stars in lieu of third award, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold stars in lieu of third award, and the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal.