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Marine Aircraft Group 29

2nd MAW • MAG-29 • MCAS NEW RIVER
MAG 29 Leaders
Lieutenant Colonel
Alison J. Thompson

Commanding Officer

Commanding Officer, Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 464, MCAS New River

Lieutenant Colonel Thompson graduated from the United States Naval Academy and received her commission in 1994. While at the Naval Academy, she completed Jump School and subsequently earned her gold jump wings at the Naval Academy Airborne Training Unit.

Following The Basic School and designation as a Naval Aviator in February 1997, she was qualified in the CH-53E. In June of the same year, 1st LT Thompson joined HMH-464 which remained her parent squadron until August 2002. Over the five years, she served in the Operations and Maintenance Departments, earned designations as an Air Mission Commander, Functional Check Pilot, Weapons and Tactics Instructor, and completed five Combined Arms Exercises. In 2000, HMH-464 self deployed to Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, ultimately joining a Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF-Vieques). That year, the 464 Condors won the CNO Safety award and Heavy Lift Squadron of the Year.

Captain Thompson deployed twice with the HMM-365 (REIN), 26 Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). During the 1999 deployment, as a Future Plans Officer, she participated in humanitarian operations in Albania, earthquake relief in Turkey, and the combat entry force into Kosovo. During her second MEU deployment, she was the CH-53E Tactics Officer, conducting operations in support of Task Force 58 shortly after 9/11. Captain Thompson was among the twelve American Helicopter Associations Pilots of the Year, 2001 for the seizure of Camp Rhino Airfield, Afghanistan.

In July 2002, Captain Thompson reported to the Enlisted Assignment Branch (MMEA) Quantico, Virginia where she became the Department Head of the aviation and communications monitors (MMEA-84). During the tour, Captain Thompson earned a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Mary Washington.

Selected as a Congressional Fellow for 2005, Major Thompson served as the Military Legislative Assistant to Senator Elizabeth Dole, advising her on military affairs for North Carolina and the Senate Armed Services Committee. Following the Fellowship, Major Thompson served as Aide-de-Camp for the Deputy Commandant for Aviation. She then joined Marine Air Group 29 and deployed to Iraq for 13 months. While there, she severed as Air Mission Commander, Current, Future and Assistant Operations Officer. Upon return stateside in 2008, she rejoined HMH-464 where she served as the Operations Officer and deployed with the squadron for CONTINUING PROMISE in South America. For this period, HMH-464 again won Heavy Lift Squadron of the Year. Most recently, Major Thompson served as the Rotary-Wing and Tiltrotor Occupational Field Sponsor at Head Quarters Marine Corps.

Lieutenant Colonel Thompsons personal awards include Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Air Medal Strike/Flight with numeral 5, Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.