Major Joshua J. Darby enlisted in the Select Marine Corps Reserves on July 22nd, 1999. Upon completion of basic training aboard MCRD San Diego and Marine Combat Training aboard Camp Pendleton as a Private First Class in the year 2000, he was ordered to the Light Armored Vehicle Repairman’s Course aboard Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland, where he earned the 2147 MOS and was accepted for a Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) scholarship. After reporting to Fourth Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion aboard Camp Pendleton, he was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal and joined the San Diego NROTC Battalion, where he was the first Marine-Option Midshipman to attend Point Loma Nazarene University. Second Lieutenant Darby was commissioned May 30th, 2005 and then proceeded to The Basic School in Quantico, VA, immediately followed by the Aircraft Maintenance Officer Course in Milton, FL.
Second Lieutenant Darby reported to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 161 (HMM-161) in June 2006, where he deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, first as the Maintenance/Material Control Officer in 2007, at which time he was promoted to the rank of First Lieutenant, and again in 2008 as the Assistant Aircraft Maintenance Officer.
First Lieutenant Darby then reported to MALS-11 in September 2009 to be the Officer-in-Charge of both the Airframes and Aviation Life Support Systems (ALSS) Divisions, shortly before being promoted to the rank of Captain. Captain Darby was then chosen to be the MALS-11 Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) / AIRSpeed Officer. During his time at MALS-11, Captain Darby also procured, refurbished, and branded the MALS-11 Squadron Vehicle, a 1974 Chevrolet Van, which greatly enhanced Squadron morale.
In July of 2011, Captain Darby reported to Headquarters, Marine Forces Pacific aboard Camp H. M. Smith in Hawaii, where he served as the Aviation Logistics Division’s Assistant Aircraft Maintenance Officer. Captain Darby graduated from Expeditionary Warfare School and ran the Honolulu Marathon in 2013.
Captain Darby reported to the Fourth Marine Corps Recruiting District in July, 2014 to serve as the Recruitment Advertising Officer (RAO) and was promoted to the rank of Major the following year. In 2016, Major Darby presided over the merge of the District’s Marketing and Public Affairs programs, thus becoming Fourth District’s first Marketing and Public Affairs Officer (MPAO).
Major Darby reported to MALS-29 as the Operations Officer in June, 2017 and is currently serving as the Squadron Executive Officer. His decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two gold stars and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.