Lieutenant Colonel Stephen M. Hoyle
Commanding Officer, Headquarters & Headquarters Squadron,
MCAS Cherry Point

Lieutenant Colonel Stephen �Gar� Hoyle received his commission in the United States Marine Corps through the NROTC program in May 1987. After completing The Basic School, he reported for training at NAS Pensacola, Florida for the Naval Flight Officer Course, and was designated as a Naval Flight Officer in 1989. LtCol Hoyle then reported to VA-128 at NAS Whidbey Island in June 1989 for training in the A-6E Intruder.

LtCol Hoyle reported to MAG-14 in September 1990 and was assigned to the �Moonlighters� of VMA(AW)-332. As a Moonlighter, he served as Assistant Administration Officer and as the Intelligence Officer. He deployed with the Moonlighters from December 1990 to October 1991 to Iwakuni, Japan. In October 1993 LtCol Hoyle reported to Battalion Landing Team 3/8 as a Forward Air Controller subsequently deployed to the Mediterranean with 26 MEU(SOC) in support of Operation Deny Flight. While deployed, LtCol Hoyle was selected for conversion training in the F/A-18D Hornet.

LtCol Hoyle reported to VMFAT-101 at MCAS El Toro, California in January 1994 for conversion training in the F/A-18D. LtCol Hoyle reported to MAG-31 in September 1994 and was assigned to the �Moonlighters� of VMFA(AW)-332. As a Moonlighter he served as the Intelligence Officer, Assistant Logistics Officer, Assistant Operations Officer and Assistant Maintenance Officer. He earned designations as an Air Combat Tactics Instructor, Night Systems Instructor, Forward Air Controller (Airborne) Instructor, and Weapons and Tactics Instructor. He deployed twice to Aviano AB, Italy in support of Operations Deny Flight, Joint Endeavor and Bold Guard over Bosnia.

In June 1998, LtCol Hoyle was assigned to the Marine Corps Combat Development Command as the Air Combat Element Operations/Integration Officer in the Warfighting Development Integration Division. Upon completion of this assignment and refresher training at VMFAT-101 he was reassigned to MAG-31 in October of 2001. He joined the Moonlighters for a third time serving as the Operations Officer and deployed to the Western Pacific supporting Operation Noble Eagle and the Unit Deployment Program. In July 2003, LtCol Hoyle was assigned to CJTF-HOA, Djibouti, Africa, where he served in the Joint Planning Group and planned operations in support of the Global War on Terrorism. In February 2004, LtCol Hoyle became the Operations Officer for MAG-31 where he served until July 2005, subsequently reassigned to the OPNAV staff, Air Warfare Branch, in the Pentagon as the Air-to-Air Weapons Requirements Officer until May 2006.

LtCol Hoyle has over 2400 hours in the A-6E Intruder and F/A-18D Hornet. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. His personal decorations include the Strike Flight Air Medal fifth award, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with combat �V� and gold star.


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