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Lieutenant Colonel Steven D. Puckett, USMC

Lieutenant Colonel Steven D. Puckett, USMC
Commanding Officer

Air Test and Evaluation Squadron TWO ZERO 

LtCol Puckett is a native of Ridgefield, WA and enlisted in the Marine Corps in September 1988, where he served as an aviation life support maintainer for fixed and rotary wing squadrons at MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI, MCAS El Toro, CA, and MCAS Futenma, Okinawa, Japan. In 1993, he was selected for the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program and attended the University of Arizona, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and was commissioned in May 1996. Upon completion of The Basic School, at MCB Quantico, VA, and flight school at NAS Pensacola, FL and NAS Corpus Christi, TX, he earned his Naval Aviator Wings in August 1998 and was assigned to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Training Squadron TWO FIVE THREE (VMGRT-253) at MCAS Cherry Point, NC for training in the KC-130.

In January 2000, LtCol Puckett reported to VMGR-352 at MCAS Miramar, CA, where he deployed to Turkey in support of OPERATION NORTHERN WATCH and Afghanistan with Task Force 58 in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. In October 2002, he was assigned to VMGR-252 at MCAS Cherry Point, NC, where he deployed to Bahrain and Djibouti in support of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit before joining the KC-130J Fleet Introduction and Model Manager teams. In October 2003, LtCol Puckett was temporarily assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron ONE (VX-1), at Patuxent River, MD, where he served as Maintenance Officer and operational test pilot during the Initial Operational Test and Evaluation of the KC-130J.

In the fall of 2003, LtCol Puckett was selected for the United States Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS)/Air Force Institute of Technology Cooperative Program and received his Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering upon graduating from USNTPS with Class 130 in December 2006. LtCol Puckett subsequently reported to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron TWO ZERO (VX-20), where he served as a project officer for C-130, UC-35 and UC-12W projects, and held several billets including Safety Officer, Operations Officer and Platform Coordinator.

In February 2010, LtCol Puckett was selected for transition into the Acquisition Management Professional Military Occupational Specialty (8059) and was assigned to Program Manager, Aircraft TWO ZERO SEVEN (PMA-207) from January 2011 to November 2015, where he served as the C-130 Military Deputy Program Manager for Navy and Marine Corps C-130 aircraft, including multiple Foreign Military Sales cases. In November 2015, LtCol Puckett reported to VX-20 to serve as Chief Test Pilot.

LtCol Puckett has accumulated more than 2,700 hours in 28 models of jet, prop and rotary wing aircraft. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2), and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3).

Command Senior Chief (AW/FMF/SW) Monica J. Kuhl, USN

CMDCS (AW/FMF/SW) Monica J Kuhl
Command Senior Chief
Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 20

Senior Chief (AW/FMF/SW) Monica J. Kuhl was raised in Cheyenne, Wyoming and entered Naval Service in June 2000. Upon completion of Recruit Training at Great Lakes, Illinois she reported to Religious Program Specialist “A” School in Meridian Mississippi and continued on to Chaplain and Religious Program Specialist Expeditionary Skills Training at Camp Johnson, North Carolina.

Senior Chief Kuhl’s first assignment was at Marine Corps Base Camp Butler, Okinawa Japan from 2001-2002. During her tour she served as a staff RP.

Her next tour was at 3D Marine Aircraft Wing, MCAS Miramar in San Diego California, from 2002-2005. Serving as a squadron RP she deployed to Iraq in 2003 and Germany in 2004 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and advanced to Petty Officer Third Class.

In 2005, she reported to First Marine Division in Camp Pendleton California, where she served as the Headquarters Battalion RP from 2005-2007. While there she was temporarily assigned to 9th Communication Battalion and 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, where she deployed again to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and advanced to Petty Officer Second Class.

In 2005, she reported to Recruit Division Commander School in Great Lakes Illinois from 2007-2010. During this tour, she served as a Recruit Division Commander and was promoted to Petty Officer First Class.

From there she reported to the USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) from 2010-2011, in San Diego where she served as the Leading Petty Officer of Religious Ministries Department. While there she assisted in the ship conducting a homeport change to Bremerton, Washington and was advanced to the rank of Chief Petty Officer.

She then reported to the USS CARL VINSION (CVN-70) in San Diego, California from 2012-2014. While there she served as Departmental Leading Chief Petty Officer for Religious Ministries Department and deployed in 2012.

In January of 2014, she reported to Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington D.C. and was advanced to the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer. She served there until she reported to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron TWO ZERO (VX-20) in October of 2016 to serve as the Command Senior Chief.

Senior Chief Kuhl’s personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corp Commendation Medal (3 awards), Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medal (4 awards), Presidential Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Good Conduct Medal (5 awards),and various campaign, unit and service awards.