MSgt Crawford joined the facility on 16 Jan 13 and completed the turnover as NCOIC on 15 Feb 13, maintaining that billet until 5 Apr 15.

Master Sergeant Crawford was born on 22 May, 1972 in Gastonia, North Carolina. He enlisted in the Marine Corps on 24 September 1992, attending recruit training at Parris Island, South Carolina. Following completion of recruit training and Marine Combat Training he attended the Air Traffic Control Course (ACA1), Marine Aviation Training Support Group-90 (MATSG-90), Millington, Tennessee. Upon graduating in July 1993 he reported to Headquarters & Headquarters Squadron, MCAS Beaufort, South Carolina where he began on the job training duty.

During his tour, Lance Corporal Crawford completed his Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) training and obtained his Control Tower Operator (CTO) license. As a Corporal he was designated as a Tower Watch Supervisor (TWS), one of only two Marines in the facility to hold that title at that rank. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1996.

In June 1997 Sergeant Crawford reported to Marine Corps Air Facility Quantico, Virginia. He served as the FAA Control Tower Examiner, Facility Watch Officer and Tower Watch Supervisor. During this tour Sergeant Crawford was selected as the Marine Corps Air Bases East Controller of the Year and was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant in January of 2000.

In September 2001, Staff Sergeant Crawford reported to Marine Air Control Squadron 4, Detachment Alpha (MACS-4, Det A) in Okinawa, Japan. During this tour he deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as a crew chief and tower liaison in direct support of Air Force Special Ops.

In February 2003, Staff Sergeant Crawford reported to Marine Air Training Support Group 21, NAS Pensacola for duty as an Air Traffic Control (ATC) Instructor. During his time there he served as the ATC Officer Course supervisor, Instructor supervisor, and RADAR phase supervisor. Additionally, he served as the MATSG-21 Corporal’s Course Director and was selected as the senior Navy/Marine Corps Air Traffic Control Instructor of the Year for 2005. Staff Sergeant Crawford was promoted to Gunnery Sergeant in September of 2004.

In January of 2007, Gunnery Sergeant Crawford reported to Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron MCAS New River, North Carolina. He obtained his RADAR designations and served as the FAA Control Tower examiner, Tower Watch Supervisor, and Crew Officer. He also served on the Marine Corps Installations East ATC Quality Assurance inspection team.

In December 2008, Gunnery Sergeant Crawford transferred to MACS-2, Detachment Bravo MCAS New River. He immediately attended the Joint Air Operations Command and Control Course and deployed to Al Taqqadum, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as the Radar Chief. He coordinated for the reduction and return of operational airspace back to sovereign and contractor control. Additionally, he aided in the 2d Marine Aircraft Wing FWD Command General brief that developed the blue print for the drawdown of all 2d MAW operations.

In January 2010, Gunnery Sergeant Crawford reported to MACS-4 Detachment Alpha Okinawa, Japan. In March of 2010 he was promoted to Master Sergeant. As the Detachment SNCOIC during his tour, he deployed to Korea, Australia and the Philippines and supported Operation Invincible Spirit and a myriad of exercises in the III MEF theatre.

Master Sergeant Crawford’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal w/ Gold Star, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal w/ Silver Star.

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