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Marine Aircraft Group 31

MAG 31 Leaders
Lieutenant Colonel E. Brad Hipp VMFA-115 Commanding Officer

Lieutenant Colonel Brad Hipp was commissioned a Second Lieutenant from the United States Naval Academy in May of 1998, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering. He graduated The Basics School with Company E-98 and attended The Infantry Officers Course (IOC) and graduated with class 3-99.

Upon graduation from IOC, he completed flight school training in Pensacola, FL, Corpus Christi, TX and earned his wings in April of 2001 in Kingsville, TX. After completion of flight training, First Lieutenant Hipp joined Strike Fighter Squadron 106 in Oceana, VA for initial F/A-18 training.

In the fall of 2002, Captain Hipp was assigned to Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 224 (VMFA(AW)-224) where his billets included the embarkation officer and the squadron Aviation Safety Officer. During this tour, Captain Hipp deployed to the Western Pacific in support of the Unit Deployment Program (UDP) and to Al Asad Air Base, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

In the fall of 2005, Captain Hipp was assigned to 2d Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company aboard Camp Lejeune, NC where he served as a Supporting Arms Liaison Team leader in 2d Brigade Platoon. During this tour, he deployed to Habbaniyah, Iraq where he lived with and supported the 3d Brigade, 1st Division of the newly formed Iraqi Army.

In the fall of 2006, Captain Hipp was assigned to VMFA(AW)-224 where he served as Assistant Aviation Maintenance Officer, the Pilot Training Officer, and the Operations Officer and deployed twice to the Western Pacific in support of the UDP. During this tour, he also attended the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) and the Weapons Tactics Instructor course.

From 2010 through 2013, Major Hipp served as an F/A-18 instructor at Marine Aviation Weapons Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) in Yuma, AZ. While at MAWTS-1 he also served as the Aviation Development, Tactics, and Evaluation Department’s, Anti Air Warfare Specialist. 

In 2013, Major Hipp was selected on the Commandant’s Professional Intermediate-Level Education Board to attend the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). While at NPS, Maj Hipp earned a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering with focus areas of cyber and sensors. His thesis, Performance Analysis of Link 16 Against Varying Configurations of a Known Threat Partial Band Noise Jammer, received the NPS Outstanding thesis designation

In 2015, LtCol Hipp was assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 31 (MAG-31) in Beaufort, SC where he assumed the role of Director of Safety and Standardization. From June 2016 through October 2017, he served as the MAG-31 Executive Officer.

LtCol Hipp’s awards include the Air medal (Strike Flight, Seventh Award), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two gold stars, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (Fifth Award).