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Marine Aircraft Group 31

MAG 31 Leaders
Major Eric Fong VMFAT-501 Executive Officer

Major Fong graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology in May 2004 where he earned a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Mechanical Engineering.  Following commissioning, 2nd Lt Fong attended the Basic School and flight school.  He was designated a Naval Aviator in November 2007. 

After completion of the Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) in November 2008, Captain Fong reported to MCAS Yuma, Arizona and was assigned to VMA-311, the "Tomcats", flying the AV-8B Harrier.  While assigned to VMA-311 he served as the Schedules Officer, Flight Officer, Aviation Safety Officer (ASO) and Director of Safety and Standardization (DOSS).  Additionally, he deployed on the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) with HMM-165 (REIN) aboard the USS PELELIU from April 2010 to December 2010.  During this deployment, he participated in several international exercises, humanitarian relief missions and combat operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).  Captain Fong deployed again in support of the Unit Deployment Program (UDP) and the 31st MEU from November 2011 to April 2012, during which the squadron supported multiple international exercises in the Pacific Area of Operations and embarked operations aboard the USS ESSEX.

Upon return from the 31st MEU, Captain Fong completed Tactical Air Control Party school and reported to Alpha Company, 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, Camp Pendleton, where he served as a Forward Air Controller and Company Air Officer.  From November 2012 to July 2013, Captain Fong deployed with Alpha Company to Afghanistan in support of OEF.

In March 2014, Captain Fong returned to Yuma and reported back to VMA-311 and assumed the billet of ASO and DOSS.  Captain Fong was promoted to the rank of Major Fong in September 2014.  In April 2015, Major Fong completed the Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) course and assumed the duties of squadron Operations Officer and WTI. From May 2015 to November 2015, Major Fong deployed in support of the UDP and 31st MEU where the squadron participated in multiple international exercises and embarked operations aboard the USS BONHOMME RICHARD.

In February 2016, Major Fong reported to VMFAT-501, the "Warlords", at MCAS Beaufort, South Carolina to transition to the F-35B Lightning II and serve as an FRS Instructor Pilot. During his time with VMFAT-501, Maj Fong has served as a flight officer, Director of Safety and Standardization, and currently serves as the Executive Officer.

Major Fong's awards include: Two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals (one with Combat Distinguishing Device), two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and the Combat Action Ribbon.