LtCol Zack Anthony graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2001, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. He earned his commission through the NROTC program; completed The Basic School in February, 2002; and finished flight school in March, 2003. He moved on to VFA-106, where he completed his F/A-18 training in December, 2004.
LtCol Anthony joined the Red Devils of VMFA-232 in January, 2005. He served with the Red Devils until August 2008, deploying three times aboard the USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM. Six months after leaving the squadron, he deployed to Iraq with 2d Battalion, 1st Marines as the Air Officer and Executive Officer, supporting Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.
In October 2009, LtCol Anthony reported to VMFAT-101 for duty as an F/A-18 instructor pilot. While at VMFAT-101, the Commandant’s Professional Intermediate-Level Education Board (CPIB) selected him for the Foreign Area Officer (FAO) Program. He reported to the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, CA in June 2013, where he began three years of FAO training: a one year NPS Master’s program in European and Eurasian Security Studies; a one year Turkish language course through the Defense Language Institute East in Washington, D.C.; and a year of regional training based out of the US Army’s European and Eurasian FAO Program located at the George C. Marshall Center in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
In February 2017, LtCol Anthony joined the VMFA-312 Checkerboards as the Aircraft Maintenance Officer and subsequently deployed aboard the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71) in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE. He is currently serving as the squadron’s Executive Officer.
LtCol Anthony’s personal awards include (1) Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, (2) Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and (1) Air Medal (Strike/Flight Award). He graduated with distinction from both NPS and the Marine Corps Non-resident Command and Staff College.