Col Charles E. Dudik
Colonel Chuck “Dude” Dudik graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in May 1997, completed The Basic School in January 1998, and was designated a Naval Flight Officer (NFO) in February 2000.
Upon completion of EA-6B Prowler training with Electronic Attack Squadron 129 (VAQ-129) in Whidbey Island, WA, Colonel Dudik reported to Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 4 (VMAQ-4) aboard MCAS Cherry Point, NC, in June 2001. During his time with the Seahawks, he deployed twice to Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia, in support of Operations Southern Watch and Iraqi Freedom, and completed one unit deployment to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan.
Colonel Dudik graduated from the Expeditionary Warfare School (EWS) in May 2005, performed EA-6B instructor duties at VAQ-129 from June 2005 to June 2008, and graduated from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College in June 2009.
In July 2009, Colonel Dudik reported to Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 1 (VMAQ-1) aboard MCAS Cherry Point. While with the Banshees, he deployed twice to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and once to Aviano Air Base, Italy, in support of Operation Unified Protector.
Colonel Dudik reported to HQMC Aviation in June 2012 as the Electronic Warfare Requirements Officer in the Aviation Weapons Systems Requirements Branch (APW).
In June 2014, Colonel Dudik assumed command of Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 2 (VMAQ-2), and deployed to Iwakuni, Japan, in January 2015 in support of the Unit Deployment Program. Post-command, he served as the MAG-14 Executive Officer, and subsequently attended the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, at Fort McNair in Washington, DC, from which he graduated in June 2017.
From July 2017 to June 2019, Colonel Dudik served as the Coalition Capability Demonstration and Assessment (Bold Quest) Air Operations Director within the Joint Fires Division in Norfolk, VA. In July 2019, he transferred to I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF) aboard Camp Pendleton, CA, where he served as the G-3 Air Officer.
Colonel Dudik holds a Political Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy, is a graduate of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College and the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, and holds two Masters Degrees. He has accumulated nearly 3,000 flight hours, primarily in the EA-6B Prowler, and has held every major NFO flight-leadership and instructor qualification attainable in the Prowler. His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal Strike/Flight with Combat “V”, Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
Colonel Dudik and his wife, Melanie, have two children (Stella – 4; Ruby – 20 months) and is now currently the commanding officer of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in Arizona. Col Dudik took command of the station in July of 2020.