Col David A. Suggs
Colonel David A. Suggs graduated from Texas A&M University in 1990, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. In June 1991, he attended the Marine Corps Officer Candidate Course (OCC) in Quantico, VA, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in August 1991. After completing The Basic School (TBS) in April 1992, Second Lieutenant Suggs attended flight school in Pensacola, FL, receiving his Naval Flight Officer wings in May 1994.
In October 1994, First Lieutenant Suggs reported to VAQ-129 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington for replacement aircrew training in the EA-6B. After designation as an Electronic Countermeasures Officer, First Lieutenant Suggs was ordered to VMAQ-1 at MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina. While assigned to the “Banshees”, he completed four unit deployments, one to Aviano, Italy in support of Operation DENY FLIGHT, twice to Incirlik, Airbase Turkey in support of Operation NORTHERN WATCH, and again to Aviano, Italy in support of Operation ALLIED FORCE. In December 1995 First Lieutenant Suggs was promoted to the rank of Captain. During his tenure with VMAQ-1, he served as the Weapons Tactics Instructor, Electronic Warfare Officer, Administration Officer, and Logistic Officer.
In June 1999, Captain Suggs reported to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) in Yuma, AZ. In October 2002 he was promoted to the rank of Major. While attached to MAWTS-1 he served as the EA-6B Tactics Instructor, and the MAWTS-1 Academics Department Head. He deployed with 3rd MAW in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF) 1.
In June 2003, Major Suggs was ordered to VMAQ-1 at MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina where he served as the Operations Officer, Night Systems Instructor, and Defensive Tactics Instructor. While assigned to the “Banshees”, he completed one unit deployment to Iwakuni, Japan.
In 2005, Major Suggs reported to 2MARDIV and deployed to Ramadi, Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF). He served as the Electronic Warfare Officer in charge of implementing Ground CREW systems and created the first IED working group.
In 2006, Major Suggs reported to Lackland AFB, Texas, for joint duty with the Joint IED Defeat Organization. He served as the Officer in Charge of training Army Brigade Combat Team’s on integration of Electronic Warfare and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance assets to defeat insurgent networks. In March 2007 Major Suggs was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
In 2008, LtCol Suggs reported to MAG-14, and assumed Command of VMAQ-4 “Seahawks” in January 2009. During LtCol Suggs’ command tour, the squadron successfully deployed Al Asad Airbase Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF), and was the first USMC EA-6B squadron to accept the ICAP III aircraft. Following Command, LtCol Suggs graduated from Top Level School (TLS) at the Navy War College in Newport, Rhode Island.
In 2011, LtCol Suggs reported to II MEF, Camp Lejeune NC. He served as the G-5, Future Operations Officer, and Force Deployment Officer. In Sept 2013 he was promoted to the rank of Colonel.
In 2015, Col Suggs reported to Marine Forces Europe and Africa, Stuttgart Germany. He was servicing as the operations officer.
Col Suggs has accumulated over 2400 flight hours. His awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (with strike/flight numeral “13”), Air Medal (with individual/flight numeral “2” with combat V), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with 3 awards and combat V), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various unit awards and campaign medals.
Col Suggs is accompanied by his wife and two children and is now currently the commanding officer of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in Arizona. Col Suggs took command of the station in June of 2017.