Colonel David A. Suggs
U.S. Marine Corps
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. After completing The Basic School (TBS), he attended flight school in Pensacola, FL, receiving his Naval Flight Officer wings in May 1994.
In October 1994, Colonel Suggs reported to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington as an Electronic Countermeasures Officer, and was ordered to Cherry Point, North Carolina. 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 June 1999, Colonel Suggs reported to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) in Yuma, AZ and was deployed with 3rd MAW in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.
In June 2003, he was ordered to MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina where he served as the Operations Officer, Night Systems Instructor, and Defensive Tactics Instructor and completed one unit deployment to Iwakui, Japan.
In 2005, Colonel Suggs deployed with 2nd MARDIV to Ramadi, Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.
In 2006, Colonel Suggs reported to Lackland AFB, Texas, for joint duty with the Joint IED Defeat Organization as the Officer in Charge of training Army Brigade Combat Team’s to defeat insurgent networks.
In 2008, Colonel Suggs reported to MAG-14, and assumed Command of VMAQ-4 “Seahawks” in January 2009. During his command tour, the squadron successfully deployed to Al Asad Airbase Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Following Command, Colonel Suggs graduated from Top Level School (TLS) at the Navy War College in Newport, Rhode Island.
In 2011, he reported to Camp Lejeune NC. He served as the G-5, Future Operations Officer, and Force Deployment Officer.
In 2015, Col Suggs reported to Marine Forces Europe/Africa, Stuttgart Germany, as the G-3.
Col Suggs took command of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in June 2017.
In 2020, Colonel Suggs reported to MAGTF-TC, and is serving as the Chief of Staff.
Col Suggs has accumulated over 2400 flight hours. His awards include the Legion of Merit (2 awards), 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 married and has two children.