Sunday, December 2, 2012

Col. Marino fini flight

Released by 175th Wing Public Affairs on the wing's official Facebook page November 4, 2012

After completing his final (fini) flight, Col. Dan Marino [third from left] poses with other pilots. He has flown 4,827 in military aircraft and will soon retire. He has third highest amount of flying hours in an A-10C aircraft. Full size

Note: Take a closer look at the mustaches!

Col. Dan Marino gets soaked after exiting his A-10C after completing his final (fini) flight. Marino has flown 4,827 in military aircraft and will soon retire. He has third highest amount of flying hours in an A-10C aircraft. Full size

Note: On his fini flight Col. Dan Marino piloted A-10C 78-0612 from the 104th Fighter Squadron.

From the picture above I cutted out this detail to give a closer look at the "Hog's" ladder door art and the current style of crew inscriptions, including the head of an oriole, related to the 104th Fighter Squadron's nickname "Fighting Orioles". (Screenshot by Joachim Jacob)

Question: Anybody who can/will provide me related close-up shots of 104th Fighter Squadron A-10Cs in hi-res quality? I would be very grateful for any support.

Col. Dan Marino taxis his A-10C after completing his final (fini) flight. Full size

Col. Dan Marino taxis his A-10C after completing his final (fini) flight. Full size

Sorry for overlooking that for a month!

Official USAF public online biography:

Col. Daniel B. Marino

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Colonel Marino is the Vice Commander, 175th Wing, Maryland Air National Guard, Baltimore, Maryland.

Colonel Marino was born in West Islip, New York and received his Air Force commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of Central Florida in 1984. After completing undergraduate pilot training at Williams AFB, Arizona, he flew the A-10 Thunderbolt II with the 76th Tactical Fighter Squadron, England AFB, Louisiana. There he served as plans and programs officer and instructor pilot. He then volunteered as an initial cadre OA-10 Forward Air Controller at Suwon AB, Republic of Korea serving as a U.S. Army Battalion Air Liaison Officer and OA-10 Instructor Pilot.

Returning to Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ in 1990 as an OA-10 Instructor Pilot in the 22nd Tactical Air Support Training Squadron he performed as Flight Commander and 602nd Air Control Wing Standardization and Evaluation pilot. He transitioned to the 358th Fighter Squadron as an A/OA-10 formal course instructor and later to 355th Wing Standardization and Evaluation and then joined the newly formed operational 354th FS at Davis-Monthan. Moving to Pope AFB in 1996, he joined the Flying Tigers again as the assistant operations officer for the 75th FS and then 23rd Fighter Group Chief of Standardization and Evaluation. Col. Marino left the active duty in November 1998 and joined the Maryland Air National Guard as a fulltime Active/Guard/Reserve (AGR) member where he has served as the Chief of Standardization and Evaluation and Director of Operations, for the 104th Fighter Squadron and as the 175th Operations Group Commander. Colonel Marino became the Vice Wing Commander in September 2009. Colonel Marino has flown the T-37, T-38, AT-38, and is a command pilot with over 4,500 hours in the A-10A, A-10C and OA-10. He has flown combat missions in Operations Enduring Freedom and Southern Watch.

1980 Graduate of Crystal River High School, FL
1984 Bachelor of Arts degree, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
1990 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL
2001 Air Command and Staff College
2007 Air War College

1. Jun 84 - Jun 85, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Williams AFB, AZ
2. Jul 85 - Sep 85, Student, Lead-In Fighter Training, Holloman AFB, NM
3. Oct 85 - Jan 86, Student, A-10 upgrade training, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, AZ
4. Feb 86 - Mar 89, Scheduler/training officer, 76th Fighter Squadron, England AFB, LA
5. Apr 89 - Oct 88, Student A-10 / Forward Air Control training, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ
5. [Why not 6.? Warthog News] Jul 89- Jul 90, Forward Air Controller, Battalion Air Liaison Officer, Suwon AB, ROK
6. Nov 90 - Jan 92, Flight Commander, 22nd Tactical Air Support Training Squadron, DMAFB AFB, AZ
7. Feb 92 - Jul 93, Flight Commander/RTU Instructor, 358th Fighter Squadron, DMAFB AFB, AZ
8. Aug 93 - May 94, OA-10 Branch Chief/Wing Flight Examiner, 355th Wing, DMAFB AFB, AZ
9. Jun 94 - May 96, Assistant Operations Officer, 354th Fighter Squadron, DMAFB, AZ
10. Jun 96 - Oct 98, Assistant Operations Officer, Chief of Standardization/Evaluation, 75th FS, Pope AFB, NC
11. Nov 98 - Apr 02, Asst. Operations Officer, Chief of Stan/Eval, 104th FS, Warfield ANGB, MD
12. May 02 - Oct 05, Operations Officer, 104th Fighter Squadron, Warfield ANGB, MD
13. Nov 05 - Sept 09, Commander, 175th Operations Group, Warfield ANGB, MD
14. Sep 09 - Present, 175th Vice Wing Commander

Rating: Command Pilot
Flight hours: More than 4,800
Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38, AT-38, A-10A/C, OA-10

Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with six oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with five oak leaf clusters
AF Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
AF Achievement Medal
Gallant Unit Citation
AF Outstanding Unit Award with Valor
Device Combat Readiness Medal with nine oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Armed forces Expeditionary Medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal
Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korean Defense Service Medal
AF Overseas Ribbon Short with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border
Air Force Longevity Service with five oak leaf clusters
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 3 'M' devices
ACC Instructor Pilot of the Year, 1992
Aircrew Safety Award of Distinction, 2003

Second Lieutenant, May 21, 1984
First Lieutenant, May 21, 1986
Captain, May 21, 1988
Major, March 1, 1996
Lieutenant Colonel, October 25, 2001
Colonel, December 16, 2009

(Current as of March 2010)


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