In 2000, he returned to MAG-39 and was subsequently reassigned to HMLA-367 for a third time and served as the squadron Executive Officer. From 2001 to 2003, he served as the 3d Marine Aircraft Wing Future Operations Officer and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. While overseas, he served as a Senior Watch Officer in the Tactical Air Command Center and flew more than fifty combat missions with MAG-39 squadrons in support of 1st Marine Expeditionary Force ground units. A career highlight during this combat tour included providing Command & Control support for the 7th Marine Regiment’s night raid and destruction of a terrorist training camp located at Salmon Pak, Iraq.
In 2003, he returned to the Acquisition work force at NAVAIRSYSCOM as the H-1 Upgrades Deputy Program Manager. He managed an annual budget of over $250 million dollars and was responsible for coordinating new UH-1Y and AH-1Z aircraft production, training curriculum and simulation development, and post fielding logistics support planning.
In 2005, he was transferred to MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina and began serving as the Fleet Readiness Center East Executive Officer. During this period, he achieved Acquisition career field certification in Production, Quality, and Manufacturing (PQM). He also attained certification as a LEAN Six Sigma Green Belt. He served as the FRC East Commanding Officer from May 2007 to June 2009. During this period, FRC East was awarded two Shingo Prizes in 2007 and 2008 for Operational Excellence, earned the Department of Defense 2008 Robert T. Mason award and in 2009 received the North Carolina Award for Excellence. Additionally, FRC East received multiple federal and state environmental stewardship awards.
In June 2009, he was transferred to Orlando, Florida, and served the Program Manager for Marine Corps Training Systems (PM TRASYS). He led a team of 210 acquisition professionals managing approximately $1.4 billion dollars in Simulation and Training projects for Marine Corps and other DoD organizations. During this tour he led the development and fielding of three new Infantry Immersion Trainers (IIT) at Camp Pendleton, Camp Lejeune and MCB Hawaii. This $95 million project was delivered to fleet Marines on-time and within budget. Additionally, he supervised the improvement of the Marine Corps’ Battle Staff training with the fielding of the Combined Arms Command and Control Trainer Upgrade System (CACCTUS) at all major fleet bases.