Colonel “Trout” Marshall is one of the deepest thinkers I know. Although we have not been stationed together for over two decades, our paths crossed a couple of times.  Each encounter reminded me that we are lucky to have the world’s most intelligent and caring leaders serving our country.  His eclectic experiences in the intelligence community, US Navy and US Air Force have given him an enviable perspective. He shares his thoughts and experiences on professional development and exportable techniques for effective coaching for succession and deliberate leadership training.  Colonel Marshall is the Commander of the 201 st Combat Operations Squadron, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH), Hawaii. He is responsible for the training, development, and mentorship of all Combat Operations Squadron personnel delivering combat power through the Air Operations Center (AOC) Weapon System.

Colonel Marshall graduated from the University of Washington and was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program in 1998. Subsequently, Colonel Marshall graduated Undergraduate Air Battle Manager Training and was qualified as an Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) Air Weapons Officer and eventually an Electronic Combat Officer. Before transitioning to the Air National Guard in 2002, Colonel Marshall deployed in support of Counterdrug Operations, as well as, Operations SOUTHERN WATCH and ENDURING FREEDOM.

Colonel Marshall joined the 112th Air Operations Squadron (AOS), Pennsylvania Air National Guard then briefly transferred to the Arizona Air National Guard from 2006—2009. While in Arizona, Colonel Marshall greatly enjoyed training enlisted Weapons Directors as the Chief of Training Development, then Chief of Training, for the USAF Weapons Director School, Luke AFB, Ariz. Returning to the 112th in 2009, Colonel Marshall returned to his AOC roots prior to assuming duties as Commander.  During the Guard portion of his career, Colonel Marshall has deployed in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and the predecessor to what became Operation INHERENT RESOLVE.

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