Raymond C. Damm, Jr.

MAGTF Instructional Group
Col, USMC (Ret.)

Contact Information

Phone: (703) 432-4500
Areas of Interest: Leadership and Ethics, Planning, Adult Education, Learning

Civilian Education

Red Team Member Course, University of Foreign and Military Cultural Studies
B.S. Aerospace Engineering, USNA


Military Education

M.A. National Security and Strategic Studies, Naval War College
M.S. National Security Strategy, National War College


Colonel Raymond C. Damm, Jr. USMC (ret) graduated from the United States Naval Academy in May of 1980 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. In a thirty year career he flew a number of different aircraft. He commanded the VMFA-251 Thunderbolts aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt for Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Ray spent lots of time on ship (aircraft carriers), and served a Joint tour with the Army in Fort Leavenworth Kansas with the Battle Command Training Program. His final active tour was as the Director, Command and Staff College, from 2008 until his retirement in 2010. After retirement, he assumed duties as the Director, MAGTF Instructional Group (MIG).

Col Damm has over 4200 flight hours in various aircraft from the venerable F-4S Phantom, the F-16C Falcon, to the F-18C Hornet. In 2002, he was selected as Marine Tailhooker of the Year. He has B.S. in Aerospace Engineering (USNA), Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies (Naval War College), and Masters of National Security Strategy (National War College).


Major Assignments

Director MAGTF Instructional Group, Dir MCU Red Team and Chairs
Director, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Quantico VA
Deputy Director MAGTF Staff Training Program, Quantico VA
Commanding Officer, MATSG-33, Oceana VA
Director of Inspections, Inspector General of the Marine Corps HQMC
Student, National War College, Ft McNair, Washington DC
Commanding Officer, VMFA-251, Beaufort SC
PSD CO, FRO and Group S-1 Officer MAG-31, Beaufort SC
Executive Officer VMFA-312 and VMFA-251, Beaufort SC
Student, F-18 Refresher training VMFAT-101, MCAS El Toro CA
Observer Trainer, Battle Command Training Program, Kansas
Student, College of Naval Command and Staff, RI
Maintenance Officer/Operations Officer VMFA-312, Beaufort SC
F-18 Transition Training, VFA-125 NAS Lemoore CA
F-16 Exchange tour, 314 TFTS, Luke AFB, Phoenix AZ
Air Officer, 3rd Tank BN, 7th MEB, 29 Palms CA
VMFA-312, Beaufort SC
Student, F-4 Training, VMFAT-101, Yuma AZ
Advanced Jet Training, Beeville TX
Primary Flight Training, Pensacola FL
The Basic School, Quantico VA
Midshipman, United States Naval Academy


Awards and Decorations

Legion of Merit Gold Star in lieu of second award
Bronze Star Medal
Air Medal – Individual Action with Combat “V”
Air Medal Strike/Flight with numeral “8”
Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star in lieu of second Award
Air Force Commendation Medal
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal


Marine Corps University