LIEUTENANT COLONEL ROBERT C. SHERRILL
COMMANDING OFFICER VMM-162
Lieutenant Colonel Sherrill attended the University of Colorado-Boulder graduating in 1989, earning a
Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs. He entered the Marine Corps through the Platoon Leaders Course
and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in May 1989.
After graduating from The Basic School, he reported to the Infantry Officers Course and graduated as an
Infantry Officer in August 1990. In December 1990 he reported to NAS Pensacola for flight training. In
April 1992, First Lieutenant Sherrill was designated a Naval Aviator and reported to HMT-301, MAG-16
MCAS Tustin in May 1992 for training as a CH-46E pilot.
In January of 1993, First Lieutenant Sherrill was assigned to the Flying Tigers of HMM-262 where he
served as the Flight Equipment Officer, Embark Officer and Aviation Safety Officer. He completed four
deployments with the 31st MEU (SOC) and one deployment with the Coalition Afloat Readiness and
Training (CARAT) SPMAGTF. During this time he participated in Exercises, ULCHI FOCUS LENS
(UFL), FOAL EAGLE, COBRA GOLD and several WWII commemorations in Okinawa, Tarawa and
Guam. Captain Sherrill reported to Amphibious Warfare School in Quantico, VA in August 1997.
In May 1998 Captain Sherrill graduated from the Amphibious Warfare School and reported for duty with
the Sea Elks of HMM-166 at MCAS El Toro and later MCAS Miramar. While with the Sea Elks he served
as the squadron Weapons and Tactics Instructor, Future Operations Officer and Operations Officer. In July
2000 he deployed with the 15th MEU (SOC) and participated in Operation Southern Watch in Kuwait and
humanitarian support in East Timor.
In May 2001 Major Sherrill was assigned as a CH-46E instructor to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics
Squadron 1 in Yuma, Arizona. While with MAWTS-1 he served as both the Director of Safety and
Standardization and Assault Support Department Head responsible for training rotary wing Weapons and
Tactics Instructors. During this time Major Sherrill deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in Jan
2003. During OIF he served as a Future Plans assault support planner in the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing
(MAW) Tactical Air Command Center (TACC) and pilot for HMM-364.
In July 2004 Major Sherrill was transferred to the 1st MAW in Okinawa, Japan. While with 1st MAW he
served on the G3 staff as the Fixed Wing Frag Officer, Current Operations Officer and the 1st MAW Senior
Watch Officer (SWO). As the 1st MAW TACC SWO he directed III Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF)
air operations in exercise UFL on the Korean Pennisula, the largest military command and control exercise
in the world.
In June 2006 LtCol Sherrill was assigned to VMMT-204, MCAS New River to commence MV-22 training.
In August 2006, he assumed his current billet with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 162.
His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star, Navy and Marine Corps
Commendation Medal with Gold Star and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.