LtCol Megown attended the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis Maryland. He received his commission in 1993 and then attended The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia. Following graduation from TBS, he was assigned to Naval Flight Training in NAS Pensacola, Florida. After aviation preflight indoctrination training, he was reassigned to VT-3 at Whiting Field where he conducted primary and intermediate flight training. After completion of his fixed wing training, he was assigned to HT-18 at Whiting Field South. In August of 1997, he received his wings. He received orders to Marine Aircraft Group 29, MCAS New River, North Carolina, where he was trained to fly the CH-53E at HMT-302. Upon completion of the Fleet Replacement Squadron, Capt Megown received orders to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 464.
In August of 1999, he was assigned to HMM-263(REIN), 24th MEU (SOC) as the Flight Line Officer in Charge and deployed to the Mediterranean Sea. In August of 2000, he returned to HMH-464 and was assigned as the Aviation Safety Officer. In June of 2002, he was assigned to HMM-264 (REIN), 26th MEU (SOC) as the MALS Detachment Officer in Charge. During this 2003 deployment he participated in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and stability and stabilization operations in support of Joint Task Force Liberia.
At the conclusion of this extended deployment, Major Megown was assigned to the Naval Safety Center in Norfolk, VA as an Aircraft Mishap Investigator. In February 2006, he received orders to Marine Aircraft Group 29 with further assignment to HMH-464 as the Operations Officer.
In February of 2007 he was assigned to HMM-261 (REIN) as the H-53 Detachment Officer in Charge and ACE Future Operations Officer. While there, he deployed with the 22nd MEU (SOC) and participated in Humanitarian Relief operations in Bangladesh during Operation SEA ANGEL II. Upon return to HMH-464 in 2008 he was assigned as the Maintenance Officer and the Executive Officer of the squadron. During this time, the squadron deployed to South America in Support of Mission CONTINUING PROMISE.
In May of 2009, Lieutenant Colonel Megown received orders to COMNAVAIRLANT as the H-53 Class Desk Officer. In February in 2012 he received orders to II MEF Special Operations Training Group as the Assistant Officer in Charge. In February 2013, he reported to MCAS Cherry Point and took command of HMH-366 in May 2013. While in command, the Hammerheads completed a successful deployment to Afghanistan. Upon completion of his command tour, LtCol Megown retired and accepted his current position as the Senior Marine Instructor at Brevard High School.
LtCol Megown’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal w/gold numeral 1, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon and numerous unit and campaign awards.
Sergeant Major Thomas F. Hall is a thirty year combat veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Serving at all levels of enlisted leadership from noncommissioned officer to the senior enlisted advisor to the commanding general of Marine Forces Special Operations Command he has continuously focused on developing leaders, training management, organizational administration, community relations and the preservation of institutional values. Over Sergeant Major Hall’s admirable career he has excelled in some of the most demanding billets earning numerous meritorious promotions, awards and earning a Bachelor’s Degree of Arts in History.
Sergeant Major Hall attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, SC in February 1984. After completing M60A1 Tank School at Fort Knox, KY, Private First Class Hall was temporarily assigned to 8th Tank Battalion at Fort Knox and then transferred to 1st Tank Battalion, Camp Pendleton, CA in January 1985.
In May 1987, Corporal Hall was transferred to Marine Security Guard Battalion and served at American Embassies Lima, Peru, and Guatemala City, Guatemala. He was meritoriously promoted to Staff Sergeant in January 1990.
In March 1990, Staff Sergeant Hall served with 2d Tank Battalion, Camp Lejeune, NC. He was a Tank Platoon Sergeant during Operation DESERT SHIELD and Operation DESERT STORM.
In May 1992, Staff Sergeant Hall returned to Marine Security Guard Battalion and served as a Detachment Commander at American Embassies Beijing, China and Amman, Jordan. He was meritoriously promoted to Gunnery Sergeant in July 1994.
In October, 1994, Gunnery Sergeant Hall reported to Marine Security Guard Battalion, Quantico, VA to serve as an Instructor / Advisor at Marine Security Guard School.
In October, 1996, Gunnery Sergeant Hall reported to 1st Tank Battalion, 29 Palms, CA, where he served as Tank Leader until his promotion to First Sergeant in March, 1998.
From March 1998, to April 2001, he served as First Sergeant for 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, Camp Pendleton, CA, and deployed with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (SOC) and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (SOC) to the Western Pacific and the Arabian Gulf.
In April 2001, First Sergeant Hall reported to 3rd Battalion, 10th Marines, Camp Lejeune, NC, until his selection to Sergeant Major in February 2003.
From February 2003 to November 2005, he served as Sergeant Major for 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, Camp Lejeune, NC and deployed with the 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit (SOC) to Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. He deployed again with the battalion in March 2005 to Fallujah, Iraq, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.
Sergeant Major Hall served as Battalion Sergeant Major for 2d Assault Amphibian Battalion, Camp Lejeune, NC, from November 2005 through August 2006 at which time he was assigned the duties of 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Sergeant Major. Following his second deployment as MEU Sergeant Major he was assigned to Marine Corps Training and Advisory Group (MCTAG) in February 2011.
Sergeant Major Hall served as the Component Sergeant Major for U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations Command from August 2011 through June 2014 at which time he retired from the United States Marine Corps.