Major General Eric Austin, Commander, First Marine Aircraft Wing

Major General Eric Austin

Commander, First Marine Aircraft Wing

Eric E. Austin graduated from the Naval Academy with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He graduated from the Naval War College and the Marine Corps University Senior Planner’s course. He completed a Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program and has taken advantage of other educational opportunities afforded him through the military. 

He is an aviator, with operational and tactical experience, including deployment abroad amphibious shipping as part of a Marine Expeditionary Unit. He participated in combat operations in multiple deployments to Kuwait and Iraq. He has held numerous commands and was the Deputy Commander of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command. He has also had a number of staff assignments, including at the Pentagon. 

He assumed the duties of the Commanding General of the First Marine Aircraft Wing in August 2022. 

In the News…

Early this week, American and Filipino forces began their largest combat exercises in the disputed waters of the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait. The “shoulder-to-shoulder” drills will be completed on April 28. More than 17,600 military personnel are involved. 

“The relationships that we have, that we build into these exercises, will make us faster to respond to conflict, crisis, humanitarian assistance, and disaster relief,” U.S. Marine Major General Eric Austin said. 

Last week, China warned against the intensifying American military buildup in the region. The Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said it “would only lead to more tensions and less peace and stability in the region.” 


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