Major Garrett G. Litfin is a native of Delano, MN and earned his commission through the Platoon Leader’s Course following his graduation from Saint John’s University in May of 2003. Second Lieutenant Litfin then reported to The Basic School in Quantico, Va from September of 2003 to March of 2004. After completion of The Basic School, Second Lieutenant Litfin reported to Pensacola, FL for flight training. First Lieutenant Litfin completed flight training and received his naval aviator wings in September of 2005.
In October 2005, First Lieutenant Litfin reported to HMM(T)-164 for replacement aircrew training in the CH-46E. Following the completion of his training in March of 2006, he checked into the greatest squadron in the fleet, the “World Famous Purple Foxes” of HMM-364 on board MCAS Camp Pendleton, CA. In August of 2006, First Lieutenant Litfin deployed to Al Taqqadum, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Captain Litfin deployed two more times to Iraq with HMM-364 prior to receiving orders to HMX-1 in Quantico, Virginia.
In June of 2010, Captain Litfin reported to HMX-1 and served as the Stake Airframes Officer in Charge and Schedule Writer. Additionally, Captain Litfin earned NATOPS qualifications in the VH-3D and VH-60N, and served as a Presidential Helicopter Pilot, and White House Liaison Officer. During his third year at HMX-1, Captain Litfin was selected for a transition to the MV-22B Osprey and completed the replacement aircrew syllabus in 2013, enabling Maj Litfin to serve as a MV-22 pilot during his final year with the “Nighthawks”.
In August of 2014, Major Litfin reported to VMM-265 in Okinawa, Japan where he served as Quality Assurance Officer in Charge, Director of Safety and Standardization and Operations Officer. Over the course of his three years with the “Dragons” Major Litfin deployed three times on the 31st MEU, and supported over 20 exercises and off-island taskers in support of III MEF initiatives.
Following his department head tour, Major Litfin reported to Fleet Readiness Center East, MCAS Cherry Point, NC. While at the Fleet Readiness Center, Major Litfin served as the MV-22 Functional Check Flight pilot for all post PMI MV-22s. Major Litfin also served as the FRC MV-22 Program Officer from September of 2017 to September of 2019, and Rotary Wing Division Lead from October 2019 to June of 2020.
Following his tour at the Fleet Readiness Center, Major Litfin checked in to MCAS Cherry Point and served as the Range Management Department Deputy prior to assuming his current position as the H&HS Executive Officer.
Major Litfin’s personal decorations include the Air Medal with strike/flight numeral “12”, Navy Commendation Medal (gold stars in lieu of third award), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and Presidential Service Badge.