Vincent John Ciuccoli, a native of Connecticut, reported to US Marine Corps Officer Candidates School in Quantico, Virginia for the 10-week Platoon Leaders Course in the summer of 1993. Upon graduating from Villanova University on 15 May 1994 he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant. After The Basic School he was sent to NAS Pensacola for flight training. On 19 December 1997 First Lieutenant Ciuccoli was designated a Naval Aviator and received orders to Marine Helicopter Training Squadron 204 at MCAS New River, North Carolina for initial training in the CH-46E Sea Knight. After being designated as a Helicopter Second Pilot, First Lieutenant Ciuccoli was assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 166 (HMM-166) in El Toro, California in the Summer of 1998.
While with the Sea Elk, First Lieutenant Ciuccoli was promoted to Captain and served as the Team Embarkation Officer, Flightline Officer and Assistant Maintenance Officer while completing two Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) deployments between January 2000 and December 2002. Captain Ciuccoli reported for duty with Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1) in the Spring of 2003 where he worked in the CH-46E Operational Test and Evaluation department. After leaving HMX-1 in the summer of 2004, Captain Ciuccoli remained onboard Quantico and was frocked to the rank of Major for his assignment as a Company Commander at Officer Candidates School. In late 2004, Major Ciuccoli reported to MARFOREUR in Germany where he performed the duties of Operations Desk Officer for Eastern Europe and Africa until October of 2005 when he was called back to the operational forces with HMM-166 at MCAS Miramar, California.
During this tour with the Sea Elk, Major Ciuccoli deployed twice with the 11th MEU, once onboard the USS Peleliu from February to August 2006 as the Aviation Combat Element Logistics Officer and a second time onboard the USS Tarawa from November 2007 to June 2008 as the Maintenance Officer. Major Ciuccoli was then selected for intermediate level school at the US Army Command and General Staff College, Ft Leavenworth, Kansas where he graduated with a Masters Degree in Military Arts and Sciences in June of 2009. Major Ciuccoli was then assigned to Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in Mons, Belgium where he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel 1 September 2010. While serving in the joint multi-national arena, Lieutenant Colonel Ciuccoli acted as the lead operations desk officer for Iraq and the Deputy Team Leader for the NATO’s Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR in Libya.
Upon returning to CONUS in July of 2012, Lieutenant Colonel Ciuccoli assumed the role of MAG-39 Executive Officer until May 2013. He was then slated as the Commanding Officer of MCAF Quantico from June 2013 to June 2015 and subsequently studied at Israel’s National Defense College where he was also selected for Colonel in January 2016. Upon returning for duty at 3d MAW, MCAS Miramar Colonel Ciuccoli was assigned as the Executive Officer for the Special Purpose–MAGTF–Crisis Response–CENTCOM from August 2016 to Aug 2017 and deployed in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE. Colonel Ciuccoli is currently the AC/S G3 at 3d MAW.
He has accumulated over 2400 flight hours and his personal decorations include two Meritorious Service Medals, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Navy Commendation Medals and the Navy Achievement Medal.