Lt. Colonel David "T-Bone" Trombly

United States Marine Corps Reserve, LETU Class of 1992

Lt. Colonel Trombly was born in Methuen, Mass., on Aug. 15, 1969, the first day of “ Woodstock,” but he was not in attendance. He attended LeTourneau University from 1987 to 1992, where he  masterfully crammed a four-year aviation technology bachelor’s degree into five years, in order to get some extra playing time on the LeTourneau soccer team, as well as taking some time off from flying to pursue a minor in theology.

Taking the outstanding education, the life experiences learned in the training aircraft, classrooms, relationships built with campus instructors, friends, LAS brothers and on the soccer fields of LeTourneau University, Lt Col Trombly chose to pursue a career as a Marine Corps Officer. He attended Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Va., where he was commissioned into the United States Marine Corps in 1994. With the solid professional aviation education and the physical, mental and spiritual maturity that was fostered at LeTourneau, he was able to excel and earn his wings as a Naval Aviator and serve as a Marine F/A-18 “hornet” pilot based at MCAS Beaufort, SC. He served with VMFA-115 “Silver Eagles” and VMFA(AW)-332 “Moonlighters” deploying to Japan, South Korea, and Australia, with short stops on Wake Island and Hawaii. Lt Col Trombly also instructed advanced jet pilot training in the T-45 and Advanced Naval Flight Officer training in the T-2 and finished 14 years of active duty service with a four-year staff tour at the Naval War College in Newport, R.I. Having left active duty on May 1, 2008, he currently is on his third instructor tour, having joined the USMC Reserve as a Primary/Intermediate Naval Flight Officer Instructor in the T-6 Texan II based out of NAS Pensacola, Fla. His civilian employment has him instructing and developing Crew Resource Management (CRM) courses for the USMC V-22 Osprey program based at MCAS New River, N.C.

I am honored to serve with my fellow LeTourneau graduates who have chosen to take their education, talents and passion and use them to defend this, the greatest nation on earth. May God continue to bless and protect America. These young men and women are my heroes. With their hard work and dedication, and with God’s help, we will win this long war on terrorism and survive this critical time. Please do not hesitate to e-mail me directly at david.trombly@navy.mil or trombly_biz@yahoo.com for further information.