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Major McCraight was born in Ferndale, Michigan. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in February 1986 and completed recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, California.
Following completion of recruit training in May 1986, Private McCraight reported to Infantry Training School (ITS) Camp Pendleton, California, for training as an Infantry Marine. Completing ITS with honors, he was meritoriously promoted to Private First Class and assigned to Echo Company, Second Battalion, Seventh Marine (E 2/7) as an 0311. With E 2/7, he participated in two “Super Squad” competitions, crossed trained as a 0331(machine gunner), and deployed to Okinawa for Unit Deployment Program (UDP). He was also meritoriously promoted to the rank of Corporal. Upon re-enlisting, he accepted a lateral move into the aviation community as a 6047, aircraft maintenance data analyst technician in 1989.
He completed his on the job training at Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 267 (HMLA), MCAS Camp Pendleton, California with formal MOS training at NAS Millington, Tennessee. In 1990, Cpl McCraight was accepted to the Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training (BOOST) Program where he spent from June 1990 until June 1991 in San Diego, California. In August 1991, he was selected for the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP) and was accepted for enrollment in The Citadel. Cpl McCraight attended The Citadel from 1991 until May 1995 where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education (Mathematics). During this period, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and upon commissioning; Second Lieutenant McCraight received orders to The Basic School in Quantico Virginia. Graduating in May 1996, he then attended Aircraft Maintenance Officer (AMO) School at NAS Pensacola, Florida, where he finished as Honor Graduate and attained the MOS 6002.
From September 1996 until January 1997, he served at Marine Aviation Logistics Support Element Kaneohe (MALSEK), MCAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, as the Power Plants and Aviation Life Support Systems (ALSS) Officer in Charge. In January 1997, 2ndLt McCraight was transferred to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 463 where he served as the Maintenance Material Control Officer (MMCO) until August 1999. He then received orders to NAS Pensacola, Florida.
While in Pensacola from September 1999 to June 2003, Capt McCraight served as the Liaison Officer for Support Equipment (AS), Ordnance (AO) and Life Support Equipment (AL) school houses, the Executive Officer for Aviation Maintenance Squadron 2 (AMS-2), and the Director of Training (DOT) for Marine Aviation Training Support Group 21(MATSG-21).
From June 2003 to July 2004, Capt McCraight served as the OIC for the Fleet Introduction Team for the MV-22 Osprey at New River and then received orders to be the Naval Aviation Depot (NADEP) Cherry Point V-22 Program Officer and V-22 Fleet Support Team (FST) Liaison until June 2006. Major McCraight deployed with NAVAIR Depot artisans to Iraq from March to May 2005 to establish a Depot level repair facility to assist the reconstitution of the CH-46s and CH-53s assigned to 2nd Marine Air Wing in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF 4-5). In June 2006, he transferred to MALS-31, MCAS Beaufort, South Carolina, for duty.
From June – December 2006, Maj McCraight served as the Operations Officer, MALS-31, and from December 2006 – February 2008, he served as an Individual Augment billet in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom(OIF 6-8), where he was assigned as the II MEF (FWD) G3 LNO to TF-16, a Joint Special Operations Task Force. After returning from Iraq, Maj McCraight assumed the duties of Executive Officer, MALS-31.
From June 2009 to June 2011, Major McCraight served as the Executive Officer, Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT), Marine Unit Cherry Point, North Carolina.
Major McCraight’s awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, four Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and three Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals.