Marine Corps Air Station Miramar
Lieutenant Colonel Luke Esposito

Lieutenant Colonel Luke Esposito was born in San Francisco, California. He was raised in Oakland, California where he graduated from Bishop O'Dowd High School in 1997.


Lieutenant Colonel Esposito was commissioned in the United States Marine Corps in May 2001 after having graduated from the US Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He reported to The Basic School a week later and then reported to flight training in Pensacola, Florida in early 2002. He received his wings in October 2004 and then reported to VMAT-203 in Cherry Point, North Carolina for AV-8B Harrier training where he graduated the following year. He then reported to his first fleet squadron, the Blacksheep of VMA-214, in Yuma, Arizona in mid-2005. 

Lieutenant Colonel Esposito deployed twice with the Blacksheep during his first tour; First on the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit in 2006 for a seven-month deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and then on a twelve-month deployment to Japan with the 31st Marine Expeditionary unit in 2007. After having married Lindsey Ann Brown in between deployments and then completing this first tour of duty, Lieutenant Colonel Esposito was selected to participate in the Pilot Exchange Program with the Spanish Navy. He and his wife attended the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California for six months of intense language training, and then reported to the 9th Spanish Harrier Squadron in Rota, Spain in early 2009. After completing an exciting three years oversees, they received orders back to Yuma and checked in with the VMA-311 Tomcats for a department head tour. After two years as the Aviation Maintenance Officer with VMA-311 and a six month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, he was moved down the street back to the Blacksheep and served another year as the Maintenance Officer. In the summer of 2015, orders were executed that took the family with their two newborn twins, to Quantico, Virginia for the Marine Corps Command and Staff College along the shores of the Potomac River. Following twelve months school and the receipt of a Master's Degree in Military Studies, Lieutenant Colonel Esposito was assigned to work at the F-35 Joint Program Office in Crystal City, Virginia. After a successful tour during which he received the Senior Officer of the Year award in 2018, Lieutenant Colonel Esposito and the family received orders back to Yuma for a third time. This time however, after having previously flown over fifteen hundred hours in the Harrier, he had the opportunity to conduct transition training to the F-35B Lightning II. He began flying the Marine Corps' newest aircraft as he took over the role as the Operations Officer for Marine Aircraft Group Thirteen where he served for three years until the summer of 2022. 

Lieutenant Colonel Esposito is currently assigned as the Deputy Operations Officer for Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, California. He transitioned aircraft yet again at the beginning of the tour and is now flying the UC-35D Citation executing Operational Airlift Support missions around the country.

Marine Corps Air Station Miramar