Command Biographies
MACS-2 Commanding Officer
Lieutenant Colonel Michael J. Pruden

Lieutenant Colonel Pruden enlisted in the Marine Corps in October 1993 and reported to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, SC for recruit training in June 1994. Upon graduation from recruit training, he reported to Camp Geiger, NC to complete Marine Combat Training (MCT) and was meritoriously promoted to Private First Class. After completing MCT, he reported to Naval Air Station (NAS) Millington, TN for Primary Military Occupation Specialty (PMOS) instruction and graduated as a Flight Equipment Technician in November 1994.

In November 1994, PFC Pruden reported to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 26 (MALS-26), Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River, NC for duty. In July 1997, Sergeant Pruden transferred to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 461 (HMH-461) and then chopped two months later to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 264 (HMM-264), 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26 MEU) in preparation for the upcoming deployment on the United States Ship (USS) Wasp. During his deployment, Sergeant Pruden supported Operation JOINT ENDEAVOR and JOINT GUARD in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Upon completion of his deployment, Sergeant Pruden quickly redeployed in support of Operation FUNDAMENTAL RELIEF with HMH-461 in September 1998 for Hurricane George humanitarian assistance/disaster relief operations in Puerto Rico.

In July 1999, Sergeant Pruden transferred to Aviation Maintenance Squadron 1 (AMS-1), Marine Aviation Training Support Group 21 (MATSG-21), NAS Pensacola, FL for PMOS instructor duty. During his tour in Pensacola, Sergeant Pruden was selected as the MATSG-21 NCO of the Year (2000), achieved his Associates Degree from Pensacola Junior College, promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant in January 2001, selected as the MATSG-21 Maintenance Instructor of the Year (2001), achieved his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of West Florida, attended US Army Airborne Course and selected as the NCO honor graduate, and then selected to attend Officer Candidate School (OCS), Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA through the Enlisted Commissioning Program.

Upon graduating OCS in December 2003, Staff Sergeant Pruden was promoted to the rank of Second Lieutenant. After attending The Basic School (TBS), Lieutenant Pruden transferred to Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MAGCC) 29 Palms, CA for Air Defense Control Officer Course (ADCOC).

Upon graduation from ADCOC in Nov 2004, Second Lieutenant Pruden transferred to Marine Air Control Squadron 2 (MACS-2), Marine Air Control Group 28 (MACG-28), MCAS Cherry Point, NC. In March 2005, Lieutenant Pruden deployed for 12 months with II Marine Expeditionary Force (II MEF) (FWD) to serve as the Patient Liaison Team Officer-In-Charge, Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Upon return from deployment, Lieutenant Pruden continued his training as an Air Defense Control Officer and in November 2006 Lieutenant Pruden assumed responsibilities as the Tactical Air Operation Center (TAOC) Detachment Commander. In May 2007, the TAOC detachment and Early Warning and Control (EW/C) Detachment deployed equipment and personnel to Al Asad, Iraq to establish a TAOC site ISO Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. During this deployment, Lieutenant Pruden served as a Crew OIC and qualified as a Senior Traffic Director and a Senior Air Director.

After returning from his deployment in February 2008, Lieutenant Pruden was promoted to the rank of Captain and transferred to EW/C Detachment, MACS-2, MCAS Beaufort, SC to serve as the EW/C Detachment Commander. In May 2009, Captain Pruden deployed for a month to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan as the Assistant Operations Officer, MACG-28 (FWD), 2D Marine Expeditionary Brigade-Afghanistan (MEB-A) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. In September 2009, Captain Pruden deployed his detachment to establish the TAOC Detachment, MACS-2 (FWD), Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. After the TAOC Detachment’s redeployment in April 2010, Captain Pruden was selected as the Marine Corps Aviation Association Marine Air Command and Control Officer of the Year (2010) and he was also designated as a Weapons and Tactics Instructor post-completion of (WTI) course 1-11.

In June 2011, Captain Pruden reported to MCB Quantico to serve as the Air Ground Company Grade Officer Monitor, Manpower Management Officers Assignments (MMOA), Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC). After promotion to the rank of Major, Major Pruden reported for Primary Military Education (PME) instruction at Command and Staff College (CSC), Marine Corps University, MCB Quantico in July 2014.

Upon completion of resident PME in July 2015, Major Pruden reported to MACS-2, MCAS Cherry Point where he held billets as the Operations Officer and the Executive Officer. In July 2017, Major Pruden deployed to serve as the J3/7 Director of Operations and Training, Special Mission Wing (SMW) Special Operations Advisory Group

(SOAG), NATO Special Operations Component Command/Joint Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan (NSOCC/JSOTF-A), Kabul, Afghanistan in support of Operations RESOLUTE SUPPORT and FREEDOM’S SENTINEL. Upon completion of his deployment in January 2018, Major Pruden transferred to MACG-28 where he served as the Assistant Operations Officer until he assumed duties as the Group Operations Officer in June 2018. During his tour as the MACG-28 Operations Officer, Major Pruden also held billets as the Operations Officer, MACG-28 (FWD), Norway in support of NATO Exercise TRIDENT JUNCTURE 2018 and as the Operations Officer, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) Fleet Week New York 2019.

In July 2019, Major Pruden transferred to Camp Smith, HI to serve as the Branch Head, Experimentation Wargaming and Analysis (EWA) Branch, G-9, Marine Forces Pacific Command (MARFORPAC). After his promotion to Lieutenant Colonel in March 2020, Lieutenant Colonel Pruden transferred to MCAS Cherry Point NC to assume command of MACS-2 in June 2020.

Lieutenant Colonel Pruden’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (gold star in lieu of third award), the Joint Service Commendation Medal (C device), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (gold star in lieu of second award), the Joint Service Achievement Medal (C device), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (gold star in lieu of third award).

Marine Air Control Group 28