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Maj A. E. Hingle Executive Officer, 1st Radio Battalion

Major Hingle first joined the Marine Corps in the summer of 2000 as a 1371 combat engineer assigned to Charlie Co, 4th Combat Engineer Battalion. During his time as a reservist he attended Longwood University where he earned a B.A. in Graphic Design. Upon graduation he was commissioned a second lieutenant in May of 2003. After selection to the 0207 MOS out of The Basic School (TBS), he attended the Naval Intelligence Officer Basic Course (NIOBC) in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  His first assignment was with the 2D Marine Air Wing, Air Combat Intelligence (ACI) as a Direct Support Team Leader. Shortly thereafter he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with the ACI were he served as the day analysis section OIC until June of 2005. There he directed the production of daily, weekly, and monthly intelligence products for the wing. 


      In June of 2005, he was selected to serve on the 2D MAW (Fwd) Military Transition Team (MiTT) as the Operations Officer and an Intelligence Advisor to the Iraqi 1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 7th Division MiTT. While on the team, he was responsible for the training plan for 737 Iraqi soldiers, NCOs and Officers. The scope of training activities included basic physical training, marksmanship training, infantry skills, convoy operations, Military Operations Urban Terrain (MOUT), and basic leadership training to officers. Upon the completion of their training he extended to deploy with the Battalion, to Hit, Iraq to direct security for an Iraqi election station.  There he served as a liaison for U.S. units. Prior to the changeover, he participated in daily patrols and directed the security at a polling site for the October 2005 Iraq elections.


      In November of 2005, he returned CONUS where he was then assigned to Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 4(VMAQ-4) as the intelligence section OIC. In this capacity he was responsible as the Electronic Warfare (EW) department directing both the Intelligence section and Tactical Electronic Reconnaissance Processing and Exploitation System (TERPES) section’s products. His collateral duties included Top Secret Control Officer, Assistant Security Manager and Anti-Terrorism Force Protection (AT/FP) Officer. He directed the production of weekly intelligence updates, cultural briefs, pre-deployment training, squadron clearances, and intelligence support to exercises. While serving with VMAQ 4, Major Hingle completed the unit’s deployment to Iwakuni, Japan on the unit deployment program. 


      Major Hingle was then assigned to the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command at Hickam Air Force Base Hawaii in June of 2007. Here he served as the Worldwide Investigations and Analysis OIC. While serving in this billet, he directed the efforts of investigative research and field work for recovery missions to Europe, Korea, China, India, and Papua New Guinea. In addition to directing the section in garrison, he also deployed as a team lead to Papua New Guinea. During this mission he was responsible for land/site negotiations with the local populace in austere mountains and helicopter operations for his team. Major Hingle was then selected to serve as the South East Asia (SEA) Future Ops OIC and responsible for the planning of all missions in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam relating to the Vietnam War. This region was the focus of 80 percent of the command’s operational budget at $25.5 mil.


      In May of 2010 he was assigned to 1st Battalion of the 5th Marines. Here he served as the battalion intelligence officer, providing support and intelligence products for over 1300 Marines and Sailors for their deployments to Sangin, Afghanistan and Okinawa, Japan. He managed clearances for over 950 Marines and Sailors and 1070 ISOPREPs for personnel in the unit. Prior to this unit deploying to support Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), he directed training for the battalion that included Joint Training Counter-IED Operations Integration Center (JTCOIC) applications, Attack-the-Network (AtN) analysis, Palantir systems and Company Level Intelligence Center (CLIC) training. Once deployed, his section was responsible for analytical predictions on enemy insurgents, noncombatants, and weather on friendly forces. Major Hingle also served as a liaison between local Afghan government officials and Coalition Forces, sharing relevant information and relationship building. During this deployment he led eleven intelligence Marines, synchronizing their efforts with a radio battalion detachment, human intelligence detachment, biometric systems representatives, tactical document exploitation team(DOMEX), British HUMINT training team, four civilian targeting contractors, and various outside theater collection assets. During this deployment he directed the fielding and use of Palantir systems in combat operations. Upon redeployment from Afghanistan, the battalion then prepared for the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) for assignment as the Battalion Landing Team (BLT). He developed and implemented an intelligence training program that prepared for the battalion for assignment to the PACOM area of operations and included Intel support to amphibious operations, various country briefs, and violent extremist group analysis.  Major Hingle planned and managed the intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance support to the BLT and maintained function liaison with the MEU intelligence section and PHIBRON staff.


      In August of 2013, Major Hingle was assigned to United States Africa Command (USAFRICOM) in a JDAL billet. Here he initially served as the Counterterrorism Team Chief and Senior Intelligence Officer. He was responsible for directing the efforts of a team comprised of both military and civilians tasked with providing combatant command-level analysis on Violent Extremist Organizations (VEOs) operating in the Africa AoR. This included managing geographically separated analysts in England and working Task Force elements CONUS. As part of these duties, he oversaw the development and submission of multiple terrorist threat profiles submitted for approval by POTUS and the NSC. In May of 2014, the Intelligence Director of USAFRICOM selected Major Hingle to serve as the directorate’s Executive Officer. Here he was tasked with directing, maintaining, and executing schedules for two flag officers and two SESs while also facilitating material for planning and meetings with the Intelligence Community, Joint Staff, Task Forces, and Component Commands of USAFRICOM. In May of 2015, upon completion of duties as the Executive Officer for the directorate, he was selected to serve as the Deputy Operations Chief for USAFRICOM’s J2X. In this capacity, he was responsible for tracking all CI/HUMINT assets and capability on the continent of Africa and tracking requirements of the J2X. After a successful tour at USAFRICOM he was given orders to report to Camp Pendleton, California. 


      In June of 2016, he was assigned to 1st Intelligence Battalion at Camp Pendleton, California. Here he served as both the Operations Company Commander and as the I MAGTF Intelligence Center (MIC) Director. His unit was tasked with providing intelligence support to the I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF) Commanding General, his Staff, and subordinate units.