“Have a goal, find it and achieve it,” said Sgt. Brooke M. Thompson, a native of Croswell, Michigan, who was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal.
Thompson, an avionics technician with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 242, has proven to be a vital asset to his unit by earning multiple training qualifications, volunteering for countless detachments while directing aircraft maintenance. , contributing to the transition from the F/A-18D Hornet to the latest 5th generation F-35B stealth aircraft, promoting safety standards throughout MCAS Iwakuni by initiating the Aircraft Hazardous Materials Proper Disposal Program F-35B, and many other tasks responsible for the successful operational capabilities of VMFA-242.
Thompson grew up in a small farming town with a family entrenched in the US Marine Corps. She was the product of two military parents, specifically with her father serving 28 years and her brother also carrying the U.S. Marine title.
“I wanted to build a more sustainable and stable lifestyle,” Thompson said. “I saw my parents succeed in doing it, so I wanted it too.”
After attending college for three years, she made the decision to enlist in the Marine Corps in 2017.
Growing up in Croswell, Michigan, Thompson credits his athletic background and playing college volleyball at Grand Valley State University with shaping one of the hallmarks of being a quality Navy.
“Being an athlete has helped me develop my small unit leadership,” Thompson said.
She recounted playing sports with her teammates in high school and college to guide her fellow Marines. In his experience, they both required being a team player, leading by example, and having the right attitude to achieve an overall goal; whether during a match or on the flight line. This small unit leadership is reflected in Thompson’s work ethic and influences the more than 60 Marines she was responsible for during her time. Her influence on the Marines around her paved the way for her consistent selection for Marine of the Quarter, Quarter NCO, Marine Aircraft Group 12 NCO of the Year and placing second in the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing NCO of the Year.
“I wanted to make myself the best Marine I could be, and then potentially be able to teach other Marines and help other Marines along the way.” sergeant. Brooke M. Thompson, Avionics Technician
“She leads by example in everything she does,” said Master Sgt. Gideon Bennett, an F-35B aircraft avionics technician and Thompson’s immediate supervisor for the past four years. “She has an unrivaled level of skill, puts maximum effort into every task she performs, while effectively coaching and developing those under her charge.”
Since joining MCAS Iwakuni in 2018, Thompson has been dubbed her unit’s “go to” Navy, due to her relentless drive to outdo her peers and lead by example.
Thompson notes that his various positions and progression have “had a big impact on my career and learning progression.”
As Thompson’s squadron indulged in her skills, she thrived while supporting exercises and operations across Japan and the United States. At Kadena Air Force Base, Okinawa, she served as the Outboard Missions Manager, where her responsibilities included management of complex data systems, mission planning, and all of the F-35B aircraft software that enables pilots to fly. In this role, she directly contributed to the success of the VMFA-242 mission by directing the flight program without any significant impact, resulting in the flight of all scheduled flights.
As head of OMS, she created a manual focused on OMS operations readiness and training for her junior Marines and VMFA-242 pilots. In her spare time, she balances her devotion to the Marine Corps with her personal ambitions by pursuing her bachelor’s degree and volunteering in the local Japanese community.
“I wanted to make myself the best Marine I could be, and then potentially be able to teach other Marines and help other Marines along the way,” Thompson said.
Thompson’s continued drive to improve and his selection for the Navy and Marine Corps Medal of Honor highlights the Marine Corps standard for the model Marine to simply always strive for excellence. .