Colonel Terence J. Dunne attended the University of Virginia, graduating in 1989 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in International Relations. That July, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant through the Platoon Leader’s Class (PLC) Program.
Colonel Dunne reported to The Basic School for active duty in November 1989. Upon completion of The Basic School and the Infantry Officers’ Course he reported to the Naval Aviation Training Command for primary flight training at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. He was winged a Naval Aviator in December 1992 after successfully completing jet training in Meridian, Mississippi. In March 1993, he reported to MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina for instruction as an AV-8B Pilot at VMAT-203.
Upon completion of Harrier training in April 1994, Colonel Dunne reported to VMA-211 in MCAS Yuma, Arizona and subsequently deployed to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan as part of the Unit Deployment Program. In November 1996, he joined VMA-311 and deployed to Okinawa, Japan as the Harrier Det’s Aviation Safety Officer and member of HMM-262 (REIN) in support of the 31st MEU. Upon completion of his tour with VMA-311, Colonel Dunne returned to MCAS Cherry Point and reported to VMAT-203 for duties as an AV-8B Flight Instructor and squadron Flight Officer. In March 2000, he attended the Weapons and Tactics Instructors Course and finished his tour with the Hawks as the squadron’s Pilot Training Officer.
In January 2001, Colonel Dunne reported to Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton in Somerset, England for duties as an Exchange Officer with the British Royal Navy. After conversion to the FA-2 Sea Harrier he served as Pilot Training Officer for 801 Naval Air Squadron with deployments to Poland, Spain, the United States, and service aboard HMS Ark Royal. In November 2002, he assumed duties as Operations Officer of 899 Naval Air Squadron, the Fleet’s Operational Conversion Unit for FA-2s. There, he instructed replacement pilots as a Radar Training Officer with deployments to the Netherlands, Scotland and Hungary.
Upon return to the United States in July 2003, Colonel Dunne reported to II MEF Headquarters, Camp Lejuene, NC for assignment in the G3. There, he served in the Force Effects Coordination Center as the Assistant Air Officer and MAGTF planner for MEFEX 04 and OIF 04-06.
In August 2004, Colonel Dunne reported to MAG-14 for assignment to VMA-231 as the squadron’s Operations Officer. In March of 2005, he was selected as the OIC of VMA-223’s 6-plane 22 MEU Detachment where he served as the Executive Officer of HMM-261(REIN). After a six month combat deployment, where the entire MEU disembarked and fought in Al Anbar province, he reported to MAG-14 to serve as the Operations Officer. In August 2007, Colonel Dunne reported to 2d MAW(Fwd) in Iraq where he served as a Battle Captain in the Tactical Air Command Center.
Upon return from Iraq, Colonel Dunne assumed command of VMA-542 in May of 2008. Under his command, VMA-542 provided MEU detachments to the 24th MEU in Kandahar, Afghanistan and to the 22d MEU aboard the USS Kearsarge. Following his command tour, Colonel Dunne attended the National War College where he graduated with a Master of Science Degree in National Security Strategy. In June of 2011 he reported to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Cost Analysis and Program Evaluation to serve in the Tactical Aviation Division. Col Dunne was selected by the Commandant of the Marine Corps to serve on Exchange with the Australian Regular Army as COL AMPHIB, Deployable Joint Force Headquarters, Gallipoli Barracks, Brisbane, Australia. He served in this billet for the past three years and guided the Australian Amphibious Force through Initial Operational Capability aboard HMAS Canberra and HMAS Adelaide. In September of 2017 Colonel Dunne reported to 2d Marine Aircraft Wing where he presently serves as the Assistant Wing Commander.
Colonel Dunne has accumulated over 2,600 hours in the AV-8B. His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, Strike Flight Air Medal with numeral 3, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.