Lieutenant Colonel Eric N. Starr graduated from DePauw University with a major in Economics and worked for two years as a financial advisor prior to joining the United States Marine Corps in January 2002 through the Officer Candidate Course (OCC) entry program. After completing Officer Candidate School and The Basic School, LtCol Starr proceeded to Pensacola, Florida in October 2002 for Naval Flight Training. He completed Aviation Preflight Indoctrination at NAS Pensacola and Primary Flight Training at NAS Whiting Airfield in Training Squadron 6 (VT-6) in July 2003. LtCol Starr proceeded to NAS Meridian, Mississippi for intermediate and advanced jet training at Training Squadron 9 (VT-9). Upon completion of training, and being winged as a Naval Aviator, in October 2004, he selected EA-6B Prowlers and proceeded to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington for the Fleet Replacement Squadron, Electronic Attack Squadron 129 (VAQ-129).
LtCol Starr completed the FRS, was designated an EA-6B pilot in September 2005 and proceeded to MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina where he reported to Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 2 (VMAQ-2). As a member of VMAQ-2 from September 2005 to June 2007, he held the billets of Tactics Officer, Assistant Electronic Warfare Officer (AEWO) and Electronic Warfare Officer (EWO). He deployed with the squadron to Al Asad Airbase, Iraq from January through August 2006 in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. During his tour with VMAQ-2 he obtained the qualification of Night Systems Qualified (NSQ), attended Surface to Air Missile University (SAM U) and High Speed Anti-Radiation Missile University (HARM U). LtCol also attended Tactical Air Control Party School, at Expeditionary Warfare Training Group Atlantic (EWTGLANT), in April 2007 and was designated a Forward Air Controller (FAC) for follow on orders to 2d Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO).
LtCol Starr was a member of 2d ANGLICO from June 2007 through October 2009. While in the unit, he held the billets of 1st Brigade Platoon Air Officer, Firepower Control Team (FCT) Leader, Supporting Arms Liaison Team (SALT) Leader, and 1st Brigade