Michael “Gumby” Sawyers is a native of Barstow, CA and graduated from California State University San Bernardino in June 1979 with a B.S. Degree in Public Health Administration. He was commissioned a 2nd LT in the U.S. Marine Corps in July 1979 and began flight training shortly thereafter.
Earning his Wings in Feb 1980, Gumby served as a Selectively Retained Graduate (SERGRAD) primary jet flight instructor before completing training in the F-4S Phantom in Aug 1983. After a tour of duty flying the Phantom he transitioned to the F/A-18 Hornet completing his training in Aug 1987. Gumby flew more than 3,250 hours in the Hornet, completing multiple deployments to the Western Pacific, Southern Europe, and the Middle East to include combat tours in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kuwait, and Iraq. As a Lt Colonel he was selected to serve as the Commanding Officer of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (All Weather) -121, a F/A-18D squadron, winning the coveted Hanson Award as Marine Corps Fighter Squadron of the year in 2001. These successes lead to promotion and other Command opportunities. Gumby served as Operations Officer for the Third Marine Aircraft Wing and Commanding Officer of Marine Aviation Training Group Twenty Two until his retirement in 2005.
Since joining the Check-6 team in July 2012, Gumby has worked on numerous land rigs within the US as a Coach and Superintendent in both the Rig Move Excellence and the Operational Excellence programs.