CAPTAIN NICHOLSON, USN
OFFICER TRAINING COMMAND NEWPORT
Captain Nicholson, a native of Clifton, Virginia, was commissioned in
1994 via the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of
Virginia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. He
remained at the University as an Assistant First Year Instructor and was
awarded a Master of Science degree in Mechanical and Aerospace
Engineering in January 1996.
After earning his wings and completing FRS training in the C-2A in
July 1999, Captain Nicholson joined the VRC-40
Rawhides and made
two deployments with USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67) and USS ENTERPRISE (CVN
65). Captain Nicholson then reported to VAW-120 as an Instructor Pilot
where, in January 2003, he was selected as the
Greyhound Pilot of the
Year (Shore). In March 2004, he reported to the Naval War College
in Newport, Rhode Island where he was awarded a Master of Arts Degree in
National Security and Strategic Studies.
Captain Nicholson then joined the
Providers of VRC-30 in San
Diego, California, serving as the Detachment ONE Officer-In-Charge on
the maiden deployment of USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) in support of
Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. While in San Diego he was selected for the 2005
Commander, Naval Air Forces Leadership Award. In October 2006 he
reported to NAF Atsugi, Japan as the Officer-in-Charge of VRC-30
Detachment FIVE, the Navy's only forward deployed C-2A detachment. There
he managed their transition from USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) to USS GEORGE
WASHINGTON (CVN 73) and deployed to the SEVENTH and THIRD Fleets.
In November 2008 Captain Nicholson reported to Navy Warfare
Development Command in Norfolk, Virginia, serving as the Plans Cell
Chief. In July 2010, Captain Nicholson joined the
as the Executive Officer, and led a detachment to demonstrate Carrier
Onboard Delivery capabilities to the French carrier Charles de Gaulle.
In September 2011 he assumed command and led his team in critical
logistics support to six aircraft carriers in the THIRD, FOURTH, FIFTH,
SIXTH and SEVENTH fleets.
In April of 2013, he reported to the Chief of Naval Operations staff
in Washington, D.C. as the C-2A and CMV-22B Requirements Officer for the
Director, Air Warfare (N98). In July 2016, Captain Nicholson reported to
his joint assignment in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where he
served as the Chief of Staff and Military Assistant to the Deputy
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Command and Control, Communications,
Cyber and Business Systems.
During his career, Captain Nicholson has accumulated over 3300 flight
hours and logged over 350 carrier-arrested landings in the C-2A. His
personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy & Marine
Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and
various unit and service awards.