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Captain Nicholson, Commanding Officer, OTC

United States Navy Biography

CAPTAIN MARK NICHOLSON, USN

COMMANDING OFFICER,

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 Rawhides again 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.

  
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