Capt. Mark A. Nicholson, a native of Clifton, Virginia, graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and a Master of Science in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College with a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies and a certificate in Leadership and Ethics from the Stockdale Leader Development Concentration.
Nicholson, a career carrier naval aviator, has commanded Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 40 and served as the officer in charge of two detachments, VRC-30 Detachment 1 with USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and VRC-30 Detachment 5 with Forward Deployed Naval Forces in Atsugi, Japan aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) and USS George Washington (CVN 73). He has flown over 3,300 hours in the C-2A Greyhound and logged over 350 arrested landings on 12 different aircraft carriers.
Shore and staff tours include executive assistant and chief of staff for the deputy assistant secretary of defense for command and control, communications, cyber and business systems; C-2A and CMV-22B Osprey requirements officer for the director, Air Warfare Division (N98), Office of the Chief of Naval Operations; plans cell chief at Navy Warfare Development Command; Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization (NATOPS) program instructor pilot at Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 120; and Naval ROTC assistant first year instructor at the University of Virginia.
His last tour was as the commanding officer of Officer Training Command Newport.
His is currently serving as executive officer, Naval Leadership and Ethics Center.
Last Updated: 10 November 2021