CHARLES DAVID NICOL JR.
Lieutenant Colonel Nicol graduated from the Navy’s Recruit Training Command in 1995. While a recruit, Lieutenant Colonel Nicol was selected for a NROTC scholarship.
In 1995 Lieutenant Colonel Nicol was transferred to the Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center, San Diego for his primary training. While attending primary training, Lieutenant Colonel Nicol graduated from Sonar Tech A-School, Digital Electronic Training and was promoted to the rank of Seaman.
In 1996, Lieutenant Colonel Nicol was transferred to the Marquette University NROTC Unit and placed in an inactive reserve status.
Lieutenant Colonel Nicol was commissioned a Second Lieutenant upon graduation from the Marquette University in 2000 with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in History (Cum Laude). Lieutenant Colonel Nicol graduated The Basic School in 2000 and the Army’s Armor Basic Officer Leaders Course in 2001.
Lieutenant Colonel Nicol served as the 2d Platoon Commander for Company D, Executive Officer for Company C, and Battalion Legal Officer, 2d Tank Battalion, 2d Marine Division from 2001 to 2004. Lieutenant Colonel Nicol deployed in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM I during this assignment.
In 2004, Lieutenant Colonel Nicol was assigned to Recruiting Station Phoenix, Eighth Marine Corps District, Western Recruiting Region where he served as an Officer Selection Officer. In 2004 he was promoted to Captain. During this assignment, Lieutenant Colonel Nicol was awarded as the District Officer Selection Officer of the Year for Fiscal Year 2006 and received the Centurion Award for contracting over 100 officer applicants. Additionally, Lieutenant Colonel Nicol completed the Amphibious Warfare School Phase I seminar program.
In 2007, Lieutenant Colonel Nicol attended the Expeditionary Warfare School.
In 2008, Lieutenant Colonel Nicol was transferred to 2d Tank Battalion, 2d Marine Division where he served as the Commanding Officer Headquarters and Service Company and subsequently served as the Battalion Operations Officer and Battalion Executive Officer. During his tenure with 2d Tank Battalion he completed another deployment as a Brigade Combat Operations Advisor with the 2d Iraqi Brigade, 1st Iraqi Division.
In 2010, Lieutenant Colonel Nicol was transferred to Expeditionary Warfare School, Marine Corps University to serve as a faculty advisor. Additionally, in 2010, Lieutenant Colonel Nicol was promoted to the rank of Major. During his tour as a career level school instructor Lieutenant Colonel Nicol served as the Academic Plans Officer, a Faculty Advisor and a Program Director. For Academic Year 2015-2016, Lieutenant Colonel Nicol was a finalist for the Marine Corps University Rose Award. This award is presented to the most outstanding educators within the University. Additionally, Lieutenant Colonel Nicol completed the Marine Corps Command and Staff seminar program.
In 2013, Lieutenant Colonel Nicol took command of Recruiting Station Dallas, Eighth Marine Corps District, Western Recruiting Region. During his three year tenure as the Commanding Officer, Recruiting Station Dallas was designated as a Commandant of the Marine Corps Superior Achiever for Fiscal Years 2013 and 2014.
In 2016, Lieutenant Colonel Nicol attended the Advanced Warfighting School and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Operational Studies.
In 2017, Lieutenant Colonel was transferred to 2d Marine Division where he served as the G-3 Future Operations Officer and the Plans Officer. Additionally in 2017, Lieutenant Colonel Nicol was promoted to his current rank.
In 2018, Lieutenant Colonel Nicol assumed command of 2d Tank Battalion.
Lieutenant Colonel Nicol’s decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with one Gold Star, the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal with combat distinguishing “V” device and one Gold Star, the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal with one Gold Star, the Combat Action Ribbon, and the Presidential Unit Citation.
Lieutenant Colonel Nicol is married to the former Elizabeth Marie Navin of Hampton, New Hampshire. They have three sons, Iain, Connor, and Wyatt.