Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 3
Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas B. Law

LtCol Law enlisted in the Marine Corps in January 2003, graduating from Parris Island, S.C. in April of that year.  Following infantry training, he was assigned to 1st Marine Division and deployed to Al Anbar Province, Iraq as a Rifleman, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines in late-2003.  During this period, he participated in Operation VIGILANT RESOLVE throughout the spring and summer of 2004.  Upon returning from Iraq, LtCol Law was selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in December 2004. 

As a company grade officer, LtCol Law served in a variety of aviation logistics billets at both the MALS and MAG-level within Third and Fourth Marine Aircraft Wings.  From 2007-2008, he commanded a Police Transition Team (PTT) in Al Anbar Province, Iraq.  He was subsequently selected for the Foreign Area Officer Program in 2008, completing graduate studies at the Naval Postgraduate School and Modern Standard Arabic language training at Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) in Monterey, CA in 2011.  During this period, Law commanded Alpha Company, MARDET DLIFLC.  Upon completion of training, he was assigned to the Defense Attaché Office, USEMB Tunis, Tunisia.  From 2012-2015, LtCol Law served as MALS-49 Det D Officer-in-Charge and Executive Officer for Site Command Norfolk, VA.

As a field grade officer and following completion of USMC Command and Staff College and the U.S. Air Force Remotely Piloted Aircraft training pipeline, Law served as both the Aircraft Maintenance Officer and Executive Officer for Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 3 (VMU-3) from 2017-2020.  During this period, he deployed as a Joint Planner with Combined Joint Task Force Operation INHERENT RESOLVE (CJTF-OIR CJ-35) in Arifjan, Kuwait and Baghdad, Iraq.  From 2020-2021, LtCol Law served as the Senior Unmanned Aircraft Systems Capabilities Integration Officer at Headquarters Marine Corps, Combat Development and Integration, responsible for all requirements and emergent operational concepts for future unmanned aviation platforms.

LtCol Law has a PhD in International Studies from Old Dominion University, a Master of Military Studies (MMS) degree from Marine Corps Command and Staff College, a Master of Arts (MA) degree in National Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Speech Communication from the University of Georgia.

LtCol Law’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with “V” and three gold stars in lieu of fourth award, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.