Nicholas J. Harvey
Lieutenant Colonel Harvey was born in Tampa, Florida. He grew up in Oak Harbor, Washington and earned a Business Degree from Eastern Washington University and was selected to attend Officer Candidate School in 2004. In December of 2004 Nicholas Harvey was commissioned a Second Lieutenant through Officers Candidate Course 187 and then completed The Basic School thereafter. Second Lieutenant Harvey reported to MATSG-21 Pensacola, Florida and was designated a Naval Aviator on 10 August 2007. Subsequently, he reported to HMHT-302, MCAS New River for training in the CH-53E.
In May 2008, First Lieutenant Harvey reported to HMH-465, MAG-16 where he served in the operations department. During this period he deployed as a detachment to the 31st MEU with HMM-262 in Okinawa. Upon returning to CONUS Captain Harvey served as the Flight Line Officer in Charge before departing to MacDill AFB and served as the Aviation Liaison Officer in the J-37 Future Operations Department. During that time, he was the liaison for aviation operations in multiple countries located throughout the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in the Central Command Area of Operations. Captain Harvey returned to Miramar in time to deploy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the combined squadron HMH-465 and HMH-461.
After returning to CONUS in 2011 Captain Harvey volunteered for a Forward Air Controller tour in 29 Palms, California. He served as the Assistant Air Officer to 3rd LAR and 7th Marine Regiment. He participated in and coordinated numerous mission rehearsal exercises.
Captain Harvey reported to HMH-462 in 2012, where he served as the Future Operations Officer and a Night Systems Instructor. During this period he again deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. While deployed Captain Harvey was selected by the Commandant’s Career Level Education Board to attend Expeditionary Warfare School in Quantico in 2014.
Major Harvey served as the Executive Officer of the Marine Wing Support Squadron 372 in Camp Pendleton. He deployed in 2015 in support of Operation Inherent Resolve with the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command (SPMAGTF-CR-CC) 16.1, and again in 2017 for the SPMAGTF-CR-CC 17.2 rotation.
Major Harvey relocated to Hawaii and became the Aircraft Maintenance Officer for HMH-463. He was responsible for the maintenance of seven CH-53E helicopters and the well-being of over 200 Marines. After a successful department head tour, Major Harvey deployed to Okinawa, Japan in support of the 31st MEU as the CH-53E Detachment OIC with VMM-265 (REIN). Upon redeployment, Major Harvey assumed the duties of the HMH-463 Executive Officer. Major Harvey was frocked to Lieutenant Colonel and serves as the MAG-24 Executive Officer.
Lieutenant Colonel Harvey’s aircraft designations and qualifications are Assault Flight Leader, Night Systems Instructor, Terrain Flight Instructor, Functional Check Pilot, Crew Resource Management Instructor, Assistant NATOPS Instructor, and Instrument Instructor. His personal decorations include the Air Medal with Strike/Flight Numeral 6, Joint Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal 2nd award, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal 3rd award.