Major Nicholas B. Law
Major Nicholas B. Law, USMC currently serves as the Executive Officer of Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 3 (VMU-3) aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii Kaneohe Bay, HI.
Major 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 Iraq as a SAW Gunner with A 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, Major Law was selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program and was commissioned in December 2004. As a junior company grade officer from 2005-2007, Major Law served in a variety of aviation logistics billets at both the MALS and MAG-level within Third Marine Aircraft Wing. From 2007-2008, he commanded a Police Transition Team (PTT) in Al Anbar Province, Iraq.
Following this tour, Law was selected for the Foreign Area Officer Program in 2008, completing graduate studies at the Naval Postgraduate School and language training at Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) in Monterey, CA in 2011. Upon completion of training, Major Law was assigned to the Defense Attaché Office, US Embassy (USEMB) Tunis, Tunisia, from 2011-2012.
Following this assignment abroad, Major Law was transferred to Detachment D, Marine Aircraft Group 49 aboard Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, where he was assigned as the MALS-49 Det D OIC. In 2013, he assumed duties as the Deputy Site Commander for both MAG-49 Det D and Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 774 (HMM-774). At the conclusion of this tour in April 2015, Major Law was promoted to his current rank, and was selected to attend Marine Corps Command and Staff College in Quantico, Virginia, graduating in June 2016.
Major Law was selected for transition to the UAS community in 2015, completing the U.S. Air Force Remotely Piloted Aircraft training pipeline and the USMC Unmanned Aerial Systems Officer course in April 2017. He was then transferred to VMU-3 to serve as a MAGTF EW/UAS Officer. Upon arrival at VMU-3, Law immediately deployed to Kuwait as a Future Operations Planner (CJ35) with Combined Joint Task Force-Operation INHERENT RESOLVE (CJTF-OIR). Upon return, Major Law assumed the duties of Aircraft Maintenance Officer, serving a 15-month tour as the Maintenance Department Head for VMU-3.
Major 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.
In addition to being a UAS Officer, Major Law is also a Middle East/North Africa Foreign Area Officer, an Advanced Foreign Security Force Advisor, an Advanced Information Operations Planner, a Space Operations Staff Officer, and a Joint Qualified Officer (Level II). He maintains professional language proficiency in Modern Standard, Iraqi, Egyptian, and Levantine Arabic.
Major Law’s personal awards include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with “V” and two gold stars in lieu of third award, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.