LtCol Nicholas D. Waldron
Lieutenant Colonel (LtCol) Nicholas D. Waldron is a 2000 graduate of the University of Rochester. While completing his undergraduate degree in Political Science, he earned his commission through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps as a Second Lieutenant in May of 2000.
LtCol Waldron attended The Basic School in 2001. In February 2001, he reported to NAS Pensacola, FL for Naval Flight Officer Training where he was selected for EA-6B Electronic Countermeasures Officer (ECMO) Training and earned his Naval Flight Officer wings in June of 2002. Upon his winging, LtCol Waldron reported to VAQ-129, Whidbey Island, WA for EA-6B Prowler training from July 2002 – November 2003.
In December 2003, LtCol Waldron reported to the VMAQ-3 “Moondogs” at MCAS Cherry Point, where he served as Responsible Officer, Embarkation Officer, Powerline Officer, Pilot/Electronic Countermeasures Training Officer, Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI), Assistant Operations Officer and Operations Officer. LtCol Waldron graduated from the Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) WTI course in April 2006 and deployed with the Moondogs to Bagram AB in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, and twice to Al Asad AB in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, amassing over 1200 combat flight hours in the EA-6B.
In December of 2008 LtCol Waldron reported MCAS Yuma, Arizona for duty as an EA-6B Instructor, EA-6B Night Systems Instructor Standardization Head, and the EA-6B subject matter expert for Communications Electronic Attack, Defensive Tactics and Threat Reaction, and Radar-guided Surface to Air Missile Systems. He also served as the Aviation Development Tactics & Evaluation Electronic Warfare (EW) Specialist, where he worked with Headquarters Marine Corps on the development of the MAGTF EW Concept of Operations and the Intrepid Tiger II MAGTF EW aviation payload.
In June of 2012, LtCol Waldron reported to the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI, where he graduated in June 2013 with an M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies. Upon graduation, Lieutenant Colonel Waldron reported to Marine Aviation Systems Site, Cherry Point, NC where he served as the Operations Officer and Officer in Charge.
In August of 2015, LtCol Waldron reported to the VMAQ-2 “Death Jesters,” where he served as the Executive Officer. In July of 2016, Lieutenant Colonel Waldron reported again to MAWTS-1, where he has served as the Spectrum Warfare Department Head from 2016 to 2018. While serving as the Spectrum Warfare Department Head, LtCol Waldron introduced Information Operations, Space, Cyberspace, and Special Technical Operations to WTI students as part of MAWTS-1’s WTI course. As a result of his efforts there, LtCol Waldron was designated additional MOS’s of Space Operations Staff Planner (0540) and Special Technical Operations Planner (8016).
In August of 2018, LtCol Waldron joined 3D Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Courtney Okinawa, where he served as the Information Management Officer for exercises Yama Sakura and Balikatan.
LtCol Waldron has over 2300 flight hours and has held all available qualifications in the EA-6B. His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star, 19 Strike/Flight Air Medals, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Gold Star, and various unit and campaign awards. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Rochester, M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, and M.B.A. from New England College.