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Marine Aircraft Group 31

MAG 31 Leaders
Lieutenant Colonel Roy J. Nicka VMFA-251 Commanding Officer
Lieutenant Colonel Roy Nicka graduated from Notre Dame Cathedral Latin High School in June, 1996.  He was commissioned a Marine Second Lieutenant on 24 May 2000 after graduating with distinction from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Weapons and Systems Engineering.
After graduation from The Basic School, Second Lieutenant Nicka reported to Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida followed by Whiting Field for flight training.  First Lieutenant Nicka was designated a naval aviator upon completing Advanced Jet Training at Naval Air Station Meridian, Mississippi on 3 May 2003.  He underwent F/A-18 Hornet Fleet Replacement Squadron training at Fighter Attack Squadron 106 aboard Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia.
In May 2004, 1stLt Nicka became a “Crusader” with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 122 onboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina.  While a Crusader, Capt Nicka deployed twice to the Western Pacific in support of the Unit Deployment Program.  He served as the Classified Material Control Custodian, the Coffee Mess Officer, the Powerline Officer, the Airframes Officer, the Flight Officer, and the Aviation Safety Officer. 
Captain Nicka’s next assignment was a Forward Air Controller with 1st Battalion 9th Marines in October of 2007.  Captain Nicka deployed to Ramadi, Iraq from March to October 2008 on the “Walking Dead’s” first combat tour since their reactivation.
Following his Forward Air Controller tour, Captain Nicka became a “Silver Eagle” with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 115 where he served as the Pilot Training Officer.  He attended TOPGUN and the Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course in the summer and fall of 2009.  He deployed with the Silver Eagles to Iwakuni, Japan from November 2009 to March 2010. 
In March 2011, Major Nicka joined the Hornet Division of Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One where he served as an instructor pilot and the F/A-18 Division Head.  There, Major Nicka taught Strike Mission Planning, Fighter Attack Missions, Combat Systems, Valid Shot, and Aircrew Training Management. 
In 2013, Major Nicka attended Command and Staff College at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia where he earned a Masters of Military Studies degree.
Post Command and Staff College, Major Nicka was again assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 122 where he completed two deployments to the Pacific Area of Operations and served as the Operations Officer, the Aircraft Maintenance Officer, and the Executive Officer.  In November, 2017 he briefly served as the Marine Aviation Training Support Site Beaufort Officer in Charge before being assigned to the billet of the Marine Air Group 31 Operations Officer.   
Lieutenant Colonel Nicka’s personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (gold star in lieu of fourth award) and the Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal.