Commanding Officer, Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361
Lieutenant Colonel N. J. Harvey

Lieutenant Colonel Harvey was born in Tampa, Florida, grew up in Oak Harbor, Washington, 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 followed by The Basic School. Second Lieutenant Harvey reported to MATSG-21 Pensacola, Florida and was designated a Naval Aviator on 10 August 2007.


In May 2008, First Lieutenant Harvey joined Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 465 (HMH) and deployed to Japan as in support of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), completed an individual augment billet with Special Operations Command Central, and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). While at HMH-465, Capt Harvey served in the operations department, as the Intel Officer, and as the Flightline Officer in Charge (OIC).


After returning from Afghanistan 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. 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 to Afghanistan in support of OEF. 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 aboard 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 in 2017 and joined HMH-463. He deployed with 55 Marines as the 31st MEU Detachment OIC in 2019. While in the squadron he assumed the billets of Aircraft Maintenance Officer and Executive Officer. In July, 2020, Major Harvey was frocked to Lieutenant Colonel and served as the MAG-24 Executive Officer.


On 12 January, 2023, LtCol Harvey assumed his current billet as the Commanding Officer of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361, the “Flying Tigers”. 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 Meritorious Service Medal, 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.