Maj Cole was born in Cheverly, MD and raised in Colorado Springs, CO. He commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in May 2010 after earning a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the United States Naval Academy. After graduation, 2ndLt Cole completed the Basic Officer Course at The Basic School in 2011 and reported to Headquarters Marine Corps Safety Division to serve as the Assistant Aviation Safety Officer until July 2011. Following this, 2ndLt Cole reported to NAS Pensacola to begin Flight Training and would train through VT-27 in NAS Corpus Christi, TX and HT-18 in NAS Whiting Field, FL. 1stLt Cole was designated a Naval Aviator in December of 2012 and immediately reported to HMLA/T-303 on MCAS Camp Pendleton, CA for AH-1 flight training and was designated an AH-1 Pilot Qualified in Model in June of 2013.
In June 2013, 1stLt Cole executed a PCS to MCAS New River and was assigned as a Schedule Writer for HMLA-269. In May of 2014, 1stLt Cole was CHOP’d to VMM-365 (REIN) for work-ups and deployment with the 24 MEU where he served as the Aviation Life Support Systems OIC. During the deployment, he provided support to the Middle East, including Yemeni embassy support, and training exercises in Djibouti. Following return from deployment, Capt Cole returned to HMLA-269 where he served as the AH NATOPS Officer and attended Tactical Air Control Party Course in March 2016.
In June of 2016, Capt Cole was assigned as the Air Officer and Assistant Operations Officer for 2d Battalion, 6th Marines. In July 2016, he was tasked to Advise and Assist Team 40 with II MEF and began pre-deployment training. Capt Cole was deployed to Al Taqaddum, Iraq as the Air Officer for Task Force TQ from November 2016 to August of 2017 providing direct coalition air support and advice to the 1st Iraqi Army Division.
From October 2017 to June 2019, Capt Cole served as the Current Operations Officer for HMLA-269. During this time frame, he completed a complete refresh syllabus and progressed through the instructor syllabus in the AH-1W. In June 2019, he was reassigned as the Administrative Department OIC for HMLA-269 and converted to the AH-1Z. He has flown over 1100 hours and holds aircraft qualifications and designations including Night Systems Instructor and Division Lead in the AH-1Z.
Major Cole was assigned to HQ Battery, 11th Marine Regiment, as the Regimental Air Officer in July 2020 and graduated from the Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course under the Air Officer Division in October of 2020. While with 11th Marines, he served as the TACP Program Manager overseeing the preparation for all JTACs and JFOs within 1st Marine Division for global deployments. Maj Cole graduated from Air Command and Staff College in March 2022.
Maj Cole transferred to MAG-39 in July of 2022 and graduated from Naval Postgraduate School with a Masters of Science in Aerospace Engineering in December 2022. He is currently proudly serving as the Executive Officer of Marine Wing Support Squadron 372.
Major Cole’s personnel awards include the Meritorious Service Medal and the Navy and the Marine Corps Commendation Medal with combat distinguishing “R” device and gold star.