Major James A. Nilan

Faculty Advisor
Artillery Officer (0802)

Contact Information

Areas of Expertise

  • Spiritual Fitness
  • Endurance Sports
  • Family and travel

Civilian Education

  • B.A. Political Science, Virginia Tech, 2009
  • M.A. Leadership Studies, Marshall University, 2018

Military Education

  • Masters in Military Studies, Command and Staff College, Marine Corps University, 2020
  • Expeditionary Warfare School 
  • Field Artillery Officer Basic Course

Major Assignments

  • Faculty Advisor, EWS: 2020-Present
  • Battalion Logistics Officer, Battery Commander, Assistant Fire Support Coordinator – 3d Battalion, 11th Marines: 2017-2019
  • Team Leader, Brigade Platoon Commander, Assistant Operations Officer – 2d Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company: 2013-2016
  • Platoon Commander, Fire Direction Officer, XO – 3d Battalion, 10th Marines: 2010-2013


Awards and Decorations

  • Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star, Navy/ Marine Corps Achievement Medal with "V"


Professional Organizations

  • Marine Corps Association
Marine Corps University