Command Biographies
MALS-29 Executive Officer
Major Nicholas B. Verta

Major Verta enlisted as a UH-1N air crewman and H-1 flightline mechanic at the rank of private in 2004, was designated as an aircraft maintenance officer in 2008, and was granted Defense Acquisition Corps membership in 2019. Verta holds a bachelor’s degree from Penn State, Masters of Procurement & Acquisitions Management from Webster University, Masters of Business Administration from Washington State University, and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from Villanova.  

Verta served in operational squadron tours with HMLA-775 as a Crew Chief deployed in support of IIMAW(fwd) during OIF04-06, HMM-265(rein) as Maintenance & Material Control Officer deployed as the rotary wing ACE of the 31st MEU, and VMM-265 as Assistant Maintenance Officer from transition to the squadron's certification as fully operationally capable. 

Verta’s intermediate level aviation materiel maintenance activity tours include MALS-36 as Airframes & ALSS Officer, MALS-39 as Power Plants Officer, MALS-11 as Power Plants & Assistant Maintenance Officer, and MALS-29 as Operations & Executive Officer. 

Verta’s broadening assignments include an officer exchange program with the Japanese Ground Self Defense Forces, assistant radiological control officer during/after Operation Tomodachi, Assistant Contract Officer Representative, Aide de Camp, SAPR VA, EOR, Motorcycle Safety Instructor, and Commandant of the Marine Corps’ National Fellow at FedEx (TWI.)  Verta was awarded Defense Acquisition Corps membership while serving as FA-18 & EA-18G Readiness & Sustainment Deputy Assistant Program Manager (Logistics) at PMA-265, NAVAIR.

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