Lieutenant Colonel Nolan is a 2001 graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology and received his commission through Officer Candidate Class 180. After completing flight training as a CH-53E pilot, he reported to HMH-361 in MCAS Miramar. While with the Flying Tigers, Captain Nolan deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and held positions in multiple S-shops and maintenance divisions. In 2009, Captain Nolan reported to HMM-166 (REIN) as part of the CH-53E detachment to the 11th MEU and executed his duties as the detachment WTI and FOPSO. Upon completion of the MEU, he matriculated to the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS).
Captain Nolan completed his studies at NPS with a MS in Computer Science (2012) and reported to Program and Resources (P&R), Headquarters Marine Corps. While at the Pentagon, Captain Nolan was promoted and held positions in Enterprise Business Transformation, Program Analysis and Evaluation, and Aide-de-Camp to the Deputy Commandant for P&R. Subsequently, Major Nolan attended the DARPA Service Chiefs Fellowship Program and upon completion assigned to the Office of Naval Research.
Returning to the fleet in 2015, Major Nolan reported to HMH-461 in MCAS New River where he served as the Operations Officer. In 2016, Major Nolan deployed as the CH-53E Detachment OIC with VMM-365 (REIN) on the 24th MEU. During work ups, Major Nolan and the CH-53E detachment was deployed as part JTF-Matthew for relief efforts in Haiti. Upon return from the MEU, Major Nolan transitioned to MAG-29 as the COPSO.
In summer of 2018, Major Nolan reported to Naval Task Force 51 / 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade (TF 51/5) in Manama, Bahrain as the Deputy Air Officer. In 2019, Major Nolan was promoted to his current rank and subsequently fleeted up to the position as the Air Officer.
In July 2020, Lieutenant Colonel Nolan checked into the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit and is currently serving as the Executive Officer.
His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (Numeral 8), Joint Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4), and Navy and Achievement Medal.