Nathan A. Baker
United States Marine Corps
Lieutenant Colonel Nathan “Lips” Baker graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts in Government. Upon graduation, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps via the Platoon Leaders Class program. After completion of the Basic School, he reported for flight training and was designated a Naval Aviator in August of 2004. Captain Baker completed EA-6B Fleet Replacement Squadron training in August of 2005 with VAQ-129 at NAS Whidbey Island, WA.
Captain Baker reported to MCAS Cherry Point, NC, for assignment to VMAQ-2 in September of 2005. While serving with VMAQ-2, he deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During his time in VMAQ-2, he served as the Adjutant, Quality Assurance Officer, Assistant Maintenance Officer, and Maintenance Officer.
In August of 2008, Captain Baker reported to Expeditionary Warfare School as a student.
Upon completion of EWS in May of 2009, Captain Baker reported to NAS Whidbey Island, WA as a Fleet Replacement Squadron instructor at VAQ-129. While assigned to VAQ-129, he served as the FAM/NAV Phase Head, Quality Assurance Officer, Assistant Operations Officer, and as a Landing Signal Officer. During his time at VAQ-129, he deployed as an augment pilot with VMAQ-2 to Bagram AB, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was promoted to Major during his tour at VAQ-129.
In July of 2012, Major Baker reported to Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB, AL. Upon completion of the course, he was awarded a Master’s Degree in Military Operational Art from Air University.
Major Baker reported back to MCAS Cherry Point, NC in May of 2013 to initially serve as a plank owner in VMAQ(T)-1, transitioning the unit from a fleet squadron to the Marine Corps’ EA-6B FRS. While at VMAQ(T)-1, he served as the Maintenance Officer and Landing Signal Officer Phase Head, and also as the MAG-14 CV LSO. In August of 2014 he reported to VMAQ-2 as the Operations Officer. While with VMAQ-2, he deployed to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan in support of the Unit Deployment Program.
After a successful deployment with VMAQ-2, Major Baker reported to MAG-14 in October 2015 as the Assistant Operations Officer. In May of 2016, he became the Operations Officer for MAG-14. While serving as the MAG-14 Operations Officer, he augmented VMAQ-2 at Incirlik AB, Turkey in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. In June of 2017, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and assumed the position of Executive Officer for MAG-14.
Lieutenant Colonel Baker assumed command of MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI on 28 June 2018.
Lieutenant Colonel Baker holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Western Kentucky University, and a Master of Arts in Military Operational Art from Air University. He is a graduate of Expeditionary Warfare School Resident course and the United States Air Force Air Command and Staff Resident course. During his flying career, he has accumulated over 2,900 mishap free flight hours, with over 2,500 in the EA-6B. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (Individual Action, Gold Numeral “1” and Strike/Flight Bronze Numeral “16”), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2nd Award), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.