Colonel John “Nomad” Carl, USMC is the Commanding Officer of the NROTC Los Angeles Consortium. A native of Schenectady, New York, Colonel Carl graduated from Union College with a Bachelor of Arts degree (Political Science) in 1985. Upon completion of The Basic School and Naval Pilot Training, Colonel Carl served in numerous Marine Squadrons, flying the CH-46E, OV-10 Bronco, UC-35D, T-34C and T-6A. In his career he has accumulated over 4400 mishap free flight hours. He participated in Operations SHARP EDGE, DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM, SOUTHERN WATCH, ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM I, and contingencies in Eritrea
and East Timor. Although an Assault Support Helicopter Pilot, Colonel Carl also served with 1st BN, 5th Marines as a Forward Air Controller (FAC), and had tours with 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Naval TASK FORCE 58, and Marine Forces Central Command as an Air Officer. He is a graduate of the Joint and Combined Warfighting School, Air War College (non-resident program), Marine Command and Staff College (non-resident program) and received a Masters degree from the University of West
Florida in 1995. Colonel Carl has also served with Naval Training Squadron 6 (VT-6), HMM-261, HMM-268, Marine Aircraft Group 26, Marine Aircraft Group 29, and 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. Colonel Carl was the Commanding Officer of the Headquarters
and Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton from 2004 to 2006 followed by a faculty tour at the Air War College. Most recently he served as the Senior Marine at Naval Education Training Command.