Mississippi State University

Captain Nicholas R. Charney

Captain Charney is the Operations Flight Commander of Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment 425, Mississippi State University, located in Starkville, Mississippi. The detachment includes 3 officers, 2 NCOs and 80 Cadets seeking a Commission. The University has an approximate enrollment of 20,000 students.

Captain Charney entered the Air Force in 2005, serving two years as an enlisted member before earning a commission through the Leaders Encouraging Airmen Development (LEAD) program at the United States Air Force Academy. He is a Civil Engineering Officer who has been a three-time flight commander, both deployed and in-garrison. He has deployed in support of OPERATIION ENDURING FREEDOM to Eskan Village Air Base, Saudi Arabia.

During his enlisted tour, Capt Charney served as a Signals Intelligence Analyst at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ. Here he applied for the LEAD program which earned a selection to the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) Preparatory School and subsequently on to the Air Force Academy where he graduated in 2011. Captain Charney’s officer tour includes an assignment to Columbus AFB where he was a programmer in assistance of planning, scheduling and executing the base’s construction, sustainment, restoration and modernization projects in support of the $2.3B total infrastructure. Deployed, Capt Charney was the Chief of Programs Branch for the 64 ESS where he directly managed and executed $5.2M in construction projects supporting the $90B joint foreign training mission. Most recently he served as the Operations Flight Commander, Air Force ROTC Detachment 425 at Mississippi State University.


  • 2007 United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School, United States Air Force Academy, CO
  • 2011 Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from United States Air Force Academy, CO
  • 2011 Air Force Civil Engineer Officer Training, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH
  • 2014 Master of Science degree in Engineering, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, AR


  • May 2005 – November 2005
    Student, 316th Training Squadron, Goodfellow AFB, TX
  • December 2005 – June 2006
    Signals Intelligence Analyst, 612th Air Intelligence Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ
  • July 2006 – May 2007
    Cadet Candidate, United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School, United States Air Force Academy, CO
  • June 2007 – May 2011
    Cadet, United States Air Force Academy, CO
  • June 2011 – April 2012
    Programmer, 14th Civil Engineer Squadron, Columbus AFB, MS
  • April 2012 – October 2012
    Chief, Programs Branch, 64th Expeditionary Support Squadron, Eskan Villiage, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • October 2012 – July 2014
    Readiness & Emergency Management Flight Commander, 14th Civil Engineer Squadron, Columbus AFB, MS
  • August 2014 - Present
    Operations Flight Commander, Detachment 425, AFROTC, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS

Major Awards and Decorations

  • Air Force Commendation Medal
  • Air Force Achievement Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal

Other Achievements

  • 14th Civil Engineer Squadron Company Grade Officer of the Year 2012

Effective Dates of Promotion

  • Airman First Class
  • Second Lieutenant
  • First Lieutenant
  • Captain
  • September 15, 2005
  • May 25, 2011
  • May 25, 2013
  • May 25, 2015

(Current as of July 2015)