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Chief of Staff: Colonel Nicole Washington

Col. Nicole Washington

Chief of Staff-Idaho Army National Guard

As the Chief of Staff for the Idaho Army National Guard, Colonel Nicole Washington provides leadership support and primary staff advisement on all Army matters to the Adjutant General or Assistant Adjutant. Colonel Washington is the Chief Executive Officer responsible for the diversified functions including Logistics, Information Systems, Manpower and Personnel, Public Affairs, Recruiting and Retention, Medical and State emergency responses. She coordinates with the Idaho Air National Guard senior leadership on joint programs and activities within the State of Idaho. She also coordinates special Army National Guard programs and initiatives such as Diversity, Family Support, Employer Support and NGB State Partnership Programs. Colonel Washington also oversees the development, execution, and evaluation of programs and policies pertaining to the command, control, and operation of the Idaho Army National Guard.


Master of Strategic Studies – U.S. Army War College, 2023

Master of Business Administration – Boise State University, 2020

Bachelor of Science – Pennsylvania State University, 1997


2023 Senior Service College, Carlisle Barracks, PA (Resident)

2020 UH-60M Aviator Qualification Transition Course, EAATS, PA

2018 Public Affairs Qualification Course (Resident)

2016 Intermediate Level Education, Ft Leavenworth, KS (DDE)

2013 Human Resources Management Qualification Course, PEC, AR

2010 SOCC Instructor Training Course

2008 Aviation Captain’s Career Course, Fort Rucker, AL

2005 AH-64 Qualification Course, WAATS, AZ

2005 Aviation Officer Basic Course

2004 Initial Entry Rotary Wing Training, Fort Rucker, AL

2001 Airborne School, Ft Benning, GA

October 2023 – Present, Chief of Staff, Idaho Army National Guard, Boise, Idaho
July 2022 – July 2023, United States Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania
May 2021 – July 2022, Idaho Army State Strategic Planner, Boise. Idaho
September 2020- May 2022, Commander, 1-183rd Assault Helicopter Battalion
March 2018 – September 2020- Aviation Group Logistics Management Officer, Boise, Idaho
September 2016- March 2018, Operations and Training Officer, 1-183rd Aviation Battalion, Boise, Idaho
June 2013- September 2016, S1, 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team, Boise, Idaho
January 2011 – June 2013, Commander, Company A, 1-168th General Support Aviation Battalion, Boise, Idaho
June 2009- December 2010, Assistant Professor of Military Science (APMS) Boise State ROTC, Boise, Idaho
October 2007- June 2009, S4, 1-183rd Attack Helicopter Battalion, Boise, Idaho
August 2005-September 2007, Platoon Leader, Company C, 1-183rd Attack Helicopter Battalion, Boise, Idaho
April 2004 -July 2005, Initial Entry Rotary Wing Training Student, Fort Rucker, Alabama
February 2004-April 2004, Officer Candidate School, Fort McClellan, Alabama
March 2001-February 2004, Team Chief, 416th Civil Affairs Battalion, Norristown, Pennsylvania
June 2000 – March 2001, Civil Affairs Specialist, Diplomacy Support Team, 416th Civil Affairs Battalion

Summary of Operational Assignments:
April 2012 – March 2013, Operation Enduring Freedom, Commander, 1-168th Command Aviation Company, Bagram, Afghanistan
February 2006 – February 2007, Operation Enduring Freedom, Platoon Leader, 1-183rd Attack Helicopter Battalion, Kandahar, Afghanistan
October 2002 – April 2003, Operation Joint Guard, Civil Affairs Team Chief, 416th Civil Affairs Battalion, Bosnia

Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal (with three Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
Air Medal (with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
Army Commendation Medal (with Silver Oak Leaf Cluster)
Army Achievement Medal (with three Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (with two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
National Defense Service Medal (with Bronze Service Star)
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with two Bronze Service Stars)
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Ribbon
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device
Army Service Ribbon
Overseas Service Ribbon (with Numeral Two)
Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon (Third Award)
NATO Medal (with Bronze Oak Leaf cluster)
Master Aviator Badge
Combat Action Badge
Basic Parachutist Badge
Governor’s Outstanding Unit Citation

Source of Commission: Officer Candidate School, Fort McClellan, Alabama, April 2004

Professional Memberships and Affiliations:
Member, National Guard Association of the United States
Lifetime Member, Idaho National Guard Officer Association
Lifetime Member, United States Army War College Alumni Association
Member, Pennsylvania State University Alumni Association

(Current as of August 2023)

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