Captain Nicholas A. Mungas, a native of Kalispell, Montana, graduated in 1995 from the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and was designated a Naval Aviator at NAS Kingsville, TX in November 1997.
Captain Mungas' operational assignments include FA-18 pilot tours with Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 105, USS Enterprise (CVN 65), USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75); VFA-195, USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63); and VFA-136, USS Enterprise (CVN-65); completing multiple Mediterranean and Western Pacific deployments while supporting Operations Southern Watch, Deliberate Forge, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. He served as commanding officer, VFA-94 "The Mighty Shrikes" from February 2013 to May 2014. During his command tour, he deployed to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, and completed pre-deployment work-ups aboard the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70).
Ashore, he was selected to attend the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) and served as an instructor pilot in Strike Fighter Squadron 106, where he was selected as Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic Fleet Instructor Pilot of the Year for 2004. He also served as the Joint Chiefs of Staff Desk Officer and U.S. Africa Command Lead Planner at the U.S. Joint Forces Command Joint Warfighting Center in Suffolk, VA; and as a Military Detailee to the U.S. Department of State, where he worked in the Office of Euro-Atlantic Security Affairs in the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance.
Captain Mungas holds a Master of Arts in Systems Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a Master of Science degree in National Security Studies from the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy at the National Defense University, where he completed a concentration course in Long Term Strategy.
He has accumulated over 2900 flight hours and has 576 carrier arrested landings. His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Strike Flight Air Medal, the Department of State Meritorious Honor Award, and other personal, campaign and service awards.