Lt Col Nicholas S. Lofthouse is the Commander, 3rd Operations Support Squadron, 3rd Operations Group, 3rd Wing, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Alaska. The 3rd Operations Support Squadron enables all aspects of flying operations including tower, airfield operations, weather forecasting, intelligence, aircrew flight equipment, scheduling, flight simulators, aviation resource management wing training, and wing weapons for locally assigned F-22, E-3, C-17, C-12, HC-130, and HH-60 aircraft. The squadron maintains 24/7 airfield operations in an arctic environment to support real-world airlift missions and alert commitments for rescue, fighter, and command and control aircraft.
Lt Col Lofthouse entered the Air Force in 2003 through the United States Air Force Academy. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Military History from the Air Force Academy, a Master of Science in Quantitative Finance from the University of London, and a Master of Arts in Military Operational Art and Science from Air Command and Staff College. Lt Col Lofthouse graduated from SUPT at Columbus Air Force Base in 2004, and is a Command Pilot with over 1,200 flying hours in the F-15A/B/C/D and F-22A. His flying duties include qualifications as an instructor pilot, flight evaluator, and mission commander. Previous assignments have included duties as a Flight Commander, Legislative Liaison for Alaskan Command and 11th Air Force, Requirements Officer on the Air Staff, and Fighter Squadron Director of Operations. Lt Col Lofthouse has deployed to USPACOM for two Theater Security Packages, and most recently he deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, in 2017, as the Team Leader for the Air Defense Liaison Team serving in the Iraqi Air Defense Operations Center.