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U.S. Marshals Service

Eastern District of Virginia

United States Marshal - Nick E. Proffitt


U.S. Marshal Nick Proffitt

Marshal Proffitt is a Virginia native having been born and raised in Montgomery County, Virginia before leaving for Florida to further his education. Marshal Proffitt graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1986 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science. He was commissioned as an Air Force officer and served the country on active duty until 1993. Proffitt was a distinguished graduate of U.S. Air Force pilot training and flew as a combat instructor pilot in the C-130E aircraft, attaining the rank of Captain. He served as the Chief of Flight Safety and as an aircraft accident investigator while stationed at Pope Air Force Base in North Carolina, and served in combat operations in Operation Desert Shield/Storm. In addition to his military flying experience, he holds a civilian Airline Transport Pilot License and has flown for several civilian corporations and individuals in various types of corporate jet aircraft.

After completing his military service, Marshal Proffitt was hired by the U.S. Marshals Service as a Deputy U.S. Marshal and was stationed in Norfolk, VA. As a Deputy Marshal, Proffitt has worked a wide variety of the Service’s core missions with his primary concentration being judicial security, protection, and anti-terrorism efforts. Since 2006, his law enforcement focus has been threat management and intelligence operations and the prevention of mass casualty violence to protected persons and facilities. Marshal Proffitt founded the Eastern District of Virginia’s protective intelligence program, and served as the management team member in that role for over 11 years.

Marshal Proffitt was employed as a Deputy U.S. Marshal in Eastern Virginia for over 26 years prior to his 2019 presidential appointment. is an official site of the U.S. Federal Government, U.S. Department of Justice