Col Amidon has served in both active duty and reserve capacities since 1994. As an AV-8B Harrier pilot with VMA-311, he deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from August 2001 to May 2002. As a staff officer with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing he deployed as a member of Current Operations and ATO Production in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from Nov 2002 to June 2003. Col Amidon then spent the remainder of his active duty time as a T-45 Flight Instructor in Kingsville, TX.
Col Amidon transitioned to the Marine Corps Reserves in 2006 and remained in Kingsville serving as Commanding Officer, Squadron Augment Unit 21. In 2013 he joined MAG-41 aboard JRB Fort Worth, serving as Reserve Operations Officer and Executive Officer. In 2016, Col Amidon transferred to New Orleans for duties with 4th Marine Aircraft Wing as the G-1. In November 2016, Colonel Amidon returned to MAG-41 as the Deputy Group Commander.
Col Amidon completed the Command and Staff Non- Resident seminar in 2001 and in 2012 attended resident Top Level School at The Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy.
In his civilian capacity, Col Amidon is the Director for the Military Service Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute. As Director, Col Amidon works with staff and key agencies to develop, implement and execute a wide variety of programs and events on behalf of President George W. Bush. These include: policy and strategic efforts, Team 43 Sports events, and research requirements and conferences. Col Amidon ensures that all efforts align with and support the overall Military Service Initiative goal of fostering successful transitions for our post 9/11 veterans and their families so that they can continue their proud service as leaders and national assets.