Gunnery Sergeant was born in Twenty-Nine Palms, California. He graduated from recruit training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) San Diego California in April of 2000. He then attended Marine Combat Training (MCT) at Camp Pendleton, California.
Upon completion of Marine Combat Training (MCT), Private First Class Tidwell was assigned as a student to become a Flight Mechanic for the KC-130's. During training, Private First Class Tidwell graduated from Naval Air Crew Candidates School, and Aviation Machinist’s Mate Course in Pensacola Florida, Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape School in Coronado California, KC-130F/R/T Aircraft Mechanic Organizational Maintenance Course, Flight Mechanic Organizational Maintenance Course, and Flight Mechanic Air Crew Course in Cherry Point, North Carolina and was promoted to Lance Corporal. Upon completion of training Lance Corporal Tidwell was assigned to VMGR-252 for duty.
In July of 2001, Lance Corporal Tidwell reported for duty at VMGR-252, Marine Aircraft Group - 14 (MAG), 2nd Marine Air Craft Wing (MAW), Cherry Point, North Carolina. During his your year tour with VMGR-252, he was promoted to the ranks of Corporal and Sergeant. He deployed to Souda Bay, Greece and was selected for and assigned to the Integrated Test Team responsible for accepting the new "J" model C-130 into the Marine Corp. He attended and completed the first KC-130J Crew Chief Conversion Course and was qualified as a Crew Chief.
In September 2005 Sgt Tidwell executed a lateral move and was assigned as a student to Air Traffic Control (ATC) School in Pensacola, Florida. After graduation Sgt Tidwell was assigned to Cherry Point for duty.
In March 2006 Sgt Tidwell checked in to Headquarters & Headquarters Squadron (H&HS), Marine Corp Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point. In the three years assigned to Cherry Point as an Air Traffic Controller, he was selected and promoted to Staff Sergeant, transferred to Marine Air Control Squadron (MACS) 2 Detachment (DET) "C" and deployed to Al-Taqaddum Iraq from **Feb 2006 - Jul 2006 and again from July 2008 - May 2009. While serving as an air traffic controller, he received qualifications as a Tower Ground, Tower Data, Radar Final, Radar Data, and Radar Arrival Controller and was designated both Radar Watch Supervisor and Facility Watch Officer.
In June 2009 he was assigned overseas duty and SSgt Tidwell reported to MACS-4 DET "A" Okinawa Japan. In the four years working at Okinawa, SSgt Tidwell was selected and promoted to Gunnery Sergeant and participated in the Fleet Assistance Program (FAP) with H&HS MCAS Futenma. GySgt Tidwell was qualified on all ATC positions within the Facility including receiving the Federal Aviation Association (FAA) Control Tower Operator (CTO) certification and was designated a Radar and Tower Supervisor, Facility Watch Officer and Radar Chief. He deployed to Republic of South Korea in support of Joint Operation Foal Eagle 2011, Thailand in support of Cobra Gold 13, and the Philippines in support of Balikatan 13.
In June 2013 GySgt Tidwell received orders to MACS-1 DET "A" Camp Pendleton. During his three years assigned to MACS-1 DET "A" GySgt Tidwell, served as the operations chief for the detachment. He also deployed to Afghanistan and served as the SNCOIC for MACS-1 (FWD), in support of in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Additionally, he deployed to Kuwait with the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force – 16.1 in support of Operation Inherent Resolve where he served as SNCOIC for MACS-1 (FWD).
In June 2016 GySgt Tidwell received orders H&HS, MCAS Cherry Point and currently serves as the Radar Chief.