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Command Sergeant Major Nelson is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She entered the military service in April 1982 as a member of the New Jersey National Guard, where she served honorably for 3 years. She attended Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Lee, Virginia. She joined the regular Army in September of 1985 as a Subsistence Supply Specialist (76X).
Command Sergeant Major Nelson has served in a variety of leadership positions: Sergeant Major for 1st Signal Brigade Yongsan, Korea Sergeant Major for the 19th ESC Daegu, Korea; First Sergeant A Co. 3rd FSB, Fort Stewart, GA; First Sergeant HHC 3rd FSB, Fort Stewart, GA; Support Operations NCOIC, Fort Stewart, GA; General Supply NCOIC, 3rd Infantry Division Doha, Kuwait; AC/RC Trainer 196th Infantry Brigade, Fort Shafter HI; Platoon Sergeant, 25th Infantry Division (Light)Schofield Barracks, HI; Drill Sergeant Fort Lee, Virginia; Instructor/Writer Fort Lee, Virginia; Class IX Warehouse NCOIC, 1st Armored Division Baumholder, FRG; Commissary Manager 8th Infantry Division, Baumholder, FRG; NCOIC G3 Plans, Operation and Mobilization at Fort Knox, KY
Her military education includes: Army Force Management School, Command Sergeant Major Course, United States Army Sergeants Major Course (Class 55), Battle Staff Course, First Sergeants Course, Drill Sergeant School, Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Primary Leadership Development Course, Ammunition Management Course, Commissary Managers Course, Combat Lifesaver Course, Battalion Intelligence/Operations Sergeant Course, Master Fitness Trainer Course, Instructor/Writer Course, and a host of other Military MOS related Courses.
Command Sergeant Major Nelsons’ decorations and badges include: Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4OLC), Army Commendation Medal (5OLC), Army Achievement Medal (8OLC), Presidential Unit Citation Award, Army Good Conduct Medal (8th Award), National Defense Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal (3 Star), Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (4), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (4), Army Service Ribbon, Drill Sergeant Identification Badge.
Command Sergeant Major Nelson has a Master of Management in Human Resource Management, University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ; a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology Excelsior College, Albany, NY; and an Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts, Chaminade University, Honolulu, HI.
She is a Distinguished Member of the Order of Saint Martin, Lifetime Member of the Quartermaster Regimental Association, Prestigious Past President of the Sergeants Major Association. She is also a recipient of the Bronze Order of Mercury Award (Signal Corp Regimental Association).