Major General John W. Nicholson, Jr.
82nd Airborne Division
Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Since: October 2012
Major General John W. Nicholson, Jr., was commissioned into the infantry in 1982 upon graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Georgetown University, a Bachelor of Science degree from West Point, a master’s degree in Military Art and Science from the School for Advanced Military Studies, and a master’s degree in National Security Studies from National Defense University.
Major General Nicholson has led Soldiers at all levels from platoon to division in Airborne, Ranger, Mechanized, Stryker and Light Infantry units in five different infantry divisions, and the 75th Ranger Regiment in the United States, Europe, and Afghanistan. His first five years of service were in the 82nd Airborne Division, and he has spent over three of the last six years in Afghanistan as Commander, 3 BCT, 10th Mountain Division (TF Spartan), in RC East in 2006-7, as the Deputy Commanding General of RC South under Dutch MG Maert de Kruif in 2008-9, and as the DCG-Operations for US Forces Afghanistan and Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations for NATO ISAF, from late 2010 to early 2012. Major General Nicholson's Joint and Multinational experience also includes Deputy Director for Operations, J3, The Joint Staff; the Director of The Joint Staff's Pakistan-Afghanistan Coordination Cell; the Deputy Director for Operations and Intelligence for the Joint IED Defeat Organization; Special Assistant to the Commanding General, Peace Stabilization Force, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Commanding General, US Army Europe; and Chief of Operations at the George C. Marshall European Center for Strategic Studies. Major General Nicholson has also served on the immediate staffs of the Secretary of the Army and the Chief of Staff of the Army.
As the nucleus of the Nation’s Global Response Force, the 82nd Airborne Division is ready to deploy anywhere around the globe on short notice to perform a wide range of tasks in support of US National Policy objectives.