“This was one of those deployments, as aircrew, I didn’t expect to take,” Nelson stated. At the time, Nelson was deployed in in Southwest Asia, he “postured the base to be able to relocate in a timely manner before missiles struck,” which resulted in no fatalities at the Al Asad Base in Iraq. Nelson worked with others such as HH-60 Pave Hawks, HC-130J Combat King IIs and Pararescuemen known as the guardian angels in order to have the successful mission. He received his Bronze Star at the Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho.
The Crossroads of Special Operations