Fort Campbell Historical Foundation

Wings of Liberty Military Museum

Executive Director/COO/CFO

Command Sergeant Major Robert G. Nichols (Ret.)

Robert Nichols

Command Sergeant Major Nichols was born in Huntington, West Virginia 23 January 1952. He entered active service January 1969.

Over the course of his 32 year career, Command Sergeant Major Nichols served over 15 years with the 101st Airborne Division. He held leadership positions from Squad Leader to Brigade Command Sergeant Major, as well as Commandant of the Noncommissioned Officer Academy. He served in the 187th, 327th, 502d and the 506th Infantry Regiments. He also has the distinction and honor of being a Distinguished Member of the 327th, 187th and 502nd Infantry Regiments; and the Honorary Sergeant Major of the 506th Infantry Regiment. He was awarded the Order of Saint Maurice and is an Audie Murphy recipient.

Command Sergeant Major Nichols began his career by serving combat tours in Vietnam with B Company 2-14th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division; and with A Company 1-8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division. As First Brigade Command Sergeant Major, he deployed with the 101st Airborne Division to Southwest Asia for Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

His other assignments include the 4th and 6th Battalions, 9th Infantry, 171st Infantry Brigade Fort Wainwright, Alaska, as a Drill Sergeant at Fort Knox, Kentucky, as First Sergeant, B Company, 1-15th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division, Kitzingen, Germany, and Command Sergeant Major, 1-9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division, Republic of Korea.. Command Sergeant Major Nichols culminated his 32 year career as the Command Sergeant Major of the 187th Rakkasans 3d Brigade, 101st Airborne Division.

Awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal for valor, with three oak leaf clusters, Purple Heart, Air Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, with seven oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, and Army Achievement Medal. Command Sergeant Major Nichols has also been awarded the Combat and Expert Infantryman Badges, Air Assault Badge, and Drill Sergeant Identification Badge.

Command Sergeant Major Nichols is married to the former Alma Jean Gillispie of Huntington, West Virginia. They have two children, Dr. Kimberly Ellen Nichols French and Dr. Robert Jeremy Nichols. Command Sergeant Major Nichols retired in Clarksville, TN and has stayed active supporting soldiers and their families and maintaining ties to the Fort Campbell Community by being involved in local not for profit boards. He was elected a Commissioner of Montgomery County, TN and currently serves as Executive Director

Were it not for the brave, there would be no land of the free.

Father Dennis O’Brien, USMC