|QMCS Nancy M. Nelson
Senior Enlisted Leader
Quartermaster Senior Chief Nancy M. Nelson entered the United States Navy through the Delayed Entry Program in January 1990. On January 5, 1991, she reported for duty with Company K024, Recruit Training Command, Orlando, FL. Following boot camp she attended Quartermaster “A” School also in Orlando. She reported to USS SAN JOSE (AFS-7), in Guam, where she soon deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch. Following her service on SAN JOSE, Senior Chief Nelson was assigned to the Navigation Division of USS FLINT (AE-32). After transferring from FLINT, QMCS Nelson served as LPO of the American Red Cross office on NAVSTA Treasure Island, CA.
Upon leaving active-duty service in 1995, QMCS Nelson affiliated with the Navy Reserve, and was assigned to Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) 2 in Cleveland, Ohio. She later transferred to ACB 1 in St. Louis. During her tenure with ACB, she earned the titles of Barge Ferry Coxswain, Barge Ferry Pilot, and Seabee Combat Warfare. In 2007, she mobilized to Balad, Iraq, and served as the Leading Chief Petty Officer of Delta Company, NAVELSG Sierra, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
QMCS Nelson’s next Reserve tour was as SEL of Commander Navy Region Hawaii’s Regional Operation Center. She assumed her current assignment with Expeditionary Strike Group 7, DET 218, NOSC St Louis, MO, in January 2012.
QMCS Nelson earned her Bachelor’s Degree in History at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She works for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency as a Branch Chief in the Maritime Safety Office’s Southern Oceans section. She also currently serves an appointment by Governor Jay Nixon to the Missouri Veterans Commission. She was the first female Commander of VFW Post 2593, and has served on their district and state levels also.
Senior Chief Nelson has a 17 year old son, Erik, and a 13 year old daughter, Savannah. She follows proudly in the footsteps of many distinguished veteran family members. Her grandfather served in the Pacific theater during WWII, surviving a kamikaze attack. Two great uncles also served in WWII, in both the Navy and Army. Her father served as a Marine in Vietnam, earning two Purple Hearts. He also served in Desert Storm. Another uncle also served in the Navy, a step-brother served in the Army during Desert Storm, and her half-brother served in the Army during the recent Gulf War, earning a Purple Heart.
QMCS Nelson has received many distinguished awards and citations to include the Army Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service ribbon, Navy Reserve Meritorious Service Medal (three), National Defense Service Medal (two), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Sea Service Deployment ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, and both Rifle and Pistol sharpshooter.