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MA1(SW/AW/EXW) Nicholas S. Fessler
Master-at-Arms 1st Class Petty Officer

Master-at-Arms 1st Class Petty Officer Nicholas S. Fessler is a native of Prescott Valley, Ariz. He enlisted in the United States Navy on Aug. 31, 2004 and attended Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. Upon graduation from recruit training, he attended the Master-at-Arms “A” School in San Antonio, Texas.

Fessler then reported to his first duty assignment at Mobile Security Squadron Seven, Detachment 73 in Santa Rita, Guam. During this tour, he qualified as an Expeditionary Warfare Specialist. He served as an Embark Security Team Member/Leader, Tactical Operations Center Supervisor and a Phoenix Raven Program Manager. He was also promoted to the rank of 3rd Class Petty Officer and was selected as Mobile Security Squadron Seven, Blue Jacket of the Third Quarter in for fiscal year 2007.

In 2008, he reported to Naval Station Mayport, Fla. During this tour, he was promoted to 2nd Class Petty Officer and then 1st Class Petty Officer. He served as a Supply Officer, Training Leading Petty Officer, Command Armorer and the Auxiliary Security Force Coordinator. He was selected as Naval Station Mayport, Junior Sailor of the Year in both 2008 and 2010. He also earned his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice.

In 2012, Fessler reported aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) in Sasebo, Japan. During this tour, he qualified as an Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist and Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist. He is currently serving as the Executive Leading Petty Officer and the Command Anti-Terrorism Training Supervisor. He was selected as Bonhomme Richard and Commander, Amphibious Force Seventh Fleet, Expeditionary Strike Group 76, Senior Sailor of the First Quarter for fiscal year 2012.

Petty Officer Fessler is married to Danette Fessler of Prescott Valley, Ariz. and they have one son, Roman L.C. Fessler. His personnel decorations and military awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (5), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal (3), Flag Letter of Commendation, and various unit and campaign awards.
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