Comrade Helen Nelson graduated from Campbell University, Buies Creek, NC, earning a Bachelor of Health Science Degree. She received her Master’s of Science Degree in Administration from Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA. Comrade Nelson is a Human Resource Manager and Licensed Practical Nurse in the State of Florida and North Carolina.
Her military training includes Human Resources Course and Management Development Course; Middle Managers Course; Supervisor Development Course; Finance Management Course; Warrior Leadership Course; Senior Leadership Course; FEMA / Emergency Medical Services Certified; Defense Readiness Reporting System Unit Status Report Certified, JPAS Managers and Security Course and AMEDD Officer Basic Course.
She is currently the NC Department Jr. Vice Commander, Past assignments include District 8 commander, Senior Vice Commander, VFW District 8, NC, All American Commander Post 6018, Post 6018 Canteen Manager, Brigade Deputy S1,44th Medical Brigade, Battalion S1, 261st MMB, Ft. Bragg, NC, Executive Officer 257th Medical Company (DS), Ft Bragg, NC, Company Commander A. Co William Beaumont AMC, Ft Bliss, TX, Aide-de-Camp, 44th Medical Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Aide-de-Camp/EA, Joint Medical Task Force, Iraq. NCOIC L&D Ward, PACU & 2N Womack AMC, Ft. Bragg, NC. And numerous oversees and conus assignments.
Comrade Nelson’s awards and decorations include the Bronze star, the Meritorious Service Medal with 2 OLC, the Army Commendation Medal with 3 OLC, the Army Achievement Medal with 4OLC, the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal with 3 star device, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal with 3 star device, the GWOT Expeditionary Medal, the GWOT Service Medal, the Korea Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M device, the NCO Professional Development Ribbon with 2 device the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon with "3” device, the Meritorious Unit Commendation second award, the Nato Medal, the Combat Action Badge, the Combat Medical Badge.
She is married to Joe L. Nelson of New Bern, NC; they have a blended family of six children Robert, Jasmine, Rosie, Tisheena, Mackenzie and Joci, and have 7 grandchildren.