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July 1, 2018

BORN: December 21, 1971

HOMETOWN: Oklahoma City, OK

ENTERED SERVICE: July 24, 1990

UNITS: 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), United States Special Operations Command (USASOC)

MILITARY TRAINING: Special Forces Tab, the Ranger Tab, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Military Freefall Jumpmaster Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and the Special Operations Diver Badge

DEPLOYMENTS: Syria, Iraq (3x), Afghanistan (6x), Niger, Philippines

AWARDS AND DECORATIONS: Silver Stars (2), the Soldier’s Medal, Bronze Star medals (6), one with the V device, two Defense Meritorious Service Medals, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal with V device, two Army Commendation Medals, the Joint Service Achievement Medal with C device, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, the Iraq Campaign Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, and the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal with one Bronze Service Star

SURVIVED BY: His wife and two children


Following a military training accident in North Carolina, SGM Nelms passed away Sunday, July 1, 2018, with his family and loved ones by his side.

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Special Operations Team Member

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