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Nguyen takes command of 2nd Battalion, 44th ADA

Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Nguyen took command of the 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade on June 17 at the 101st Airborne Division parade field on Fort Campbell.

Outgoing commander Lieutenant Colonel Richard E. White took command in September 2006. During that time, White served as the Battalion Commander and MNC-I Counter-Rocket, Artillery, and Mortar Tactical Headquarters OIC, leading more than 500 soldiers, sailors and civilian contractors across 14 operating based during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

White enlisted in the Army after graduating high school. He later deployed to Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm as a Vulcan/Stinger Platoon Leader. He reported to Korea in 1992 and was the Executive Officer in a Bradley Stinger Fighting Vehicle (BSFV) battery and participated in the last Team Spirit conducted on the peninsula.

He served as assistant professor in both Military Science and in the physical education departments. White earned a Master’s Degree in International Relations while he was there.

White was awarded the Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award and was selected as a special assistant to the chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff. He has previously served as Deputy Brigade Commander for projects in Iraq and Afghanistan.

His personal decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (2OLC), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2OLC), Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and the Joint Meritorious Unit Award. He also wears the Combat Action Badge, Air Assault Badge, Parachutists Badge, JCS Identification Badge, and the German Achievement Badge (Gold).

White and his wife, Valerie, have two children, Keira and Braiden.

Nguyen was born in Vietnam and immigrated with his family to the United States. He was commissioned as a Distinguished Military Graduate through the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Loyola College of Baltimore. He holds a masters degree in administration from Central Michigan University.

During his tenure in Germany, Nguyen served as Stinger Platoon Leader, Battalion Assistant Operations Officer, and Battery Executive Officer. While assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division, he served as Assistant Division Air Defense Officer, Battalion Assistant S-3, and Battery Commander (B/3-4 ADA). Nguyen was assigned to the Battle Command Training Program where he served as a Plans Officer in the World Class Opposing Force at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He was most recently assigned to NATO’s Rapid Deployable Corps-Spain where he served as G-3 Chief of Air Defense Artillery and G-7 Chief of Training and Exercises. Nguyen deployed to Afghanistan in support of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and served as ISAF’s Chief of Signals Intelligence and Electronic Warfare Operations.

Nguyen’s awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (2OLC), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (1OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (3OLC), the National Defense Service Medal (1 Bronze Star), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the NATO ISAF Medal, the Spanish Cross of Military Merit Medal, the U.S. Army Senior Parachutist Badge, the British Army Parachutist Badge, and the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Gold).

Nguyen and his wife, Jill, have two children, Claudia and Jackson.

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