Brown University (Bachelor of Arts, 1979). Boston University (Juris Doctor, 1983).
Additionally he served as the commander of the 82nd Airborne Division. They are both distantly related to British Brigadier John Nicholson. On 4 February 2016, Nicholson was confirmed for a fourth star and to become General John F. Campbell's successor as commander of Resolute Support Mission and U.S. Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A).
He took over command from General Campbell on March 2, 2016. General John W. ("Mick") Nicholson, Jr. was commissioned into the infantry in 1982 upon graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He holds a bachelor's degree in history from Georgetown University, a Bachelor of Science degree from West Point, a master's degree in Military Art and Science from the School for Advanced Military Studies at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and a master's degree in National Security Studies from the National Defense University.
GEN Nicholson has led Soldiers at all levels from platoon to division in Airborne, Ranger, Mechanized, Stryker and Light Infantry units in five different infantry divisions, and the 75th Ranger Regiment. In the 1990s, he spent five years in Europe to include a deployment to Sarajevo with NATO IFOR. From 2006-2012, GEN Nicholson served three and a half years in Afghanistan with NATO ISAF. Most recently, he commanded the 82nd Airborne Division as it reestablished Global Response Force capabilities and advanced joint, special operations and multinational interoperability. GEN Nicholson's military career also includes two tours on the Joint Staff, two assignments within the Army Staff and U.S. European Command.
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