Major Randall L. Nickel
Major Randall L. Nickel enlisted in the Marine Corps in October 1995, and attended recruit training at MCRD Parris Island, South Carolina.
In May 1996, Private First Class Nickel was assigned to Counter Battery Radar Platoon, 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. During this tour, he served in various billets as a member of a Counter Battery Radar Platoon to include Team Leader and New Equipment Training Team Instructor for the Q-46A radar system.
In 1999, Sergeant Nickel was selected for the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program and attended The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. Staff Sergeant Nickel earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in July 2002.
Upon completion of The Basic School in March 2003, Second Lieutenant Nickel attended Logistics Officers Course at Camp Johnson, North Carolina where he was the honor graduate. In July 2003, he reported to Truck Company, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, California for duty as a Truck Platoon Commander. In February 2004, Second Lieutenant Nickel attached his platoon to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment for deployment to Ar Ramadi, Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom II. Upon return from Iraq, First Lieutenant Nickel received Permanent Change of Assignment orders to 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment. During this assignment, he served as the Maintenance Management Officer, Assistant Logistics Officer, and later the Logistics Officer. In July 2005, First Lieutenant Nickel deployed with Battalion Landing Team 2/1, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit where he participated in exercises in the Philippines, Australia, Djibouti, and Egypt. In October 2005, the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit was ordered into Iraq as the theater reserve to serve as part of Operation Steel Curtain.
In June 2006, First Lieutenant Nickel reported to Combat Service Support Group 3, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, Kaneohe Bay Hawaii. From July 2006 to November 2007 he served as the Group Operations Officer and Detachment Officer In Charge of Combat Logistics Company 33. In November 2007, Captain Nickel was assigned to Afghan National Army Embedded Training Team 1-10 and in February 2008 deployed Eastern Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Upon return from deployment in December 2008, he was assigned as the Headquarters Company Commander Combat Logistics Battalion 3.
In July 2009, Captain Nickel reported to resident Expeditionary Warfare School in Quantico, Virginia where he graduated with honors on the Marine Corps University President’s List. Upon graduation in May 2010, he was assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps Officer Assignments to serve as the Company Grade Monitor for eight different ground logistics Military Occupational Specialties.
In December 2011, Captain Nickel was selected on Commandant’s Professional Intermediate-level Education Board to attend Norwegian Command and Staff College. After language training, he reported to the Norwegian Defence College, Oslo, Norway in May 2013. Major Nickel followed has assignment as a student at Norwegian Command and Staff by serving as the Marine Corps Exchange Officer to the Norwegian Army serving in various capacities from contingency planning to doctrine development.
In July 2015, Major Nickel reported to Marine Aircraft Group 24, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Kaneohe Bay Hawaii to serve as the Group Logistics Officer.
Major Nickel’s personal awards include: the Bronze Star, Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal in lieu of gold star, Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal in lieu of gold star and combat “V”, Combat Action Ribbon in lieu of gold star.