Gen. John Nicholson

Gen. John Nicholson
General John Nicholson, U.S. Army, Retired. President, Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation
Closing Speaker - 2020 St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs
7:00 PM, February 21, 2020
Fox Hall
Eckerd College
4200 54th Avenue, SouthSt. Petersburg FL 33711

With over 36 years of active duty service in the U.S. Army, General John Nicholson’s six years deployed in Afghanistan make him one of America’s most combat seasoned four-star generals. He is the longest-serving commander of the Afghan War, having led the 41-nation NATO-led Resolute Support Mission and United States Forces-Afghanistan for two and a half years. His leadership and close relations with Afghan leaders were key to brokering the first ceasefire in the 17-year war and helped enable the launch of the current peace initiative.

General Nicholson served over twelve years in various NATO commands to include four assignments as a General Officer and developed close, effective relationships with the security leadership of NATO Allies and Coalition partners. As a Ranger and Paratroop infantry officer, he commanded units at all levels from company command in the 75th Ranger Regiment to division command of the 82nd Airborne Division. From 2014 to 2016, he commanded NATO’s Allied Land Command in Izmir, Turkey.

Following retirement from active duty in November 2018, General Nicholson became the President of the Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation which supports U.S. veterans, service members and their families. He is an Adjunct Faculty member on leadership with Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School and is a member of Harvard’s Belfer Center ‘Elbe Group’ which sustains a Track Two dialogue between retired American and Russian senior officials in the military and intelligence fields. He is also a senior mentor to rising US general officers through the National Defense University and a frequent speaker on national security and leadership with various national and international audiences.