Staff Sgt. Alphonso Nixon II has been deployed with the 8th Battalion of the U.S. Armys 101st Airborne Division to Kuwait.
Nixon is a 13-year U.S. Army veteran helicopter engine technician having previously served with the 10th Mountain Division and 1st Armored Division in 1991 in the Persian Gulf War.
Last year, he served in Taegue, South Korea and the Philippine Islands with the 160th Special Operations Airborne Regiment. He has been awarded Air Assault Wings and for two years he was assigned to Selection and Training with the 160th S.O.A.R. at Fort Campbell, Ky.
Nixon, a graduate of Topsail High School in Hampstead, N.C., is married to the former Elisa Ann Bertrand, the daughter of Lou and Sharon Bertrand of Hiram, who is also a veteran of the U.S. Army. The Nixons reside in Clarksville, Tenn., and have one child, Andrew James, 9.