WVARNG Soldier Spotlight December 2018

By Air Force Capt. Holli Nelson, West Virginia Air National Guard | West Virginia National Guard | Dec. 14, 2018


Hometown:  Independence, W.Va. (Preston Co.)

Job Title:  IFSAC Compliance Officer (Title 10); 12W Instructor (M-Day)

Civilian job:  Co-owner, Kinder Haus Child Care Center, Inc., Morgantown, WV

How long have you served in the WVARNG:  12 Years; 19 years total including active.  I reenlisted when I was 45 after a break in service of almost 22 years.


Education:  Associates from Marshall University, Bachelor’s from WVU, Masters in Business Administration from WVU.


Hobbies:  Lying about fishing; cycling; detailed masonry work; intarsia (an intricate type of woodworking).


Goals (military or civilian):  To work with male victims of child sexual assault/abuse; public speaking; maybe a PhD; becoming a life coach; to teach as a part-time adjunct professor at an institution like Fairmont State University.


I am proudest of:  Seeing the relief on another man’s face when he is able to share for the first time an incident of abuse.


The best day of my life:  Marrying my wife and best friend.

Favorite moment in the WVNG:  When I gave my first SAPR training, I used myself as an example and told the class what happened to me when I was a kid.  When I finished everybody applauded, which I didn’t expect.


What do you like best about the WVNG:  The myriad opportunities for career broadening; all you have to do is look, ask, and volunteer.