Commander in Afghanistan (2016-2018)


John William Nicholson Jr. (born May 8, 1957) is a retired United States Army four-star general who last commanded U.S. Forces – Afghanistan (USFOR-A) and the 41-nation NATO-led Resolute Support Mission from March 30, 2016 to September 2, 2018, succeeding General John F. Campbell He was the longest-serving commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, having been the senior officer in theatre for more than 2 years, 5 months. He was previously commanding general, Allied Land Command from October 2014 and commander of the 82nd Airborne Division. Nicholson is the son of John W. Nicholson, also a former general officer in the United States Army, distantly related to British Brigadier John Nicholson (1822–1857).


Through personal stories from his days as a Commander, a foundation president at PenFed, and from the frontline of the Pentagon, “Mick” reveals his approach to leadership at the top, crisis communications, talent management and problem solving at the intersection of politics, policy and national security.

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