Operation Tribute to Freedom

Faces From the Front for January 12, 2009 - The Nixon Family

Command Sergeant Major Kenneth Nixon, Sr. and his wife Master Sergeant Fotini Nixon

Command Sgt. Maj. Kenneth Nixon, Sr.
Current Unit: 189th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (Airborne)
Current Position: Battalion Command Sergeant Major
Component: Active Army
Current Location: Afghanistan
Hometown: Fayetteville, N.C.
Years of Service: 27

Master Sgt. Fotini Nixon
Current Unit: XXVII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg
Current Position: 18th Airborne Corps, Army G-1, Sgt. Maj.
Component: Active Army
Current Location: Fort Bragg, N.C.
Hometown: Fayetteville, N.C.
Years of Service: 23

More than 85 Soldiers were honored for their service at last week's 2009 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, which celebrated the parallels of courage and strength on the battlefield and playing field. As they took the field dressed in the same combat uniforms they wore in Iraq and Afghanistan, no one smiled more broadly or stood more proudly than Command Sgt. Maj. Kenneth Nixon, Sr. and his wife Master Sgt. Fotini Nixon.

The two active-duty Soldiers have a combined 50 years of Army service between them, six deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, four Bronze star medals and numerous commendations. But on Saturday, it was their son Xavier's accomplishments they were most interested in celebrating.

Xavier Nixon is one of the top ranked high school offensive linemen in the country. His father, Kenneth, is currently deployed to Afghanistan for his fifth deployment since 2002 and has not had the opportunity to see his son play his senior season. But on Saturday, while home on a brief period of leave time, Command Sgt. Maj. Nixon saw his son play, and stood next to his wife as Xavier announced his intentions to attend the University of Florida this fall.

For a family who values family and school before sports, the rare occasion was the opportunity to celebrate all. Ironically, when Xavier is getting ready to head to campus in August, his mother will also be preparing to return to school. She was recently selected for promotion and will attend the Army's Sergeants Major Academy.

As noncommissioned officers, Command Sgt. Maj. Nixon and Master Sgt. Nixon are part of the backbone of the Army responsible for keeping their teams of Soldiers focused on the mission and ensuring their welfare. It is little surprise that Xavier excelled at lineman - a position known for a laser focus on the greater mission and little time for personal glory.

On January 7th, Command Sgt. Maj. Nixon returned to Afghanistan and Master Sgt. Nixon returned to Fort Bragg. Xavier Nixon is now turning his focus to his senior year basketball season at Jack Britt High School in Fayetteville, N.C. and anxiously awaiting his father's return in April.

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