CW4 Retired Brian Nelson has an extensive military background as an airman. He was first deployed for combat to Desert Shield/Desert Storm as a scout pilot. After the Gulf War he became an Instructor Pilot and Assault Flight Lead. He attained the highest level he could achieve as a Standardization Instructor, so Brian asked to go to Test Pilot School and Maintenance Managers school. Soon after he was deployed to Iraq in 2005 as a Maintenance Manager and Test pilot, but because he was a senior instructor he chose to fly combat missions.
In 2008, Brian deployed on an 18 month tour of Iraq, managing the maintenance and logistics for all four Brigade’s of Army Aircraft and Unmanned Aircraft in Iraq. After he completed his tour he retired and was hired as a contractor managing logistics in Iraq and Afghanistan, before being hired one year later by Northrop Grumman.
Currently, Brian Nelson is the MoD CTS Deputy Program Manager for Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Counter Narcoterrorism Global Support (CNGS). He manages a contract in Afghanistan teaching the Afghan Air Force how to fly, fight narcoterror, and manage maintenance and logistics on their fleet of Russian Mi-17 and Mi-35 helicopters, and is in charge of 218 contractors throughout Kabul, Shindand, Kandahar, Mazar Sharif, Jalalabad, and Herat.