Nelson, Caleb, PO1 Fallen
 
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Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary Designator/NEC
SO-5326-Special Warfare Operator
Last Rating/NEC Group
Special Warfare Operator
Last Duty Station
2006-2011, SO-5326, Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC)/Naval Special Warfare Group 2 (NSWG-2)
Service Years
2005 - 2011
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Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Iraqi Freedom
SO-Special Warfare Operator
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Home State
Nebraska
Nebraska
Year of Birth
1985
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Omaha
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Oct 01, 2011
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Improvised Explosive Device (IED)
Location
Afghanistan
Conflict
OEF/OEF 2011
Location of Interment
Voss Mohr Cemetery - Chalco, Nebraska
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Not Specified

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Recruit Training Center (RTC)/RTC Great LakesNaval Training Center (NTC)/NTC Great LakesNaval Special Warfare Center/Basic Underwater Demolition/Seal (BUDS) SchoolNaval Special Warfare Command (NSWC)/Naval Special Warfare  Group 2 (NSWG-2)
  2005-2006, Recruit Training Center (RTC)/RTC Great Lakes
  2006-2006, NTC Great Lakes/Services School Command
  2006-2006, MM-0000, Naval Special Warfare Center/Basic Underwater Demolition/Seal (BUDS) School
  2006-2011, SO-5326, Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC)/Naval Special Warfare Group 2 (NSWG-2)
 Combat and Operations History
  2001-2011 OEF
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Omaha SEAL killed in Afghanistan

By Sam Womack and Maggie O'Brien
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITERS

 
The latest in a recent string of U.S. Navy SEAL casualties is an Omaha native who was killed this weekend in Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense announced Sunday that Petty Officer 1st Class Caleb A. Nelson died Saturday when the vehicle he was in hit an explosive device in Zabul province.

The 26-year-old father of two graduated from SEAL training in 2006 and served with the Naval Special Warfare Unit, based in Hampton Roads, Va., until his death, the Pentagon said.

He is survived by his wife, two sons and his parents.

Caleb Nelson's father, the Rev. Larry Nelson, is pastor of Millard Alliance Church. Caleb was one of 10 children, said the family's longtime neighbor Ron Omann, who knew Caleb since he was a boy.

“He was just a really good kid,” Omann said. “A get-up-and-go kid. If you wanted something done, he'd do it.”

Capt. Tim Szymanski, commander of Nelson's unit, Naval Special Warfare Group Two, said Nelson “died serving beside people he loved.”

“Caleb Nelson was a cherished teammate, a gifted SEAL operator, and a loving husband and father. His tireless professionalism, inspiring passion for life and his humble and selfless service to our country made him a role model for all who knew him,” Szymanski said in a prepared statement.

Nelson was a seasoned combat veteran, with a 2009 deployment to Iraq and his deployment to Afghanistan in March 2011.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star with Valor, Purple Heart, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Sea Service Ribbon (two awards), NATO Service Medal, Expert Rifle ribbon and Expert Pistol ribbon.

Nelson entered the Navy in the engineering career field and graduated from boot camp on Oct. 11, 2005, the Pentagon said. He then attended service school training at Great Lakes, Ill., and was rated as a machinist's mate.

After graduating from Navy technical training, Nelson was accepted to attend Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL Training in Coronado, Calif. He graduated from SEAL qualification training in November 2006.

Nelson's death comes almost two months after four service members with area ties were killed when an insurgent shot down a Chinook helicopter in Afghanistan. Thirty Americans — including nearly two dozen Navy SEALs — and eight Afghans died in the downed helicopter.

 

  

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Petty Officer 1st Class Caleb Nelson
Petty Officer 1st Class Caleb Nelson



NORFOLK, Virginia -- A naval officer from Omaha has been killed in Afghanistan.


The U.S. Department of Defense says 26-year-old Petty Officer 1st Class Caleb A. Nelson died Saturday when his vehicle was struck by an explosive device while on combat patrol in Zabul province.


Nelson was assigned to Naval Special Warfare united based in Norfolk, Va.


Nelson is survived by his parents, his wife, and two sons.


"Caleb Nelson was a cherished teammate, a gifted SEAL operator, and a loving husband and father.  His tireless professionalism, inspiring passion for life, and his humble and selfless service to our country made him a role model for all who knew him," said Capt Tim Szymanski, Commander of Naval Special Warfare Group TWO. 


"We are deeply saddened by this tremendous loss and yet comforted knowing that Caleb died serving beside the people he loved. Our hearts and prayers go out to the Nelson family during this very difficult time, and we will never forget the ultimate sacrifice that Caleb made while protecting our nation and his teammates."


Petty Officer Nelson was a native of Omaha, Neb. He entered the Navy in the engineering career field and graduated boot camp on October 11, 2005.


He then attended service school training at Great Lakes, Ill and was rated as a Machinist's Mate. After graduating from Navy technical training, Nelson was accepted to attend Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL Training in Coronado, Calif. He graduated SEAL Qualification Training with Class 260 in November 2006.


In December 2006, he reported to his East Coast based Naval Special Warfare Unit where he served until his death in 2011.


 Nelson was a highly decorated and seasoned combat veteran. In 2009 he deployed to Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.  In March 2011, Petty Officer Nelson deployed again to Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.


His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star with Valor, Purple Heart, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Sea Service Ribbon (2 awards), NATO Service Medal, Expert Rifle ribbon, and Expert Pistol ribbon.



   
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