Lt. Col. Scott P. Nelson, Battalion Commander

759th Military Police Battalion

Lt. Col. Scott P. Nelson was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and lived at Clark Air Force Base, Philippines, and Bellevue, Nebraska, while growing up. Nelson graduated from the University of Nebraska-Omaha where he earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He attended Basic Combat Training and Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia, where he earned his commission in 2005. In 2009, Nelson earned a master’s degree in business and organizational security management from Webster University.

His first duty station was in Schweinfurt, Germany, as a platoon leader in the 630th Military Police Company. During this time, Nelson deployed to Iraq for 15 months before returning to Germany and becoming the rear detachment commander of the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 793rd Military Police Battalion, in Bamberg, Germany. 

After graduating from the Military Police Captain’s Career Course, Nelson was assigned to Fort Wainwright, Alaska, as a battalion assistant S3 and then as the commander of the 472nd Military Police Company. Upon completing company command, Nelson was selected to be an aide-de-camp for the deputy commanding general of U.S. Army-Pacific at Fort Shafter, Hawaii. After serving in Hawaii, Nelson attended the Command and General Staff College (CGSG) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.   

Upon graduation from CGSC, Nelson moved to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, and served as the 42nd Military Police Brigade plans officer, the 508th Military Police Battalion (Detention) executive officer, and as the brigade S3 for the 42nd MP Brigade. Nelson then moved to Stuttgart, Germany, where he served at U.S. European Command (EUCOM) as an antiterrorism operations officer, the EUCOM J3 executive officer and as the deputy chief of the antiterrorism division.

Nelson’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Combat Action Badge, the Military Police Regiment’s Order of the Marechaussee in Bronze, German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency in Gold and other various awards.

Nelson is married and has three sons.