Nicholas Ripplinger enlisted in the United States Army Reserves as a Military Police Officer at the age of 17. Due to his young age when he chose to serve our country, a wavier signed by both of his parents was required before he could proudly take his oath. He attended basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri between his junior and senior years of High School. After graduating High School, he enlisted in the Active Duty U.S. Army. Nick was stationed at Fort Lee, Virginia and Fort Knox, Kentucky where he deployed to Iraq from both of these duty stations. He also served from a base in Stuttgart, Germany.
Nick advanced through the enlisted ranks faster than most of his peers and was hand selected for several high profile positions such as the Division Commander’s After Action Briefer for the Multi-National Forces Iraq-North. He was selected over 50 other Non Commissioned Officers for this position. Nick was also selected as the European Command Protective Services Operations Non Commissioned Officer In Charge where he was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the third highest peacetime award. He was also awarded several other medals, ribbons, awards, coins, and certificates.
Nick suffered a combat-related injury in Iraq in 2009 and fought through his injury for two more years before being medically retired from the U.S. Army in 2011.
Since his transition to civilian life, Nick has continued to work within the Department of Defense industry supporting the war fighterback home in Ohio. Nick is passionate about helping veterans in transition, particularly as it relates to leveraging the skills gained in the business world. He is committed to changing and saving lives through his personal experiences from his military and private sector career.
Nick is currently raising his two beautiful sons with his lovely wife, Leah, at their small family farm in Germantown, Ohio.