City of Stamford Citizen of the Year 

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Alan R. Nielsen

U.S. Army

Alan Nielsen, who was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, was not only president of his senior class at Lincoln High, but also earned varsity letter in baseball and football. Alan attended the University of Nebraska, graduating from there with both a BS in chemical engineering and an MBA. He was not only a Distinguished Military graduate, but also student Commander of its ROTC program.

 

As a Distinguished Military graduate, Alan received a Regular Army commission as a Second Lieutenant in 1964, serving in active duty from then through 1969. He rose to the rank of Captain, serving with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam in 1966 and 1967. He participated in many major offensives in the Central Highlands and served there as Forward Observer, Fire Direction Officer, Executive Officer and Battery Commander. After returning from Vietnam, Alan served as an instructor for Field Grade Officers teaching them tactics appropriate for Vietnam prior to their deployment. His many service medals and decorations include two bronze stars, Army Commendation, Vietnam Service, National Defense Service and Parachute Badge-Jump Wings.

 

As a senior executive in the office equipment industry for more than 40 years, Alan held senior executive positions at Konica Minolta, Ricoh Corporation and Pitney Bowes. Alan moved to Stamford in 1973 and has been active in many community organizations, including the Young Artists Philharmonic Orchestra, where he served as a Board member and president, Board of the Stamford YMCA as well as participating in many annual United Way campaigns. He is an active member, past lay minister and Sunday School Superintendent of First Church of Christ Scientist. He and his wife Linda have a son Michael, two daughters, Karol and Cynthia, and a grandson, Aidan

2016