Thursday, November 11, 2010
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Nathaniel Fick (born 1977) is a veteran United States Marine Corps officer who has come to public notice for his writing on military life and the current conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Fick attended Loyola Blakefield high school in Towson, Maryland. In 1998, after his junior year at Dartmouth College, where he captained the cycling team, he attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a second lieutenant upon his college graduation the following year. He was assigned as a platoon commander to 1st Battalion, 1st Marines and, as a member of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, led his platoon into Afghanistan to support the War on Terror. Upon his return, he was recommended for Recon training, and subsequently led 2nd Platoon of Bravo Company of the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion during the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Fick and his platoon were the subject of a series of articles in Rolling Stone by embedded journalist Evan Wright which were turned into a book entitled "Generation Kill". Upon his return to the United States, he left the Marine Corps, Brent Morel taking his place as platoon commander. He received a master's degree from the Kennedy School of Government. In addition, Fick wrote a book, "One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer", detailing his experiences in the Marine Corps. He later enrolled in Harvard University's Harvard Business School and writes occasional articles about military matters. He was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at the Center for New American Security, and was appointed to CEO in June 2009.
Fick spoke briefly at the 2008 Democratic National Convention on August 28, 2008.