An Iowa City Police Officer has been promoted within the ranks of the Iowa Army National Guard.
Officer David Nixon was promoted from Major to Lieutenant Colonel during a Jan. 7 ceremony at the Boone Army National Guard Armory. With this promotion, Nixon assumes command of the 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, which is headquartered in Waterloo.
Nixon, a 17-year veteran of the Iowa City Police Department who shies away from the spotlight, said he was humbled and honored by the promotion.
“I just wanted to serve,” Nixon said.
Nixon was on active duty with the United States Army from 1983 to 1993. His assignments included a deployment to Germany, where he served as a rifle platoon leader with the first infantry division and later commanded a rifle company with the 10th Mountain Division. He also served as an assistant professor of military science at the University of Northern Iowa. After his active duty ended, Nixon joined the Iowa City Police Department in April 1994.
“I always wanted to be a police officer,” Nixon said.
Nixon has served as a patrol officer, investigator and on the department’s Special Response Team. When the United States entered into a conflict with Iraq in 2003, Nixon applied for reappointment with the Army Reserves. His request was approved in October 2004.
“I felt I could still serve,” he said.
Nixon joined the Iowa National Guard as a major in December 2004. Since then, he has been deployed twice. He served in Iraq for nearly two years with the 133rd from September 2004 to July 2007. In July 2011, he returned from Afghanistan from a nearly one-year-long deployment. Nixon learned he was eligible for a promotion while he was in Afghanistan. While still overseas, Nixon learned he would be promoted in January.
“The biggest reward was, after a short time in the guard, being selected to command the 133rd infantry,” he said. “I’m responsible for everything the unit does or fails to do.”
Officially, Nixon is committed to the Army National Guard one weekend a month and two weeks each summer. With his new responsibilities, however, Nixon said he’s doing something Guard-related every day. While being away from friends and family while on deployment has been difficult, Nixon said he’s been able to achieve a balance between the responsibilities and demands associated with the Army National Guard, police department and his family. Nixon is quick to point out his military career wouldn’t be possible without support from the police department.
Iowa City Police Lt. Bill Campbell said Nixon’s military background serves the department well.
“We are fortunate to have his leadership and dedication on the department,” Campbell said.