Owen native earns Legion of Merit

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Nix recognized for distinguished military career

Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Nix attended a retirement ceremony at Fort Knox March 6. His reserve unit Fourth Battalion, 399th Regiment, 104th Division, wanted to honor him for his service to the unit and the United States Army during his 36-year career.
At the ceremony, Nix was awarded the Legion of Merit for his outstanding leadership, unparalleled professionalism and dedication to duty, which contributed to the overall mission success of every unit in which he served.
His previous awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (fifth award), Army Commendation Medal (sixth award), Army Achievement Medal (fifth award), Good Conduct Medal (second award), Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (eighth award), National Defense Service Medal (third award), Armed Forces Reserve Medal (second award and M device), NCO Professional Development Ribbon (senior level) and the Army Service Ribbon.
In 1992 CSM Nix was inducted into the 100th Division Order of the Spur and in 2002 he was recognized for his long and honorable service to Armor and Cavalry when he was presented the Bronze Medallion and admitted into the Order of Saint George.
Nix was born and raised in Owen County, graduated from Owen County High School in 1970, and currently farms in the county on Hwy. 22 E.
CSM Nix began his career July 24, 1972, when he was drafted into the Army, where he served eight years as a military policeman.
He then served over 28 years in the Army Reserve as a cavalry scout and in positions of increased responsibility where he eventually attained the rank of command sergeant major.
Throughout his career, Nix positively influenced the lives of thousands of U.S. Army soldiers and leaders. Some of the key positions he held were training NCO, assistant operations sergeant, first sergeant, chief instructor, commandant and command sergeant major.
His military campaigns include Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.
Nix also was requested by the United States Army Military Police School at Fort McClellan, Ala., to serve a five-month tour of duty to represent the Army Reserve in developing the 95B/95C Total Army Training System courseware.
Also attending the ceremony were his mother, Virginia Nix, his brother, Bruce, and his nephew, Tyler.