Veteran of the Month: James L. Nagle


By Milan Eagle media

James L. Nagle was born in Ann Arbor and grew up in Belleville area. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1992. James didn’t want to go to college so he joined the Air Force. His father had been in the Navy and his uncle had been in the Army, so to be a little different James chose the Air Force.
November 24, 1992 James left Michigan for his basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, TX. From TX ., he went to Munitions Systems Technical Training School at Lowry Air Force Base, CO. Completing school James was deployed to Royal Air Force Base Lakenheath, England. During this period he also served in Incirlik Air Base in Turkey and increased his rank to Airman First Class before reporting April 1995 to Hurlburt Field Air Force Base, Florida. At Hurlburt James was Journeyman Munitions Storage where he increased his rank to Senior Airman. James found himself traveling a lot , he was at Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany and Gioia Del Colle, Italy. February 1, 2000 James increased his rank to Staff Serrgeant. Next his travels took him to Cannon Air Fort Base, New Mexico (where he met his bride to be), British Indian Ocean Territory and Diego Garcia.
James’s parents Jim and Nancy Nagle, moved back to Milan in 2001 and April 2003 James and Kori came home to Milan and were married by the mayor in the family home on North St. May 2003-May 2004 James was Conventional Maintenance Chief at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea. Returning to the States June 2004 Kori joined him at Eglin Air Force Base, FL, February 1, 2005 James increased his rank to Technical Sergeant and May 1,2009 he increased his rank to Master Sergeant.
September 2010-February 2011 James was once again deployed this time to Balad, Iraq. Back in Florida at Eglin in the fall of 2011 he was soon sent to Ramstein Air Base, Germany. James made 3 trips to Germany and he increased his rank to Senior Master Sergeant May 1, 2015. January 2016 found the Materiel Flight Chief/MASO heading to Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana with a few months at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar before returning to Barksdale (Weapons Load Training Facility).
Senior Master Sergeant James L. Nagle, the Materiel and Systems Flight Chief, 2d Munitions Squadron is responsible for eight sections and 165 Airmen in support of 27 B-52H aircraft at Barksdale. He is responsible for all operations and manning assigned to the 2d Munitions Squadron.
He maintains 144 explosive sited facilities in the Munitions Storage Area ensuring the accountability and serviceability of the munitions stockpile. He has held various technician, managerial and leadership positions throughout his career specializing in aerospace munitions and missile systems operations.
Senior Master Sergeant has a long impressive list of educational degrees and several awards and decorations with oak leaf clusters.
He and his wife, Kori, have been married for 15 years and have two sons, Aidan (12) and Jackson (9). Kori said they have moved together 4 times, the 4th being after his retirement from the Air Force, when they return to their home in Florida. She said their boys were born there and they have friends and job connections there as well.
“James didn’t have expectations when he joined, he spent 26 years serving his country, he’s proud of his service and all the young airmen he’s been able to mentor into their careers”, she said.

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