Nicholas, Dionisios, MSgt

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Current Service Status
USMC Retired
Current/Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Current/Last Primary MOS
4449-Legal Services Chief
Current/Last MOSGroup
Legal Services
Previously Held MOS
4421-Legal Services Specialist
Primary Unit
2003-2006, 4449, Marine Corps Forces Pacific (MARFORPAC)
Service Years
1983 - 2006
Foreign Languages
Chinese-Mandarin
Greek
Japanese
Spanish
Official/Unofficial USMC Certificates
Cold War Certificate
Iwo Jima Certificate
Marine Combat Water Survival 4th Class (CWS-4)
Marine Combat Water Survival 3rd Class (CWS-3)
Marine Combat Water Survival 2nd Class (CWS-2)
Marine Combat Water Survival 1st Class (CWS-1)
Marine Combat Water Survival Qualified (WSQ)
Marine Combat Instructor of Water Survival (MCIWS)
Combat Water Safety Swimmer (CWSS)

Master Sergeant

 
Five Hash Marks

 

 Official Badges 

Black Belt 1st Degree USMC Retired Pin


 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Order of the Rising Sun (Japan)


 Military Association Memberships
Disabled American Veterans (DAV)American LegionDept of Hawaii
  2003, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) [Verified]
  2009, American Legion [Verified]
  2010, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Dept of Hawaii (Member at Large) (Honolulu, Hawaii) [Verified]


 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
I am a student/intern at ICOAM.  Studying Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Oriental Herbs and formula's and Healing.  There is a better way and I will locate and find it!  This is something I Can, I Will and I Must.  Too much pain and suffering going on and the quick solution seems to be "here take this drug or take this pill"  Sorry folks, been there done that!  It sucked for me!  So,  I aim to make a change to help myself and others.

July 18, 2009: Accepted new duties as VOC, Hawaii, The Mission Continues: www.missioncontinues.org Happily married to the same wonderful woman I met at the University of Ryukyu's in Okinawa, Japan 1985 while as a young Corporal. We have 3 wonderful, fit & happy sons. I sustained serious injuries had 3 surgeries, 8 bone fragments stuck in spinal cord - damaged nerves and am now disabled with a cage in my spine. Was on my back for majority of my time for just about two years and retired in Apr 06. I am now recovering due to listening to my body and prudent and cautious training program I am developing for myself. It seems to be working. Life can be worse folks and pain sucks but you either live or die. I choose to live.
   
Other Comments:
I am very happy to announce that I have taken over duties for the Mission Continues in Hawaii. Non-profit organization. We challenge veterans who due to injuries cannot serve in the Corps or military. Well folks that can really suck for some!!!! I did not like it. As such, and quite frankly - we offer a challenge by giving an potential fellow a grant (stipend to help off set expenses); place them in 1 of many organizations who they will do their fellowship with. At the conclusion and if all is well they may even become permanent personnel - a real job. That is what we do - Marines taking care of our own; and then some... If interested, please my brothers, email me - I completed my fellowship and it was an awesome experience and really helped me. It was founded by a Navy Seal. My fellowship is in honor of 1stLt Travis Manion, USMC (KIA). Just an awesome inspiration.

  Semper fidelis and proud to serve....Nick MSgt Dionisios H. Nicholas, USMC (Ret.) Mission Continues Fellow,  "Go Forth and Do Good." VOC, Hawaii - The Mission Continues www.missioncontinues.org

    I miss my Marines but had to retire because I could not lead by example the way I felt was expected and so we make that hard decision - that is what injuries do. The flip side to that is what we learned and practiced in the Marine Corps can translate well into civilian world. Mindset! Email me if interested in a fellowship for you or one of your Marines! Nick
   

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1983, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA), 20951
 Unit Assignments
3rd FSSGUSMC (United States Marine Corps)MCB Japan/Marine Corps Installations Pacific (MCIPAC)1st MAW
Marine Combat Water Survival Instructor CourseIII MEF/3rd SRIGIII MEFIII MEF/3rd Marine Division
SNCO Academy Advanced/Career CourseMCAS Yuma, AZUS Air ForceMCAS Iwakuni, Japan
Amphibious Warfare SchoolUS Central Command (CENTCOM)/Marine Forces Central CommandMarine Corps Forces Pacific (MARFORPAC)
  1984-1987, 4421, 3rd FSSG
  1985-1985, 4421, BSSG-9
  1986-1986, 4421, NCO School Okinawa
  1988-1989, 4421, MCB Japan/Marine Corps Installations Pacific (MCIPAC)
  1991-1994, 4421, 1st MAW
  1993-1993, Marine Combat Water Survival Instructor Course
  1994-1995, 4449, III MEF/3rd SRIG
  1994-1996, 4449, III MEF
  1994-1996, 4449, III MEF/3rd Marine Division
  1995-1995, 4449, SNCO Academy Advanced/Career Course
  1996-1997, 4449, 3rd FSSG
  1997-2000, 4449, MCAS Yuma, AZ
  2000-2000, 4449, US Air Force
  2000-2003, 4449, MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
  2001-2001, 4449, SNCO Academy Advanced/Career Course
  2003-2003, 4449, Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection Officer Course
  2003-2003, MCMAP Black Belt Course
  2003-2003, MCMAP Brown Belt Course
  2003-2003, MCMAP Combat Conditioning Specialist
  2003-2003, MCMAP Green Belt Course
  2003-2003, MCMAP Grey Belt Certification Course
  2003-2003, MCMAP Tan Belt Certification Course
  2003-2003, 4449, Amphibious Warfare School
  2003-2005, 4449, US Central Command (CENTCOM)/Marine Forces Central Command
  2003-2006, 4449, Marine Corps Forces Pacific (MARFORPAC)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1985-1985 Training Exercise - Team Spirit '85
  2001-2002 Operation Enduring Freedom
  2004-2004 Training Exercise - Ulchi-Focus Lens '04
 Reflections on Service
Please describe who or what influenced your decision to join the Marine Corps.
Whether you were in the service for several years or as a career, please describe the direction or path you took. What was your reason for leaving?
From your entire military service, describe any memories you still reflect back on to this day.
Which individual(s) from your time in the military stand out as having the most positive impact on you and why?
Can you recount a particular incident from your service, which may or may not have been funny at the time, but still makes you laugh?
What profession did you follow after your military service and what are you doing now? If you are currently serving, what is your present occupational specialty?
What military associations are you a member of, if any? What specific benefits do you derive from your memberships?
In what ways has serving in the military influenced the way you have approached your life and your career? What do you miss most about your time in the service?
Based on your own experiences, what advice would you give to those who have recently joined the Marine Corps?
In what ways has TogetherWeServed.com helped you remember your military service and the friends you served with.
 Colleges Attended
Los Angeles Valley CollegeUniversity of Maryland at College ParkCampbell UniversityTroy State University
  1980-1983, Los Angeles Valley College
  1984-1989, University of Maryland at College Park
  1989-1991, Campbell University
  1994-1996, Troy State University
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  SPINE SURGERY5
  Nov 04, 2008, FELLOWSHIP GRANTED4
  Nov 10, 2008, MARINE CORPS BALL 1
  Jul 18, 2009, Pearl Harbor11
  Jul 18, 2009, The Mission Continues - VOC for Hawaii
  Mar 16, 2019, General Photos
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