Military Science and Leadership
Theodore C. Nicholas
WKU Class of 1978
MG Theodore C. Nicholas received his commission in the Military Intelligence Branch in 1978 through the ROTC program at Western Kentucky University. He currently serves as the Director, Defense HUMINT and Counterintelligence Center at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).
Previous assignments include the Deputy Director, Defense Joint Intelligence Operations Center at DIA, J2/Deputy C2/Deputy/ U2 for US Forces Korea/Combined Forces Command/United Nations Command in Seoul, Korea, G2 XVIIIth Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, and C/J2 Combined Joint Task Force – 180 in Bagram, Afghanistan.
MG Nicholas has served in a variety of command and staff assignments in the United States and Korea. His command assignments include Commander 313th Military Intelligence Battalion (Airborne), 82nd Airborne Division and Commander 501st Military Intelligence Brigade in Korea. Other staff assignments include Imagery Analyst, DIA, Brigade S2 Observer/Controller, Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) and later G2, JRTC at Fort Polk in Louisiana, and J2, Special Operations Command Pacific in Hawaii.
MG Nicholas holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government from Western Kentucky University and a Master of Science Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University. His military education includes the Military Intelligence Officer’s Basic and Advanced Courses, the Tactical Surveillance Officer’s Course, the Defense Sensor Interpretation and Training Program, the US Army Command and General Staff College and the Air War College.
MG Nicholas’s awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal (OLC), Legion of Merit (OLC), Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2-OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (3-OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Joint Service Achievement Medal. With 13 years on jump status he is a Jump Master and authorized to wear the Master Parachutist Badge. He is also authorized to wear the Ranger Tab, the Air Assault Badge and the German Parachutist Badge.
MG Nicholas is married to the former Jennifer Miller of Fayetteville, North Carolina. The Nicholas’s have a daughter, Amanda, and a son, Michael.