Major, US Army
Department of Social Science
United States Military Academy
West Point, New York 10996
(845 )938-3411, nicholas.ayers@usma.edu
Military Experience
Fort Riley Kansas
September 2003-May 2005
Company Commander, B/1-34 AR, 1BCT, 1ID
Commanded a 120-man company in Ar Ramadi, Iraq for 12 months.
Area of operations included over 400 square kilometers, and 100,000
people. Conducted over 1000 combat missions
Selected for the Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award 2004
August 2002-September 2003 Chief of Plans and Reconnaissance, 1BCT, 1ID
 Successfully planed and executed the Brigade’s deployment to Iraq
(Fall of 2003) and the Republic of South Korea (March 2003)
May 2001-August 2002
Vilseck, Germany
May 2000-October 2001
Assistant Chief of Operations, G3 24th ID
Successfully planned and executed 4 "real-world" contingency-based
missions in the aftermath of September 11, 2001
Executive Officer, HHC, 1-63 AR, 1ID
August 1998-May 2000
October 1997-August 1998
Redeployed a 300-man company from Kosovo and oversaw the
accountability and maintenance of over 180 tracked and wheeled
vehicles and over $70 million in equipment
Platoon Leader, D CO and C CO, 1-63 AR, 1ID
Led an Armor Platoon during KFOR1B, conducting over 700
BN S1, 1-63 AR, 1ID
Oversaw the personnel actions of a 600-man tank battalion
Academic Experience
Stanford University
Sept 2005-June 2007
Masters of Arts, Political Science
Advanced to PhD Candidacy (2007), Political Science
Teaching Assistant for undergraduate courses on Ethnic and Civil
War and War and Peace in American Foreign Policy, and a graduate
and undergraduate course on Information, Technology and National
Security with former SecDef William Perry
United States Military Academy
Bachelors of Science, International Strategic History
Dean’s List all four years and inducted into Phi Alpha Theta (History
Honors Fraternity May 1996)
Military Schools
Cavalry Leaders Course (Honor Grad), CAS3, Armored Advanced Course (Commandant’s List),
Armored Basic Course (Commandant’s List), Master Fitness Trainer, Airborne School.
Additional Background
Military Awards
Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Valorous Unit Award, Army Commendation Medal (3),
Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal (2), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas
Service Ribbon, OIF Medal, Kosovo Campaign Ribbon, NATO Medal, Korean Defense Medal,
Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, Order of St. George (Armor), MacArthur Leadership
Award (Dept of Army Level 2004)
Lectures and Briefs on Counter-Insurgency Operations in Iraq
Joint Special Operations University, MacDill AFB (FL), November 2004
Center for Army Lessons Learned , Fort Leavenworth, KS, December 2004
Defense Advanced Research and Projects (DARPA), Arlington, VA, May 2005
Stanford University, Palo Alto CA (Several occasions, 2005-2007)