Col. Ken Nielsen

Military Historian and Author

Kenneth Nielson was born in New York at the end of World War Two, seven days before V E Day on “Americanization Day,” (later to be re-designated “Loyalty Day” by Congress and President Eisenhower.) He went on to receive a Masters Degree in Land Warfare and Strategy from the American Military University, a Bachelors Degree in Business Management from Pacific Christian College,  and is a Graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

Military Service:

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1965-1969 as a Sergeant, then with the Army National Guard from 1975-1999, gaining the rank of Lt. Colonel (now retired). His overseas service includes Germany, Belgium, and the Ukraine  working Plans and Operations with NATO. He served in the California State Military Reserve from 2000-2014 as a  Colonel (now retired)

Civilian Life:

State Training Officer

As a civilian Kenneth Nielsen worked in the California Dept of Fish & Game from 2001-2010, as a Training Officer.


Col. Nielsen is the Author of Pressed Steel!: An American Company’s Contribution to Victory in World War II. “Pressed Steel” is the story of an American company that produced outstanding armored vehicles for the U.S. Army during World War II and contributed greatly to the Allied victory. They were praised for their workmanship and earned the “E for Excellence.” -Published 2012.

California Military History Foundation

Currently Col. Nielsen serves as the 1st Vice President California Military History Foundation fighting to preserve our state’s military history, and formerly commanded the California Center for Military History.