William "Bill" Nichols - Order of Prometheus Award

By awarding the Order of Prometheus Medallion, the Pathfinder Chapter of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International recognizes the significant and enduring contributions of Bill Nichols toward advancing the goals of AUVSI. Comprised of distinguished members from government, industry and academia, the Pathfinder Board of Directors is uniquely qualified and in unanimous consent to recognize this individual’s outstanding achievements. The Order of Prometheus Medallion signifies that the recipient exemplifies the highest ideals, aspirations, and accomplishments resident to the unmanned systems community. From now into perpetuity, Bill Nichols will be regarded with distinct respect and special honor commensurate with Award of the Medallion and induction into the Pathfinder AUVSI Chapter’s Order of Prometheus. William “Bill” Nichols is a native of Haleyville, Alabama.  He graduated in 1976 with a BS in Chemistry from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) and in 1983 with an MBA in Systems Acquisition Management from Babson College, Wellesley, MA. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the US Army Ordnance Branch upon graduation from UTC.  Throughout his 22 year Army career, he served in various leadership and staff positions of increasing responsibility including Company Commander,; Aide-de-Camp to the Commander, U.S. Army Missile Command; Contracting Officer; Battalion Executive Officer and Material Officer; APM TOW Missile; DASC, TOW Missile and ITAS Fire Control unit in the Pentagon; Product Manager, IBAS and PEO Tactical Missiles Staff Officer.  In retirement, he served as Director, Program Support, SYColeman, Inc., for 7 years providing support to the Ground Based Mid-Course Defense Project Office during the design and build of the missile shield in Alaska.  He returned to federal service as the Deputy Product Manager, Shadow Unmanned Aerial System and Chief, Operations Division, PM Unmanned Aircraft Systems Project Office. He is currently the Acting Product Director for the Lethal Miniature Aerial Missile System in Close Combat Weapons Systems Project Office. During his 40 years of government service he has deployed to Operation Desert Storm and Somalia while on active duty, and Iraq and Afghanistan while a civil servant along with many intermediate locations in the Middle East.