Nelson’s distinguished military career began when he enlisted in the United States Army on March 23, 1999, as a Signal Support Systems Specialist. His first duty assignment was in Fort Hood. During his time there, he deployed twice to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 and 2005, serving as the Communication Sergeant and Information Management Officer. On June 1, 2006, Nelson moved to Tyler and enlisted into the Texas Army National Guard to continue his service with 3-144 Infantry. Shortly thereafter, Nelson transferred to the 136th Military Police Battalion to serve as an observation patrol in support of the Texas Border Security Mission through 2008. Following this homeland security mission, Nelson was promoted to staff sergeant and transferred to the 2-136th Regimen as the Basic Non-Commissioned Officer Course Senior Group leader as a result of his outstanding leadership skills.
In 2010, Nelson continued his faithful service after being accepted in the Active Guard and Reserve program as the Communications NCO with the 6th Civil Support Team for six months before being transferred once again to a position of greater responsibility as the Senior Communications NCO with Joint Task Force 71 in Austin. While with the Joint Task Force 71, Nelson was recognized as the brigade NCO of the Year, competing at the state level in the 2011 competition. On May 31, 2012, Nelson accepted a position with the 56th IBCT to deploy to Afghanistan in support of the Security Force Assistance Team Mission.
Nelson is survived by his wife, April; son, David; daughter, Camryn; parents, Nelson and Fritzi; sister, Tracey Trent; and brother, Brian Trent.
Nelson will always be remembered as a loving husband, a devoted father and exemplary American soldier.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in honor of Nelson D. Trent may be made by visiting www.gofundme.com/nelsondtrent, or you may give to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kan., 66675.