Captain Nicholas Gernt began his military career by enlisting in the Army as an Infantryman in 2000. He was stationed at the 10th Mountain Division in Fort Drum, NY when the 9/11 attacks occurred. In 2003, Gernt deployed for the initial invasion in Iraq. He subsequently deployed to Afghanistan and Africa.
Gernt was discharged from active duty in 2004 and enrolled in college, earning an Associate Degree in Nursing from the Community College of Rhode Island. He continued his education and completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Rhode Island College and worked as an ER Nurse at a Level 1 Trauma facility.
In 2012, Gernt felt the calling again to serve his country and was commissioned as an officer in the Army Reserve where he continues to serve today. The desire of service shifted from being an Infantryman early in his career to serving in the medical field where he uses his unique skillset to bring lifesaving medical aid to wounded service members at the point of injury. Gernt is currently a section leader for the 912th Forward Surgical Team.
After returning from a combat deployment to Afghanistan in 2016, Gernt sought treatment for symptoms of post-traumatic stress (PTS). He attributes his strong family support system and the sport of golf to his continued recovery. Gernt has since earned his master’s degree as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and currently works in the VA Medical System in the surgical setting.