Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Corky Messner Announces Support from Retired Brigadier General & Ranger Regiment Commander


Second Endorsement by a Retired Army General in the Past Month

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BEDFORD, NH – Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bryant “Corky” Messner has announced another major endorsement, this one from retired Army Brigadier General and former Commander of the elite Ranger Regiment James “Craig” Nixon.

Earlier this month, Messner announced the endorsement of retired Four-Star Army General John Campbell, former Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army.

“We are in dire need of leadership in these complex times,” says Nixon. “Corky Messner is a fellow Army veteran, proudly serving our country, obtaining the coveted Ranger tab and earning the right to be called an Army Ranger. These accomplishments show the strength and character he will bring to Washington.”

“I thank Brigadier General Nixon for his trust and his support, as I work to represent the people of New Hampshire in the U.S. Senate,” says Messner. “His own record of service is an inspiration to all who have worn or still wear the uniform.”

Over a 29-year Army career, Brigadier General Nixon served in a wide range of assignments, including seven tours in special operations units. After 9/11, he spent over four years in combat, including tours in Afghanistan and Iraq as Director of Operations for Joint Special Operations Command and Commander of the 75th Ranger Regiment. Following an assignment as Director of Operations for United States Special Operations Command, Nixon returned to Iraq as Deputy Commanding General of 25th Infantry Division/Multi-National Division North, Iraq.

He also participated in a number of contingency and combat operations including the invasion of Panama, Task Force Ranger Operations in Somalia, Operation JOINT GUARDIAN in Bosnia, and seven deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. Nixon is a combat decorated soldier whose awards include the Silver Star, three Bronze Stars, and the Purple Heart. He was inducted into the Army Ranger Hall of Fame in 2017.

Since retiring from the Army in 2011, Nixon has worked as a Partner at McChrystal Group and as the CEO for ACADEMI and Constellis Group. He currently is CEO of Nixon Six Solutions and supports a number on veteran-focused non-profit organizations, including Team Red White and Blue.

About Bryant “Corky” Messner
Raised in a blue-collar family in Altoona, PA, Bryant “Corky” Messner attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he played football and prepared for military service. Upon earning the Army Ranger tab and graduating in 1979, he served in West Germany, witnessing firsthand the specter of the Iron Curtain during the Cold War. Following his military service, he attended University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law and went on to found the law firm Messner Reeves LLP, which today includes more than 100 lawyers, 200 employees and offices in nine cities.

Messner is a strong conservative, and remains passionate about giving back to the country that has offered him the opportunity to live the American Dream. His continued public service includes involvement with various non-profit organizations, including the Wentworth Watershed Association, the Army West Point Athletic Association, the Rise School Denver, and the Messner Foundation, which works to cultivate the next generation of business and community leaders.

A father of three, Messner’s two sons are West Point Cadets and his daughter is preparing to attend medical school. He resides in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.

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