---- — DERRY — A Derry soldier has been honored with one of the military’s most prestigious awards.
U.S. Army Capt. Nicholas Cimler received the Bronze Star in a ceremony Oct. 19 at Fort Bragg, N.C.
Cimler, a 2004 graduate of Pinkerton Academy, is a member of the 1st Battalion 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, the 4th Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne from Fort Bragg.
He received the star for his service while in combat operations in support of Task Force Fury and Operation Enduring Freedom while stationed in Afghanistan.
The Bronze Star is awarded by executive order of the president, Secretary of the Army and the U.S. Army Commanding General.
Cimler had been stationed at Forward Operating Base Pasab in the Zhari District of Kandahar since February of this year and was scheduled to return home last month.
After graduation from Pinkerton, Cimler went on to graduate from Norwich University in 2008. Norwich is the nation’s oldest private senior military academy.
Cimler credited Pinkerton teacher Kerry Boles with having a big impact on where his life would lead.
“He was my biggest supporter and inspired me to go after military school,” he said.
For Boles, it was a joy to have Cimler as a student.
“Nick was a great kid who loved history and anything to do with the military,” Boles said.
Boles also said the military was a natural fit for his former teacher.
“He was just unsure how to get there, but after visiting Norwich he was sold,” he said. “Nick worked really hard academically to get accepted there. I knew once he was accepted, his life would change and he would find his way.”
In addition to the Bronze Star Cimler also received the Combat Action Badge.
Cimler is now training to be an elite Army Ranger.
Boles said he is proud of Cimler and his life goals.
“The success he’s found does not surprise me,” Boles said. “Well done, buddy. Keep fighting the good fight.”