Nate Self

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Nate Self
Waco, Texas
Allegiance United States
Service/branchEmblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg United States Army
Years of service1998–2004
RankUS-O3 insignia.svg Captain
UnitScout Platoon, HHC, 2/2 Infantry 75th Ranger Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia.svg 1st Platoon, A Company, 1st Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment
Battles/warsOperation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan 2003 Invasion of Iraq
AwardsSilver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart

Nathan Self is a native of China Spring, Texas, former U.S. Army officer and author.

Self graduated from West Point in 1998. At West Point, he was part of the lightweight football team[1]. After becoming an Infantry officer Self deployed to Kosovo and was then selected to serve in the 75th Ranger Regiment. As a platoon leader in the Rangers, he deployed to Afghanistan shortly after 9/11 as part of a Special Operations task force with a mission to kill or capture Taliban and al-Qaeda's top leaders. Self commanded a Quick Reaction Force to rescue a missing Navy SEAL during the Battle of Takur Ghar mountain. For his actions during the battle he was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star and a Purple Heart and was invited to attend the 2003 State of the Union Address. Following a tour in Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division, where he wrote and directed daily operations and trained Iraqi Security Forces, Nate commanded a rifle company before leaving the Army in 2004.

Since leaving the army, Self went on to co-found a leadership development company in 2006 that worked closely with the US Army named "The Praevius Group" where he leads as a key partner.

Self has also written about his experiences in Afghanistan and his struggle with PTSD in his autobiography entitled Two Wars in 2009.


  • MacPherson, M. 2005. Roberts Ridge : A Story of Courage and Sacrifice on Takur Ghar Mountain, Afghanistan, Delacorte, ISBN 0-553-80363-8
  • Naylor, S. 2005. Not a Good Day to Die : The Untold Story of Operation Anaconda, Berkley Hardcover ISBN 0-425-19609-7.
  • Executive Summary of the Battle of Takur Ghar (pdf)
  • National Guard description of Takur Ghar lithograph series.

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