PM Spotlight: Taige Nelson

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  • By Kendahl Johnson
  • 75th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

This week’s Pride Month spotlight is Taige Nelson, a cybersecurity system administrator in the 309th Commodities Maintenance Group.

Nelson, who hails from Layton, Utah, offers IT support for his organization and works to integrate security implementation guides on new computers. He works full time but is also going to school at Western Governors University online, where he is aiming for a degree in cybersecurity.

“It’s really challenging but also rewarding,” Nelson said. “Western Governors is a unique opportunity where you go at your own pace and fit in school when you have time.”

He said working for the Air Force has been a great place to showcase his abilities and he plans to continue working for the government upon graduation.

“I absolutely love working for the Air Force,” he said. “It has been one of the most amazing opportunities I’ve had in my professional career. I think I’ll be here for a while. I love that we have a mission and that it’s helping national security.  You can’t beat that.” 

Nelson came out publicly as homosexual about a year ago. He said he did it on his own terms when he felt comfortable, but was concerned the response would be negative.

“I was worried I would be rejected or unloved by many people, but that wasn’t the case,” he said. “It was a very positive reception. It took some time for some family members to accept it, but over time my relationship with my family has improved because I’m not having to hide myself.”

He said Pride Month is a good opportunity for those in the LGBTQ+ to feel included, not only those who are out and proud but also those who are still working to come out publicly. He said inclusivity provides strength to those who might be struggling or feeling alone.

Nelson calls himself a “tech nerd,” and his hobby is learning about new technology and how it works.  He also enjoys playing video games, as well as watching movies and socializing with friends and family.