Nick Birger: From the Arch to Africa

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Navy men's tennis captain Nick Birger
Navy men's tennis captain Nick Birger

Sept. 14, 2010

By Justin Kischefsky, Navy Sports Information

Nick Birger's two-decade journey through life has taken him from the banks of the Mighty Mississippi in the suburbs of St. Louis to the shoreline of the Severn River in Annapolis. He has roamed the halls of the Supreme Court and the State Department in Washington, D.C. He has visited villages in the economically-challenged Central American country of Honduras and in war-ravaged Uganda on the African continent. Through his travels and experiences he has seen how internal conflicts can leave a country in shambles, removing even the basic needs for its citizens to survive. The rebuilding of countries after periods of turmoil takes time and effort, but being there to assist with that work is where Birger wants to be.

"I want to work in post-conflict reconstruction and international development, both when I am in uniform and when my military career ends," said Birger. "It can enhance struggling countries as well as the national security of the United States."

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