Arne John Nelson. Image from Catholic Charities of Dallas video

USO San Diego on Monday named a retired Navy captain and charity executive to become its new CEO.

Arne John Nelson has led Catholic Charities of Dallas and Catholic Charities of Central Florida over the past 10 years. He’ll be tasked with increasing attendance in under-used programs and creating stability for military members and their families when they transition to civilian life.

USO San Diego operates centers in downtown San Diego and at Lindbergh Field that provide assistance to the military.

“Having served in the military for over 30 years, I am familiar with the unique challenges and joys service members and their families experience and I am grateful to the USO for always striving to be by their side,” Nelson said.

“I look forward to increasing USO San Diego’s local support of service members and their families stationed in the region, and further strengthening our relationship with our supportive San Diego community,” he said.

During his naval career, Nelson was chief of staff for the commander of naval forces in Europe, commanded a naval air station at Sigonella, Italy, and led a helicopter squadron during Operation Desert Storm.

— City News Service

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.