The Roaring 10 recipient - Capt. Nelson Faerber III '09

Capt. Nelson Faerber III ’09

The Clemson University Young Alumni Council (YAC) has recognized Capt. Nelson Faerber III of Tucson one of its 2016 “Roaring 10” – young alumni who have made an impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors.

Honorees were selected based on their continued efforts to uphold the university’s core values of honesty, integrity and respect and to demonstrate an “ever-loyal” relationship with Clemson University.

Faerber graduated from Clemson with a construction science management degree in 2009 and went on to earn his law degree from Florida State University in 2013.

He was recruited by Coach Dabo Swinney and attended Clemson on a full athletic scholarship as a Clemson Tiger football player. He was named the Clemson Football 2008 Special Teams Player of the Year and was a three-time Special Teams Player of the Game. In addition, he was a three-time recipient of the athletic department’s Academic-Athletic Award for his on- and off-the-field efforts.

Soon after being commissioned an Air Force officer, JAG Corps deployed Faerber as deputy staff judge advocate for the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel and NATO’s Resolute Support Mission ­– a position typically held by attorneys well above his rank. During that deployment, he advised 43 commanders located at 12 forward operating bases.

In his career as an attorney, Faerber has provided free legal assistance to more than 230 clients. This work saved approximately $40,000 in legal fees. His support ranges from helping with wills, powers of attorney, landlord/tenant issues, divorce, adoption and many other legal issues.

He maintains his ties to Clemson as a member of the Tiger Letterwinners Association and the Arizona Clemson Club.

He currently serves in the U.S. Air Force JAG Corps as a judge advocate general, providing legal assistance to a community of more than 20,000 Airmen and their families.

The primary mission of Clemson YAC is to support the goals of the Clemson Alumni Association specifically on matters pertaining to Young Alumni. Clemson YAC exists to connect Young Alumni with the University, assist Young Alumni in the transition from active student to alumnus, facilitate fellowship, personal growth and professional development opportunities for young alumni and formally represent Young Alumni interests to the Clemson Alumni Council. The purpose of these efforts is to affect seminal influence on young alumni so they may continue to be connected and contributing alumni for a better Clemson throughout their lives.