Mercadorivera, Victor, CSM

Infantry (Enlisted)
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Current Service Status
USA Retired
Current/Last Rank
Command Sergeant Major
Current/Last Service Branch
Current/Last Primary MOS
00Z-Command Sergeant Major IN
Current/Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
2005-Present, 00Z, HQ, US Army Cadet Command
Previously Held MOS
11C10-Indirect Fire Infantryman
00G-Drill Sergeant Candidate
11Z50-Infantry Senior Sergeant
Service Years
1979 - 2010
Foreign Language(s)
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Cold War Certificate
Order of the Spur

Command Sergeant Major

Ten Service Stripes

Two Overseas Service Bars

 Official Badges 

Army Physical Fitness Badge Belgian Fourragere Infantry Shoulder Cord US Army Retired (Post-2007)

Drill Sergeant Campaign Hat (Male) Drill Sergeant Badge Schutzenschnur Silver 25th Infantry Division

 Unofficial Badges 

Manchu Mile (original) Manchu Mile Order of Saint Maurice Order of The Spur

 Military Association Memberships
Non Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA)25th Infantry Division AssociationGeneralN/A
Post -
  1996, Non Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2002, 25th Infantry Division Association [Verified]
  2004, National Infantry Association (NIA), General (Member) [Verified]
  2005, Combat Infantrymen's Association, N/A (Member) [Verified]
  2010, American Legion, Post - (Member) (Olympia, Washington) [Verified] - Chap. Page

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
Working for Engility as an Army Training Specialist 2 at  the Mission Training Complex, Joint Base Lewis McChord, WA.   
Other Comments:


Continue to enjoy the company of my beloved wife of 30 years, Robin Marie Mercado, formerly of Tacoma, Washington and our two children, Jazmin (25) and Manny (23).

 Countries Deployed To or Visited

 Remembrance Profiles -  7 Soldiers Remembered
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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1979, 5th Battalion, 1st Training Brigade (Fort Benning, GA), D/1
 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment3rd Infantry Division2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment9th Infantry Division
3rd Squadron, 12th Cavalry 3rd Armored Division3rd Battalion, 60th Infantry 199th Infantry Brigade (Motorized)
Henry L. Lind NCO Academy (Cadre) Fort Lewis, WA2nd Battalion, 13th Infantry RegimentUS Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC)U.S. Army
3rd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment2nd Brigade, 7th Infantry Division1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division
NCO Academy Wightman (Cadre) 8th Army8th ArmyUS Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA) Course, Fort Bliss, TXI Corps
1st Battalion, 5th InfantryHQ, US Army Cadet Command
  1979-1980, 11C10, HHC, 1st Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment
  1979-1981, 11C10, 3rd Infantry Division
  1980-1981, 11C10, HHC, 1st Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment
  1981-1984, 11C10, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment
  1981-1984, 11C10, 9th Infantry Division
  1985-1988, 11C10, HHT, 3rd Squadron, 12th Cavalry
  1985-1988, 11C10, 3rd Armored Division
  1988-1990, 11C10, 3rd Battalion, 60th Infantry
  1990-1991, 11C10, 199th Infantry Brigade (Motorized)
  1991-1992, 11C10, Henry L. Lind NCO Academy (Cadre) Fort Lewis, WA
  1992-1994, 00G, 2nd Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment
  1992-1995, 00G, HQ, US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC)
  1994-1995, 00G, Drill Sergeant School
  1995-1995, 11C10, HHC, 3rd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment
  1995-1995, 11C10, 2nd Brigade, 7th Infantry Division
  1995-1998, 11Z50, HHC, 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment
  1995-1998, 11Z50, 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division
  1998-1999, 11Z50, NCO Academy Wightman (Cadre) 8th Army
  1998-1999, 11Z50, 8th Army
  1999-2000, 11Z50, HHC, 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment
  2000-2001, 11Z50, US Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA) Course, Fort Bliss, TX
  2001-2002, 11Z50, I Corps
  2002-2005, 00Z, HHC, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry
  2005-2010, HQ, US Army Cadet Command
  2005-Present, 00Z, HQ, US Army Cadet Command
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2003-2004 OIF/Transition of Iraq (2003-04)/Camp Fallujah, Iraq (FOB)
  2003-2004 OIF/Transition of Iraq (2003-04)/Camp Diamondback (Mosul Air Base), Iraq
  2004-2005 OIF/Iraqi Governance (2004-05)
 Reflections on Service
Please describe who or what influenced your decision to join the Army.
Whether you were in the service for several years or as a career, please describe the direction or path you took. What was your reason for leaving?
If you participated in any military operations, including combat, humanitarian and peacekeeping operations, please describe those which made a lasting impact on you and, if life-changing, in what way?
From your entire military service, describe any memories you still reflect back on to this day.
Of all the medals, awards, formal presentations and qualification badges you received, or other memorabilia, which one is the most meaningful to you and why?
Which individual(s) from your time in the military stand out as having the most positive impact on you and why?
Can you recount a particular incident from your service, which may or may not have been funny at the time, but still makes you laugh?
What profession did you follow after your military service and what are you doing now? If you are currently serving, what is your present occupational specialty?
In what ways has serving in the military influenced the way you have approached your life and your career? What do you miss most about your time in the service?
Based on your own experiences, what advice would you give to those who have recently joined the Army?
In what ways has helped you remember your military service and the friends you served with.
 Colleges Attended 
Pierce College,  Fort Lewis, WAExcelsior CollegeTouro University International
  1988-1990, Pierce College, Fort Lewis, WA
  2000-2001, Excelsior College
  2002-2004, Touro University International
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  IRAQ 2004-2005241
  Aug 02, 2004, Bobcat Salute1
  Oct 30, 2012, General Photos
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