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Editor’s Note: This release was edited by Larry Lapka

DeCA’s Saucedo Presented With Legion of Merit • FORT LEE

Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Michael Saucedo, the Defense Commissary Agency’s (DeCA) senior enlisted advisor, was presented with the Legion of Merit, first award, during a Jan. 19 ceremony here at DeCA headquarters.

The Legion of Merit is the seventh highest in the order of precedence and a very illustrious medal that is awarded by the U.S. Departments of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Homeland Security. It recognizes exceptionally meritorious conduct and outstanding service.

DeCA said Saucedo received the award for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service as sergeant major, United States Marine Corps Forces, Korea, from Feb. 23, 2017, to Oct. 1, 2020. Bill Moore, DeCA director and chief executive officer (CEO), presented the award to Saucedo on behalf of the Commandant of the Marine Corps.

“This is a huge deal to receive this medal,” Moore said. “I have known senior officers during my time in the Army that went their whole career and only received this honor when they retired.”

According to the citation, “Saucedo displayed remarkable expertise, knowledge and diligence in the execution of his duties by displaying his outstanding initiative and competence to materially contribute to the successful accomplishment of United States Marine Corps Forces Korea’s mission. As senior enlisted advisor to the commander, he consistently provided sage advice and sound guidance on all matters pertaining to the Marines of the command.”

“This sergeant major is going to raise our standards, I can tell already,” Moore added. Saucedo joined DeCA in October 2020.

SAUCEDO’S RESPONSIBILITIES, ACCOMPLISHMENTS

As Moore’s senior enlisted advisor, Saucedo is responsible for advising the DeCA director on all service members’ needs related to the commissary benefit, and he serves as the agency liaison with the senior enlisted chiefs of the armed services.

During his time in Korea, Saucedo played a vital role in building meaningful relationships with United States Forces Korea, Combined Forces Command, United Nations Command, and fellow service component senior enlisted leaders. He was also credited with providing wise counsel and mentorship to the Republic of Korea Marine Corps’ sergeant major and senior enlisted leaders.

“HARD WORK AND EFFORT”

“I received this award because of the hard work and efforts of all the Marines and civilian personnel at U. S. Marine Forces Korea,” Saucedo said. “Representing the United States Marine Corps in the Republic of Korea was a tremendous honor for me, and working closely with our ROK Marine Corps brothers was an opportunity of a lifetime.”

He also credited his award to working with great leaders and mentors from both the Joint and Combined Services during his tour with Marine Forces Korea.

“Serving in South Korea for the last four years was rewarding for me and my family,” he added. “We have built personal and professional relationships that will last forever.”

Source: DeCA

Edited by Larry Lapka

DeCA Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Bill Moore presented Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Michael Saucedo, the agency’s senior enlisted advisor, with the Legion of Merit, first award, during a Jan. 19 ceremony at DeCA headquarters.

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