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Command Sergeant Major Enrique Mendez Jr.Command Sergeant Major Enrique Mendez Jr. serves as the Command Sergeant Major for the Florida Army National Guard. He entered the United States Army in 1980 and attended One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Sill, Okla., where he was trained as a 13F Forward Observer.

His subsequent positions and duty assignments include: Fire Support Team Specialist, Michigan National Guard; 125th Infantry Battalion, Company F 425th “RANGERS,” Michigan National Guard; Military Policeman, Headquarter and Headquarters Company 53rd Infantry Brigade; Infantryman, Combat Support Company; 2-124 Infantry Battalion; Regional Training Institute; Camp Blanding; 164th Air Defense Brigade; 1-265th Air Defense Battalion; Headquarters and Headquarters Company 260th Military Intelligence Battalion (Linguist), 50th Regional Support Group Command Sergeant Major, Homestead, Fla., Florida National Guard Counterdrug Task Force Senior Enlisted Advisor, St. Augustine, Fla. He is currently serving as the Army Command Sergeant Major for the Assistance Adjutant General-Army Colonel Perry Hagaman.

He deployed with the 260th Military Intelligent Battalion (Linguist) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF 06-08) as part of the 504th Military Intelligence Brigade, Ft. Hood, Texas “Task Force Ready.”

Command Sgt. Maj. Mendez’s military schooling includes all non-commissioned officer education through the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Class 25; Fire Support Specialist, Infantryman, Military Policeman, Man Portable Air Defense Systems, Avenger Crewmen, Instructor Training Course, Radio Control Miniature Aerial Target Operator Course, Tactical Certification Course, Small Group Leaders Instructor Training Course, Drop Zone Team Leaders Course, and Battle Focused Instructor Training Course.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Florida Distinguish Service Medal, Florida Service Medal, Florida Commendation Medal, Combat Action Badge and is the recipient of the Ancient Order of St. Barbara.

Command Sgt. Maj. Mendez resides in St Augustine, Fla., and has been married for over 30 years to Maire Doran. They have two daughters, both reside in the St John’s County area. They are also blessed with two lovely grandchildren.