NEW CUMBERLAND, Pa. –
Army 1st Sgt. Maximo Nunez, Jr. passed the Defense Logistics Agency organizational colors to Army 1st Sgt. Marcio Teixeiraconceicao during a change of responsibility ceremony held at DLA Distribution Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, June 13. Army Col. March Callis, commander, DDSP, officiated the ceremony.
No stranger to DLA Distribution, 1st Sgt. Marcio Teixeiraconceicao previously served as the Support Operations noncommissioned officer at DDSP. He has deployed multiple times in support of combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.
During the ceremony, Callis presented Nunez with the Defense Meritorious Service Medal recognizing Nunez’s many contributions in support of the Warfighter. In his remarks, Callis lauded Nunez’s numerous outstanding accomplishments in his position as DDSP’s senior enlisted advisor.
“We have made great strides here at DDSP due in large part to the leadership and initiative taken by 1st Sgt. Nunez. Under his direct guidance, DDSP was recognized with many awards to include the Award for Installation Excellence by the Commander in Chief, as well as recognition as a Distinguished Unit of the Quartermaster Corps. Additionally, 1st Sgt. Nunez was recognized as the Distinguished Member of the Quartermaster Corps—only one of two first sergeants selected, and the first ever from DLA. And, under his tutelage, three of our noncommissioned officers were selected as the Department of Defense, DLA and Army War College NCOs of the Year,” stated Callis.
A major testament to Nunez’s achievement at DDSP is his attention and support to the growth of DDSP’s leadership development program.
“Leadership is about people and how you motivate and influence them to accomplish the mission. There is nothing more rewarding as a leader than seeing your subordinates succeed. You want people that want to work for you and not have to work for you. This program is not about me, it’s about my NCOs and their welfare. I want the future NCOs that are selected to serve at DLA to know that this is an amazing opportunity to operate at the strategic level in a joint environment but also that this assignment will enhance their careers both professionally and personally. They are the future leaders of our military and I want to show them what right looks like so that when they become 1st Sgt.’s and command sergeant majors, they can also take care of their soldiers. DDSP has been a dream job for me and my family and it’s truly been a pleasure to serve alongside a group of amazing professionals,” said Nunez.
Nunez thanked his mentors, and past and present DDSP and DLA leadership for their guidance and trust. He also thanked his family for their unyielding support.
“My family is the most important thing in my life. They have been there for me since day one and I am sad that I will be leaving them. I hope I can return back to DLA one day and serve in this great organization again. DLA is a first class joint command led by amazing joint military personnel and DOD Civilians that work extremely hard every day to ensure our joint warfighters have what they need, when and where they need it. I am looking forward to my new assignment in the Pacific. I will take what I have learned here at DLA with me to continue providing support to the trigger pullers on the front line,” said Nunez.
Nunez’s next assignment will take him to Japan, where he’ll serve in the U.S. Army Pacific Command.