News | March 18, 2016

Korea’s NCOIC promoted to Master Sergeant

By DLA Distribution Public Affairs DLA Distribution Public Affairs

DLA Distribution Korea celebrated the promotion of Army Master Sgt. Stephane Dia during a ceremony on Mar. 7. Currently serving as distributions noncommissioned officer in charge, his Army career has spanned 14 years.

Born in Manhattan, N.Y., Dia graduated from Mount Vernon High School in Westchester County, N.Y.  He joined the Army in 2002 and graduated from Advanced Individual Training as an automated logistics specialist at Fort Lee, Va.

His military and civilian education include the Basic Leader’s Course, Advanced Leader’s Course,  Senior Leader’s Course, Battle Staff, Support Operation Course 1 and 2, Army Basic Instructor Course, Small Group Leader’s Course, Operation Contracting Support Course, SARSS-2AB and the Defense Distribution Management Course among many.  He is currently in his senior year of college pursuing a Bachelor Degree in Political Science and International Relations with the American Military University.

“Promoting Master Sgt. Dia was one of the biggest honors of my life. His promotion is especially impressive given our current hyper-competitive promotion rates,” said DLA Distribution Korea commander, Army Lt. Col. Mark Wolf. “Given that Master Sgt. Dia is cut out to be a first sergeant, I look forward to hearing of his success in training and coaching soldiers as a future Command Sgt. Maj. Hooah!”

Dia’s awards includes the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, NATO medal, Good Conduct Medal, Combat Action Badge and the Honorable Order of Saint Martin.