CSM Meléndez enlisted in the United States Army in 1996 and completed Basic Training at Fort Leonardwood, Missouri, and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, where he was awarded the Military Occupational Specialty of 97B (35L), Counterintelligence Agent.
His prior duties and assignments include Counterintelligence (CI) Analyst, A Co, 532d Military Intelligence (MI) Battalion (BN), 501st MI Brigade (BDE), Yongsan, Korea; CI Sergeant and Platoon Sergeant, B Co, 202d MI BN, 513th MI BDE, Fort Gordon, Georgia; Senior Counterintelligence Sergeant and NCOIC, Region V, 650th MI Group (GP), SHAPE, Belgium; Detachment Sergeant, Madrid Detachment, Region I, 650th MI GP, Madrid Spain; Operations Sergeant, 202d MI BN; First Sergeant, B Co, 202d MI BN; First Sergeant, 202d MI Detachment, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait; First Sergeant, A Co, 202d MI BN, Fort Gordon, Georgia; First Sergeant, Strategic Debriefing Element, 202d MI BN, Theater Intelligence Group, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan; Brigade Operations Sergeant, 513th MI BDE; ACofS, G2 Sergeant Major, 8th Theater Sustainment Command (TSC), Fort Shafter, HI; ACofS, G3 Sergeant Major, 8th TSC; Command Sergeant Major, 306th MI BN (Aerial Exploitation), Fort Hood, TX; Command Sergeant Major, Task Force (TF) Raven, TF Observe, Detect, Identify, Neutralize (ODIN), Bagram, Afghanistan; Command Sergeant Major, 201st Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA; Directorate SGM, Strategic Operations Directorate, HQDA G-3/5/7, Pentagon, Washington, DC.
CSM Meléndez has deployed in support of Operation UPHOLD DEMOCRACY, Port-au-Prince, Haiti; Joint Counter-Drug Mission in Tres Esquinas, Colombia; Operation JOINT GUARDIAN, Pristina, Kosovo; Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF), Camp Arifjan, Kuwait; and three tours to Afghanistan in support of OEF, Operation FREEDOM’S SENTINEL and the NATO Resolute Support Mission.
CSM Meléndez has completed all levels of the Noncommissioned Officers Education System up to the Nominative Leaders Course and is a graduate of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Class 63. He is also a graduate of the Advance Foreign Counterintelligence Course, the First Sergeant’s Course, the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt course, and the Force Integration Course for Senior Leaders.
CSM Meléndez holds a Certificate in Executive Leadership from The Warton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Excelsior College and an Associate of Science Degree in Intelligence Operations from Cochise College. He is currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Management program, School of Business and Technology of Excelsior College.
CSM Meléndez awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (1OLC), the Bronze Star Medal (2OLC), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medals (3 OLC), the Joint Service Commendation Medal (2 OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (1OLC), the Joint Service Achievement Medal (2 OLC), the Army Achievement Medal, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Meritorious Unit Commendation (OLC), the Army Good Conduct Medal (8th Award), the National Defense Service Medal, the Kosovo Campaign Service Medal (CS), Afghanistan Campaign Service Medal (4 CS), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 5), the Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 7) and the NATO medal (2 CS).