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SOY 2012 Candidate - CM1 Daniel Perez

Construction Mechanic First Class Petty Officer (SCW/EXW) Daniel Perez hails from Los Angeles, Calif. He graduated from Duarte High School and enlisted in the United States Navy on Jan. 17, 1995. He completed basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. and continued on to Construction Mechanic "A" School in Port Hueneme, Calif.

In Jul. 1995, he transferred to his first command, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion FIVE in Port Hueneme, Calif. During this tour, he completed four deployments to Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Virginia and Japan. Additionally, he was promoted to the ranks of third class petty officer and second class petty officer.

In Oct. 1999, he transferred to Commander, Naval Special Warfare Group Three at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Calif. He was promoted to first class petty officer and completed two deployments to the Central Command Area of Operation in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, ultimately spearheading the battle field introduction of the Naval Special Warfare Tactical Ground Mobility Vehicles into the war on terrorism and special operations in Iraq.

In Mar. 2005, he transferred back to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Five in Port Hueneme, Calif. During this tour, he earned his Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist qualification, was Platoon Commander for Alfa Company and Second Platoon, and deployed to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

In Aug. 2007, he transferred to Inshore Boat Unit Five Three (IBU 53) in Naval Outlying Landing Field, Imperial Beach, Calif. In Feb. 2008, IBU 53 was disestablished and turned into Mobile Security Squadron One, where he earned his Expeditionary Warfare Specialist qualification.

In Sept. 2010, he reported to Beachmaster Unit One, Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado, Calif. where he performs duties as the Drug and Alcohol Program Advisor, Command Career Counselor, and Safety Officer.

Petty Officer Perez's personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4), Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation, Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation, Coast Guard Special Operations Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal (6), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (8), Expert Rifle and Pistol Medals and various service and campaign awards.

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