Stanford native awarded for service in the Marine Corps
ARLINGTON, Va. — Stanford native David S. Mercer was awarded the “Mr. John J. Guenther Intelligence Civilian of the Year” award at the annual Marine Corps Association & Foundation Intelligence Awards Dinner on Sept. 21 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott, in Arlington.
The dinner served as an opportunity to recognize the excellent efforts of Marines in the intelligence field.
“MCA&F is proud to recognize these Marines for their exceptional achievement and duty to the Corps,” said MajGen Edward G. Usher III, USMC (Ret) and president/CEO of the MCA&F. “That’s why the MCA&F exists. We encourage continued education, first-rate leadership and career advancement. We honor the professional excellence of Marines who serve our county every day.”
This award is a trophy given for outstanding dedication and is presented annually in recognition of John J. Guenther, a former Marine with 30 years of service.
Mercer enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1988. After graduation from boot camp he attended the Signals Intelligence Communicator School, graduating in 1989. He served in a variety of billets with 2d Marine Air Wing, Marine Cryptologic Support Battalion, Marine Corps Forces Reserve, 1st MAW, Marine Corps Systems Command, Headquarters Marine Corps, and served two tours as a Marine Security Guard. Mercer received a bachelor of science degree in information technology from the University of Maryland, University College in 2004 and retired from the Marine Corps in 2008.
Since his retirement, Mercer has worked at the Marine Corps Intelligence Activity and is director of the Sensitive Compartmented Information Enterprise Office.
About the Marine Corps Association & Foundation: Founded in 1913, MCA is dedicated to development and recognition of professional excellence and expanding awareness of the traditions, history and sprit of the s Marine Corps. MCA&F publishes Leatherneck magazine and the professional journal, Marine Corps Gazette. MCA&F is a nonprofit and provides grants for unit libraries, hosts social events and honors Marines with awards including cash, uniforms, plaques, books and trophies.
Airman Richard D. Lunsford graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Lunsford is the son of Connie Kirby of Garage Road, Corbin, and grandson of Rosetta Fields of Harmons Lick Road, Crab Orchard. He is a 2011 graduate of Corbin High School.
The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.