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Commandant of Cadets

Leo A. Mercado, United States Marine Corps
Colonel Leo A. Mercado, USMC (Ret.)
Commandant of Cadets

Leo A. Mercado
United States Marine Corps (Retired)

Colonel Leo A. Mercado was commissioned a second lieutenant through the NRTOC program after graduation from The Citadel in 1979.

Col Mercado’s command assignments have included tours as: Commanding Officer, Battery C, 1st Battalion, 10th Marines; Commanding Officer, First Recruit Training Battalion, Parris Island, SC; Commanding Officer, Security Battalion, Camp Pendleton, CA; and Commander, Education Command, Quantico, VA.

Col Mercado’s staff assignments have included tours as: Assistant Operations Officer, 3rd Battalion, 11th Marines; Assistant Operations Officer, Marine Observation Squadron One; Battalion Liaison Officer ,1st Battalion, 10th Marines; Fire Support Coordinator, 2nd Tank Battalion; Officer Selection Officer, Omaha, Nebraska; Assistant for Officer Procurement, Headquarters, US Marine Corps; Marine Corps Aide to the President, Washington, DC ; Executive Officer, 2nd Battalion, 10th Marines; Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff and Division Inspector, 2nd Marine Division; Executive Officer, 10th Marine Regiment; Chief, Military Liaison Team, Bucharest, Romania; Assistant Chief of Staff, Security and Emergency Services, Camp Pendleton, CA; Chief of Staff, Marine Corps University; and Secretary of the General Staff, Headquarters, US Marine Corps.

Col Mercado is a graduate of the Field Artillery Officer Advanced Course; Marine Corps Command and Staff College; and US Army War College. He has a Master in Public Administration from Shippensburg University and Master of Strategic Studies from the US Army War College.

Col Mercado’s personal decorations include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal; Defense Superior Service Medal; Legion of Merit with gold star; Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal with 2 gold stars; and Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star.