U.S. Army Europe sergeant honored by Army as top human resources NCO

May 20, 2013

By Sgt. Michael Reinsch, U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs


Sgt. Denicio E. Diaz (right) helps a Soldier process a personnel action. Diaz earned the U.S. Army's 2012 Larry L. Strickland Medal for Distinguished Achievement, Adjutant General’s Corps NCO and Soldier of the Year. (U.S. Army photo)

Sgt. Denicio E. Diaz (right) helps a Soldier process a personnel action. Diaz earned the U.S. Army's 2012 Larry L. Strickland Medal for Distinguished Achievement, Adjutant General’s Corps NCO and Soldier of the Year. (U.S. Army photo)


WIESBADEN, Germany – A U.S. Army in Europe sergeant has been named the Army's top human resources noncommissioned officer for 2012.

Sgt. Denicio E. Diaz earned the U.S. Army's 2012 Larry L. Strickland Medal for Distinguished Achievement, Adjutant General’s Corps NCO and Soldier of the Year.

“Hard work can easily go unrecognized when units have tons and tons of obstacles and challenges thrown their way,” Diaz said. “I would have to give special thanks to my former officer-in-charge, Cpt. Michael DeStefano. He watched my six when I needed to be proactive in other missions to help our unit, and I did the same throughout our relocation until our mission was complete.”

Diaz, a native of Chicago, Ill., serves as a human resources sergeant for the 421st Multifunctional Medical Battalion and has been in the Army for five years. He processes overseas action requests, promotions, awards, evaluations and in and out-processing actions for the battalion.

Strickland, who died during the attack on the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, served as the senior enlisted advisor to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel from November 1990 to his death. He had more than 29 years of service, and was scheduled to retire upon completion of 30 years of service.

This award gives special recognition to the noncommissioned officer and Soldier who best reflect Sgt. Maj. Strickland’s values in their service to Soldiers, commanders, families and the Army during the previous calendar year.

“This experience in itself is rewarding, with or without the award,” Diaz said. “Someone is always watching, taking time to acknowledge another’s sacrifices. Hard work builds character in an individual. Being recommended is a reward.”


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