President Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Vic Mercado

Posted: 2/26/2020

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate the Following Individuals to Key Administration Posts

Victor G. Mercado of California, to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense (Strategy, Plans, and Capabilities).

Victor Mercado currently serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Plans and Posture.  Before transitioning to government service in January 2019, Mr. Mercado served as Director of Maritime Operations for the United States Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  Formerly, he served as Director of the Assessments Division for the Chief of Naval Operations.

Mr. Mercado has also served as Commander of Carrier Strike Group Eight, Vice Director of Strategic Plans and Policy for United States Central Command, and Deputy Director of the Surface Warfare Division.

Mr. Mercado is a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School, where he earned his Master of Science in Systems Technology in Joint Command Control and Communications, and the United States Naval Academy, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics.

Mr. Mercado is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, and the Meritorious Service Medal.