Col. Norberto Menéndez was commissioned a lieutenant of Field Artillery and was earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science upon graduation as a distinguished military graduate from Florida International University in 1997. He also holds Masters of Arts degrees in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College and the United States Army War College. Military education includes Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, Cavalry Leader’s Course, Infantry Captains Career Course (ICCC), and the College of Naval Command and Staff.
Menéndez’s first assignment was in 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division DIVARTY at Fort Hood, Texas, where he deployed in support of Operation Joint Forge to Bosnia-Herzegovina. After completion of the ICCC in 2001, Menéndez was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Upon arrival to the 82d, he reported to 3rd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, where he served as a task force fire support officer for 3rd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, battalion assistant operations officer, and commander of Battery A (105mm Towed). Menéndez was then assigned to the 82nd ABN DIVARTY Headquarters to command Headquarters and Headquarters Battery. Upon completion of command, he served as aide-de-camp to the commanding general, 82nd Airborne Division. While assigned to the 82nd ABN DIV, Menéndez deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan twice (January-August 2003 and January 2007 to April 2008). After completion of assignment to the 82nd ABN DIV, Menéndez studied at the Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, Rhode Island, and immediately after graduation from NWC he was assigned the 3rd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, where he assumed duties as operations officer for 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment, in July 2009. In December 2009, he was reassigned as executive officer for 4th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom/New Dawn from March 2010 to March 2011. From August 2011 to July 2013, Menéndez served at NATO Headquarters Allied Force Command – Madrid, in Madrid, Spain, as a land component planner. In August 2013, he assumed command of 1st Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment, 7th Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. After command, he studied at the U.S. Army War College from July 2015 to June 2016. Menéndez’s most recent assignment was as G3 for the 3rd Infantry Division.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (with five oak leaf clusters), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), Combat Action Badge, and the Master Parachutist Badge.