First Sergeant Mendoza is a native of Los Angeles, California. He enlisted in the Marine Corps on September 12, 1994 and attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego California. Upon completion of recruit training he reported to Marine Corps Combat Training at Camp Pendleton, California. Following MCT, he attended the Stinger Gunner Course in Fort Bliss, Texas. After completion of MOS training First Sergeant Mendoza reported to 1st Stinger Battery, Okinawa, Japan.
In June 1998, First Sergeant Mendoza received orders to in 4th Light Armed Reconnaissance Battalion, Camp Pendleton, CA. He served as a Vehicle Commander.
In June 2000, First Sergeant Mendoza received orders to The Basic School, Quantico, VA. He is a “Founding Father” of the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program and the Martial Arts Center of Excellence (MACE). First Sergeant Mendoza served as a Squad Instructor Trainer and Chief Instructor Trainer.
In November 2002, First Sergeant Mendoza returned to 4th Light Armed Reconnaissance Battalion and deployed in support of 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion during the invasion of Iraq. He served as a Vehicle Commander/Section Leader and Squad Leader.
In September 2003, First Sergeant Mendoza was reassigned to Inspector & Instructor Staff, Pasadena, CA. He deployed to Iraq in 2004-2005. He served as Platoon Sergeant and Assistant Battalion Operations Chief.
In February 2006, First Sergeant Mendoza received orders to Marine Corps Embassy Security Group and served as Detachment Commander in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and Karachi, Pakistan.
In November 2008 First Sergeant Mendoza reported to 3rd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion. He deployed to Afghanistan in 2010. He served as Platoon Sergeant and Headquarter and Services Company First Sergeant.
In April 2011 First Sergeant Mendoza received orders to 1st Reconnaissance Battalion. He deployed to Afghanistan in 2011. He served as Company B First Sergeant.
In August 2012 First Sergeant Mendoza received orders to Marine Corps Detachment, Defense Language Institute, Monterey, CA. He served as the Detachment First Sergeant.
In September 2013 First Sergeant Mendoza reported to 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, Camp Pendleton, CA. He currently serves as Company A First Sergeant.
His personal decorations include: The Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with 2 gold stars and Combat Distinguishing Device, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with 3 gold stars and Combat Distinguishing Device, Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal and Combat Action Ribbon with 1 gold star.