Announcing Recipients of the 2013 Congressional Veteran Commendation for the Third District of Texasby Representative Sam Johnson
Posted on 2013-12-16
in the house of representatives
Monday, December 16, 2013
Mr. SAM JOHNSON of Texas. Mr. Speaker, it is my privilege to honor
fourteen distinguished military veterans, community servants, and
American patriots who call the Third District of Texas home. All
faithfully answered the call of duty and placed service above self for
the sake of our great Nation. Each one leaves a legacy to be
remembered, for future generations to follow, a legacy of bravery,
loyalty, dedication, and sacrifice. For their selfless service, bold
leadership, and undying commitment for their neighbor and nation, the
following individual has been selected as a recipient of the third
annual Congressional Veteran Commendation:
Sergeant Major Daniel Huff served in the United States Marine Corps
from 1981 to 2010. After graduating high school, he enlisted in the
Marine Corps, starting his career at Boot Camp and Administrative Clerk
School. In 1983, then-Corporal Huff was transferred to the United
Nations Command in Seoul, South Korea, where he earned his first Navy
Achievement Medal. He was then assigned to the Inspector-Instructor
Staff, 25th Marines, in Massachusetts and earned his promotion to
Later on in his career, Mr. Huff served as Senior Drill Instructor to mold young men into exemplary character with traits of honorable service to God and country and then as Administrative Chief to several Marine bases, the last being in Quantico, Virginia. He served in Operation Iraqi Freedom I and II, earning the Meritorious Service Medal and Bronze Star with Combat V Medal for heroic actions in intense combat situations. For instance, on April 14, 2004 in Karabilah, Iraq, a roadside bomb exploded and enemy fire unleashed on all sides of the Battalion Commander's convoy. During this attack, Mr. Huff provided first-aid to a critically wounded Marine while simultaneously returning fire. He then ensured the medical evacuation of 22 other wounded comrades and led the Marines to secure the medical evacuation route. During the following five days, the Battalion destroyed over 80 enemy insurgents, safeguarding the city from an attempted takeover by anti- Iraqi Forces. Mr. Huffs extensive career and numerous decorations only scratch the surface of his exemplary leadership, dedication, and sacrifice.
Currently, Mr. Huff works for Dyncorp International in Fort Worth, Texas, where he oversees approximately 10,000 to 11,000 personnel at the Afghanistan base. He also volunteers in the community with the Toys for Tots Program, as a USMC JROTC mini-boot camp program supervisor, and represents the Marine Corps in various community events around the DFW metroplex.
Sergeant Major Daniel Huff, let me both thank and congratulate you on your exceptional service to our country and community both past and present. It is my pleasure to award you the 2013 Congressional Veteran Commendation for the Third District of Texas.