Jorge Calderon
Commander District 4 - Marines

Jorge grew up on the South Side of Milwaukee near Mitchell Park, with an older brother and three younger sisters. Jorge attended Milwaukee Trade and Technical High and obtained his Diploma at Milwaukee Area Tech College in 1997, where he applied to be in the United States Marine Corps on his 18th birthday.

Following training phases one and two, it was off to School of Infantry at Camp Pendleton and then to Military Occupation Service school at Fort Leonard Wood, to learn how to operate humvees and 5-ton Series Vehicles. Private First Class Calderon then served at Camp Foster on Okinawa with 3rd Support Bn, 3rd FSSG Motor Transport Company HQ platoon, where he was tasked to work with the Hazard Material Technicians. Within just a few months on the island he obtained the rank of Lance Corporal.  He was also sent to Thailand to participate in Cobra Gold excercises, receiving a Letter of Commendation.  Upon returning to Okinawa he was awarded his first Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and National Defense Ribbon.

Additional duty at MCAS Miramar and Fort Leonard Wood and Miramar again followed, as well as the rank of Corporal.  His return to Miramar saw him participating in Desert Knight/Steel Knight exercises as well as Corporals Course in Las Pulgas with 1st Maintenance Bn. He was also awarded his Good Conduct Medal and the Presidential Unit Citation. Prior to his departure from active duty, 9/11 occurred and the base was locked down.

After returning to the Midwest, Jorge checked in with MTACS 48 at Great Lakes for Reserve duty. There he learned the staff and the weekend operations while growing with the rest of the unit. Within a few months he was asked to be a squad leader for Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was awarded the Iraqi Campaign Medal as well as the Armed Forces Reserve Marine Corps Medal and a Bronze Star on his Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.
 
Jorge is a Past Post Commander of Gross-Yaksh VFW Post 6498 in Milwaukee.  This is his first term as District 4 Commander.