May 28, 2020
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Local Millinocket Sailor Awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal

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Terra Gray | BDN
Terra Gray | BDN

Commander Terra McIntyre Gray of Millinocket was recently awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (DMSM). The DMSM is the third highest Defense/Joint peacetime award and is presented in the name of the Secretary of Defense to members of the Armed Forces.

The medal was awarded for her exceptionally meritorious service as Section Head, Military Personnel and Deputy, Senior United States Navy Liaison while stationed at Headquarters, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (ACT) in Norfolk, Va. ACT is one of two Strategic Commands at the head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) military command structure. It is responsible to NATO’s highest military authority – the Military Committee – for the transformation and development of the Alliance to ensure it is capable of meeting the challenges of today and tomorrow.

Cmdr. Gray’s exceptional leadership, strategic vision, and manpower expertise in a dynamic joint and multi-national assignment contributed directly to ACT strategic focus areas and enhanced the military relevance and effectiveness of the Alliance. A consummate leader and innovative professional, she was a leading agent for facilitating and promoting military personnel policy and procedures, while ensuring a fine balance of customer service and family advocacy for over 800 multi-national personnel and their family members from 29 NATO Nations. She was universally respected at all levels throughout the multi-national 4-star strategic command.  Her concise and convincing communication skills, wisdom and compassionate leadership are her most notable attributes.

Gray’s superior performance has been indicative of a professional leader who consistently upheld the values and ideals of military service: duty, integrity and selfless service. Her presence inspired confidence in those around her and her staff thrived on her leadership. Her remarkable achievements, combined with her extraordinary professionalism, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Navy and reflect great credit upon herself, Headquarters, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, NATO, and the Department of Defense.

In 1993, Gray graduated from Stearns High School in Millinocket and enlisted in the US Navy before receiving her commission from NROTC University of Washington, Seattle in 2000. She is the daughter of Mr. Jammey and Mrs. Lillian Legassey and Mr. Richard McIntyre, Sr.

Presenting the award to Cmdr. Gray is Capt. John Fox, Senior United States Navy Liaison for HQ SACT.  Gray was also presented a plaque from Major General Grzegorz Sodolski, Polish Army, Deputy Chief of Staff Resources and Management, for recognition of outstanding service while stationed at HQ SACT.

Gray is currently in training to assume duties as the Executive Office of Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads in Norfolk, Va.