Nigeria stood tall on the international dais once again recently! Standing ramrod straight and proud, the country, in the person of a Nigerian-born United States of America (US) Naval Officer, Lieutenant Commander Victor O. Agunbiade, was the cynosure of all eyes, for the right reasons.
Lieutenant Commander Agunbiade was up on the raised platform to receive the United States Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (Gold Star In Lieu of The Fifth Award). The Ogun State-born, Lagos raised American Officer was receiving his fifth Commendation Award in five years!!
He had, for instance, won the same award as General Officer Recruiter of the Year in 2018 as well as managing over $45million cash disbursements in Djibouti in 2020. He was also awarded a Commendation Medal as Region East Diversity Recruiter of the Year in 2018.
The most recent special honor was conferred on the Officer by The Secretary Of The Navy, Department Of The Navy for his “Meritorious Service as Reserve Program Director and Outreach and Diversity Program Manager, while on the staff of Navy Recruiting Command, Millington, Tennesse from March 2021 to August 2023.
The plaque of the Award said that “Lieutenant Commander Agunbiade consistently performed his demanding duties in an exemplary and highly professional manner. His strategic oversight directly contributed in Reserve Support to Navy Recruiting Command’s Directorates and Special Assistants, assigning 55 billets totaling 2,310 days of annual training and 3 million Dollars in annual training and active duty for training funding executed during his tenure.
“In addition, he coordinated the Junior Officer Diversity Outreach Program, facilitating the travel and logistics for 26 College and 42 High School visits with diverse enrollment. By his noteworthy accomplishments, perseverance, and devotion to duty, Lieutenant Commander Agunbiade reflected credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.”
The highly disciplined but ever smiling Officer was the leader of the joint military exercise, Obangame Express 2023, in Lagos between January 27 and February 3, 2023 that involved the US Navy and the Nigerian Navy.
He told interviewers then that the assignment was the crystallization of his dream of motivating and positively impacting, especially the youth of his place of birth.
Lieutenant Commander Agunbiade and his wife also have a Foundation in Nigeria, in honor of his late Dad, which focuses on empowering Nigerian youth, mostly through essay writing competitions and award of scholarships to schools.
His latest Award from the US Navy is a testament to his commitment to the service of the United States of America and to world peace, and Nigeria, his place of birth, shares in the joy of this latest Medal of Honor!!