Army Sgt. Michael T. Nocera of Nutley celebrated his recent homecoming with family and friends after serving in Afghanistan where he was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Nocera served as an Infantry Squad Leader responsible for leading nine soldiers in combat. Upon returning to his base in Savannah, he was promoted to Staff Sergeant.
Nocera was previously deployed to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn.
In September, while still serving in Afghanistan, Nocera was selected from approximately 12,000 soldiers and recognized by the commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force-101 as the Hero of the Week.
During his tour of duty in the Army, Nocera has received the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon Army, Service Ribbon National Defense Service Medal.
He is a Nutley High School graduate and enlisted in the Army four years ago.