Vice President Daniel Cerda served in the United States Army as a heavy wheeled vehicle repairer for five years. During his time in the military he deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the first being to Baghdad in 2003 and the second to Tikrit in 2004. Daniel left the Army in 2006 at the rank of sergeant and moved back to his home town of Bakersfield California. After his time in the Army Daniel held various jobs, such as working construction in the oilfields of Bakersfield and serving as a correctional officer at a prison just outside of the Mojave Desert. He also worked as a gas turbine maintenance technician on units that were used for power generation. It is there where he felt the urge and need to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering. Daniel first attended San Diego Mesa college where he was an active member of the SVO and held the positions of vice president and president. During his time at Mesa college, he and his executive board grew the organization and secured a Veterans Resource Center for the veterans on campus. He later transferred to the University of San Diego where he served on the executive board as the president of the SVO. Due to financial difficulties Daniel transferred to SDSU from USD in the spring of 2016. As the vice president of the San Diego State SVO, Daniel hopes to bring the knowledge that he has acquired from previous SVO’s to help grow and strengthen the organization.