Alex Mendaloff ‘80 honored for military and public service

Alex Mendaloff

When Alex Mendaloff graduated from Pfeiffer College in 1980, he was beginning a successful career that would involve the military, the law and public service. Recently, Mendaloff was awarded the Legion of Merit by the U.S. Department of the Army, and the North Carolina Distinguished Service Medal and The Old North State Award by the state of North Carolina. Mendaloff is a local lawyer, former judge, and retired Army lieutenant colonel.

The Legion of Merit is one of only two military awards issued as neck wear. In the Federal Military Decoration lineage, it ranks just below the Silver Star and ahead of the Distinguished Flying Cross. The medal is awarded to a member of the U.S. Armed Forces who demonstrates extraordinarily meritorious conduct while discharging their duty with outstanding services and achievements.

As the state's top military award the North Carolina Distinguished Service Medal is conferred by the Governor.  It is given to a soldier who has been honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces yet who further distinguishes themselves by exceptional meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service to the N.C. National Guard.

The Old North State Award is given for outstanding public service to North Carolina and the recipient’s local community. It is given to public servants who have served and devoted themselves to their community and North Carolina for at least 25 years.

Mendaloff served in the military from 1972 to 2013 with more than 31 of those years on active duty, U.S. Army Reserve and the N.C. Army National Guard. He received the Bronze Star Medal and Combat Action Badge in 2005 for his combat actions during the Iraq War. In 1988, Mendaloff entered the N.C. National Guard and in 2000, he took a direct commission as a first lieutenant in the Judge Advocate General Corps. While a JAG, he served as trial counsel (military prosecutor), Brigade Deputy Command Judge Advocate, Brigade Command Judge Advocate and Senior Defense Counsel-Trial Defense Services. He was North Carolina’s Deputy State Staff Judge Advocate when he retired in 2013. Named North Carolina’s first Army Senior Defense Counsel in 2008, his TDS team was responsible for providing defense services to the state’s 12,000 soldiers and airmen. Mendaloff served as a District Court Magistrate from 1977-1989 and a resident Superior Court Judge in 2012.

Before arriving at Pfeiffer, Mendaloff attended Central Piedmont Community College and earned two associate degrees. He graduated from Pfeiffer with a degree in criminal justice and received his graduate degree in criminal justice from the University of South Carolina. Mendaloff received his law degree from North Carolina Central University, and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

Mendaloff and his wife of 45 years, Martha, have one daughter, Erin, and a grandson, Tate. He currently practices law in Iredell and surrounding counties, a roll in which he has served since 1993.