Monday, June 13, 2011


As many years as I've served in the Marine Corps so far, I can finally say that I've served with the most senior enlisted Marine.  I've served with Officers who have become Lieutenant Generals (three stars)  and enlisted Marines who have become Sergeant's Major's, but none have ever held the "high office."  I served in a command with Sergeant Major Barrett in Afghanistan this past year in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 10.2 and have no doubt that he is the right man for the job.  He is my sixth Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps.

Below, Commandant of the Marine Corps, General James F. Amos, hands the sword of office to Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Micheal Barrett, during a relief and appointment ceremony at Marine Barracks Washington June 9, 2011. Barrett took charge as the 17th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps as Sergeant Major Carlton W. Kent, the predecessor, relinquished his duties as senior enlisted advisor to the Commandant and retired from active service in the Marine Corps.  Sergeant Major Kent served thirty-five years in the Marine Corps. 

Semper Fidelis!

The first Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps,  Wilbur Bestwick.  He served from May 1957 through August 1959.

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