My Military Career

I enlisted in the Marine Corps October 2nd 1995. I went to boot camp at MCRD San Diego, then to combat training at MCT Camp Pendleton California; I went to Motor Transport Operations School than Wrecker school at Camp Lejeune North Carolina. After school I was sent to 8th Motor Transport Battalion Camp Lejeune North Carolina for almost 3 years. After that I was transferred to Iwakuni Japan, CSSD 36 for one year then MWSS 171 for the second, during my time there I deployed to Australia, Guam, and climbed Mount Fuji. After two years in Japan I put in for I & I duty at MWSS 473 Fresno California. After 3 years there I transferred to 3rd Battalion 1st Marine Regiment 1st Marine Division Camp Pendleton CA. on June of 2004 I deployed to Fallujah Iraq for 8 months and participated in operation Phantom Furry to retake Fallujah During the deployment I received a Navy Achievement medal 2nd award, Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary medal, Global War On Terrorism, and the Sea Service Deployment ribbon 3rd award, and the Combat Action ribbon. After that we came back to the states for five months and on September of 2005 I redeployed to Haditha Dam Iraq. On October 21st 2005 during my deployment in Iraq I pined on Staff Sergeant, which is one of the highlights of my career. I also received the Navy Achievement Medal 3rd award with the Combat distinction device (Combat V). After returning from Iraq I went to 9th Communications Battalion for two years. on the 16th of May 2008 I executed orders 3rd Marine Division Headquarters Battalion Truck Company Okinawa Japan where I held the billet of Truck Master. On the 14th of August 2009 I attaches to 1st Battalion 3rd Marines as 1st Platoon Truck Company to start our workups for our upcoming deployment. Then on 11th of November 2009 we Deployed to Helmond province Afghanistan. On the 9th Of January 2010 I was hit by an IED and medevaced out of the country to Bethesda, then to Palo Alto VA Hospital for rehab. On October 30th 2011 I was medical retired from the Marine Corps and now living the life as a civilian.

My Afghanistan Pictures and Story

CHRONOLOGICAL RECORD OF MILITARY SERVICE

 

Dates               Units                                                                Billets Held

1995-1998       8th Motor Transport Battalion                             Wrecker Operator

1998-1999       CSSD 36 Iwakuni Japan                                    Wrecker Operator

1999-2000       MWSS 171 Iwakuni Japan                                 Wrecker Operator/ QC

2000-2003       I & I Duty Fresno, CA                                       Wrecker Operator/ QC

2003-2006       3rd Battalion 1st Marines                                    Wrecker Operator/ Platoon Sergeant

2006-2008       9th Communications Battalion                             Platoon Sergeant

2008-2009       Headquarters Battalion Truck Co.                       Truck Master

2009-2010       Attached to 1/3 as 1st platoonTruck Co.              Platoon Sergeant           

 

COMBAT TOURS

 

Dates                       Units                                                               Location                                 Billets Held

2004-2005       3rd Battalion 1st Marines            OIF 2-2                     Fallujah Iraq                   Wrecker Operator/ Platoon Sergeant

2005-2006       3rd Battalion 1st Marines            OIF 5-7                     Haditha Iraq                   Wrecker Operator/ Platoon Sergeant

2009-2010       1st Battalion 3rd Marines            OEF                          Nawa Afghanistan                   Platoon Sergeant

 

MILITARY EDUCATION

 

Dates               Military Schools/Course Attended

1995                    Recruit Training, MCRD San Diego

1996                Marine Combat Training

1996                MVOC/ VRC

1999                Sgt Non-Res

2001                Small Computer Systems Specialist Course

2006                Motor Transport Career Course  

2008                Career Course

 

DECORATIONS/PERSONAL AWARDS

 

Purple Hart

Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal X 3 W/ V

Combat Action Ribbon X 2

Volunteer service medal

GWOT Service Medal

GWOT Expeditionary

Iraq Campaign Medal X 3

Afghanistan Campaign Medal

Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation

Good Conduct Medal X 3

National Defense Medal X 2

Sea Service Deployment X 4

 

PROMOTIONS

 

Dates               Grade

1995                Private First Class (PFC)

1996                Lance Corporal

1997                Corporal

1999                Sergeant

2005                Staff Sergeant

 

MISCELLANEOUS

 

Additional MOS

3536 Wrecker Operator

3538 Licensing Examiner

9982 Network Administrator


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