Carlton W. Kent
|Carlton W. Kent|
Kent in January 2007
November 5, 1957 |
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1976-2011|
|Rank||Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps|
|Unit||United States Marine Corps|
|Awards||Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit with gold award star
Carlton Wayne Kent (born November 5, 1957) is a retired United States Marine who served as the 16th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, assuming the post on April 25, 2007 until June 9, 2011. He succeeded John L. Estrada, who had been serving in that capacity since June 2003. He was succeeded by Micheal Barrett on June 9, 2011.
Early life and education 
In June 1981, Kent transferred to Fort Benning for Airborne School and Parachute Riggers School at Fort Lee, Virginia. In June 1982, he was assigned as 2nd Air Delivery Platoon Commander, and parachute rigger billets in various commands at Camp Lejeune.
In February 1983, Kent was transferred to Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, California, for duty as a drill instructor, senior drill instructor, and battalion drill master with First Battalion. In January 1985, Kent was meritoriously promoted to Gunnery Sergeant.
In May 1985, Kent transferred to the 3rd Air Delivery Platoon as platoon sergeant. In June 1986, he transferred to Engineer Company, BSSG-1 1st Marine Brigade, Hawaii, as Company Gunnery Sergeant. In March 1988, Kent was assigned to Noncommissioned Officers School, 1st Marine Brigade, as the NCOIC.
In February 1989, Kent transferred to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina, as a student at Drill Instructor School. After completion of Drill Instructor School, Kent was assigned to Naval Aviation Officers Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida, as a Drill Instructor, Chief Drill Instructor, and First Sergeant. In February 1990, Kent was promoted to First Sergeant and assigned as First Sergeant, Marine Aviation and Training Support Group, Pensacola, Florida.
In June 1992, he transferred to 4th Marine Regiment for duty. In June 1993, he transferred to the Army Sergeants Major Academy, Fort Bliss, Texas. After graduation, in February 1994 he was transferred and assigned as First Sergeant, Battery L, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marines. In December 1994, he assumed the duties as the Sergeant Major of the 3rd Battalion, 12th Marines.
In August 1997, Kent was transferred to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California, where he was assigned duties as Sergeant Major Second Recruit Training Battalion, and, in September 1999, as Sergeant Major Recruit Training Regiment.
On January 19, 2007, General James Conway, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, announced that Kent would become the 16th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, succeeding John L. Estrada. On April 25, 2007, in a ceremony at the Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C., Kent assumed the top Marine Corps enlisted post. He was succeeded by Micheal Barrett on June 9, 2011, at Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C.
Personal life 
Kent is the recipient of the General Gerald C. Thomas Award for inspirational leadership.
Awards and decorations 
Medals and ribbons 
|Navy and Marine Corps Parachutist Insignia|
|1st row||Navy Distinguished Service Medal||Legion of Merit w/ 1 award star|
|2nd row||Bronze Star||Meritorious Service Medal w/ 1 award star||Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal w/ 1 award star||Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal w/ 1 award star|
|3rd row||Combat Action Ribbon||Navy Unit Commendation w/ 1 service star||Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation||Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal w/ 10 service stars|
|4th row||National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 service star||Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal||Global War on Terrorism Service Medal||Korea Defense Service Medal|
|5th row||Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/ 8 service stars||Navy & Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon w/ 3 service stars||Marine Corps Drill Instructor Ribbon w/ 2 service stars||Marine Corps Security Guard Ribbon|
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- Hoellwarth, John (April 26, 2007). "Kent becomes top enlisted Marine". Marine Corps Times. Retrieved 2007-04-25.
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- Delai, Marine Corps News, 2007.
- "16th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps assumes post". United States Marine Corps. April 27, 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-27.[dead link]
- Lloyd, Memphis Online, 2006.
- Hoellwarth, Marine Corps Times, January 2007.
- Cifuentes, Sergeant Michael S. (April 13, 2011). "Commandant announces next Sergeant Major of Marines". Headquarters Marine Corps. United States Marine Corps. Retrieved April 25, 2011.
- "CARLTON W. KENT". Who's Who in Marine Corps History. Marine Corps History Division. Retrieved 2009-06-10.
- Hoellwarth, John (January 19, 2007). "Kent named next sergeant major of the Marine Corps". Marine Corps Times. Retrieved 2007-01-20.
- "Sergeant Major Carlton W. Kent, Sergeant Major, I Marine Expeditionary Force". I MEF Sergeant Major Biography. I MEF, United States Marine Corps. August 17, 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-02-16. Retrieved 2007-01-20.
- "U.S. Marine Corps - 16th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps: Carlton W. Kent". United States Marine Corps. Archived from the original on 2007-04-10. Retrieved 2007-04-26.
- Lloyd, Crystal (December 8, 2006). "Marine: Take life seriously". Memphis Online (CommercialAppeal.com). Retrieved 2007-01-20.[dead link] Message from SgtMaj Kent to high school students.
- "Portrait and Profile: Sgt Maj Carlton W. Kent". Marines Magazine. United States Marine Corps. March 25, 2010. Retrieved 31 March 2010.
- Purvis, Mearl (May 3, 2010). "Local Marine Rises High". WHBQ-TV. Retrieved 5 May 2010.
John L. Estrada
|Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps