Frankie Segarra

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Frankie Segarra
MGySgt. Frankie Segarra
Born 1960 (age 56–57)
New York City, NY
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch Seal of the United States Marine Corps.svg United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1980-present
Rank USMC-E9-MGyS.svg
Master Gunnery Sergeant
Unit Combat Logistics Regiment 3, 3rd Marine Logistics Group
Commands held Paraloft chief, Landing Support Company
Battles/wars Operation Desert Shield
Operation Desert Storm

Master Gunnery Sergeant Frankie Segarra (born 1960), is the first Hispanic to reach the rank of Master Gunnery Sergeant in his Military Occupational Specialty, 0451 air delivery specialist.

Early years[edit]

Segarra's parents moved from Puerto Rico and settled in New York City where Segarra was born and raised. After graduating from high school he joined the Marine Corps and received his basic training in Parris Island, South Carolina.[1]

Master Gunnery Sergeant[edit]

MGySgt Segarra, a veteran of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, is the first Hispanic and for that matter the first Puerto Rican Master Gunnery Sergeant acting as paraloft chief, Landing Support Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 3, 3rd Marine Logistics Group in Camp Smedley D. Butler located in Okinawa, Japan.[2]

Master Gunnery Sergeant and the rank of Sergeant Major are the highest enlisted ranks in the Marine Corps; however, there are far fewer Master Gunnery Sergeants than Sergeants Major.

Other notable Hispanics with the pay grade of E-9 include:

Hispanic Heritage Month[edit]

During the observance of "Hispanic Heritage Month" at Camp Foster in Okinawa, Japan, MGySgt Segarra was quoted as saying "My role as the first Hispanic Marine to achieve the rank of master gunnery sergeant in my military occupational specialty shows that Hispanic Marines can achieve anything".[1]

Awards and decorations[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Hispanic Heritage Month". Marine Corps News. October 1, 2004. Archived from the original on 2004-11-12. Retrieved 2006-05-16. 
  2. ^ ""Making A Difference In Our Communities And Our Nation" — Hispanic Heritage Month". Puerto Rico Herald. October 5, 2004. Archived from the original on 2004-11-28. Retrieved 2005-10-03. 

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