Micheal P. Barrett
Barrett in June 2011, during his tenure as the 17th Sergeant Major of the U.S. Marine Corps.
|Born||April 5, 1963|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1981–2015|
|Rank||Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps|
|Commands held||Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps|
Micheal P. "Mike" Barrett (born April 5, 1963) was the 17th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps succeeding Carlton W. Kent on June 9, 2011. As the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Barrett was the highest ranking noncommissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps. He was succeeded by Ronald L. Green on February 20, 2015.
Early life and education
Sergeant Major Barrett was born in 1963 and grew up in the Upstate New York town of Youngstown. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at the age of 17, on March 16, 1981, and underwent recruit training at Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion Parris Island.
In November 1981, Sergeant Major Barrett completed the School of Infantry at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. He was ordered to 1st Battalion 4th Marines in Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms for duty. He attended Ranger School, and served as a rifleman, grenadier, fireteam leader, squad leader, and platoon sergeant, meritoriously promoted up to the rank of sergeant. He met his wife Susan there, marrying her in August 1984, and then transferred the same month to serve as an Inspector-Instructor for 2nd Battalion 25th Marines at New Rochelle, New York. Outside of his primary duties as an infantry instructor, he was assigned numerous support duties to include; Armorer, Nuclear Biological Chemical noncommissioned officer, and Training Chief.
In September 1987, Sergeant Major Barrett was assigned to 3rd Battalion 9th Marines at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, and trained as a Scout Sniper to serve as a platoon sergeant for the unit's STA platoon. As a staff sergeant, he was deployed to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait for the Gulf War, earning a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with a valor device for engaging enemy mortar positions with his Barrett M82 sniper rifle in early 1991.
In January 1995, he was transferred to Marine Corps Base Quantico to serve as the chief instructor at the Scout Sniper Instructor School, and then as the senior enlisted advisor for the Marine Security Company at Camp David and liaison with the United States Secret Service in September 1996.
Promoted to first sergeant in 1998, Sergeant Major Barrett was transferred to 3rd Battalion 4th Marines at Twentynine Palms, serving as the company first sergeant for Company I, Headquarters and Service Company, and Weapons Company.
From October 2007 to May 2009, he was stationed again in Quantico, at the Officer Candidates School.
He was then selected as the sergeant major of 1st Marine Division in June 2009, and deployed to Afghanistan as the I Marine Expeditionary Force/Regional Command Southwest sergeant major in March 2010.
On April 11, 2011, the Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps General James F. Amos announced that Barrett would serve as the 17th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps. He succeeded Carlton W. Kent on June 9, 2011, at Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C.
Controversy erupted on April 11, 2014, when Barrett told a Senate Armed Services Committee panel that Marines should be paid less. According to Barrett, "I truly believe it will raise discipline. You'll have better spending habits. You won't be so wasteful." Barrett argued that overly high pay and benefits will transform the Marines into an organization of entitlement, rather than a war-fighting organization.
Barrrett issued a letter to all Marines to explain his congressional testimony, "Recent reporting of my testimony may have left you with a mistaken impression that I don't care about your quality of life and that I support lower pay for service members. This is not true," Barrett wrote in the letter. However, he maintained that the growth in pay and benefits must be slowed down in order to ensure the Corps can pay for better equipment.
Awards and decorations
Barrett has earned the following awards:
He's not only a trained scout sniper, but also a graduate of the Army Ranger School who earned two Bronze Stars with "V" device while serving in Iraq as sergeant major of 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, out of Twentynine Palms, Calif.
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- Cifuentes, Sergeant Michael S. (April 13, 2011). "Commandant announces next Sergeant Major of Marines". Headquarters Marine Corps. United States Marine Corps. Archived from the original on April 21, 2011. Retrieved April 25, 2011.
- Gault, Matthew (11 April 2014). "Top NCO Tells Congress That Marines Don't Care About Getting Paid". medium.com. War is Boring. Retrieved 11 April 2014.
- "NEXT SERGEANT MAJOR OF THE MARINE CORPS ANNOUNCED". January 20, 2015. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
- Lamothe April 25, p.23
- Lamothe, Dan (May 5, 2011). "Marines: Next enlisted leader 'like Superman'". Marine Corps Times. Retrieved May 6, 2011.
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Carlton W. Kent
| Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps
Ronald L. Green