Ronald L. Green

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Ronald L. Green
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Green in February 2015
Born Jackson, Mississippi, U.S.
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch  United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1983–present
Rank USMC-E9-SGMMC.svg Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps
Unit Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps
Battles/wars Iraq War

Ronald L. Green is the 18th and current Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps succeeding Micheal Barrett on February 20, 2015. As the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Green is the highest ranking noncommissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps.


A native of Jackson, Mississippi, he attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, on 27 November 1983.[1]

He has been meritoriously promoted to the ranks of private first class, lance corporal, corporal, sergeant, and staff sergeant.

Throughout his career, Green has been assigned numerous duties to include: field artillery cannoneer; field artillery nuclear projectileman; tower operator; drill instructor, senior drill instructor and drill master; battery section chief and battery gunnery sergeant, Assistant Marine Officer Instructor at Southern University and A&M College; first sergeant of Inspector-Instructor Staff, B Company, 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment; and sergeant major of Headquarters Marine Corps Henderson Hall, United States Marine Corps Forces, Europe/Marine Corps Forces Africa and 1st Marine Expeditionary Force.[2]

He has deployed to Somalia with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) during Operation Restore Hope in 1993; to South America in support of Operation United Americas (UNITAS) in 2002; and with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006.[2]

Green holds a B.A. in Cybersecurity and a M.A. in Cybersecurity Policy from the University of Maryland University College.

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Silver star
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1st row Legion of Merit with 2 gold award stars Meritorious Service Medal Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal w/ 4 award stars Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal w/ 2 award stars
2nd row Navy Unit Commendation w/ 1 bronze service star Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation w/ 4 service stars Navy E Ribbon w/ 1 Battle "E" device Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal w/ 9 service stars
3rd row National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 service star Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Iraq Campaign Medal w/ 1 campaign star Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
4th row Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/ 5 service stars Marine Corps Drill Instructor Ribbon United Nations Medal
Badges Rifle expert marksmanship badge (several awards) Pistol expert marksmanship badge


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Marine Corps.

  1. ^ Jennewein, Chris (January 20, 2015). "Pendleton Marine Is Historic 18th Sergeant Major of Corps". Times of San Diego. Retrieved November 9, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Lamothe, Dan (January 21, 2015). "The new top enlisted Marine gave up a college band scholarship to join the military". Washington Post. Retrieved November 9, 2015. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Michael P. Barrett
Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps
2015 –