Ronald L. Green

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Ronald L. Green
Ronald L. Green (2015).jpg
Green in February 2015
Bornc. 1964 (age 54–55)
Jackson, Mississippi
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service1983–present
RankUSMC-E9-SGMMC.svg Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps
Battles/warsSomali Civil War
Iraq War
AwardsLegion of Merit (3)
Meritorious Service Medal
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (5)
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3)

Ronald L. Green (born c. 1964) is a United States Marine and the 18th and current Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps. He succeeded Micheal Barrett on February 20, 2015. As the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Green is the highest ranking non-commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps.

Early life and education[edit]

A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Green enlisted and began recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, on 27 November 1983.[1] Green holds a Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity and a Master of Science in Cybersecurity Policy from the University of Maryland University College.

Military career[edit]

Green 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]

Green 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 the Iraq War's Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006.[2]

Awards and decorations[edit]

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Bronze star
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Bronze star
Bronze star
Silver star
USMC Rifle Expert badge.png USMC Pistol Expert badge.png
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/ 10 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
Micheal P. Barrett
Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps