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Sergeant Major Michael W. Moore
December 20, 2013
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Sergeant Major Michael W. Moore, Headquarters and Service Battalion sergeant major

Sergeant Major Michael W. Moore, Headquarters and Service Battalion sergeant major (Photo by Combat Camera)

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Sergeant Major Moore enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in June 1985 and attended Recruit Training, Parris Island, SC, where he was meritoriously promoted to Private First Class. Private First Class Moore was assigned as a Fire Direction Controlman, Battery “Q”, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines.  During his tour of duty from December 1985 – March 1989 he served as a Publications Clerk, Naval Gunfire Spotter, and Field Artillery Forward Observer, and as the Battery Assistant Operations Chief.


In March of 1989, then Corporal Moore reported to Marine Security Battalion, Quantico, VA for duty as a Marine Security Guard.  From May 1989 to June 1989 he was TAD with the US Secret Service during the presidential visit to Rome Italy and from June 1989 to July 1989 he was TAD to American Embassy Panama City, Panama to augment the Marine Detachment.  His first post as a Marine Security Guard was American Embassy Managua, Nicaragua from August 1989 – July 1990 where he served as the Training NCO and Mess Manager.  Sergeant Moore was transferred to American Embassy Caracas, Venezuela for duty in August 1990.  Sergeant Moore successfully completed his tour as a Marine Security Guard in January 1992.


In February 1992, upon returning to 2d Marine Division, Sergeant Moore served as an Operations Assistant with the 1st Battalion, 19th Marines.  In May 1993 – September 1993 he was a student at the Marine Artillery Operations Chief Course, Marine Artillery Detachment, Fort Sill, OK where he graduated as the Distinguished Graduate.  He then served as the Operations Assistant, 1st Battalion, 10th Marines from October 1993 – March 1994.  In March of 1994 he was ordered to Okinawa, Japan to assume the position of Operations Chief of Battery A.  During his tour with Alpha Battery he was awarded the Saint Barbara Medal and inducted into the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara. 


In September 1995, Staff Sergeant Moore attended Recruiting School in San Diego, CA and was a successful recruiter with Marine Corps Recruiting Station, Fort Lauderdale, FL from September 1995 – December 1998.  In December 1998, once more he returned to the 2nd Marine Division for service with 5th Battalion, 10th Marines as the Assistant Battalion Operations Chief.  In August of 1999, then Gunnery Sergeant Moore was transferred to 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines and served as the 81mm Mortars Operations Chief and Platoon Sergeant.  He deployed with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit.  In September of 2002, Gunnery Sergeant Moore was transferred to 3rd Battalion, 10th Marines for duty as the Battalion Survey Chief.  In September of 2002 he attended the Marine Artillery Survey Course, Fort Sill, OK where he was the Distinguished Graduate.


In May 2003, First Sergeant Moore was promoted and assigned as the First Sergeant, Company “B”, 7th Communication Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force.  October of 2004 he was selected as a member of the Military Transition team (Training Iraqi security forces).  During his tour in Iraq he was the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, Iraqi Intervention Force.  Upon his return in September 2005, he served as the Company First Sergeant, Headquarters Company.


In June 2006, he was frocked and assigned as the Sergeant Major of the 3rd Intelligence Battalion, III MHG.  Sergeant Major Moore was subsequently reassigned on 15 September to 7th Communication Battalion, III MHG as the Sergeant Major.  On 12 July 2008, Sergeant Major Moore assumed the duties as the Sergeant Major, Recruiting Station Buffalo, 1st Marine Corps Recruiting District, New York.  In May 2011, Sergeant Major Moore assumed his current duties as the Sergeant Major of Headquarters and Service Battalion, MCB Quantico, VA


Sergeant Major Moore’s Military education includes completion of the Basic NCO Course, Marine Security Guard Course, Career Course, Advance Course, Marine Corps Artillery Operations Chief Course, Marine Corps Artillery Survey Chief Course, Marine Recruiter School, Infantry Mortar Leaders Course, Warfighting Skills Program, Amphibious Warfare Non-Resident Phase I and II, and the First Sergeants Course.


His civilian education includes an Associate of Applied Science in Business and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.


Personal decoration includes the Bronze Star, Meritorious service medal w/one gold star, Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Recruiting Ribbon w/one star, and the Order of Saint Barbara.