Sergeant Major Byrd
was born in Pontiac, Michigan on 9 August 1965.
In January 1984, he graduated from Pontiac Northern High School. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps
on 26 September 1985 and attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit
Depot, San Diego, California. Upon completion
of recruit training in December he reported to Infantry Training School (ITS) at
Camp Pendleton, California. He graduated
ITS in February 1986 with the military occupational specialty (MOS) 0311. He was promoted to the rank of Private First
Class (PFC) upon graduating from ITS.
In March 1986, Sergeant Major Byrd was assigned to Charlie
Company, First Battalion, Seventh Marines, First Marine Division. During this tour he served as the platoon
radio operator, fire team leader, and squad leader. He was promoted to Lance Corporal in
1986. In 1987, he deployed with the unit
to Okinawa, Japan for a six months.
During the deployment he was meritoriously promoted to the rank of
Corporal. In March 1989, Sergeant Major
Byrd reenlisted and received orders for Marine Cadre School at Marine Security
Forces Battalion, Mare Island, California.
In June 1989, Sergeant Major Byrd graduated Marine Cadre
School, and received orders to Lemoore Naval Air Station, Lemoore,
California. During this assignment
Sergeant Major Byrd was responsible for training the Auxiliary Security Force
(ASF) on perimeter security, and anti-terrorism force protection measures. In addition, he provided marksmanship training
for all personnel aboard the base.
Sergeant Major Byrd was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in August
In July 1992, Sergeant Major Byrd reported to Bravo Company,
First Battalion, Eighth Marines, Second
Marine Division. During this tour he
served as a squad leader, platoon guide, platoon sergeant, and as the battalion
substance abuse control officer (SACO). Also
during this tour he deployed to Okinawa, Japan on the unit deployment plan
(UDP), the Mediterranean Sea with 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit
(MEU), and with the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) for
the contingency in Haiti.
In July 1995, Sergeant Major Byrd reported to Hotel Company,
Marine Combat Training (MCT) Battalion, Camp Geiger in Jacksonville, North
Carolina. During this tour he held the
billets of Platoon Commander Hotel Company, heavy machinegun instructor for MCT
Battalion, and academic instructor for the machine-gunner package at MCT. In October 1996 Sergeant Major Byrd was
promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant.
In March 1998, Sergeant Major Byrd reported to DI
school. Upon graduating DI school he was
assigned to Hotel Company, Second Recruit Training Battalion. During this tour of duty he served as a drill
instructor, senior drill instructor, chief drill instructor, and as a first aid
instructor at the Academic Instructor Platoon (AIP). Sergeant Major Byrd was selected as the Drill
Instructor of the Year for Second Battalion in 1998. Sergeant Major Byrd was promoted to the rank
of Gunnery Sergeant in August 2001.
In February 2002 Sergeant Major Byrd reported to Second
Battalion, Seventh Marines, Twenty-nine Palms, California. During this tour he served as the Platoon
Sergeant for the combined anti-armor team (CAAT) for Weapons Company, Company
Gunnery Sergeant and First Sergeant for Headquarters and Service (H&S) Company. During this tour he deployed twice, once on
UDP (Unit Deployment Plan) for ten months to Okinawa, and the second time in
support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II (OIF II).
Sergeant Major Byrd was frocked to the rank of First Sergeant
in January 2005. In July 2005 he
reported for Instructor and Inspector (I&I) Duty with Marine Wing Support
Squadron 472, Detachment Alpha, Wyoming, Pennsylvania. During this tour he served as the Site First
Sergeant, and senior enlisted advisor for the detachment.
Sergeant Major Byrd was frocked to his current rank in
September 2008, and reported to Third Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Corps Air
Station, Camp Pendleton, California. Sergeant
Major Byrd served with Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169 (HMLA-169) from
September 2008 through September 2011.
During this tour he deployed twice to Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).
Sergeant Major Byrd reported to Manpower Management Division
at Quantico, Virginia in October 2011.
He was assigned as the senior enlisted for Manpower Management Support
Branch 30 (MMSB-30). He was the subject
matter expert on the Marine Corps Performance Evaluation, and fitness reports.
Sergeant Major Byrd assumed his current billet as the SgtMaj
of Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia on 18 December 2013.
Sergeant Major Byrd’s awards include the Meritorious Service
Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal two gold stars in lieu of third
award, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold stars in lieu
of third award, and the Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.