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Kent named next sergeant major of the Marine Corps

Kent named next sergeant major of the Marine Corps

By John Hoellwarth
Marine Corps Times
Posted : Friday Jan 19, 2007 15:35:48 EST

The commandant has announced that Sgt. Maj. Carlton Kent will be the next sergeant major of the Marine Corps.

Commandant Gen. James Conway made the announcement during a command visit to Camp Pendleton, Calif. Kent is the senior enlisted Marine with I Marine Expeditionary Force.

Kent will replace Sgt. Maj. John Estrada, who has held the Corps' top enlisted spot since June 2003.

The new sergeant major is a "known quantity" to Conway because he has been I MEF's senior enlisted Marine since Conway commanded that unit in Iraq in 2004, said Sgt. Maj. Lawrence Thompson, who served above Kent as sergeant major of Marine Corps Forces Pacific until beginning terminal leave last month.

Thompson described Kent as "an advocate" for junior Marines and "a war fighter from the word go."

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Sergeant Major, I Marine Expeditionary Force

SgtMaj Kent was born in Memphis, Tennessee. He completed recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina in March 1976 and was assigned to the 1st Marine Brigade.

In May 1978, SgtMaj Kent was transferred to Marine Security Guard Battalion where he served as a Marine Security Guard. He served at American Embassy, Kinshasa, Zaire and Panama.

In June 1981, SgtMaj Kent transferred to Fort Benning for Airborne School and Parachute Riggers School at Fort Lee, Virginia. In June of 1982 he was assigned as 2nd Air Delivery Platoon Commander, and parachute rigger billets in various commands aboard Camp Lejuene.

In February 1983, SgtMaj Kent was transferred to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California for duty as a drill instructor, senior drill instructor and battalion drill master with First Battalion. In January 1985, he was meritoriously promoted to Gunnery Sergeant.

In May 1985, SgtMaj Kent transferred to 3d Air Delivery Platoon as Platoon Sergeant. In June 1986 he transferred to Engineer Company, BSSG-1 1st Marine Brigade, Hawaii as Company Gunnery Sergeant. In March 1988, SgtMaj Kent was assigned to Noncommissioned Officers School, 1st Marine Brigade as the NCOIC.

In February 1989, SgtMaj Kent transferred to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina as a student at Drill Instructor School. After completion of Drill Instructor School, Sergeant Major Kent was assigned to Naval Aviation Officers Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida as a Drill Instructor, Chief Drill Instructor, and First Sergeant. In February 1990, Sergeant Major Kent was promoted to First Sergeant and assigned as First Sergeant, MATSG, Pensacola, Florida.

In June 1992, he transferred to 4th Marine Regiment for duty. In June 1993, he transferred to the Army Sergeants Major Academy, Fort Bliss, Texas. After graduation, in February 1994 he was transferred and assigned as First Sergeant, Battery L, 3d Battalion, 12th Marines. In December 1994, he assumed the duties as SgtMaj, 3d Battalion, 12th Marines.

In August 1997, SgtMaj Kent was transferred to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California where he was assigned duties as Sergeant Major Second Recruit Training Battalion and in September 1999 as Sergeant Major Recruit Training Regiment.

In May 2001, he was transferred to Marine Forces Europe/FMF Europe, Stuttgart, Germany where he was assigned the duties as the Sergeant Major of Marine Forces Europe/FMF Europe.

In April 2004, he was transferred to I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California where he is presently serving as the Sergeant Major of the I Marine Expeditionary Force.

His awards include the Legion of Merit, a Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star in lieu of second award, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Gold Star in lieu of second award, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Gold Star in lieu of second award, and the Combat Action Ribbon. He is the recipient of the General Gerald C. Thomas Award for inspirational leadership.
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