Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463
MCAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, USA
Matthew R. Hackett
Sergeant Major Hackett enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on 8 February 1993 and attended recruit training at MCRD San Diego, California. Upon graduation from recruit training, he reported to the School of Infantry, Camp Pendleton, California where he received the military occupational specialty (MOS) of 0311, rifleman.
After graduating SOI, Sergeant Major Hackett was assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines where he served as a Rifleman, Team Leader and Squad Leader from August of 1993 to February of 1997. He deployed twice and participated in operations Sothern Watch, Restore Hope, Vigilant Warrior, Vigilant Sentinel, Desert Strike and JTF 6 Mission 319-95.
Sergeant Major Hackett received orders in February 1997 to Marine Corps Security Forces Guard School. Upon completion of school, he was placed on the Personal Reliability Program and assigned to Marine Corps Security Force Company, North Island, California where he served as Sergeant of the Guard and Designated Marksman Instructor.
September of 1998, Sergeant Major Hackett requested orders to MCRD San Diego to Drill Instructor School 1-99. Upon graduation from Drill Instructor School, Sergeant Major Hackett was assigned to Hotel Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, MCRD San Diego, California. Sergeant Major Hackett successfully completed 7 training cycles, serving as Drill Instructor, Senior Drill Instructor and was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant.
Sergeant Major Hackett received orders and reported to 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, Camp Pendleton, California In January 2002. He served as the Assistant Operations Chief during a WestPac Deployment in June 2002. January 2003, he served as the Platoon Sergeant for 1st Platoon, Lima Company where he deployed in support of Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and Iraqi Freedom 2-2.
May 2005, Sergeant Major Hackett was selected and received orders to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY where he served as the Assistant Marine Officer Instructor for the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps.
Sergeant Major Hackett was selected for First Sergeant and received orders in July 2008 to Military Police Support Company, I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group where he deployed to Afghanistan in support Of Operation Enduring Freedom 10-1 and 10-2. May 2011, Sergeant Major Hackett received orders and was assigned as the Company First Sergeant of Alpha Company, First Recruit Training Battalion, MCRD San Diego.
Sergeant Major Hackett was selected for Sergeant Major and received orders in May 2013 to 5th Battalion, 11th Marines. November 2014, Sergeant Major Hackett received orders to HMH-463 to serve as the Squadron Sergeant Major where he is currently serving.
Sergeant Major Hackett’s personal awards include the Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal with gold star in lieu of second award, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Metal w/Combat Distinguishing Device to include 3 gold stars and the Combat Action Ribbon.