1st Marine Aircraft Wing Sergeant Major
Sergeant Major Michael J. Pritchard
Sergeant Major Pritchard enlisted in the Marine Corps in Keene, New Hampshire and reported to Kilo Company, Third Recruit Training Battalion, Parris Island, SC in March 1992. After graduation he reported to Camp Geiger, North Carolina for Marine Combat Training and Fort Lee, Virginia for follow on school and earned the MOS 1391.
PFC Pritchard then transferred to Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 (MWSS-171) in Iwakuni, Japan in November 1992. There LCpl Pritchard deployed to Korea for Operation Team Spirit and was meritoriously promoted to Corporal in December 1993. He then deployed to Thailand for Operation Cobra Gold and was meritoriously promoted to Sergeant in June 1995. Later he was selected to serve as the Squadron’s Legal NCOIC.
Sgt Pritchard was transferred to Combat Service Support Detachment 21 (CSSD-21) in Cherry Point, North Carolina in February 1996 and was assigned as the NCOIC for the Mobile Refueler Section.
In July 1998, Sgt Pritchard was transferred to Drill Instructor School at MCRD Parris Island and graduated as a distinguished graduate. Upon graduation, he earned the MOS 8511 and then reported to Swim School. After completing Swim School, he became a Marine Combat Instructor of Water Survival (MCIWS) and earned the MOS 8563. Sgt Pritchard then reported to Kilo Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion for duty as a Drill Instructor. While working his forth Platoon, he was meritoriously promoted to Staff Sergeant in January 2000 and then reported to the Combat Training Pool for duty. At the Combat Training Pool, SSgt Pritchard was sent to Instructor Trainer School at Camp Johnson, North Carolina and became a Marine Combat Instructor Trainer of Water Survival (MCITWS). After a year at the Combat Training Pool, SSgt Pritchard went back to Kilo Company to finish his last year as a Senior Drill Instructor.
In October 2001, SSgt Pritchard was transferred to Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron (H&HS), MCAS Futenma, Okinawa, Japan and served as the Fuels Chief for Supply Division. SSgt Pritchard attended Crew Chief School in Lemoore, California and became a Marine Corps Crew Chief and an Instructor for the C-35 Jet and earned the MOS 6247. While at H&HS, he was meritoriously promoted to Gunnery Sergeant.
In August 2004, he was once again transferred to MWSS-171 in Iwakuni, Japan and served as the Company First Sergeant for Airfield Operations Company.
In June 2005, he was transferred to MWSS-273, Beaufort, South Carolina and served as the Company First Sergeant for Airfield Operations Company. He was selected to First Sergeant in December 2005 and was promoted in October 2006.
In October 2006, he was transferred to 5th Marine Regiment, Camp Pendleton, California and served as the Company First Sergeant for Headquarters Company, 5th Marines. In January 2008, 1stSgt Pritchard deployed in Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 07-9/08-01 with Regimental Combat Team 5 in the Al Anbar Province for 13 months. While at 5th Marines, 1stSgt Pritchard also served as the Director of multiple Corporals Leadership Courses.
In June 2009, he was transferred to Combat Logistics Company 36 (CLC-36), Iwakuni, Japan for duty as the Company First Sergeant. While at CLC-36, he participated in exercises Dragon Fire 2009 & 2010, PHIBLEX 10 & 11 and Foal Eagle 2010. In November 2010, he was selected to Sergeant Major.
Sergeant Major Pritchard transferred to Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242 (VMFA(AW)-242), MCAS Iwakuni, Japan in April 2011 and was promoted to his present rank in July 2011. While with VMFA(AW)-242 he participated in Geiger Fury, Habu Fury, Miyagi Fury and Cobra Gold. In May 2013, SgtMaj Pritchard reported to Inspector - Instructor, 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion for duty as the I-I SgtMaj.
In April 2015, Sergeant Major Pritchard was transferred to Marine Aircraft Group 39 for duty.
Sergeant Major Pritchard graduated Summa Cum Laude from Park University with Bachelor of Science Degrees in Business Management and Finance. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Franklin Peirce University with a Master’s Degree in Business Leadership. His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, Navy Commendation Medal with one gold star, Navy Achievement Medal with two gold stars and various other Service and Campaign medals.