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Sergeant Major
SgtMaj Daniel N. Heider

Sergeant Major Heider was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania March 1978.  He enlisted in the Marine Corps in October, 1996.  After graduating recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, Private First Class Heider reported to Marine Combat Training, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and subsequently to Naval Air Station Meridian, Mississippi for training as an Aviation Maintenance Specialist.

May of 1997, Private First Class Heider reported to Marine Corps Base Hawaii for duty with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 24 (MALS-24).  While stationed with MALS-24, He obtained the rank of Lance Corporal and Corporal and served as the Aviation Maintenance Data NCOIC.  In March 1999, Corporal Heider received orders to HMH-362, Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

While at HMH-362, Sergeant Heider deployed to New Delhi, India in support of a Presidential security.  Additionally, Sergeant Heider deployed to Korea, Thailand, Okinawa, and Guam in preparation of the establishment of the Unit Deployment Program.  In March 2001, Sergeant Heider received orders to MALS-12, Marine Corps Air Station, Iwakuni, Japan.

In April 2001, Sergeant Heider deployed to Australia and participated in Exercise Tandem Thrust.  While serving with MALS-12, Sergeant Heider was promoted to Staff Sergeant and served as the Data Analyst/Database Administrator SNCOIC.  Then in 2006, Staff Sergeant Heider received orders to Unmanned Arial Vehicle Squadron 2 (VMU-2), Cherry Point, North Carolina.

In February 2006 and March 2007, Staff Sergeant Heider deployed to Al Taqaddum, Iraq and served as the Squadron Data Analyst/Maintenance Data Chief.  Upon completion of two tours in Iraq, Staff Sergeant Heider received orders to Marine Corps Security Force School, Chesapeake, Virginia.

In February 2008, Staff Sergeant Heider reported to Marine Corps Security Force Regiment and assumed the responsibilities of the Regimental Ground Safety Officer and the Substance Abuse Control Officer.  Staff Sergeant Heider also served as a member of the Commanding General’s Readiness Inspection Team and inspected subordinate units across the globe.

In July 2009, Staff Sergeant Heider was promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant and received orders to Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team (FAST) Central, Bahrain to serve as the Company Gunnery Sergeant.  While stationed at FAST Company, Gunnery Sergeant Heider served as the Future Operations Chief/Company Gunnery Sergeant and assisted in the planning/execution of several Theater Security Engagements (TSE) throughout the Central Command area of operation.  In addition to the TSE operations, Gunnery Sergeant Heider provided logistical support and participated in real-world fixed site security missions at several embassies during the Arab Spring uprising.  In May 2010, he participated in the Cooperative Defense Exercise-Eagle Resolve. February 2011, Gunnery Sergeant Heider graduated the Advanced Course as a distinguished graduate.  Then in April 2011, Gunnery Sergeant Heider received orders to HMH-362, Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

In February 2012, Gunnery Sergeant Heider deployed to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.  In addition to sustained combat flight operations, Gunnery Sergeant Heider assisted in the decommissioning of the unit.  At the completion of the deployment and after the retirement of the colors, Gunnery Sergeant Heider received orders to MALS-24, where he briefly served as the Aviation Maintenance Data Chief until he was frocked to First Sergeant.  Then in May 2013, he received orders to Company E, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines.

While at Company E, 2d Battalion, 3d Marines, First Sergeant Heider participated in a rigorous training work up and in December 2013, deployed to Okinawa, Japan in support the Unit Deployment Program.  While deployed, First Sergeant Heider participated in a bi-lateral training exercise with the Royal Australian Army and the Republic of Korea Marine Corps. Additionally, he participated in Exercise Ssang Yong 2014.

In November 2014, First Sergeant Heider transferred to 3d Radio Battalion and held the billet of H&S Company First Sergeant. 

Then in March 2015, was ordered to Inspector-Instructor (I-I) duty at Site Support Buffalo, NY/Co C, 1st Battalion, 25th Marines and served as the I-I First Sergeant.  While serving as the Site Support First Sergeant, the I-I staff supported Exercises African Lion (Morocco), Frozen Riley (Canada), Lake Effect (New York), Nordic Frost (Vermont), and Northern Strike (Michigan).   In addition to supporting the Rifle Company, the I-I Staff supported 840 Funeral Honor Details and various other community relation events throughout Western New York during his tour.  First Sergeant Heider was then promoted to Sergeant Major August 2018 and executed orders to MACS-4, Okinawa Japan. 

On 2 August 2018, Sergeant Major Heider assumed the responsibilities as the MACS-4 Squadron Sergeant Major.

Sergeant Major Heider holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations from Troy University (graduated Magna Cum Laude).  His personal awards include the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation medal with 3 gold stars and the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal with 2 gold stars.