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Marine Wing Support Squadron 171

 

Marine Wing Support Squadron 171

The Sentinels

MCAS Iwakuni, Yamaguchi, Japan

Sergeant Major
SgtMaj Jason A. Smith

In June 1992, Sergeant Major Smith graduated from Willowbrook High School in Villa Park, Illinois.  He attended boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, California, in August of 1992.  Upon completion of Marine Combat Training, he attended the Basic Refrigeration Mechanics Course in Courthouse Bay, Camp Lejeune, NC.  His first tour of duty was with Marine Wing Support Squadron-371, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona in March 1993.  During his tour, Sergeant Major Smith supported numerous Weapons Training Instruction (WTI) exercises.

In June 1996, Sergeant Major Smith was assigned to Marine Wing Communication Squadron-48, Chicago, Illinois for independent duty.  During this period, he deployed to Norway in support of Battle Griffin 1999.  In addition to his primary MOS, Sergeant Major Smith also held the billet of the Group Color Sergeant for Marine Air Control Group-48.

Sergeant Major Smith reported to Drill Instructor School, in January 2000.  Upon completion of DI school he was assigned to Company M and Receiving Company where he held the billets of Drill Instructor, Senior Drill Instructor and Nights Processing Drill Instructor.   After a successful tour of duty, Sergeant Major Smith was assigned to 3d Material Readiness Battalion in Okinawa, Japan.  Assigned as the Maintenance Chief, Sergeant Major Smith deployed to the Peninsula in support of various training exercises in South Korea.

In January 2005, Sergeant Major Smith was transferred to 1st Maintenance Battalion, Camp Pendleton, California and was assigned to H&S Company, where he held the billets of Utilities Chief and Company Gunnery Sergeant.  In February 2006, Sergeant Major Smith deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 6.1.  Shortly after returning from combat, Sergeant Major Smith received orders back to Drill Instructor duty for his second assignment, in April 2007.  During this tour, he was assigned to 3d Recruit Training Battalion as a Chief Drill Instructor for Company M; and Drill Instructor School as an instructor where he held the billets of Standard Operating Procedures Instructor, Leadership Instructor, and Chief Instructor.

In February 2010, Sergeant Major Smith executed orders to Marine Wing Support Squadron-373, Miramar, California where he held the billet of Company First Sergeant and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 11.1.  After being selected for First Sergeant, Sergeant Major Smith transferred to Combat Logistics Regiment-3, Okinawa, Japan, in October 2011, where he was assigned as the Company First Sergeant for General Support Motor Transport Company.

In June 2013, Sergeant Major Smith reported for duty to First Combat Engineer Battalion and was assigned to Mobility Assault Company.  During this time he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 14.1, for his third combat tour.  Shortly after deploying, Sergeant Major Smith was transferred back to Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego for his third tour of duty in July 2014, and was assigned to 3d Recruit training Battalion, Company L.

In November 2015 Sergeant Major Smith was selected to the rank of Sergeant Major and in January 2016 he received orders to HMLA-267.  During his tour the Squadron deployed to Okinawa, Japan and they were awarded as being the HMLA Squadron of the Year.  Sergeant Major Smith executed orders to Iwakuni, Japan, in May 2018, where he is currently holding the billet, Marine Wing Support Squadron-171, Sergeant Major.

Sergeant Major Smith’s personal awards include; Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with 4 gold stars in lieu of fifth award, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with gold star in lieu of second award, and the Army Achievement Medal.

 

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