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Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242


Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242


MCAS Iwakuni, Yamaguchi, Japan

Sergeant Major
James L. Shadle

Sergeant Major Shadle enlisted in the Marine Corps in Mira Mesa, CA in December 1995. In January 1996 he reported to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, California.  Following recruit training he received orders to the School of Infantry, Camp Pendleton, California. Upon completion he was meritoriously promoted to Private First Class and assigned the military occupational specialty 0352, T.O.W. Missile Gunner.


Private First Class Shadle was assigned to a Combined Anti-Armor Team, Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, Camp Pendleton CA, in July of 1996 where he served as a Missile Gunner. 


Promoted to Corporal in June 1997 Corporal Shadle deployed with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit on a Western Pacific Tour, training in such areas as Kuwait, United Arabic Emirates, Qatar, Thailand, Singapore, Australia and Guam.  During this time he participated in Operation Southern Watch and Operation Silent Assurance.


Upon returning from his deployment in February of 1998, Corporal Shadle received orders to report to the School of Infantry, Camp Pendleton, CA as a Marine Combat Instructor.  Corporal Shadle was a Basic Infantry Rifleman Instructor until the summer of 1999 when he was promoted to Sergeant and selected to instruct the 0352 Missile Gunner package.  During this time Sergeant Shadle attended the Close Combat Instructor Course, the Marine Corps’ hand to hand combat school.


In February of 2000, Sergeant Shadle received orders back to 1st Battalion, 1st Marines Camp Pendleton, CA.  Shortly after his arrival, he was selected by the 1st Marine Division Commanding General, then Major General Conway, as the 1st Marine Division, Staff Secretary Section, Assistant Administration Chief, where he earned a second military occupational specialty of 0151, Administrative Specialist.


In April 2001, Sergeant Shadle was sent to the Martial Arts Instructor Trainer Course in Quantico, VA.  Upon his return, he was selected to open up the 1st Marine Division, Martial Arts Instructor School located in Camp Margarita, Camp Pendleton, CA.  Sergeant Shadle served as a Martial Arts Instructor Trainer until June 2003.


In July 2003, Sergeant Shadle reported to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, Weapons Company, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. 


While with Weapons Company, he was promoted to Staff Sergeant in November 2003 and served as a Combined Anti-Armor Team Section Leader during a deployment to Okinawa Japan and a deployment with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. 


Staff Sergeant Shadle reported to Golf Company, Second Battalion Third Marines, Kaneohe Bay Hawaii, as an Infantry Platoon Sergeant in June 2005, where he deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom, Nangahar Province, Afghanistan.


Following the deployment, Staff Sergeant Shadle reported to Drill Instructor School in January 2006, Parris Island, SC.  Upon graduation he was sent to the First Recruit Training Battalion, Company C, where he held the billets of Drill Instructor, Senior Drill Instructor and Series Gunnery Sergeant.


Promoted to Gunnery Sergeant in January 2008, he transferred to Headquarters Company, First Recruit Training Battalion as the acting Company First Sergeant and Battalion Operations Chief. 


After a successful tour at Parris Island, Gunnery Sergeant Shadle received orders to Second Battalion, Third Marines Company E, Kaneohe Bay Hawaii.  There he served as the Company Gunnery Sergeant and deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom 10.2.


In December of 2010, after being promoted to the rank of First Sergeant, he deployed with Company E on the Unit Deployment Program to Okinawa, Japan from June to December 2012.


In March 2013, First Sergeant Shadle was assigned as Region 3 First Sergeant, East Asia and Pacific, Marine Corps Embassy Security Group located in Bangkok Thailand. There, First Sergeant Shadle was responsible for Marines Security Guards protecting our nation’s interests at American Embassies and Consulates in twenty-three locations, spanning seventeen countries and eight time zones. 


Promoted to Sergeant Major in July 2016, Sergeant Major Shadle reported to his current command, VMFA (AW)-242 in Iwakuni, Japan. 


Sergeant Major Shadle’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Military Volunteer Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with (1) gold star in lieu of second award, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with (4) gold stars and a Combat “V” for valor in lieu of 5th award, Combat Action Ribbon, and Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal.