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Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 3

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Sergeant Major
SgtMaj Alejandro Garcia Jr.

Sergeant Major Garcia enlisted in the Marine Corps on 28 May 2001, and attended recruit training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina. Upon graduation of Recruit Training, Private Garcia reported to the School of Infantry, Camp Geiger, North Carolina and earned the primary Military Occupational School (MOS) of 0331 (Infantry Machine Gunner) where he received the “Gung-Ho” Award.

In October of 2001, Private Garcia completed Infantry Training School at Camp Geiger, North Carolina. He received orders to 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, Alpha Company, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. During his time in 1/6 Alpha Company, he deployed to Okinawa, Japan on the Unit Deployment Program where he served as a team leader and squad leader within the machine gun section. He then deployed on the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  BLT 1/6 operated in the Kandahar Province, Afghanistan where he served as a machine gun squad leader.

In May of 2005, Sergeant Garcia received orders to Recruiter School, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California. Upon completing Recruiting School, he was assigned to Recruiting Station San Antonio, Recruiting Sub Station Austin South, as a Canvassing Recruiter and Staff Noncommissioned Officer In Charge of Recruiting Sub-Station Austin South.  In September 2006 and September 2007, he was selected as the Recruiter of the year for Recruiting Station San Antonio. In January 2007, Sergeant Garcia was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant.

In March of 2009, Staff Sergeant Garcia was assigned to 2d Battalion, 2d Marines, Weapons Company, where he assumed the responsibilities as Platoon Sergeant of Combined Anti-Armor Team 2. In October of 2009, Staff Sergeant Garcia deployed in support of OEF with 2/2 Weapons Company to Helmand Providence, Afghanistan where he served as the Combined Anti-Armor Team Platoon Sergeant.

In August of 2010, Staff Sergeant Garcia deploy with 2d Battalion, 6th Marines, Fox Company in support of OEF in Helmand Providence, Afghanistan.  He assumed the responsibilities as Platoon Sergeant for Fox Company, 1st Platoon. In January of 2011, Staff Sergeant was promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant.

In March of 2011, Gunnery Sergeant Garcia deployed with 2d Battalion, 2d Marines, Weapons Company, with the 22nd MEU in support of Unified Protector, where he assumed responsibilities as Platoon Sergeant for Combined Anti-Armor Team 1.

In July of 2012, Gunnery Sergeant Garcia received orders to Marine Corps Combat Instructor School, School of Infantry West where he was the recipient of the “Gung Ho” award. During his time at SOI-West, he served as a combat instructor in MCT, Company Gunnery Sergeant at Advance Infantry Training Battalion, Chief Instructor for Combat Hunter Trainer Course, Chief Instructor for Advance Machine Gun Course, and spent his last 18 months as Chief Instructor for Combat Instructor School-West. In September 2014, Gunnery Sergeant Garcia completed his Bachelor’s degree in Organization Management.

In April of 2015, First Sergeant Garcia received orders to Combat Logistics Battalion 7, Combat Logistics Regiment 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group, MCAGCC Twenty-nine Palms, California where he served as the Transportation Services Company First Sergeant.

In December 2016, First Sergeant Garcia was selected to be the Director of the Staff Noncommissioned Officer Academy, MCAGCC Twenty-nine Palms, California. First Sergeant Garcia complete his Master’s degree in the Science of Leadership.

In February 2020, Sergeant Major Garcia assumed the duties as the Squadron Sergeant Major for VMU-3, MAG-24, 1st MAW.   

Sergeant Major Garcia’s awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (one gold star in lieu of second award), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three gold stars in lieu of fourth award), Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal (four gold stars in lieu of fifth award). 

 

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