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Marine Wing Support Squadron 172

 

Marine Wing Support Squadron 172

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Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan

Sergeant Major
SgtMaj Shonor D. Burton 

Sergeant Major Burton a native of Columbia Mississippi enlisted in the Marine Corps in June 1999 and completed recruit training at MCRD San Diego September 1999.  Following recruit training; Private First Class Burton attended Marine Corps Combat Training at SOI West, Camp Pendleton, CA and MOS school at Fort Leonard Wood, MI.  Upon completion of all schools, he was assigned MOS 3533 Logistics Vehicle Systems Operator.

Private First Class Burton reported to his first command, 8th Motors MCB Camp Lejeune, NC in January 2000 and performed duties as a Motor Transport Operator.  While attached to 8th Motors he was selected to go TAD to the MSSG 26 where he did two deployments as a Motor Transport Operator in support of Enduring Freedom.

Sergeant Burton was then transferred to MWSS-371 Yuma, AZ in January 2003 for duty as a Motor Transport Operator and Section Leader.  While at MWSS-371 he also served as the Road Master and Licenses NCO.  While attached to MWSS 371 Sergeant Burton deployed to Iraq twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Also while attached to MWSS 371, he attended the SNCO Academy Sergeant’s Course at MCAGCC Twentynine Palms.  

 Sergeant Burton was then transferred to Marine Corps Recruiter School Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego for duty as a Basic Recruiter.  After graduating Marine Corps Recruiter School in May 2006, Sergeant Burton was assigned to the 12 Marine Corps Recruiting District as an Enhanced Area Canvassing Recruiter.  On October 1st 2006 he was promoted to Staff Sergeant.

Staff Sergeant Burton was then transferred to 3rd Amphibious Assault Battalion Camp Pendleton, CA in May 2009 where he served as the Motor Transport Chief.  In September 2010 Staff Sergeant deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with Regimental Combat Team One as the United Movement Control Center Chief.  Fallowing the deployment he returned to 3rd Amphibious Assault Battalion.  In October 2011 Staff Sergeant Burton attended SNCO Academy Advance Course at Camp Pendleton, CA.  On November 1, 2011 Staff Sergeant Burton was promoted to Gunnery Sergeant. 

Gunnery Sergeant Burton was then transferred to Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji, Japan in July 2011 where he served as H&S Company First Sergeant.

Gunnery Sergeant Burton was then transferred to Combat Logistics Battalion Four Camp Smedley D. Butler Okinawa, Japan in July 2012 where he served as the Maintenance Services Company, Company Gunnery Sergeant and interim Company First Sergeant.  In July 2014 he was assigned to the battalion S3 as the Current Operations Chief.  In May 2015 Gunnery Sergeant Burton was frocked to his current rank of First Sergeant.

First Sergeant was then transferred to First Combat Engineer Battalion MCB Camp Pendleton, CA in May 2015 where he served as Company B and Mobility Assault Company 1stSgt.

First Sergeant Burton was then transferred to 12th Marine Regiment Headquarters Battery, Okinawa, Japan where he served as the Battery First Sergeant until he was frocked to his current rank of Sergeant Major on May 31, 2019.

Sergeant Major Burton was then transferred to Marine Wing Support Squadron 172 where he currently serves as the Squadron’s Sergeant Major.   

Sergeant Major Burton’s personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Gold Star in lieu of third award, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with a Gold Star in lieu of third award and a Combat Action Ribbon.    

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