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Sergeant Major
SgtMaj Paul J. Hannaway


Sergeant Major Hannaway was born in Rhode Island.  He enlisted in the Marine Corps in July 1997 and attended Recruit Training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD), Parris Island, South Carolina. 

Private Hannaway attended the School of Infantry (SOI), at Camp Geiger, North Carolina and received the MOS 0351, Assaultman.  After graduation, he reported to Basic Security Guard Course at Marine Corps Security Forces Training Company, Chesapeake, Virginia.  In April 1998, Private First Class Hannaway received orders to Interim Marine Corps Security Force Company Bahrain.  He served as a designated marksman, squad leader, and participated in Operations Southern Watch, Desert Fox, and Desert Thunder. 

In April 1999, Lance Corporal Hannaway reported to Small Craft Company, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.  He served as a Riverine Assault Craft Boat Captain and deployed as a Rigid Raider Craft coxswain conducting bilateral riverine operations throughout South America.

In June 2001, Sergeant Hannaway received orders to Marine Corps Security Forces Training Company for duty as a Physical Security and Tactics Instructor.  During this tour, he conducted a site security and threat assessment of the U.S. Embassy Kabul and was certified as a Security Forces Master Instructor.

In August 2004, Sergeant Hannaway received orders to Anti-Terrorism Battalion (AT Bn), Camp Lejeune, North Carolina for duty as an Assault Section Leader.  He attended Infantry Unit Leaders Course at Camp Geiger and was recognized as the Honor Graduate.  He served as an Infantry Unit Leader on two separate combat deployments for Operation Iraqi Freedom.

In January 2008, Staff Sergeant Hannaway received orders to Drill Instructor School MCRD San Diego, California and was assigned to Hotel Company, 2d Recruit Training Battalion.  He served as a Drill Instructor, Senior Drill Instructor, and Chief Drill Instructor.  In March 2010, Gunnery Sergeant Hannaway was transferred to Drill Instructor School where he served as the Drill Master and Chief Instructor for Drill Instructor School MCRD San Diego.

In April 2011, Gunnery Sergeant Hannaway received orders to 2d Battalion 6th Marines, Camp Lejeune where he served as the Fox Company Gunnery Sergeant.  He deployed with the battalion for Operation Enduring Freedom in Helmand Province Afghanistan. 

In September 2012, First Sergeant Hannaway received orders to the School of Infantry-East, Marine Combat Training Battalion, Company I, where he served as the Company First Sergeant.

In November 2014, he received orders to Inspector - Instructor duty, Maintenance Services Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 25, 4th MLG, New Haven, Connecticut.  He attended Ashford University and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management in 2016. 

In June 2017, Sergeant Major Hannaway received orders to 3D Law Enforcement Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force where he participated in numerous exercises throughout the Pacific.

In July 2019, Sergeant Major Hannaway reported to VMM-262, MAG-36, 1st MAW for duty as the Squadron Sergeant Major.