SgtMaj Joe N. Wilborn Jr.
Sergeant Major Wilborn was born in 1970 and is from Lambert, Mississippi. He first enter the Armed Forces in August of 1990 after enlisting in the United States Army. He served in both Operations’ Desert Storm and Desert Shield, as well as numerous joint exercises with the Artic Light Infantry Brigade aboard Fort Richardson, Anchorage Alaska and was honorably discharged from the Army in 1994.
He enlisted in the Marine Corps on November 17, 1997 and attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego. While attending Marine Combat Training (MCT) he was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal on March 2, 1998. He attended his formal Military Occupational School (MOS) at Fort Leonard wood, Missouri and obtained the MOS 3533 as a Logistics Vehicle System Operator.
In July of 1998 he received orders to 3D Support Battalion, 3D FSSG, Okinawa, Japan where he served as a heavy wheeled vehicle section leader. He was promoted to Corporal on October 1, 1998.
In June 1999 he reported to Headquarters Service & Support Battalion, 2D FSSG, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina where he worked with both the G4 Motor Transport Section and the G-3 Logistical Movement Control Center as Platoon Sergeant and Road Master. He was promoted to Sergeant on December 1, 1999.
In January of 2002 he volunteered for Drill Instructor duty aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot, (MCRD) Parris Island, South Carolina. During this tour he served as Drill Instructor and Senior Drill Instructor with Delta Company, First Recruit Training Battalion and Special Training Company, Support Battalion. He was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant on July 2, 2003.
In April of 2005 he reported to Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 (MWSS 171), Marine Corps Air Station, Iwakuni, Japan where he held the billets of Company Gunnery Sergeant, Motor Transport Operations Chief and Company First Sergeant. He was promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant on December 1, 2007.
In May of 2008 he volunteered for Assistant Marine Officer Instructor duty (AMOI) and served as the AMOI at Southern University A&M College and also completed three summers at Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Quantico, Virginia as a Sergeant Instructor. Upon completion of his tour in 2011, he reported to Headquarters Battalion, Second Marine Division aboard Camp Lejeune, NC where he served as the Motor Transport Operations Chief. He also deployed to Afghanistan with CLB-8 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the Reset and Reconstitution Operations Group (R4OG) as the Company First Sergeant in May of 2012.
Upon selection to the rank of First Sergeant in 2013, he requested orders to MCRD, Parris Island and was assigned to Third Recruit Training Battalion. In April of 2016 he was transferred to Headquarters and Service Battalion and assumed the duties as Company First Sergeant for Headquarters Company. In April of 2017 he reported to III Marine Information Group, Okinawa Japan and assumed the duties of Company First Sergeant for Headquarters Company, 7th Communication Battalion.
In November 2017 he was selected to the rank of Sergeant Major, frocked and later assumed the position of Sergeant Major for Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 1 aboard Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan. Sergeant Major Wilborn subsequently received orders to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 to serve as the Squadron Sergeant Major.
Sergeant Major Wilborn’s personal awards and decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3rd award), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3rd award), Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal.