Sergeant Major Max A. Garcia
CLB-31 Sergeant Major
Sergeant Major Max A. Garcia enlisted in 1994 in Baltimore, Maryland and attended recruit training at Parris Island, South Carolina. After completing Amphibious Assault Vehicle Crewman School in Camp Pendleton, California Private First Class Garcia was assigned to 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion Camp Lejeune, North Carolina in March of 1995.
After completing a tour of duty, including two Mediterranean deployments, Sergeant Garcia reported to Drill Instructor School at Parris Island South Carolina. In January of 2000, Sergeant Garcia was assigned to India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion as a Drill Instructor and Senior Drill Instructor. Staff Sergeant Garcia also served as a Physical Conditioning Platoon Drill Instructor for Special Training Company.
After a successful tour at Parris Island in 2002, Staff Sergeant Garcia received orders to 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion Camp Pendleton, California where he was assigned as a Section Leader. As a Section Leader he completed two deployments in support of Operation ENDURING/IRAQI FREEDOM. His tour was completed in March of 2006 when he was selected for Assistant Marine Officer Instructor Duty.
Gunnery Sergeant Garcia was assigned as the Assistant Marine Officer Instructor at the University of South Florida. Upon arrival to Tampa, Florida Gunnery Sergeant Garcia received orders to Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia for duty as a Drill Instructor Augment. He reported for this temporary duty during the summer of 2006 and again in 2007. In the summer of 2008 Gunnery Sergeant Garcia worked temporarily as a Drill Instructor for midshipmen training in Camp Pendleton, California.
In April 2009 First Sergeant Garcia received orders to report to CLC-16 to assume post as Company First Sergeant and augmented a year later to CLR-15 Forward for deployment to Afghanistan. In 2012 he received orders to FAST Company Europe in Rota, Spain.
Sergeant Major Garcia was promoted to his current rank in June 2014 and reported to Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit for duty as the Battalion Sergeant Major.
Sergeant Major Garcia’s personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with 2 gold stars and combat “V”, the Navy Commendation Medal with gold star, and the Combat Action Ribbon.