ARLINGTON, Va. — The 17th Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Micheal Barrett relinquished his post to the 18th Sgt. Maj. Ronald Green on Feb. 20, 2015 at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia.
The passage of a simple sword symbolizes the responsibility of taking care of the Marines and sailors, who make up America’s premiere fighting force, now rests in the hands of Green.
The post of sergeant major of the Marine Corps was established in 1957 and fills the function of advising the commandant about enlisted matters. The post was the first of its kind in all four branches of the United States Armed Forces. In 1970, an Eagle, Globe and Anchor flanked by two five-point stars was added to the rank insignia as opposed to a single five-point stars worn by other Marine Corps sergeants major.
“As we say goodbye to the 17th sergeant major of the Marine Corps we are fortunate to have another Marine step up as our 18th sergeant major of the Marine Corps,” said General Joseph F. Dunford the commandant of the Marine Corps. “Sgt. Maj. Ronald Green has established himself as a superb Marine leader over the course of 31 years.”
Barrett has fulfilled the duties of the post since 2011. Providing guidance on enlisted matters, such as training, education, compensation, quality of life, bachelor enlisted quarters, on-base housing, and family support programs. All while the Corps finished its operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and began restructuring to meet the needs of the United States of America.
“The Corps is in great hands will continue to be in great hands, because there is no shortage of young people to put on the cloth of this nation,” said Barrett the 17th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, retired. “I am leaving with a happy heart.”
Green takes his post during a time of transition. A Corps poised to answer the crises of tomorrow— Whatever or wherever it may be.
“We are committed to our Nation, to our Corps and to our families that is what today is all about,” said Green the 18th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps. “It’s about reaffirming our commitment.”
By Cpl. Cuong Le, Defense Media Activity