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Post of the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Changes Hands

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Sgt Major Green becomes Sergeant Major of Marine Corps
Post of Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps changes hands
Sergeant Major Micheal Barrett, the 17th sergeant major of the Marine Corps, stands ready to retire from active duty in the Marine Corps during the sergeant major of the Marine Corps post and relief ceremony at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, February 20, 2015. Barrett has served in the Marines since 1981.

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

Sergeant Major Green
Sergeant Major Ronald Green, the 18th sergeant major of the Marine Corps, speaks to the audience during the sergeant major of the Marine Corps post and relief ceremony held at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, Feb. 20, 2015. Green previously served as the sergeant major of I Marine Expeditionary Force before he assuming his post as the 18th sergeant major of the Marine Corps.
Sergeant Major Micheal Barrett, the 17th sergeant major of the Marine Corps, shakes the hand of his recruiter, during the sergeant major of the Marine Corps post and relief ceremony at the Marine Corps War Memorial, Arlington, Virginia, Feb. 20, 2015. Barrett has served in the Marine Corps since 1981.
Sergeant Major Micheal Barrett, the 17th sergeant major of the Marine Corps, shakes the hand of his recruiter, during the sergeant major of the Marine Corps post and relief ceremony at the Marine Corps War Memorial, Arlington, Virginia, Feb. 20, 2015. Barrett has served in the Marine Corps since 1981.
Sergeant Major Micheal Barrett, the 17th sergeant major of the Marine Corps, relinquished his post to Sergeant Major Ronald Green, the 18th sergeant major of the Marine Corps, during a ceremony at the Marine Corps War Memorial, Arlington, Virginia, Feb. 20, 2015. Green served as sergeant major of I Marine Corps Expeditionary Force before becoming the 18th sergeant major of the Marine Corps.
Sergeant Major Micheal Barrett, the 17th sergeant major of the Marine Corps, relinquished his post to Sergeant Major Ronald Green, the 18th sergeant major of the Marine Corps, during a ceremony at the Marine Corps War Memorial, Arlington, Virginia, Feb. 20, 2015. Green served as sergeant major of I Marine Corps Expeditionary Force before becoming the 18th sergeant major of the Marine Corps.

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  1. It is hard to believe that one of us was still left standing all these years later! Semper-Fi Sgtmajor OF the MC! Delta 2/12 1985 – 89

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