Sgt. Maj. Ronald Green has been selected as the 18th sergeant major of the Marine Corps and will assume the post Feb. 20.
According to MarineCorpsTimes.com, the Green has been a Marine for 31 years and is now the sergeant major of I Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Pendleton, California.
Out of five finalist, Green was chosen by Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford, who convened a panel of generals near the beginning of December to select the most eligible enlisted leaders. They must have met a certain set of criteria including combat experience and strong writing and speaking skills.
Green, who was selected to the rank of sergeant major in December 2004, has served as a drill instructor at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina and he also served as sergeant major of Headquarters and Service Battalion at Headquarters Marine Corps, Henderson Hall in Arlington, Virginia.
In a Marine Corps release, Dunford said of Green, “His dynamic leadership is well known throughout the ranks of our Corps. His wide range of experience in both peacetime and combat, and his record of performance make him extraordinarily well-qualified to serve as our senior enlisted leader.”
Green will replace current Marine Corps. Sgt. Maj. Mike Barrett. Barrett has held the post since 2011.
The Marine Corps released the following release:
WASHINGTON — The Commandant of the Marine Corps announced today the selection of Sgt. Maj. Ronald L. Green as the next Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps.
“It gives me great pleasure to name Sgt. Maj. Green as the 18th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps,” said Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the commandant of the Marine Corps.
“His dynamic leadership is well known throughout the ranks of our Corps. His wide range of experience in both peacetime and combat, and his record of performance make him extraordinarily well-qualified to serve as our senior enlisted leader,” Dunford said.
Green, currently the sergeant major of I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF), will replace Sgt. Maj. Micheal P. Barrett, who has held the billet since June 2011.
Barrett is credited with improving Marines’ training, education, compensation, quality of life, bachelor enlisted quarters, on-base housing, and family support programs.
“Sgt. Maj. Barrett has poured his heart and soul into serving Marines, Sailors, and their families,” Dunford said. “He has truly made a positive impact on the combat readiness of our Corps.”
The relief and appointment ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m., Feb. 20, at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia.
The post of Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps was established in 1957 as the senior enlisted advisor to the Commandant of the Marine Corps, the first such post in any of the branches of the United States Armed Forces. The Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps is selected by the Commandant, and typically serves a four-year term, though his service is at the pleasure of the Commandant.