Gunnery Sergeant James was born on 16 October 1976 in Greer, SC. In May of 1995, he attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina and graduated as a PFC in August 1995. Upon completion of recruit training, Gunnery Sergeant James proceeded to Camp Geiger for Marine Combat Training, graduating in September 1995.
In September 1995, Gunnery Sergeant James proceeded to NAS Memphis, Millington, Tennessee for formal training. Upon completion of the basic hydraulics course, he reported to NAS Miramar, CA for training on the Hydraulics Component Test Stand (HCT-10). Gunnery Sergeant James was promoted to Lance Corporal in February 1996. Gunnery Sergeant James then proceeded to NAS Lemoore, CA for training on the F/A-18 Hornet Servocylinder Test Station.
In April of 1996, Gunnery Sergeant James reported to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 12, MCAS Iwakuni, Japan. He was promoted to the rank of Corporal in October 1996. In April of 1997, Gunnery Sergeant James was transferred to Marine Helicopter Squadron 1, where he was promoted to Sergeant in January 1999. He served in the capacities of Collateral Duty Quality Assurance Representative and Non-Commission Officer-In-Charge of the Hydraulics Shop for the Executive Transport Detachment.
In September 2001, Gunnery Sergeant James was transferred to MALS-31, MCAS Beaufort, SC. He deployed with Marine Fight Attack Squadron 122 to Iwakuni, Japan from July 2002 to July 2003 where he served as the Staff Non-Commissioned Officer-In-Charge (SNCOIC) of the Hydraulics/Servocylinder Test Station shops. He was promoted to Staff Sergeant in October 2002. After his return from Japan, Gunnery Sergeant James was transferred to be the SNCOIC of the Corrosion Control Facility at MAG-31, Beaufort, SC.
In July 2004, Gunnery Sergeant James reported to Drill Instructor School, MCRD Parris Island for training. He completed his training and reported to Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion for duty. Gunnery Sergeant James completed four recruit training cycles and reported to the Support Battalion for duty as SNCOIC of the Academic Instruction Unit and Company Gunnery Sergeant of Instructional Training Company. Upon completion of his assigned duty, he reported back to Delta Company for duty as a Senior Drill Instructor and Series Gunnery Sergeant. Gunnery Sergeant James was promoted to his present rank in October 2007.
In October 2007, Gunnery Sergeant James reported back to MALS-31 for duty as the Hydraulics shop SNCOIC. While at MALS-31, he served in the billets of Hydraulics Shop SNCOIC, Quality Assurance SNCOIC and Assistant Aircraft Maintenance Chief. Gunnery Sergeant James completed a combat deployment to Al Asad, Iraq in 2008-2009 where he was attached to MALS-16 (FWD) served as the Hydraulics Shop SNCOIC. In 2011, Gunnery Sergeant James completed another combat deployment in Kandahar, Afghanistan as the Quality Assurance Chief for MALS-40 (FWD).
In 2011, Gunnery Sergeant James reported to MALS-24, Kaneohe Bay, HI for duties as the AIRSpeed Chief. In August 2013, Gunnery Sergeant James transferred to the Maintenance Department of MALS-24 where he currently serves as the Quality Assurance SNCOIC.
Gunnery Sergeant James’s personal awards include: the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two Gold Stars, the Navy Achievement Medal, the Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and the Presidential Service Badge. He is married to the former Jenny Magsamen, of Greer, SC. They have two children, Alex-13 and Caroline-9.
Gunnery Sergeant Mike O. Rodriguez
Gunnery Sergeant Rodriguez was born in Perth Amboy, NJ on August 20, 1985. He attended Perth Amboy High School and graduated in June 2003. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on August 4, 2003 and was assigned to Company “I” 3D RTBN, MCRD, Parris Island, SC where upon graduation, was meritoriously promoted to Lance Corporal as the Company Honor Graduate.
After completion of Marine Combat Training at Camp Geiger, NC in February 2004, and being selected as the honor graduate, he reported to Camp Johnson where he received the MOS 0151 (Administration Clerk). There he graduated company guide and honor graduate.
In March 2004, He reported for duty with MCB Quantico, HQSPT BN, TACO Co, MMSB-20. In 2005, he was promoted to Corporal and assigned to OCS as a Police Sergeant for Company “I”. There he served two cycles and personally assisted in the process of screening and selection for Officers in the United States Marine Corps. After completing his augment he returned back to MMSB-20. There he held the billets of NCOIC, SNCOIC, and Platoon Sergeant for the MMSB department. In 2006, he was meritoriously promoted to Sergeant and was selected to attend Drill Instructor School.
In March 2007, he reported to Drill Instructor School at MCRD Parris Island, SC. There he graduated as a Distinguished Graduate and was assigned to Company “M”, 3D RTBN, MCRD, Parris Island, SC. There he served three cycles as a Drill Instructor, three cycles as an Experience Drill Instructor, and two as a Senior Drill Instructor where he set the regimental drill record in both platoon and unit leader. On June 2, 2009, he was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant. In October 2009, he reported to Support Battalion and assigned as a Martial Arts Instructor. Shortly after, he was reassigned to Instructional Training Company where he held the billets of Company Gunnery Sergeant and Company First Sergeant.
In July 2010, he reported to MCIWEST-MCB Camp Pendleton, where he was assigned as an Administrative Specialist for the Military Personnel Office, G-1. There he received the collateral responsibility of managing the G-1 Crisis Action Team for the Regional MCIWEST-MCB Command Operations Center. March 2011, he deployed to Afghanistan with MARCENT (FWD) as the RC-South Administrative Chief. On February 2014, he was promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant and was immediately assigned to the position of Company First Sergeant with HQSVC Co, HQSPT BN, MCIWEST-MCB.
His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps achievement Medal with one gold star, and Good Conduct Medal with two bronze stars.
Gunnery Sergeant Rodriguez is married and has no children.
Additional skills and qualifications: Black belt Martial Arts Instructor (2007), Combat Marksmanship Coach (2009), Command Financial Specialist (2012), Curriculum Developer (2010), Basic Instructor (2010), SharePoint – Basic Site Owner/Document Library (2013), CPI Yellow/Green Belt Course, Range Safety Officer (2011), Regional Command Operations Center/Crisis Action Team member for the MCIWEST-MCB G-1 (2010), and Casualty Assistance Calls Officer (2010).
Formal Schools and EPME: Advanced Administrative course, Leading Marines DEP, Senior Enlisted Joint PME (NONRES), Sergeants course, Sergeants (NONRES), SNCO Career course, SNCO (NONRES), and SNCO Advanced (NONRES).