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Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

Marine Corps Installations West-Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton
Sergeant Major Kenneth E. Warren, USMC

Sergeant Major, Security & Emergency Services Battalion

In November 1984 Sgt. Maj. Warren reported to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. From there he was ordered to report to Engineer Equipment Instruction Company, Camp Lejeune, N.C., for instruction as a 1341: engineer equipment mechanic.

After completion of school he was ordered to 3rd Combat Engineer Bn., Okinawa, Japan, where he worked as an engineer equipment mechanic. In September 1986, he was ordered to 2nd FSSG, 2nd Maintenance Bn., Camp Lejeune. After being selected as the Service Member of the Quarter by the Onslow County Chamber of Commerce, he was meritoriously promoted to corporal.

In September 1988 he received orders to MCAS Kaneohe HI and was assigned to BSSG-1, Support Co, H.E. Platoon. In August 1990 he deployed to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait with BSSG-1 to participate in Operation Desert Shield / Storm. Returning to Hawaii in March 1991, he was meritoriously promoted to sergeant.

In December 1991, he volunteered to be a recruiter and was sent to Marine Corps Recruiters School in San Diego. After completion of school he was ordered to MCRS Orange, RSS Redondo Beach, Calif. After 18 months of his three-year tour he was meritoriously promoted to staff sergeant, assigned as the station NCOIC and attended the SNCO Academy Career Course in El Toro, Calif.

Upon completion of recruiting duty he reported back to 2nd FSSG, 2nd Maintenance Bn., Engineer Maintenance Co. While there he worked as the maintenance chief for the Heavy Equipment Platoon and later as the company gunnery sergeant. In January of 1998 he reported to Marine Security Guard School. Upon completion of school, he was ordered to the American Embassy in Gaborone, Botswana. In September 1998 he was promoted to gunnery sergeant. After completing the tour in Botswana, he was ordered to the American Embassy Kathmandu, Nepal. While there the detachment was selected as the Detachment of the Year.

June 1, 2001 he received orders to 2nd FSSG, 2nd Maintenance Bn., Heavy Maintenance Co. Upon the return he was the SNCOIC / Platoon Commander for Heavy Equipment Platoon. In August of 2001, he attended the SNCO Academy Advance Course and upon completion returned to Heavy Maintenance Company as the company gunnery sergeant and filled the billet of the company first sergeant. In December 2001, he was transferred to Alpha Co, 2nd Maintenance Bn. as the company first sergeant. He was promoted to first sergeant November 1, 2002. In February 2003, he deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom I with 2nd Maintenance Bn., Alpha Co.

Upon his return from Iraq in July 2003, he was tasked with activating a new company within 2nd Maintenance Bn. Forward Maintenance Company Charlie was activated and prepared to deploy to Operation Iraqi Freedom II. In February 2004, he received orders to be the company first sergeant of Co. E, MSG Bn. and assumed this billet on March 16, 2004. After two years of covering 15 American embassies throughout Western Europe and Scandinavia he was selected for promotion to sergeant major and received orders to HMLA 367, MAG 39, 3rd MAW. While with HMLA 367 he deployed to OIF twice.

In January, 2009 he received orders to HMLA/T 303, where he was the squadron sergeant major until March 15, 2010. On March 19, 2010 Sgt. Maj. Warren was appointed as the Security Battalion sergeant major.

Sergeant Major Warren’s personal awards include: Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with Four Gold Stars, Navy Achievement Medal with Gold Star, Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon.