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By Hope Hodge Seck, Staff Writer
Sgt. Maj. Ronald Green has been selected as the 18th sergeant major of the Marine Corps.
Green, now the sergeant major of I Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Pendleton, California, will assume the post Feb. 20, according to a Marine Corps announcement.
The decision was made by Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford, who convened a panel of general officers in early December to select the most eligible enlisted leaders who met a set of criteria including combat experience and strong writing and speaking skills. Dunford made his selection from a field of five finalists.
A 31-year Marine, Green is an artilleryman by training. He has served as a drill instructor at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, and completed inspector-instructor duty with a Louisiana Reserve unit. He was selected to the rank of sergeant major in December 2004.
He served in Iraq in 2005, deploying with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169 as a unit sergeant major. He later completed a deployment to Afghanistan.
Green has previously advised general officers as sergeant major of Marine Forces Europe and of Headquarters and Service Battalion at Headquarters Marine Corps, Henderson Hall in Arlington, Virginia and as sergeant major of Marine Forces Europe and Africa in Stuttgart, Germany.
His awards include the Legion of Merit and the Meritorious Service Medal.
"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 in a Marine Corps release.
Green replaces current Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Mike Barrett, who has held the post since 2011. Barrett was selected by Dunford's predecessor, Gen. Jim Amos, and has advised Dunford since he became commandant in October.