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Butler, James A., SgtMaj Specific Billet MOS'S
 
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Current Service Status
USMC Retired
Current/Last Rank
Sergeant Major
Current/Last Primary MOS
9999-Sergeant Major/First Sergeant
Current/Last MOSGroup
Specific Billet MOS'S
Previously Held MOS
9900-General Service Marine
2500-Basic Operational Communicator
2531-Field Radio Operator
0849-Shore Fire Control Partyman
2591-Operational Communication Chief
2537-Radio Chief
8411-RSS Recruiter
8411-OSO Recruiter
2581-Radio Frequency Management Technician
Current/Last Unit
1994-1994, USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20)
Service Years
1964 - 1994
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Sergeant Major

 
Seven Hash Marks

 

 Official Badges 

USMC Retired Pin (30 Years)


 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Golden Dragon Marine Recruiter Shellback Bluenose


 Military Association Memberships
2nd Marine Division AssociationDisabled American Veterans (DAV)United States Seagoing Marine AssociationMickey Finn; Detachment 333
Marine Corps Heritage FoundationMarine Corps Association and Foundation (MCA&F)TWS Memorial TeamMTWS Memorial A-Team
MTWS Memorial Teams
  1994, 2nd Marine Division Association [Verified]
  1995, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) [Verified]
  1996, United States Seagoing Marine Association [Verified]
  2003, Marine Corps League, Mickey Finn; Detachment 333 (Member) (Triangle, Virginia) [Verified]
  2003, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation [Verified]
  2008, Marine Corps Association and Foundation (MCA&F) [Verified]
  2013, TWS Memorial Team [Verified]
  2013, MTWS Memorial A-Team [Verified]
  2013, MTWS Memorial Teams [Verified]


 Additional Information
What are you doing now:

After 30 years in the Corps, 19 years at the Credit Union and 100% Disability - Retired!


   
Other Comments:
Disabled American Veterans - Life Member; United States Seagoing Marine Association - Plankowner/Life Member; Heritage Foundation - Honor Roll; 2nd Marine Division Association - Life Member; Jacksonville/Onslow Military Affairs Committee - Member; Regiment of Retired Marines - Hall of Fame Member #9; Jacksonville Breakfast Rotary - President/Past President and Past Secretary.
   

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  1993-1994, 9999, II MEF



From Month/Year
February / 1993
To Month/Year
December / 1994
Unit
II MEF Unit Page
Rank
Sergeant Major
MOS
9999-Sergeant Major/First Sergeant
Location
Camp Lejeune
Country/State
North Carolina
 
 
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 II MEF Details

II MEF
Garrison/Combat
Combat Deployable
Active Duty/Reserve
Active
Type
HQ/Command Elements
Existing/Disbanded
Existing
Parent Unit
Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF)
Strength
MEF
Created/Owned By
Not Specified
   

Last Updated: Jun 1, 2014
   
Memories For This Unit

Best Friends
2nd FSSG SgtsMajor Doug Berry and 2nd MarDiv SgtsMajs Jim Raiford and Dossy Felts.
SgtsMaj. Wayne Smith with 4th MEB was a good friend and the person that recommended me to SgtMaj. Pat McLane at MarForLant for the billet at II MEF.

Best Moment
Out with the troops in Norway on "Battle Griffin 93" and "Ocean Venture 93" in Puerto Rico. Also "Agile Provider" my last operation before retiring. NCO Parade for my retirement ceremony on 24 Sept. 1994!

   

Worst Moment
I volunteered to replace SgtMaj. Berry at JTF Gitmo, however the DCG (BGen. Ayers) said after 30 years and 2 months it was time to retire. (Actually I think he just didn't want to deal with Peggy if I deployed one more time!) Retiring and turning over the Sword to SgtMaj. Robert Singer. I was still having fun!!!

Chain of Command
BGen. Butch Neal was the DCG when I arrived at II MEF, although at times he thought he was the CG, but a great guy! My real boss was LtGen. Bill Keys in Norfolk who was tri-hatted as CG MarForLant; MarForEur and SouthCom. He was replaced by LtGen. Robert Johnston. BGen. Tom Bratten replaced Neal when he picked up 2nd MarDiv and his second star. The MarForLant SgtMaj. was my good friend Pat McLane at first then followed by Ron Chamberlain. MGySgt. Brian Carey was the Admin. Chief and MGySgt. Mike Pumphrey was the SNCOIC of SOTG. Col. Dave Herr was COS, another great guy who was replace by Col. Jim Brinson (passed away 12 Oct. 2006)the OIC of SOTG. LtCol. John "Whiskey Jack" Muth III (died 12 Aug. 2009) took over then passed it to Col. Marty Berndt (passed away 17 Aug 2011) who later picked up LtGen. and Maj. Tryon who replaced Rod Richardson as the Special Missions OIC made MGen.

   

Other Memories
Former Commanders:
LtGen. Alfred M. Gray,
01 Sep 84 - 21 Jun 87
MajGen. Clayton L. Comfort,
22 Jun 87 - 24 Sep 87
LtGen. Ernest E. Cook Jr.,
25 Sep 87 - 30 Jun 90
LtGen. Carl E. Mundy,
01 Jul 90 - 16 Jul 94
LtGen. William M. Keys,
26 Jun 91 - 16 Jul 94
LtGen. Robert B. Johnston,
17 Jul 94 - 31 Jul 95
LtGen. Charles E. Wilhelm,
01 Aug 95 - 15 Sep 97
MajGen. Wayne E. Rollings,
16 Sep 97 - 30 Jun 99
MajGen. Emil R. Bedard,
01 Jul 99 - 28 Jun 00
MajGen. Martin R. Berndt,
29 Jun 00 - 12 Aug 02
LtGen. Henry P. Osman,
13 Aug 02 - 23 Jul 04
LtGen. Granville R. Amos
24 Jul 04 - 02 Aug 06
MajGen. Keith J. Stalder,
03 Aug 06 - 25 Jul 2008
LtGen. Dennis J. Hejlik
25 Jul 2008 - 6 Aug 2010
LtGen. John M. Paxton
18 Jan 2011 to 22 Jul 2012
Maj Gen. Raymond C. Fox
22 Jul to Present

   
My Photos For This Unit
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My Retirement Ceremony 23 September 1994
Last active duty photo
CG II Marine Expeditionary Force 92-94
CG II Marine Expeditionary Force 94-95
 
 4 Brothers Assigned To This Unit:
  • Johnston, Robert, LtGen, 1995
  • Quinones, Bretta, MSgt, 1999
  • White, Brian, Sgt, 1997
 37 Other Members:
  • Andrews, Aaron, Cpl, 1993
  • Barrett, Charles, LtCol, 1993
  • Bostwick, George, SSgt, 2003
  • Carroll, Paul, MSgt, 1993
  • CLAY, WILLIAM, Sgt, 1996
  • DAUGHERTY, JOHN, GySgt, 1995
  • Daugherty, Shawn, Sgt, 1995
  • Dentinger, James, LtCol, 1993
  • Dove, Mark, MGySgt, 1997
  • Farson, James, CWO3, Present
  • Gardiner, James, MGySgt, 2008
  • Garrahan, Vincent, Sgt, 1995
  • Good, Chuck, CWO3, 1995
  • Harman, Chris, Cpl, 1994
  • Hitchcock, Norman, LtCol, 2003
  • Jones, Jeffrey, Cpl, 1996
  • Koenig, Alan W, LtCol, Present
  • Lugo, Angel, MSgt, 1994
  • McHugh, Andrew, LtCol, 2008
  • Middlebrooks, Jeff, SSgt, 2006
  • Miller, Rachele, GySgt, 2011
  • Prado, Greg, LCpl, 1993
  • Reed, James, Cpl, 1993
  • Renteria, Armando, LCpl, 1996
  • Reynolds, David, Cpl, 1995
  • Sauer, Robert, MGySgt, 1997
  • Sullivan, Scott, SSgt, 2008
  • Tucker, Charles, LtCol, 1999
  • Vaughan, Jack, LCpl, 1996
  • Willmann, Mark, GySgt, 1996
  • Wiltz, Randy, GySgt, Present
  • Woolery, Alonzo, GySgt, 2006
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