Mersino, John, SgtMaj Specific Billet MOS
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 Service Details
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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
Previously Held MOS
9900-General Service Marine
1371-Combat Engineer
1360-Construction Officer
8511-Drill Instructor
1379-Engineer Operations Chief
0169-Admin Chief
Current/Last Unit
2002-2005, 9999, U. S. European Command
Service Years
1972 - 2005
Foreign Language
Unofficial USMC Certificates
Cold War Certificate
Plank Owner Certificate
Operation Enduring Freedom
Marine Combat Water Survival Qualified (WSQ)

Sergeant Major

Eight Hash Marks


 Official Badges 

US European Command Tan Belt USMC Retired Pin

 Unofficial Badges 

Drill Instructor US Marines Corps Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal

 Military Association Memberships
USMC Drill Instructors AssociationNon-Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA)Marine Corps Association and Foundation (MCA&F)Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)
Marine Corps League
  1998, USMC Drill Instructors Association
  2002, Non-Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA)
  2005, Marine Corps Association and Foundation (MCA&F) [Verified]
  2008, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) [Verified]
  2010, Marine Corps League [Verified]

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
Working on Programs funded by OSD and U.S. Department of State. Program support for U.S. European Command and Africa Command.
Other Comments:
Not Specified

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  1980-1981, 8511, Drill Instructors School, MCRD PI, SC

From Month/Year
March / 1980
To Month/Year
February / 1981
Drill Instructors School, MCRD PI, SC Unit Page
Gunnery Sergeant
8511-Drill Instructor
Parris Island
South Carolina
 Drill Instructors School, MCRD PI, SC Details

Drill Instructors School, MCRD PI, SC
Active Duty/Reserve
Garrison - Training Commands
Parent Unit
Service and Support Schools
Created/Owned By
Not Specified
Parent Unit/Reported To
Formal Schools

Last Updated: Dec 6, 2011
Memories For This Unit

Best Friends
Lt Bailey (BGen)
Capt Rich Mills (MajGen)
1stSgt Dan Bradley
Gy Tim Phillips
Gy Kircher
Gy Parker
Gy Ken Miller
Gy Farnham
Gy Whaley
Gy EJ Martin
Sgt Laura Blackerby

Best Moment
March 1980 sent to DI School, worked 5 Classes. Taught Leadership, PT Instructor and RecruitXevalXuation process.
2 Aug 1980 Merit Promoted to GySgt.
March 1981 reasigned as the Regimental Drill Master until July 1982.
Worked "5" DI School Classes
3-80, 4-80, 5-80, 1-81, & 2-81.
Selected to serve as the 1st Regimental Drill Master for RTR.


Worst Moment
Drill Instructor School burned down. Witnessed my office go up in flames.

Chain of Command
Director Major Wells
Deputy Director Capt Jim Crites
CDI MSgt Jones
MGySgt George Starega


Other Memories
MGySgt Smedley "A" Co CDI
1stSgt Dave Robles

My Photos For This Unit
No Available Photos
 2 Brothers Assigned To This Unit:
  • Powell, Charles, MGySgt, 1998
 28 Members Also There with MOS Code 8511:
  • Alexander, Barry, MSgt, 1989
  • Aslagson, James, MSgt, 1997
  • Biesman, Randall, GySgt, 1994
  • Cassidy, John, MSgt, 1993
  • Coffman, Jeff, GySgt, 1996
  • Conard, Charles, GySgt, 1995
  • Consoli, John, Sgt, 1982
  • Driggs, Dagoberto, Sgt, 1980
  • Elium, Kenneth, SgtMaj, 2007
  • Fry, Michael, CWO3, 1995
  • Hornbeck, James, MSgt, 2000
  • Hunt, Steven, MSgt, 1995
  • Kalnas, Michael, CWO3, 1992
  • Madden, Tom, MSgt, 1988
  • McGrattan, Kevin, SSgt, 1983
  • Moore, Brenda, MSgt, 1997
  • Norat, Bill, MSgt, 1997
  • Paul, Carlos, SgtMaj, 1989
  • Sherman, Tom, SSgt, 1987
  • Snow, Brian, 1stSgt, 1998
  • Tovar, Viola, MSgt, 2001
 6 Other Members:
  • Arnold, Rick, Sgt, 1980
  • Cline, F. Michael, SgtMaj, 2004
  • Collins, Ronald, Sgt, 1987
  • Marrs, James, MSgt, 1994
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