Alger,Jr, Franklin, GySgt

Operational/Tactical Communications/Data
 Service Photo 
 Service Details
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Current Service Status
USMC Retired
Current/Last Rank
Gunnery Sergeant
Current/Last Primary MOS
0699-Communications Chief
Current/Last MOSGroup
Operational/Tactical Communications/Data
Previously Held MOS
2531-Field Radio Operator
8411-General Recruiter
2537-Radio Chief
2591-Operational Communication Chief
Primary Unit
2000-2001, 2591, HQ Bn, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Division
Service Years
1981 - 2001
Official/Unofficial USMC Certificates
Cold War Certificate
Neptune Subpoena
Shellback Certificate
Suez Canal Certificate

Gunnery Sergeant

Five Hash Marks


 Official Badges 

Green Belt USMC Retired Pin

 Unofficial Badges 

US Marines Corps Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal Marine Recruiter Shellback

 Military Association Memberships
Saguaro; Detachment 554Chapter 8Post 39Post 8154, George R. Baxmann
Marine Corps Recruiters AssociationMilitary Order of the Devil DogEast Valley Young MarinesMilitary Order of the Cootie
United States Field Artillery Association3rd Marine Division Association
  1999, Marine Corps League, Saguaro; Detachment 554 (Vice Commander) (Mesa, Arizona) [Verified]
  2002, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Chapter 8 (Life Member) (Mesa, Arizona)
  2003, American Legion, Post 39 (Member at Large) (Gilbert, Arizona) [Verified]
  2003, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 8154, George R. Baxmann (Chaplain) (United States) [Verified]
  2003, Marine Corps Recruiters Association [Verified]
  2004, Military Order of the Devil Dog [Verified]
  2005, Young Marines, East Valley Young Marines (Unit Commander) (Mesa, Arizona) [Verified]1
  2008, Military Order of the Cootie
  2008, United States Field Artillery Association [Verified]
  2009, 3rd Marine Division Association [Verified]

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
I work full time at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online in the admissions department and as an adjunct Professor for the University of Dubuque, Tempe Life Campus where I teache Business and Healthcare classes.  I also own Gunny's View Photography which provides a variety of Photography services.  I am also a Toastmaster and serve as my club's Vice President of Public Relations and I am member of the AZ Toastmasters Speakers Bureau.  I also serves as a member of the Phoenix Free Speakers Bureau at  This gives me the opportunity to speak to a variety of groups and make a difference in my community.

Other Comments:
I am also a Manager with Legal Shield. It is a company that provides Lawyer Services better than when we were on active duty. Not only will they write all the letters that you need and do your wills; but also they can actually go into the courtroom and fight in your behalf. If you are interested in this service I can provide you with information and get you started with this service no matter where you live. For more information check out my website at or Call me at (480) 570-4032 or E-mail me at

I am very involved with the Marine Corps League and have served as Detachment Commandant for Saguaro Detachment 554 in Mesa, Az from 2003-2006, and then again from 2007-2008 and am currently the Detachments Young Marine Laison.  Iam currently the Department of Arizona SGT-AT-ARMS, Assistant Chaplain, and Young Marine Laison. 

I am also the Commander for the Grand Canyon Regiment of the Young Marines (2009-Present) and Unit Commander of the East Valley AZ Young Marines (2005-Present)

I have been to:
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 Ribbon Bar
Rifle Expert 5th AwardPistol Expert 8th Award

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1981, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA), C/1047
 Unit Assignments
1st Marine Regiment31st MEU3rd Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (3/3)2nd LAAM Bn, 3rd MAW
Recruiting Units1st Bn, 9th Marine Regiment (1/9)2nd Bn, 1st Marine Regiment  (2/1), 1st Marine RegimentSNCO Academy Sergeants Course
SNCO Academy Advanced/Career Course2nd Bn, 11th Marine Regiment (2/11)HQ Bn, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Division
  1981-1982, 2531, HQ Co, 1st Marine Regiment
  1982-1983, 2531, 31st MEU
  1982-1985, 2531, 3rd Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (3/3)
  1985-1989, 2531, C Btry, 2nd LAAM Bn
  1989-1992, 8411, RSS Littleton, CO
  1992-1994, 2537, 1st Bn, 9th Marine Regiment (1/9)
  1994-1996, 2537, 2nd Bn, 1st Marine Regiment (2/1), 1st Marine Regiment
  1996-1997, 2537, SNCO Academy Sergeants Course
  1997-1998, 2591, SNCO Academy Advanced/Career Course
  1998-2000, 2591, 2nd Bn, 11th Marine Regiment (2/11)
  2000-2001, 2591, HQ Bn, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1982-1982 Training Exercise - CAX '82
  1982-1984 US Multinational Force Lebanon Peacekeeping Mission
  1983-1983 Operation Bell Volcano 1983
  1983-1983 Training Exercise - Bright Star '83
  1983-1983 Valiant Blitz 1983
  1983-1983 Training Exercise - Cobra Gold '83
  1984-1984 Operation Beach Guard
  1984-1984 Valiant Blitz 1984
  1985-1985 Training Exercise - CAX '85
  1989-1989 Training Exercise - Team Spirit '89
  1989-1989 Training Exercise - Ulchi-Focus Lens '89
  1992-1993 Operation Restore Hope (Somalia)
  1994-1994 Operation Continue Hope (Somalia)
  2000-2000 Training Exercise - Ulchi-Focus Lens '00
 Reflections on Service
Please describe who or what influenced your decision to join the Marine Corps.
Whether you were in the service for several years or as a career, please describe the direction or path you took. What was your reason for leaving?
From your entire military service, describe any memories you still reflect back on to this day.
Of all the medals, awards, formal presentations and qualification badges you received, or other memorabilia, which one is the most meaningful to you and why?
Which individual(s) from your time in the military stand out as having the most positive impact on you and why?
What profession did you follow after your military service and what are you doing now? If you are currently serving, what is your present occupational specialty?
In what ways has serving in the military influenced the way you have approached your life and your career? What do you miss most about your time in the service?
Based on your own experiences, what advice would you give to those who have recently joined the Marine Corps?
In what ways has helped you remember your military service and the friends you served with.
 Colleges Attended
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical UniversityCentral Texas CollegeUniversity of PhoenixUniversity of Phoenix
University of PhoenixThe Art Institute of Pittsburgh
  1984-1985, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  1993-1996, Central Texas College
  2002-2009, University of Phoenix
  2010-2012, University of Phoenix
  2012-2013, University of Phoenix
  2016-Present, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 12, 2012, General Photos
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