Bergstrom, Alan, GySgt

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Current Service Status
USMC Retired
Current/Last Rank
Gunnery Sergeant
Current/Last Primary MOS
6343-Aircraft Electrical Systems Technician, CH-53
Current/Last MOSGroup
Previously Held MOS
521-Basic Marine, Enlisted
6242-Aircraft Electronic Systems Technician, Transport & Helicopter
6632-Aircraft Electrical Systems Technician - Helicopter/OV-10
8411-RSS Recruiter
8511-Drill Instructor
6345-Aircraft Electrical Systems Technician, CH-53E
Primary Unit
1989-1990, 6345, HMH-466 (Wolf Pack)
Service Years
1970 - 1990
Official/Unofficial USMC Certificates
Cold War Certificate
Neptune Subpoena
Shellback Certificate
Marine Combat Water Survival Qualified (WSQ)

Gunnery Sergeant

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 Official Badges 

Master Training Specialist USMC Retired Pin USMC Retired Pin (20 Years) PMI Pith Helmet

 Unofficial Badges 

Drill Instructor US Marines Corps Honorable Discharge Sikorsky Winged S Superbird

Cold War Medal Marine Recruiter Shellback Blue Star

 Military Association Memberships
Post 8154, George R. Baxmann Murrieta & Temecula; Detachment 1057Disabled American Veterans (DAV)The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA)
  2004, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 8154, George R. Baxmann (Member) (United States) [Verified]
  2009, Marine Corps League, Murrieta & Temecula; Detachment 1057 (Immediate Past Golden Rodent) (Murrieta, California) [Verified]
  2009, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) [Verified]
  2009, The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA)

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
Work for DON as a Tech Rep for the CH-53 at MCAS Miramar
Other Comments:
Not Specified

 Remembrance Profiles - 1 Marine Remembered

  1978-1978, 8511, Drill Instructors School, MCRD PI, SC

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Drill Instructors School, MCRD PI, SC Unit Page
Staff Sergeant
8511-Drill Instructor
MCRD Perris Island
South Carolina
 Drill Instructors School, MCRD PI, SC Details

Drill Instructors School, MCRD PI, SC
Drill Instructor School is tasked with training the Marines that make Marines.

The mission of Drill Instructor School is to further develop the leadership, command presence, instructional ability, knowledge and physical condition of selected staff noncommissioned and noncommissioned officers to successfully perform the duties of a drill instructor.

The school not only prepares Marines for an arduous tour as a Marine Corps drill instructor, but it additionally hones their skills as professional warriors. The school takes great pride in the fact that our graduates will not only shape the future of the Marine Corps as they train future Marines, but when they return to the operating forces, they will be the Marines who will lead future efforts for our Corps. 

Drill Instructor School was formally established in October 1952 and over the years has increased its length from four weeks to the current 11 weeks. Although the course length has changed, the mission of the school has remained constant.

The focus of the instruction and training established in the course syllabus of the 1950s and 1960s is very similar to the program of instruction the school uses today. Emphasis is placed on standard operating procedures for recruit training, drill, physical fitness, general military subjects and instructional techniques. Overall, leadership is the cornerstone of the course. Ensuring each student has a sound foundation of the basic leadership traits and principles coupled with solid command presence will allow them to set the proper example for their recruits. 

Nine drill instructors, each a gunnery sergeant or staff sergeant, serve as squad instructors. These Marines have completed at least one tour as a drill instructor and each has been hand-picked to train and mentor the Corps' future drill instructors. In addition to serving as an instructor and subject-matter expert for a particular subject area, they are also assigned a squad of eight to 10 students, which they lead, mentor and counsel throughout the 11-week training cycle.

The director of Drill Instructor School is a major. The assistant director is a captain with experience in a recruit training company and serves as the primary instructor for the Series Commander Course.

The first sergeant for Drill Instructor School is a former drill instructor who uses his extensive experience to supervise and mentor the staff and fulfill the duties as the senior enlisted advisor at the school.



    The introduction of the pre-World War II campaign or field hat worn by Drill Instructors today originated during an advisory council meeting in 1956. Senior Noncommissioned Officers strongly recommended the adoption of better "headgear" for DIs.

    At that time, the khaki barracks cap had a bill, but didn't shade the eyes. The soft khaki garrison cap didn't have a bill, and the green herringbone cape worn with the field uniform was also inadequate in the summer sun. The pith helmet was a practical alternative for wear in the hot Carolina summer. It was cool and its wide brim provided good shade for the eyes and neck. It later became the hat used by marksmanship instructors at the rifle range.

    Further study indicated that the field hat was the item most preferred by DIs. It shaded the neck and eyes well, but did not keep the head as cool as the pith helmet. The field hat was a bit of tradition going back to the "Old Corps" or pre-World War II days. It also was more suitable for year-round wear than the pith helmet. By early June 1956, the Depot had requisitioned 1,000 field hats for delivery on Sept. 1, 1956, but General Wallace M. Greene Jr., wanted to order 700 hats immediately. On Saturday, July 21, 1956 at 7:30 a.m. all 603 drill instructors of the recruit training command obtained their new hats.


    The Commandant of the Marine Corps announced on Sept. 13, 1996, that all female Drill Instructors were authorized to wear the previously male-only "Smokey" field hat. The commandant's decision has answered the frequently asked question, "Why not?" It was first asked in 1976 when the first females graduated from DI School and again in 1983 when female DIs began wearing the scarlet shoulder cord. During their Sept. 26, 1996 graduation ceremony, female DI School graduates were issued field hats. A cord retirement ceremony took place Oct. 2, 1996, after which female DIs ceased wearing the scarlet cord and began wearing the cover. The commandant, General Charles C. Krulak, was on hand for the event.

    The final scarlet shoulder cord, the previous symbol of a female DI, was placed in the Parris Island Museum. Marines that wear the field hat, the campaign cover or the "Smokey" and train Marine Corps recruits must train recruits by the Drill Instructor Creed. The Creed was written in 1956 by Drill Instructors for Drill Instructors.
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Last Updated: Oct 17, 2007
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Drill Instructors School, MCRD PI, SC

Palmer, Timothy, GySgt, (1967-1978) 8511 Gunnery Sergeant
Clark, William, 1stSgt, (1966-1987) 8511 Staff Sergeant
Hayden, George, MSgt, (1968-1989) 8511 Staff Sergeant
Isaacs, Larry, SgtMaj, (1963-1993) 8511 Staff Sergeant
Reyes, Ruben, MGySgt, (1971-1997) 8511 Staff Sergeant
Sauer, Robert, MGySgt, (1967-1997) 8511 Staff Sergeant
Aslagson, James, MSgt, (1975-1997) 8511 Sergeant
Blythe, Wayne, MSgt, (1974-1996) 8511 Sergeant
Cassidy, John, MSgt, (1972-1993) 8511 Sergeant
Gomez, Ascencion, GySgt, (1976-1996) 8511 Sergeant
Harris, Dr. Mark, 1stSgt, (1974-1998) 8511 Sergeant
Heasley, William, Sgt, (1975-1979) 8511 Sergeant
Hornbeck, James, MSgt, (1976-2000) 8511 Sergeant
Metz, Kenneth, GySgt, (1971-1991) 8511 Sergeant
Whitsett, John, 1stSgt, (1972-1993) 8511 Sergeant
Fetherson, Ron, SgtMaj, (1974-2004) 8511 Corporal
Greeley, Larry, Sgt, (1976-1979) 8511 Corporal
Manning, Gerald, MGySgt, (1959-1980) 0 8511 Master Gunnery Sergeant
Caldwell, Richard, Capt, (1974-1998) 8511 Sergeant
Conard, Charles, GySgt, (1975-1995) 8511 Sergeant
Cummings Jr., David, GySgt, (1973-1993) 8511 Sergeant
Matthews, Gary, CWO5, (1974-2000) 3 0331 Sergeant
Williams, Arthur "Art", Sgt, (1974-1978) 0 8211 Sergeant

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