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Carlton Wayne Kent (born November 5, 1957)[1] is a retired United States Marine who served as the 16th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps. He succeeded John L. Estrada on April 25, 2007, and was succeeded by Micheal Barrett on June 9, 2011.[2][3][4][5]

Carlton W. Kent
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Kent in January 2007
Born (1957-11-05) November 5, 1957 (age 61)
Memphis, Tennessee
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Marine Corps
Years of service1976–2011
RankSergeant Major of the Marine Corps
AwardsNavy Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit (2)
Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal (2)
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2)
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2)

Early life and educationEdit

Carlton Wayne Kent was born in Memphis, Tennessee, on November 5, 1957. He graduated from the South Side High School in Memphis.[6]

Military careerEdit

Kent completed recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, in March 1976 and was assigned to the 1st Marine Brigade. In May 1978, Kent was transferred to Marine Security Guard Battalion where he served as a Marine Security Guard at Embassies in Kinshasa, Zaire and Panama.

In June 1981, Kent transferred to Fort Benning for Airborne School and Parachute Riggers School at Fort Lee, Virginia. In June 1982, he was assigned as 2nd Air Delivery Platoon Commander, and parachute rigger billets in various commands at Camp Lejeune. Kent was transferred to Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, California, in February 1983 for duty as a drill instructor, senior drill instructor, and battalion drill master with First Battalion. In January 1985, Kent was meritoriously promoted to gunnery sergeant.

Kent transferred to the 3rd Air Delivery Platoon in May 1985 as platoon sergeant. In June 1986, he transferred to Engineer Company, BSSG-1 1st Marine Brigade, Hawaii, as company gunnery sergeant. In March 1988, Kent was assigned to Noncommissioned Officers School, 1st Marine Brigade, as the NCOIC.

Kent transferred to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina, in February 1989 as a student at Drill Instructor School. After completion of Drill Instructor School, Kent was assigned to Naval Aviation Officers Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida, as a drill instructor, chief drill instructor, and first sergeant. In February 1990, Kent was promoted to first sergeant and assigned as first sergeant, Marine Aviation and Training Support Group, Pensacola, Florida.

In June 1992, Kent transferred to 4th Marine Regiment for duty. In June 1993, he transferred to the Army Sergeants Major Academy, Fort Bliss, Texas. After graduation, in February 1994, he was transferred and assigned as first sergeant, Battery L, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marines. In December 1994, he assumed the duties as the sergeant major of the 3rd Battalion, 12th Marines.

 
Kent salutes the grave of Sergeant Major Wilbur Bestwick in February 2009.

Kent was transferred to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California, in August 1997 where he was assigned duties as sergeant major Second Recruit Training Battalion, and, in September 1999, as sergeant major Recruit Training Regiment. In May 2001, he was transferred to Marine Forces Europe/Fleet Marine Force Europe, Stuttgart, Germany, where he was assigned the duties as the sergeant major of Marine Forces Europe/FMF Europe. Kent was transferred to I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California, in April 2004 where he served as the sergeant major of the I Marine Expeditionary Force.

On January 19, 2007, General James T. Conway, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, announced that Kent would become the 16th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, succeeding John L. Estrada.[7] On April 25, 2007, in a ceremony at the Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C., Kent assumed the top Marine Corps enlisted post.[2] He was succeeded by Micheal Barrett on June 9, 2011, at Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Kent is the recipient of the General Gerald C. Thomas Award for inspirational leadership.

Kent is married to "Liz" Kent.[9]

Awards and decorationsEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Biography: Sgt. Maj. Carlton W. Kent". The History Makers. February 16, 2013. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  2. ^ a b Hoellwarth, John (April 26, 2007). "Kent becomes top enlisted Marine". Marine Corps Times. Archived from the original on 2009-05-31. Retrieved 2007-04-25.
  3. ^ Beth Zimmerman (April 10, 2007). "Kent to replace Estrada on April 25". Marine Corps Times. Archived from the original on 2007-04-10. Retrieved 2007-04-10.
  4. ^ Delai, Marine Corps News, 2007.
  5. ^ "16th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps assumes post". United States Marine Corps. April 27, 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-27.[dead link]
  6. ^ Lloyd, Memphis Online, 2006.
  7. ^ Hoellwarth, Marine Corps Times, January 2007.
  8. ^ Cifuentes, Sergeant Michael S. (April 13, 2011). "Commandant announces next Sergeant Major of Marines". Headquarters Marine Corps. United States Marine Corps. Archived from the original on April 21, 2011. Retrieved April 25, 2011.
  9. ^ Keene, R. R.; Guerrero, Clare A. (June 2011). "Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Carlton Kent". Leatherneck. 94 (6). Retrieved 2018-03-05.

ReferencesEdit

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Military offices
Preceded by
John L. Estrada
Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps
2007–2011
Succeeded by
Micheal Barrett