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Ronald L. Green (born c. 1964) is a United States Marine who served as the 18th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps. He succeeded Micheal Barrett on February 20, 2015 and relinquished the post to Troy E. Black on July 26, 2019. As the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Green was the highest ranking non-commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps. Green will retire at the end of 2019, after 36 years of service.[1]

Ronald L. Green
Ronald L. Green (2015).jpg
Green in February 2015
Bornc. 1964 (age 54–55)
Jackson, Mississippi
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Marine Corps
Years of service1983–2019
RankSergeant Major of the Marine Corps
Battles/warsSomali Civil War
Iraq War
AwardsNavy Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit (3)


Early life and educationEdit

Military careerEdit

Green has been meritoriously promoted to the ranks of private first class, lance corporal, corporal, sergeant, and staff sergeant.

Throughout his career, Green has been assigned numerous duties to include: field artillery cannoneer; field artillery nuclear projectileman; tower operator; drill instructor, senior drill instructor and drill master; battery section chief and battery gunnery sergeant, Assistant Marine Officer Instructor at Southern University and A&M College; first sergeant of Inspector-Instructor Staff, B Company, 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment; and sergeant major of Headquarters Marine Corps Henderson Hall, United States Marine Corps Forces, Europe/Marine Corps Forces Africa and 1st Marine Expeditionary Force.[4]

Green has deployed to Somalia with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) during Operation Restore Hope in 1993; to South America in support of Operation United Americas (UNITAS) in 2002; and with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169 in support of the Iraq War's Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006.[4]

Awards and decorationsEdit


  This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Marine Corps.

  1. ^ "19th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Announced". Press Release. United States Marines Corps. April 25, 2019. Retrieved 2019-05-30.
  2. ^ Jennewein, Chris (January 20, 2015). "Pendleton Marine Is Historic 18th Sergeant Major of Corps". Times of San Diego. Retrieved November 9, 2015.
  3. ^ "Sergeant Major Ronald L. Green". Marine Corps University. Retrieved August 2, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Lamothe, Dan (January 21, 2015). "The new top enlisted Marine gave up a college band scholarship to join the military". Washington Post. Retrieved November 9, 2015.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Micheal P. Barrett
Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps
Succeeded by
Troy E. Black