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U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve

Ready. Relevant. Responsive.

2000 Opelousas Ave., New Orleans, La. 70114
Leaders
Sergeant Major, Force Headquarters Group

Sergeant Major Michael E. Sprague

FHG SgtMaj

SgtMaj Sprague attended recruit training aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, SC in 1985. Upon graduation from recruit training, he attended Marine Aviation Training Support Group 90’s Structural Mechanic/Hydraulic Course in Millington, Tennessee and the Fleet Readiness Aviation Maintenance Personnel (FRAMP) course aboard Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, NC.

 

Throughout the 1980’s, SgtMaj Sprague spent most of his time abroad; deploying on a West Pac aboard the U.S.S Belleau Wood, a Trans Pac to Iwakuni, Japan, and in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm aboard the U.S.S. Nassau. SgtMaj Sprague’s unit VMA-331 was the first to utilize the AV-8B in combat operations from a naval vessel. In 1991, he volunteered for Recruiting Duty where earned NCOIC of the year honors while serving at RSS Beckley, West Virginia. Upon returning to the Fleet Marine Force SgtMaj Sprague joined VMA-542 until his subsequent selection to head the instruction of Harrier Airframe Mechanics at VMAT-203’s Fleet Readiness Enlisted Skills Training (FREST).

 

From 1995 to 1999, he served as the Lead Instructor for the Airframes Course, Assistant Operations Chief, and an International Military Student Affairs Officer at VMAT-203. In July of 1998, he was an honor graduate at the advanced academy. In 1999 SgtMaj Sprague received orders to VMA-231, where he would serve as Airframes Chief, Quality Assurance Chief, and as a member of the COMNAVAIRLANT Aviation Maintenance Management Team until his selection to 1stSgt in 2002.

 

Upon being promoted to 1stSgt he was assigned to 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance (LAR) Battalion, Camp Lejeune, NC. During his time at 2nd LAR, he deployed twice to Iraq; once in 2003 as a part of RCT-2 and again in February of 2004 as a part of RCT-2. As a 1stSgt, SgtMaj Sprague was tasked with standing up Delta Company, 2nd LAR for operations in Fallujah. In January of 2005, he received orders to Alpha Company, Infantry Training Battalion, School of Infantry East, where he served until his selection to SgtMaj in 2005. 1stSgt Sprague received accolades for improving the overall fitness and conditioning level of the students and permanent personnel.

 

In February of 2006, he joined the 4th MAW as the Sergeant Major of Marine Air Group 42, Detachment Charlie (HMLA-773) aboard the Naval Air Station, Joint Reserve Base (NAS, JRB) and later MAG-49 in Belle Chasse, Louisiana, marking his first experience in a helicopter squadron, joint environment and on Inspector and Instructor duty. In 2007, Sprague served on the MSgt/SgtMaj selection board. In March of 2009; SgtMaj Sprague received PCS orders to the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT) at Cherry Point. During this period SgtMaj Sprague over saw the movement of the KC-130J school house from Cherry Point, NC to Little Rock, Arkansas. This brought SgtMaj Sprague’s career nearly full circle having served as a student, instructor and SgtMaj in the only AV-8B and Cryogenics School in the Marine Corps.

 

In September of 2010 SgtMaj Sprague assumed his current post as the Marine Wing Support Group 27 SgtMaj. In 2011 SgtMaj Sprague was a member of the Reserve SNCO selection board.

 

SgtMaj Sprague graduated from Strayer University in June of 2012, achieving a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in management, and has been duly elected a member of Alpha Chi, National College Honor Scholarship Society.

 

SgtMaj Sprague's personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with 3 gold stars in lieu of 3rd Award, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with "V" device and 2 stars in lieu of 3rd Award, The Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with 2 stars in lieu of 3rd award, the Combat Action Ribbon with star in lieu of 2nd Award, and various unit awards.