Sergeant Major Clark J. Rhiel, a native of Guttenberg, New Jersey, entered the Marine Corps in September 1984. Upon completion of recruit training from 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, MCRD Parris Island, South Carolina in November 1984, Private First Class Rhiel reported for MOS training at the Basic Landing Support Specialist School located at Courthouse Bay, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Upon completion of school as an honor graduate, he was assigned to “Alpha” Company, 1st Landing Support Battalion located in Camp Del Mar, Camp Pendleton, California.
In March 1985, Lance Corporal Rhiel was transferred to the 11th MEU and deployed on “West Pac” aboard the USS Vancouver (WestPac 86), USS Ogden (WestPac 87) and participated in many international joint exercises including “Team Spirit” and “Freedom Banner”. Upon return to CONUS in 1987, Lance Corporal Rhiel was transferred back to 1st Landing Support Battalion and assigned as a Battalion Marksmanship Instructor. In December 1989, Corporal Rhiel was transferred to Beach & Terminal Operations Company, 1st Landing Support Battalion and was assigned as the Company Administration Chief until April 1990 when he was then honorably discharged from active duty.
He then began a civilian career as a Police Officer with the Secaucus Police Department located in Secaucus, New Jersey and is currently serving as a Sergeant. His primary duty is in the Patrol Division as a tour supervisor. During his career as a police officer he has held several additional duties to include a marksmanship instructor, range master, designated marksman for the department’s ESU, department weapons armorer, OC instructor, field training officer and NJPTC certified police academy instructor.
In September 1993, Corporal Rhiel re-enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve and was assigned to Headquarters and Service Company, 6th Motor Transport Battalion, located in Red Bank, New Jersey and was assigned as an embarkation clerk.
In September 1995, Sergeant Rhiel attended the Basic Ammunition Specialist School located in Red Stone Arsenal, Alabama. After attaining a new MOS and graduated as an Honor Graduate, Sergeant Rhiel was assigned as the Battalion Ammunition Chief with 6th Motor Transport Battalion responsible for all ammunition assets within the Battalion.
In February 2001, Staff Sergeant Rhiel was assigned collateral duties as an Instructor/Competitor with the Marine Forces Reserve Marksmanship Training Unit located at Weapons Training Battalion in Quantico, Virginia responsible as the Chief Instructor for conducting Reserve Combat Marksmanship Trainers School and providing assistance with the MFR units requesting assistance in conducting annual marksmanship training to Reserve Marines. The MFR MTU also represents MFR at national and international shooting events.
In April 2002, Staff Sergeant Rhiel was assigned duty as the Battalion Logistics Chief and in January 2003, Gunnery
Sergeant Rhiel was mobilized along with 6th Motor Transport Battalion and deployed to the Middle East in suppor of Operation Enduring/Iraqi Freedom as the Battalion Logistics Chief supporting Task Force Tarawa during combat operations. Upon demobilization to the SMCR in December of 2003, Gunnery Sergeant Rhiel was assigned as the acting Company First Sergeant of Headquarters and Service Company, 6th Motor Transport Battalion.
In January 2005, Gunnery Sergeant Rhiel was again mobilized and deployed with Combat Logistics Battalion 2, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina to the Al Anbar Province of Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 3 as a Motor Transport Platoon/Convoy Commander supporting RCT-2 during combat operations.
In June 2006, First Sergeant Rhiel was transferred to Garden City, New York and assigned duty as the Company First Sergeant for Headquarters and Service Company, 2nd Battalion, 25th Marines. In 2008, he was mobilized along with the battalion and was deployed to the Al Anbar Province of Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 8-2 supporting RCT-5 along the Syrian border.
In August of 2011, Sergeant Major Rhiel is scheduled to to transfer and assume the assignment as Squadron Sergeant Major of VMGR-452 in Newburgh, New York.
Sergeant Major Rhiel’s awards include: Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star, Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal with 3 gold stars, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Select Marine Corps Reserve Medal with 4 bronze stars, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with hourglass, “2” and “M” Devices and various service and unit awards.