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Inspector-Instructor Sergeant Major, 2nd Battalion, 14th Marine Regiment Sergeant Major Joseph D. Gaines
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Sergeant Major Gaines enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on 5 January 1988 and attended recruit training at Parris Island, South Carolina.  After graduation in April 1988, he was transferred to 29 Palms, California where he attended and graduated from the Field Radio Operator’s Course in May 1988. In May 1988, Sergeant Major Gaines reported to 1st Light Armor Vehicle Battalion, 1st Marines Division, Camp Pendleton, California. From May 1988 to March 1993, he served with Alpha, Bravo, and Charlie Companies as the Company Radio Operator. During that tour, he deployed with the 11th and 13th Marines Expeditionary Units (SOC) where he participated in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

In April 1993, Sergeant Major Gaines reported for duty with 5th Battalion, 11th Marines, 1st Marines Division, Camp Pendleton, California. From April 1993 to September 1995, he served with Headquarters and Service Company as the Radio Chief and Classified Material Custodian Noncommissioned Officer.

In October 1995, Sergeant Major Gaines reported to Recruiter School in San Diego, California. Upon completion of school, he was assigned to 9th Marine Corps District, Recruiting Station, Kansas City, Missouri. From October 1995 to December 1998, he served as a canvassing recruiter and was meritoriously promoted to the rank Staff Sergeant.

In January 1999, Sergeant Major Gaines reported to Marine Wing Support Squadron 373, MCAS Miramar, San Diego, California, and was assigned to the Communications Platoon as the Communications Chief and Platoon Sergeant.

In August 2001, Sergeant Major Gaines reported to Inspector-Instructor Staff, 5th Battalion, 14th Marines, Seal Beach, California.  From August 2001 to February 2005, he served as the Battalion Communications Chief, Headquarters Battery Gunnery Sergeant, and Electronic Key Management System Custodian.

In March 2005, Sergeant Major Gaines reported to Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, California. From March 2005 to April 2007, he served as the Military Police Company First Sergeant and deployed twice in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF) 5-7 and OIF 6-8.

In May 2007, Sergeant Major Gaines reported to Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, California, and served as the acting Headquarters and Support Battalion Sergeant Major and Headquarters and Service Company First Sergeant.

In July 2008, Sergeant Major Gaines reported to Inspector-Instructor Staff, 2nd Battalion, 25th Marines, Garden City, New York.  From July 2008 to August 2011, he served as the Sergeant Major for Inspector-Instructor Staff, 2nd Battalion, 25th Marines, Garden City, New York.

In September 2011, Sergeant Major Gaines reported to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169, MCAS Camp Pendleton, California. From September 2011 to February 2014, he served as the Sergeant Major Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169 and deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)12.2-13.1.

In February 2014, Sergeant Major Gaines reported to Marine Air Control Group 18, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Okinawa, Japan. From February 2014 to February 2016, he served as the Sergeant Major Marine Air Control Group 18, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Okinawa, Japan.

In March 2016, Sergeant Major Gaines reported to his current assignment as the Inspector-Instructor Sergeant Major for 2D Battalion 14th Marines, Grand Prairie, Texas.
His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with three gold stars in lieu of fourth award, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star in lieu of second award, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon with gold star in lieu of second award.

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